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Thread: There are no quilt police...how many of you don't care what color thread

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    There are no quilt police...how many of you don't care what color thread

    My first quilt (the chicken one) I did buy coordinating thread...but then I realized I had a ton of full bobbins (and not one empty one) of every other color thread I already owned. I started using them all up, and except for the outside quilting thread that I made sure was a coordinating neutral...it just didn't seem to matter one iota what color thread was holding the whole thing together on the inside. I'm pretty sure that from here on out, unless it's a 'special' project, I'm not going to worry about anything other than whether the thread needs to be dark or light for any given project.

    Any other rogue players out there using up whatever's hanging about and not worrying about matching your project?

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    I use whatever is in the machine. I don't care!

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    I usually use white or cream unless it's all dark colors so ...NAH, I don't care if it matches except with the quilting!!!!!

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    I have four Aurifil 50 weight threads that I use for all piecing - white, black, grey and tan. It makes thinner seams that iron flatter than the heavier threads. I love it. Truth be told, I'm sure you could choose either the grey or tan and piece everything with it, but I use a lot of white or black sashing and backgrounds, so I perfer the white and black too.

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    I use whatever is in the machine. However, there are times when the seams have been stressed on my quilt and it shows- oops.

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    I use a dirty green gray thread for all my piecing unless the fabric is white. I use thin thread 60 wt or higher for the bobbin. If I'm trying to use up 50 wt in extra bobbins I use the thin thread in the top.
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    For my bobbin thread, I use a thin filament polyester thread. It lasts so much longer per bobbin than the thicker cotton thread and I haven't had a single break since I started using it (on the bobbin side, anyway).

    As for the top thread color, I try to buy white in bulk and use that, but if I run out I have no problem using colored thread. My only caveat would be if I'm sewing white muslin or another light-colored fabric. Then a dark thread color might show through the seam fold. Unlikely, but I have enough light-colored threads to just choose them.
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    I use to use what ever was handy. Now I go out of my way to load up 6-10 bobbins with off white and 6-10 with darker thread. The top thread I always use a different color than the bobbin. This way when I have to do some 'un-sewing' I can tell which thread is which.

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    I have used white so far. It has not been a problem.
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    When I am piecing I use up all the bobbins I have. I usually sew with neutral colors, so when piecingI use up what I have.
    When I am quilting, I use what I want to show on the quilt top and back.

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    I typically just use white for lights or black for darks.

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    Guilty! LOL . I have a lot of thread, silly not to use it up.

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    I use cream mine. Have several large cones and figure it will be ok since it does not show and is good thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loisf View Post
    I have four Aurifil 50 weight threads that I use for all piecing - white, black, grey and tan. It makes thinner seams that iron flatter than the heavier threads. I love it. Truth be told, I'm sure you could choose either the grey or tan and piece everything with it, but I use a lot of white or black sashing and backgrounds, so I perfer the white and black too.
    I have the same 4 colors although I use mostly gray. However when I first started piecing (after years of other sewing) I used up most of my colored thread - not matching them to the fabric but just using them up.

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    I use cream, white, and grey with everything that I sew.I
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    The only time it would make a difference is if you like your seams on the loose side. Many quilters do, because they are a lot quicker to rip out if necessary; and paper piecing, sometimes when you take the paper out it leaves the seam thread visible.

    I think the matching thread idea comes from fashion sewing, and probably is important for a nicely finished project.

    Yesterday I was sewing dark brown and light pink patches, today I'm sewing black and cream Asian prints together. Really now, how can you match threads? I just bump my stitch length down 2 notches.

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    Although I am brand picky (Aurifil, but going to give Presencia a try), after that all bets are off. A couple of years ago, I bought a "Door Crasher" from Tricia's when they were still carrying Aurifil 50 wt. The spools ranged from the taupe I normally use to something like a dusty peach. As it ended up being something like $6 a spool for the large spools, I bought it and have been happily using it since.

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    I try to use light on light --dark on dark. Sometimes I put light pieces and dark pieces together, then I use dark.
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    I do use whatever. I stll have thread from my DM & DS from over twenty years ago that I am still using up to piece my quilts. It's kind of nice to know some of my mom and sister are in the quilts I make. I mostly make scrappy quilts at this time so it really doesn't matter what color or size.

    For special quilts I do like to use Aruifil in a medium gray (#50). It just disappears in most fabric.
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    I use med gray or tanish no matter what for piecing.
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    i use white prewounds for most of my quilts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    My first quilt (the chicken one) I did buy coordinating thread...but then I realized I had a ton of full bobbins (and not one empty one) of every other color thread I already owned. I started using them all up, and except for the outside quilting thread that I made sure was a coordinating neutral...it just didn't seem to matter one iota what color thread was holding the whole thing together on the inside. I'm pretty sure that from here on out, unless it's a 'special' project, I'm not going to worry about anything other than whether the thread needs to be dark or light for any given project.

    Any other rogue players out there using up whatever's hanging about and not worrying about matching your project?

    I don't get too wild with bobbin thread colors-------generally stay in the same color group---------like pink with red. Generally speaking, I've been sewing with just a few basic colors---------white, dark beige, red, navy, black.
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    I realized the same thing and used up all my full bobbins unless it would show through on a white or light fabric

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    When I sewed clothing I always matched the thread. Started doing the same when quilting but after a few years and a new machine I found I could use the basics, dark grey, light grey, beige, or cream. I've not had one problem with thread showing thru. I did stop using black on black because of how hard it was to see if I had to rip stitches.
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    20+ years ago I was at my local fabric store and one lady was buying a whole box of Mettler 803 grey cotton thread. When I asked why she said it was all she used for piecing quilts. It is a nice light grey that seams to match a lot of other colours.
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