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Thread: Thread color?

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    There is another thread (no pun intended :wink: ) going about what kind of thread is preferred by everyone. It's interesting to see all the types and reasons.

    My question is: do you buy a lot of thread colors for piecing? I only buy black and white for piecing after I realized that I haven't been using any other colors for a long time. I have a wider color selection for quilting on my LA but I use 40 wt. to quilt and 50 wt. to piece.

    Am I the only one who feels she doesn't need a lot of colors for piecing?

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    White, black, light and medium beige for me for piecing :D:D:D

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    i would add a medium to light gray.

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    I ended up looking for answers to this very question the first time I did some actual piecing and realized there was no way I could match all the colors. The links I found all suggested black, white, beige or grey, and I find one of these neutral colors usually works pretty well.

    Occasionally, if I am able to find a color that works better, I will use that instead. For instance, when I made my ballerina quilt, I found that Gutermann had a soft mauve that blended really well with both the pinks and the purples in my fabrics.

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    For piecing I mostly use a neutral/cream or gray.

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    I use a cream color cotton thread for piecing unless I'm piecing a lot of black, then I will switch to black.

    When piecing the quilt in my avatar, I used black for the black blocks and cream for everything else :)

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    I mainly use black or white!!!

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    black, white, gray, beige. My plan was to get a bunch of different colors so I could use them for piecing or quilting. But now I think I will get different thread altogether for quilting, like the 40 wt, in colors and stick with the neutrals for piecing in 50 wt.

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    I used neutrals except that I have gotten some good thread deals at quilt shows....sometimes I will use those if they are close in color. But I don't specifically buy matching thread for piecing. It's too expensive to do so!

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    I never use black unless the fabric is black. Iuse cream, beige, even light lavender blends with a lot of colors. But I find white and black are to "stark" and show too much. Saw a lovely quilt at a show and the lady pieced it with all black thresd, it showed thru all the seams.

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    I use gray for piecing unless the backgound is black or white. Then I use black or white. It saves buying a lot of different colors. If I'm doing top stitching I may need to buy something to match. Then of course there are all the differnt colors of embroidery thread that I have to buy. My husband bought me a thread chest full of embroidery threads last year for Christmas. Actually that is now two years ago Christmas, with this being 2011.

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    I use white, black and gray.

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    mother goose for medium/darks, and dolphin gray for lights!

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    Beige, Gray, White and Black for piecing

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    Usually neutrals for piecing. But if I have a perfect color match, I will use it.

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    I guess I will be the rebel one on this one. I like ti piece with colored thread. I try to match my predominant color. Of course, I like to use a lot of solids in my quilts sometimes, and in that case i can match it well. Black or white is too obvious when you are sewing on yellow, for example.

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    I use grey or beige
    Colors for quilting. I tend to like the variegated thread For quilting.

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    I have so much thread I cam most of the time color match my main fabric. Hubby doesn't want me to buy anymore anyways.

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    I am with the majority. I have black, white, beigh, brown, light gray, dark gray, and that is about it. You don't see the seams anyway so why bother matching exactly? And I also like 50 wt for piecing and I like 40 or 30 for quilting.

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    Beige/tan mostly, unless the fabric is really dark. Then I use black or dark blue (sometimes it depends on what I have loaded on extra bobbins!).

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    When I decided to make a quilt using a lot of different food fabrics, I was glad I had read on here that many of you use neutral colors to piece. I used a light beige. It worked well! Thank you all for all your helpful advice here!

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    Black, white, natural, cream, and lots of shades of gray. I do have all the Connecting Threads colors but for piecing use the above.

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    grey

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    Dark and medium grey,brown and maroon for piecing and usually varigated shades for quilting.

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    I use ecru cotton thread for everything except the handwork on the binding. Then I use the color that matches the binding. Edie

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