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Old 09-24-2010, 08:31 AM
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Do you match your thread to the fabric when piecing or do you use a neutral color? I am working on a block sailboat pattern using bright primary colors. Then when I quilt should I use a neutral or pick one of the colors? Thanks guys y'all are always a lot of help.
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:34 AM
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It all depends on what you want to do, and how you want it to look. I have done both.....used neutrals and matched the fabric.
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:35 AM
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I use neutrals, but I know people that match their colors. It is just easier for me to purchase one color instead of many colors.
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:37 AM
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Hi Sherry,

An amish friend of mine told me that if you are using a range of colors, a gray thread is the best 'blender'--if your colors are dark use a dark gray, medium use a medium gray, light use a light gray.

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Old 09-24-2010, 08:39 AM
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I use neutrals. Sometimes if I have a bobbin loaded in matching thread then I will take the time to find the matching spool and use that. My theory is to sew with the neutral until the bobbin is empty. I hate having partial bobbins floating around.
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:42 AM
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:43 AM
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I've also done both.
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:54 AM
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I like to use neutrals to piece. Works well for me.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:03 AM
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I piece with neutrals. If you don't want the quilting to show, I'd suggesst a monofilament thread.
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:15 AM
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When I started to do piecing, I tried to match the color - exactly.

Then when I was piecing a scrap strip quilt, I started to use up all the thread on the partially filled bobbins. With multi-prints, it doesn't seem to matter much what color thread I used.

My usual suggestions - practice on scraps and then pull on the seams to see what - if any - thread is showing.

If I'm sewing a white to a dark, it seems to work out better to use a darker color instead of white. The white would show up on the dark, but the dark didn't seem to show up on the white - or at least it didn't seem as obvious.
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