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Dotty D posted on Wed, Feb 6 2013 7:48 PM

Hello everyone, I'm a newbie to this forum. I havn't been quilting for long but I'm addicted to it already.

I'm hoping someone can advise me which color of thread to use when stitching  white blocks to  navy blue blocks. I do my patchwork by hand over papers so my stitching shows through a bit more than machining would.  Can anyone tell me what the general rule is in this situation?

 

 

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Dottie you could always use red and it would be a patriotic quilt.  Just an idea.

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Nana replied on Wed, Feb 6 2013 8:23 PM

Dotty

I would probably try something in the grey family.

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Dotty, welcome,  I mostly use light grays and off white

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Kris replied on Wed, Feb 6 2013 8:33 PM

I agree with Nana on the grey thread. 

Make your stitches a bit tighter so they don't show through. Pull tight then smooth it with your fingers.

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gini replied on Thu, Feb 7 2013 1:15 AM

if you use thread the same as your white,  stray threads won't show through as easily

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Dotty I to use alot of light gray its seems to blend in well . I but the big cone of it and it last a lot time before I have to get new .

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Marie replied on Thu, Feb 7 2013 3:51 PM

Dotty, welcome!  I go along with the grey as well.

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Thank you Marie, Barbara, Gini, Kris, Leslie, IS2116 and Nana. I'm so grateful for your advice. I'm still tacking my patches at the moment, but should be ready to start stitching them together (with grey) by Monday or Tuesday. Happy stitching everyone! Dotty

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L Kohl replied on Wed, Feb 13 2013 5:10 PM

It appears that I'm a bit late in answering the question.  I was taught to use a neutral color of thread for piecing - generally an off-white/beige or gray.  Gray is better on dark fabrics.  If ever in doubt lay a strand of thread across the fabric and use the one that shows the least.  This works well for choosing thread for quilting also, whether you want the thread to blend or contrast.  For blending a shade lighter is less visible than a shade darker.

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Ramona replied on Wed, Feb 13 2013 5:41 PM

Just dropped by to say welcome to the site!!

 

 

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Thank you for your lovely warm welcome.

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I'm also late to this, but I'm hand piecing (English piecing method) a Grandmother's Garden.  I tried using gray thread but it showed then I decided to match to the darkest thread.  That worked.

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Dotty D replied on Sun, Mar 24 2013 10:31 AM

It's awful when you have to unpick isn't it., but the advice worked really well for me - I choose a fairly dark grey cotton after a failure using a lighter shade.

If I don't redo a block I'm unhappy with, then that's the bit that jumps out at me whenever I look at the finished quilt!  Jackie.

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Welcome Dotty. I'm with you, if I make a mistake and don't fix it, I always notice it first. Usually no one else sees it but me. I think it's the Amish that purposely put a mistake in their quilts bacause only God is perfect. Don't forget to post pictures.

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