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Thread: I've gotten myself in a pickle. Hellllp!

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    I've gotten myself in a pickle. Hellllp!

    I've made two identical tops to make a reversible quilt. I did the Warm Wishes with Violins on one side and Baseball on the other, my GS's favorite things. I had to do this because I couldn't get the coordinating fabrics to match for both focus fabrics. Now, here's the rub, I have the same problem with coordinating thread for quilting it. DUH! Didn't think about that 'til it's time to quilt it for Christmas.

    Can I use smoke aurifil invisible thread in top and bottom? I'm thinking not. Need suggestions and a brain implant if you have one to spare. I think I've used my last brain cell on this silly thing. TIA
    aka Gale

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    Sure you can, I've done it! I've also used a different color in the bobbin. You might have a little fixing to do at the end (tying things off, etc.) but it is definitely doable.

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    Can you find a neutral thread to use? Maybe use one color on top and another in the bobbin. I wouldn't use invisible thread because it can be picky sorta like the thread used in the neck of shirts that irritate you when you wear the shirt. Good luck in your search.
    Sue

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    I often use different colors in the top and bobbin. You have to be a little more careful with the tension, but often a washing when done resolves any issues of one color poking thru the opposite sides. Can you post a picture? Maybe we can come up with a color that would work for both if you don't want to use 2 colors.

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    I would echo what Susie said. how about a nice tan or med to light grey? I have many times spun my wheels to try to pick out a thread color...only to realize it could not be seen anyway! I am not very matchy matchy with my colors either. I found if I matched colors to a fabric, then on THAT fabric you cannot see it, and on the other fabrics it stands out. I have a good tan (Permacore Mother Goose) , a lighter grey (gray opal or pearl opal...something opal! also Permacore) and Omni spearmint (a nice soft green). Those are my go to colors.
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    I use a nuetral color for everything

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    Would love to see a photo - I've used invisible thread for a quilt that is intended as a bed topper, but if your quilt is intended to be loved and used and cuddled with, I wouldn't use it.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Tks a lot for your excellent advice. I can't find a neutral thread that will work with both of the tops. I've decided not to use the invisible thread because I know my DIL will dry the quilt in a hot dryer and that just wouldn't work. Tks again.
    aka Gale

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    I have used it in both top and bottom with ok results. A lot of people find invisible thread in the bobbin really finicky and have a hard time with it. I mean, I don't think I have ever been able to achieve perfect tension that way - but - you can't see the stitches that well anyhow!! As long as you're not getting loose weak stitches it's fine.

    What about a taupe or a cream thread? You can usually get away with an offwite or tan thread on almost ANY project. I would post some pictures so we can see what you're working with!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gigi712 View Post
    Tks a lot for your excellent advice. I can't find a neutral thread that will work with both of the tops. I've decided not to use the invisible thread because I know my DIL will dry the quilt in a hot dryer and that just wouldn't work. Tks again.

    Just saw this - if you use Polyester invisible thread you can toss it in the dryer - no worries!
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    Have you ever used Bottom Line thread? It is a wonderful fine thread and just disappears into your quilt. You can use it for bobbin or top thread. It's wonderful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigi712 View Post
    I've made two identical tops to make a reversible quilt. I did the Warm Wishes with Violins on one side and Baseball on the other, my GS's favorite things. I had to do this because I couldn't get the coordinating fabrics to match for both focus fabrics. Now, here's the rub, I have the same problem with coordinating thread for quilting it. DUH! Didn't think about that 'til it's time to quilt it for Christmas.

    Can I use smoke aurifil invisible thread in top and bottom? I'm thinking not. Need suggestions and a brain implant if you have one to spare. I think I've used my last brain cell on this silly thing. TIA

    baseballs and violins??????????? I'd look for a beige/tan/brown thread and then keep the quilting pattern fairly simple.
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    I've done it with good results. I really had to tighten the bobbin tension and only filled the bobbin about half full. The invisible thread is so fine I found that a half full bobbin worked better. Good luck and please post pictures.
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    I just read recently, that when you can't choose take the darker thread over the lighter. And stop making your brain hurt. This is a quilt for a boy...it will pucker, it will wrap his sweaty body, it will be dragged everywhere he thinks to drag it....I don't think he's going to even be aware of the quilting thread unless it was pink!

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    How about a varigated thread? I pretty much always use one color on top and a different one for the bottom. I almost always use variagted threads on the top.

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    How about finding a variegated thread that has colors for both sides of the quilt. I have found that if you pull off a little of the thread and lay in a random design on the quilt it is amazing how the colors will work. Sometimes the one that you least expect to look good.

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    I agree with "jgriinke". Find a variegated thread, perhaps in neutrals? (but it doesn't matter) or in a coordinated color scheme and go for it!

    Also "leighway" is correct... and in the end, it will be lovely, because it's filled with LOVE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    baseballs and violins??????????? I'd look for a beige/tan/brown thread and then keep the quilting pattern fairly simple.
    Seems like a good idea to me, too.

    On the quilting, I'd go for something like a meander - so if there is a bit of slippage on the lining up of the two sides, it won't really matter.

    It's really really hard to line up a top and bottom exactly.

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    How about a variegated thread? I have often used both Rayon and regular variegated threads on my quilts, gives them a little dimension and might solve the coordinating thread problem.

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    I just use neutral gray and an off white--whichever works best.

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    Using two colors is doable. Just use the same weight and manufacture and the tension should not be an issue.
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    back in the day when women actually wore hose and coordinated them to the outfit or the shoes I was told that taupe goes with anything & it did. It actually has a sort of grey cast (to my eyes, anyway) I would follow the recommendations of the others who recommended a neutral - even if it doesn't look like it works, sometimes after actually using it, it will work

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    Sure you can use monofilament thread.

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    Why not use the variegated threads on top and bottom

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Seems like a good idea to me, too.

    On the quilting, I'd go for something like a meander - so if there is a bit of slippage on the lining up of the two sides, it won't really matter.

    It's really really hard to line up a top and bottom exactly.
    Man, Bear, you are so right about the lining up. It was a nightmare. Next time I do this I'll pin it and hope to get better results instead of the 505. I can't meander yet, so, it's STID or cross hatch.

    FYI, I found a light grey thread that will work. Y'all are the best!
    aka Gale

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