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    I am new to the message board and, I've got a question for the pro's.... I have cross stitch prestamped quilt blocks. They are white blocks with multicolored dresden plates. I was wondering about using colored thread to quilt it. Will the colored thread show up?? I think I'm gonna use a floral print for the back. I just don't know about the front. What was I thinking?? I don't even come close to living in a white world. Will the colored thread be enough to make a difference in the appearance. Just wondering, and can you quilt with embroidery thread?? Please help... Sarah

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    I just did one with colored thread and it barely shows up. It does look nice though.

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    I quilt using polyester embroidery thread all of the time. Not sure if you are meaning embroidery floss? I like embroidery thread, it is thick and only one strand is needed. But all I do is with my machine :D:D:D

    There are also even heavier weight threads available, they would show up even more. Embroidery thread is 30wt and there are 20 and 10wts too :D:D:D

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    Hi Sarah,

    Yes you can use colored thread to quilt it, however dark colored thread on white fabric is very unforgiving in showing mistakes. The lighter in value you go with the colored thread the less any mistakes would show. You can FMQ your blocks heavily with colored thread and it will definitely give the appearance of adding color to your light blocks. Here is a pic of example showing FMQ of a very light colored thread on black fabric to give you an idea

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    I'm sorry I didn't specify I hand quilt...

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    LOL OK I have a picture for that too. Again this is light thread on dark fabric. Close up it shows a lot from far away not so much.

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    Hand quilt? Easy solution then, sashiko thread or perle cotton. Will show up fine. Shiboridragon.com for sashiko thread or perle cotton from anywhere that sells embroidery supplies.

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    I hand quilt too and enjoy it so much.

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    This is wonderful!! Please forgive me I'm not very computer savy.. Wit the blocks being white with the colored dresden plates, I was thinking about quilting the corners in a blue or teal in the dresden pattern. I wish I knew computer to show pictures!!!! I've worked a long time on these blocks and don't want to screw them up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newquilter10
    I hand quilt too and enjoy it so much.
    I piece my tops on the machine,because I think it adds strength. Then I hand quilt and bind. I'm self taught so I don't know a lot about proper procedure on doing things. But, I really enjoy quilting, and so far my quilts have stood the test of time. I started quilting in 1992. I wish I knew more about this computer so, I could show pictures...

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    Hi, I am primarily a handquiltier and I love colored thread. I just finished quilting a raffleqult for our local Linus Chapter. It has pieced blue stars some large open spaces that are yellow and a floral print border. I handquilted the whole thing in blue thread. While it is not so visible on the blue areas it certainly pops on the yellow sections. At our local Senior Center I help quilt their raffle quilts. Last year we did a Stack and Whack star pattern that was made of primary colored stars on a black background. I talked them into using varigated thread. It was really pretty and the person who won the raffle was delighted. I also prefer colored thread as it shows up the quilting on the back of the quilt which is usually a solid color or at least the same fabric all over.
    I make lots of Linus quilts by machine and I always use varigated threads on them. It gives them a little extra touch.

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