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Thread: What color thread to quilt this???

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    What color thread to quilt this???

    I have the top all pinned and ready to quilt but can not decided what color to use.. I only have white and ivory quilting thread..I didn't know if I should go and buy another color

    This picture is before I put the borders on, the first border is white and the second one is the light purple..

    Do you think ivory or white would look ok? I will be doing a, all over quilt design, maybe a swirl or stippling

    Thanks for your help
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    I am no help in recommending thread color....lol...I always rely on my LA but I remember her always telling me she stays away from "white" when quilting. With that said, this quilt is gorgeous!!!
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    Your quilt is beautiful! I am partial to adding white fabric in my quilts, so I do quilt most all of mine with white thread. Your quilt .. your rules! Let us know what you decide.

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    When I can't decide on a color, I pull some of the thread loose, lay it across the quilt and see if I like it. Almost any thread that you would sew with can be quilting threads if you are doing it on the machine. I don't know that I would use a cream on a white fabric. It might tend to look dirty.
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    Lovely top! If you are a really confident quilter, then white would be fine and really show up in the dark sections. If you are not quite as confident with your quilting, I might go with a neutral like grey or lavender?

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    Thanks everyone, I will being machine quilting it on my sweet sixteen FMQ ...I never thought about lavender, thats a thought ....Thanks all

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    Yellow thread would look lovely on your beautiful quilt.

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    Your quilt is beautiful and I definitely would go with the lavender or white if that's all I had. Good luck!
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    i think I would go with a soft and little bit shiny gold like Glide thread.

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    Please no white or off white or beige or cream or neutral color thread. I think that looks so blah on a quilt. There are so many colors to chose for any quilt. I like a light lavender or any pastel color for quilts that are mostly white background. when I want the quilting thread to stand out I use heavier weight thread in any color that pops.
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    Beautiful quilt first of all. I think I would agree with some of the members here that maybe a light lavender would look nice. I think white would really be too bold but this is your quilt and whatever color you like is what you should quilt with. Is there anything such as verigated? I just always go with my LA quilter suggestions so I don't have to make that decision. Good luck

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    Light grey or silver on lavender/purple and green looks great. The silver on white is so pretty also.

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    That's a beauty!!! I guess it depends on the look you want. I love white and off white for most quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Please no white or off white or beige or cream or neutral color thread. I think that looks so blah on a quilt. There are so many colors to chose for any quilt. I like a light lavender or any pastel color for quilts that are mostly white background. when I want the quilting thread to stand out I use heavier weight thread in any color that pops.
    Sometimes, you want your piecing to stand out and not the quilting, especially if the quilting is just a meander or a panto edge to edge.

    The LAer who quilted my first quilt suggested yellow thread and I just took her word for it. I've always wished she had done it in white, which was the background color.

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    A thread of 60wt - 100 wt will let the pattern show and not the quilting thread. That is when I chose white or neutral thread color. I like Wonderfil, Aurifil or Superior, thin thread.
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    I would go with ivory or even ecru.
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    Take a walk on the wild side and go with the lavender. I started doing this and i really like it.

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    Your quilt is beautiful.

    I'm with most, white. I use it a lot and off white. Your quilt your way.
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    Love this. I always love the stars in the dashing but have been hesitant to try it. Nice. Anxious to read what color suggestions are for quilting it.

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    I think a limey green would blend in well. Give it a try.

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    have you considered using invisible thread?
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    My "go to" colors when I can't decide have been a pearl grey, pale lime green, pale yellow or off white which I rarely use. Mostly use the lime green as I think it would work for your quilt. I used it on a red, purple with neutral background quilt once and was amazed how nice it came out. The pearl grey or pale grey works great too.
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    I may be the odd one out, but since I've only done stitch in the ditch or topstitching along the seam lines, I would start with the stars using white thread, then use green thread for all the green areas, and purple or lavender on the purple areas. I usually use 505 spray to stabilize the three layers, and then start in the middle as much as possible smoothing and repinning as I go. I like the piecing to be the focus, not the quilting. However i have seen some beautiful quilting but it is beyond my skill level.

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    I like the idea of light gray or lavender maybe a variegated. I have a variegated gray I like to use. Take your quilt to the store and audition different colors by laying the thread out on top of the colors.

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