Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: Favorite Thread Color for quilting/piecing (spin off from fav thread)

  1. #1
    Super Member CorgiNole's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Chapel Hill
    Posts
    1,078
    New quilter here, and this is probably a question I should have asked a few $$$ worth of thread ago.

    When piecing - by hand or machine - what color(s) do you prefer?

    One could quickly break their bank account trying to color match each and every piece of fabric, and then it occurred to me that for the most part I won't see the seams involved in the piecing (exception is for the rag quilts that I've been making).

    So - do you have a go-to color when piecing? I finally thought to ask at a LQS and her recommendation was gray or cream depending on the warmth of the fabric - as too white a white can show through the lighter fabrics and too dark/black could show through the dark fabrics.

    Cheers, K

  2. #2
    Senior Member lhavelka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Pittsburgh PA
    Posts
    598
    That is exactly what I was told too. Creams and Grays are the best to use. I have been using creams and beiges.

  3. #3
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Keene, New Hampshire
    Posts
    4,270
    I use Bottom Line for most sewing : machine, hand and hand applique. pale green and pale blue (as I have alot of it) for everything, very thin, doesn't ever show
    http://www.superiorthreads.com

    When I want all cotton I use Aurifil - I have alot of it so can pick a colour. If I didn't, I'd stay with beige/cream or light gray for light and any dark colour for darker needs.

  4. #4
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    I rarely match thread to fabric. I use neutral color top and bottom for lights. Gray for darks. I buy the big cones or the biggest spools of it. If I have a bobbin with a an odd color I'll use it up on anything. If your machine makes a perfect seam the thread color won't make that much a difference on prints.

  5. #5
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    15,173
    Blog Entries
    1
    I use cream and grey (neutrals) for all of my piecing. The quilting I either use a variegated in a matching color line.

  6. #6
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    I've used white, ecru, cream, light sage green, and black for piecing so far. A few quilts have several colors of thread since they were BOMs pieced over the course of a year. It doesn't really matter as long as it doesn't show thru.

    I like variegateds for quilting though.

  7. #7
    Super Member Melinda in Tulsa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Posts
    4,493
    Blog Entries
    62
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I've used white, ecru, cream, light sage green, and black for piecing so far. A few quilts have several colors of thread since they were BOMs pieced over the course of a year. It doesn't really matter as long as it doesn't show thru.

    I like variegateds for quilting though.

    When you use varigated for quilting, do you use it in the bobbin too? I haven't tried varigated yet.

  8. #8
    Super Member CorgiNole's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Chapel Hill
    Posts
    1,078
    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I've used white, ecru, cream, light sage green, and black for piecing so far. A few quilts have several colors of thread since they were BOMs pieced over the course of a year. It doesn't really matter as long as it doesn't show thru.

    I like variegateds for quilting though.

    When you use varigated for quilting, do you use it in the bobbin too? I haven't tried varigated yet.
    Good question - inquiring minds want to know... When I was at Randy's this past weekend I found a variegated spool that looks perfect to use with the Moda Nature's Notebook palette of fabrics that I have waiting to be put into use - so I bought 2 spools and tucked them in the storage box with the fabric (otherwise, if my scrapbook track record is predicitve of anything - I wouldn't find them again until AFTER I finish quilting the project).

    Cheers, K

  9. #9
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I've used white, ecru, cream, light sage green, and black for piecing so far. A few quilts have several colors of thread since they were BOMs pieced over the course of a year. It doesn't really matter as long as it doesn't show thru.

    I like variegateds for quilting though.

    When you use varigated for quilting, do you use it in the bobbin too? I haven't tried varigated yet.
    So far I always have. My backings are almost always a print that the variegated tends to blend into.

  10. #10
    Super Member jljack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    North Carolina - But otherwise, NOTW
    Posts
    8,073
    Blog Entries
    9
    I have used variegated for quilting, and liked the overall effect. But usually I use either cream for light fabrics, or dark gray for dark fabrics, or a contrasting color if I want to highlight the quilting.

    For piecing I do use cream, tan, dark or light gray. And I buy the large cones of those colors.

  11. #11
    Super Member Melinda in Tulsa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Posts
    4,493
    Blog Entries
    62
    Think I'm going to have to use Varigated Thread soon! I have several assorted spools that I have for machine embroidery. Yeah! Won't cost me a thing!

  12. #12
    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    East Oklahoma - pining for Massachusetts
    Posts
    7,924
    I only used white for a very long time. Now I have branched off a bit. I do not feel bad getting just few colors. I don't go hog wild over it.

    Oh, and I LOVE Welsh Corgis.

  13. #13
    Super Member BKrenning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Festus, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    1,552
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I've used white, ecru, cream, light sage green, and black for piecing so far. A few quilts have several colors of thread since they were BOMs pieced over the course of a year. It doesn't really matter as long as it doesn't show thru.

    I like variegateds for quilting though.

    When you use varigated for quilting, do you use it in the bobbin too? I haven't tried varigated yet.
    So far I always have. My backings are almost always a print that the variegated tends to blend into.
    I did on one quilt where the backing was the same as one of the fabrics in the front. On all the others I went with a solid prewound bobbin.

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    1,022
    I have three colors of thread for piecing. white/cream for piecing whites or light colored fabrics, a medium tan color for medium colored fabrics. And a med grey for piecing dark fabrics. Its not necessary to match the thread to the fabric color when piecing.

  15. #15
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,958
    I use cream for light fabrics and gray for darks. I ordered the neutral set from Connecting Threads for piecing. It works great.

  16. #16
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,092
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I've used white, ecru, cream, light sage green, and black for piecing so far. A few quilts have several colors of thread since they were BOMs pieced over the course of a year. It doesn't really matter as long as it doesn't show thru.

    I like variegateds for quilting though.

    When you use varigated for quilting, do you use it in the bobbin too? I haven't tried varigated yet.
    It depends on the backing fabric, and what look I am going for. I have also used a solid on the top and varigated on the back :D:D:D

    For piecing I like the neutral colors too.

  17. #17
    Member phoenixquilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Akron, Ohio
    Posts
    67
    Hi, I love your Corgi! I have one also, a tri-color. Anyway, I try to use cream for lighter fabrics and light grey for darker ones. Hope that helps. Take care, and enjoy your dog

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.