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    Question New To Quilting, New to Forum, Need Advice!

    Hi! I am new to quilting and I have a quilt I am working on and I need advice on how to pick the thread. When it comes to technical things, like how to put it together, it is easier for me to learn, but the creative aspects (such as color) is more difficult.

    The quilt is different shades of yellow and blue. So there are lighter colors as well as the darker navy. How do I choose what color thread to use without it making the quilt look bad? Any advice is appreciated!

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    Are you hand quilting? I am thinking that a variegated thread would be nice. Try researching that and see if there are some that you like.

    Also, welcome to the group. We can answer just about anything.
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    Welcome to QB!

    You can try unwinding a couple yards of thread and swirling it around a small area of the quilt top. Unwind another color and swirl it around another area, etc. Stand back and see which you like. Usually, the color of thread that is used is personal preference, like so many aspects of quilting. Some people use a color that matches the back. Sometimes a 'neutral' color will blend okay with both light and dark fabrics, like a cream, a taupe, or a gray, even when it's not a color of any of the fabrics used.

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    Are you looking for a color for piecing or for quilting the quilt sandwich? For piecing - a gentle neutral like light gray, tan or lilac. For quilting, a golden tan would work on this one. I just used it on a multicolored quilt and it worked.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. For piecing, a cream or grey thread is usually pretty safe. For quilting a varigated thread may work.

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    Do you want the quilting to blend in or stand out?

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    I just finished a quilt for my son that is light gray, yellow, and white blocks with charcoal gray sashing. My friend long-armed it with silver. It turned out quite nice. When she chose silver, I was a little skeptical. But it’s a great choice. Doesn’t overwhelm any of the quilt colors.
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    Putting it together I use either gray, black, navy, shades of cream or white. I take it to a long armer and there we choose the actual quilting pattern and thread.
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    I agree with Gingerd. No need to buy every color of thread for piecing. The neutrals work just fine. Light gray, dark gray, white, off white, black and red are what I keep on hand.

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    I agree with Boston, variegated thread is always nice. I use Aurifil only on my home machine and they have a great selection of variegated threads. Welcome to the site and good luck with your quilting. You'll be great in no time.
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    I prefer a thread color for quilting that blends in as much as possible. It is tricky when you have very dark areas and light. I'll often choose a medium to light gray in that case.
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    Hi, welcome from North Carolina. You'll get expert advise on any questions you might have here. I agree with the medium or even light grays for the piecing, but are you asking about the quilting? Are you planning to stitch in the ditch? That's usually the way most beginners do their early quilts. ... quilting right on the seam line. It isn't really meant to be visible. Then the med.gray would blend in fine there, also. Just my opinion. The important thing is that you enjoy your project and have fun!

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    When in doubt, I like Superior's Bottom Line thread in silver for quilting. Here are links to it in spool & cone:
    https://www.superiorthreads.com/the-...lyester-thread
    https://www.superiorthreads.com/the-...e-polyester-th

    This is the thread that Bob at Superior Threads (he has a number of videos on Youtube) says blends in with everything, and I have to agree. It is a great thread for a beginning quilter because "mistakes" are not so noticeable. If you use a highly contrasting thread, mistakes show more.

    I am not a fan of variegated thread for quilting unless it's a special application. The problem I have with variegated is that it blends in sometimes and stands out at other times. The standing out part can be particularly distracting if it happens in an area where the quilting is not perfect.

    Jamie Wallen recommends a "baby poop green" in Isacord brand thread; says it blends in with everything (I think because it is a green with a lot of gray in it). I would have to look up the color number but, honestly, I think you are better off with the silver above considering your colors are yellow and blue.

    Edit: Here is a link to Jamie Wallen's website. His "baby poop" Isacord number is 0232 "seaweed".
    https://quiltersapothecary.com/products/isacord-thread
    Last edited by Prism99; 04-21-2018 at 11:01 AM.

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    That's my motto...when in doubt use Grey.
    If you're still in doubt, try it on a piece of scrap. Piece a few pieces
    of the fabrics you have in your quilt then run a length of stitches
    across the whole thing. It will give you a good idea if you like it or
    not.

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    Welcome from NE Ohio.

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    the new neutral

    Quote Originally Posted by jetayre View Post
    Welcome from VErmont
    My kids tease me, because i call light grey a neutral thread. I use it for all my piecing. Top quilting threads are personal preference. I've use Superior King Tut variegated for hand quilting the top of a queen size batik quilt and i've used standard off white hand quilting thread.
    Welcome to the thread. This is a great bunch of guys and gals to learn from; always someone has an answer if there is a question that needs input.

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    Welcome to the the QB!

    One of the best things about quilting is that you can choose colors you LIKE! If you are afraid your quilting will be wobbly, pick a neutral to blend in. If you want your quilting to show choose a contrasting color. Whatever you do will be fine if it suits you.
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    Welcome, I hope you find many hours of joy in your quilting like most of us have. I agree with the advice you got already about laying out thread of different colors and seeing which you like better. I use invisible thread when I can't make up my mind. Good luck with your quilt.

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    Welcome to the board from Arkansas.

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    Welcome to the board from South Carolina, I have learned so much from it, lovely, and smart people. Hope you enjoy your quilting.

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    I usually go with the main color and/or the backing color.


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