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Thread: Thread color for machine blanket stitch applique?

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    Thread color for machine blanket stitch applique?

    I am starting a quilted tree skirt for a family member....I don't have a huge thread collection, but so far I have used brown, green and gold Aurifil 50wt in the appropriate places to blanket stitch around the fused pieces. What color should I use for the gumdrops alongs the roof? I will use white or red for the candy canes, and I have navy for the lollipops. Would a light grey work for the gumdrops, or white, or???? Thanks as always for your help! This is the first of 6 panels that will make up the skirt....haven't decided o nth other appliqués yet! This pattern is one of the Baltimore Christmas blocks by Pearl Pereira.
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    I think a grey would be fine. I just used a variegated thread on some dresden blocks I'm doing.

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    I would probably use the same yellow as is on the roof and chimney, or beige/tan.

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    i'm crazy for applique, i'd either do the whole thing in black , or the separate colors. when I do app. I do about 6 blocks or more at a time, do all the red first, yellow, black blue you get it, all at one time. if this is a block of the month, maybe a light grey. I found using all black or the separate colors was the way to go for me. have fun and good luck.
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    Use the same color that you used for the stepping stones, it will look fine.
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    That is really cute! I'd use white on the gum drops to mimic a sugar coating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onetomatoplant View Post
    That is really cute! I'd use white on the gum drops to mimic a sugar coating.
    I agree! Sew adorable!
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    I think white. Here is my thinking. It would look like a dusting of either snow or frosting.
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    Your block is so adorable. I think I would agree with RedGarnet and Latrinka about the white on the gumdrops and it would look like a sugar coating. I am sure anything you use will be so pretty.

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    I too think gray or white would be your best bet. Pool the thread along the applique and see what looks best. CUTE block.
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    This is so so cute!

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    If you use a small white "bead stitch" around the gum drops it could look like sugar coating on them. Just my thought.
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    Very cute block, love it. I like the idea of white thread on the gumdrops too.

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    Very cute!Agree with white for the gumdrops on the roof.
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    Madamekelly-what is a bead stitch? I completed the blanket stitching with white-looks fine. I tend to overthink a lot! ��. Finished the embroidery on the gingerbread boy, and added their last name above the door....first time I have used the letter function on my machine! I will add some tiny beads in a few spots, and move on to the next piece. Thanks for your input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillmc View Post
    Madamekelly-what is a bead stitch? I completed the blanket stitching with white-looks fine. I tend to overthink a lot! ��. Finished the embroidery on the gingerbread boy, and added their last name above the door....first time I have used the letter function on my machine! I will add some tiny beads in a few spots, and move on to the next piece. Thanks for your input!
    My quilting machine does a zigzag satin stitch, that is wide, then narrows again, then widens again, back forth. Since I can decide the stitch size, I forgot that not everyone has this machine. You could do french knots in white along the white stitching to get a similar effect... Have fun!
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