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    Im just now getting back in to quilting after over 20 years. I think i've forgotten everything I once thought I knew, if that makes any sense.
    Is it a rule of thumb that your quilting thread shouldnt show? After looking at some of the quilts on here, im ready to ripe all my quilting out and start over. Im not that far alng yet so its no biggie, but im just curious if the thread should not show on the top of your quilt. I swear, I feel like a beginner all over again. :?

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    No matter how you are quilting, by hand or machine the thread will show- that is the point. The question is do you want the thread to stand out or blend with the fabric?

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    I always want my thread on top to show. Sometimes it makes the quilt. If you have been gone from quilting for awhile, you may want to look at some of the sites for all of the different types of thread. I love King Tut from Superior Threads.

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    I honestly didnt know the difference. Mine looks like dotted designs and being I have black borders and using cream colored quilt thread, it shows.
    Being this is the first quilt in a hundred years for me, im just using the random buzy bee stitch. Im quilting by hand. So, I guess its ok then?

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    Im using coats quilting thread. I dont know one thread from the other right now. I think i can clasify myself as a complete beginner now.

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    welcome to the board. you will see the same advice repeated on the board... It's YOUR quilt, do what you want :)

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    LOL Good advice...... Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SANDY COWAN
    I honestly didnt know the difference. Mine looks like dotted designs and being I have black borders and using cream colored quilt thread, it shows.
    Being this is the first quilt in a hundred years for me, im just using the random buzy bee stitch. Im quilting by hand. So, I guess its ok then?
    That's the look I try for: lines of dots making designs. So if you're wrong, I'm right there in the boat with you.

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    My dots are more like little short lines maybe 1/16" long each and spaced about the same distance apart.

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    HI and welcome to the board from Iowa. I like my stitching to show (or blend) depending on what my intended outcome is.

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    even if you used invisible thread your quilting would show- that is part of the quilting---the only thing to be concerned about is consistancy===as in the stitches should be as even- same size=as possible.
    and it's supposed to be an enjoyable hobby--- no point in (sweating the small stuff) even if your stitches don't start out all that even- that's no reason to be undoing- you can only strive to do better as you get more experience.

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    I have hand quilted some and yes the quilting is supposed to show. I'll bet you are good too. Just get going and enjoy.

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    Of course your stitches are going to show--some. Depending on what size you make them.

    What is taught now is that it is not the size of your stitches that matter it is the consistent size of your stitches that matter. Because stitches that are a different size will not be pretty!!

    Just keep going at it and be glad you can do as good as you do.

    Chris

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    Hello and welcome to the board from MO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma58
    No matter how you are quilting, by hand or machine the thread will show- that is the point. The question is do you want the thread to stand out or blend with the fabric?
    I couldn't have said it better. Sometimes you want the quilting to show and other times, you want it to blend in with the fabrics. That is why invisible thread was invented. Please don't be so hard on yourself. There is no reason to berate yourself. Leave that to the quilters who compete in quilt shows!! Post a picture and maybe we can give you additional advice.

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    Well, thats good to know. My stitches are consistant. I was thinking I remembered the stitches needed to be near invisable and very close together as in near touching one another with a slight pucher between each. Thats the way I used to hand quiilt but these old eyes arent what they used to be,even with readers on.. Thanks for the inspiration. Its nice to be amoung the pros! You guys are good!

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    This is my quilt I'm working on. Told you it was nothing fancy but I do love the colors.

    This is just the top. I've already started quilting it. its full size. With a 10" over hang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SANDY COWAN
    My dots are more like little short lines maybe 1/16" long each and spaced about the same distance apart.
    Sounds wonderful to me!! Welcome back to quilting!! Enjoy!!!

    Whoaa.... just saw your beautiful quilt!! Great job...

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    Thank you so much Running. I truly appreciate the compliment and thank you for the welcome mat too!

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    I want a little of my thread to show. I am working on a small quilt for my Daughter-in-law. She wants the stitches to be big on it. I guess it depends on the person and what they like.

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    I made a scrappy quilt years ago and Quilted it with three stands of embroidery thread for my daughter.It turned out really pretty she said. Now it belongs to her daughter who is a 7 y/o.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SANDY COWAN
    Im using coats quilting thread. I dont know one thread from the other right now. I think i can clasify myself as a complete beginner now.
    This is just as right as rain! Welcome back to quilting. As far as the thread not showing, you may be remembering that you don't want your piecing thread to show at your seams. Sometimes if you have loose stitching, when you press your seam open the thread will show. It is not a sin but not as attractive as a nice smooth clean seam and loose stitching leads to weak seams.

    Enjoy your hand quilting and let it show ! :thumbup: :thumbup:

    EDIT: Just saw your beauty. Could you give me some tips. It is FABULOUS!
    peace

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    Thanks Ube. That helps. Yes, i remember that now. I used to always press my seams to one side to the darker color instead of open. Dd it with this one too.. I pieced this one with a machine and all the seams are nice a tightly uniform so no problems there. I have my tention set at number 2.

    ETA. me? Give you tips? I wish I was far enough in to it that I could help others but as you see, im starting from scratch myself. LOL

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    After all that work, I want my stitches to show! Whether it is discreet (thread blends in with the quilt) or not so discreet (thread contrasts with the quilt) is simply a design decision. Your quilt, your choice.

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    Thank you Carole. Im liking this forum already. Hehe!

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