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Old 05-30-2013, 07:46 AM
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I was recently at a resale shop and purchased 12 Sunbonnet Sue Squares. They are all "cut out" and pinned. My question is . . . do you use threads to match each piece or do you use the main color of thread on everything? Please help, I would really like to complete these squares. Thank you.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:59 AM
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Whichever way you choose is fine. It just depends on the look you are after. Have fun with it and be sure to pics
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:04 AM
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I generally match the thread to each piece as I applique it. Whichever way is fine.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:05 AM
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When I applique, I don't want the stitches to show so I use the color of the applique I'm piecing.... not the background color. I use a blind stitch and you don't see the stitching. Of course, you need a lot of colors but for me that's not a problem.... I must have 100's of spools of thread that I've gotten over the years. If it's really old, I pull off the 1st layer of thread. I've never had a problem with the thread breaking, even for very old threads.

Yes, do let us see your blocks. I'm really wanting to do a sunbonnet sue quilt..... just need to get some of those pesky UFOs finished.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:09 AM
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I made my DD a Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam quilt a few years ago using the Quilt in Day book. I appliqued Sue and Sam on with a black thread. It was how DD wanted it. I liked it but it did show every tiny mistake I made.
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some people use all black, are you doing needle turn or machine?
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:12 AM
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I'm with the thread matching group. I do all like pieces consecutively though - all the dresses/bonnets on each square, then change thread and do all the arms, etc.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:15 AM
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If hand appliquing the Sues on, I would do the color match. If sewing by machine I would choose thread color differently.

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Old 05-30-2013, 09:44 AM
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If hand appliqueing, you might be able to use just one thread if you find a good neutral, and if you're doing needle turn so your stitches don't show.
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I like to use embroidery thread (hand) and use a contrasting color and stitch in a buttonhole stitch.
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