Choosing Thread Color

Thread Color

Once again, I would like to welcome all the new followers from around the world who have joined us here at The Inbox Jaunt.  We have been joined by a large group of quilters from France, sent to us by Emma Coutancier of L’Atelier d Emma.  Thank you, Emma!  See her lovely blog HERE.

Today, I would like to discuss thread color choices.  For each project, it is a good idea to do a fairly large sample on the fabric and batting that you plan to use in your quilt.  This will give you a sense of how your thread color will look on the finished quilt.  You will be spending a great deal of time quilting your quilt, so don’t rush this step.

In the samples below, I compared rayon threads of three color types.

For the first sample, I chose a thread that is a shade darker than the fabric.  It blends in well and gives the quilt a slightly darker, heavier look.

Thread Color

Next, I tried a thread that is a shade lighter than the fabric.  It also blends in well, and gives a brighter feel to the project.  I definitely like this better.  The quilting “pops” and you can see the stitching quite well.

Thread Color

My third test was a variegated thread.  I rarely use variegated threads as I think they distract from the quilting line.  However, I  like how it looks in this motif.  Perhaps variegated thread seems more appropriate when stitching leaves and flowers because it mirrors nature.  Also, the choice of variations within the thread makes a big difference.  I tend to like the more subtle transitions of color within the thread.

Thread Color

Finally, I tried my favorite thread–an off white thread.  The quilting “pops” and the pattern is easy to see.

Thread Color

All are good choices depending on the project.  This time,  I am going to break out of my comfort zone a little  and go wild–I will use the variegated thread.

Thread Color

What would you chose?

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Again, I would like to welcome all the new followers of The Inbox Jaunt.  We have been joined by many new followers from Brazil–we are excited to have you here.  We also found out that Bernina USA posted The Anchor Quilt on their Facebook page. Welcome to all of you who found us through Bernina…We will be discussing Bernina and sewing machine adjustments for perfect tension in the days and weeks ahead… If you haven’t read it, you might like to review Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting HERE  and My Secret Weapon HERE.  Around Christmas, I posted many of my favorite sewing notions in: Ten Stocking Stuffers for Quilters HERE.

Today, I plan to go for a long walk and work on some obedience training with my two Australian shepherds, Ruby and Roxie.  They will do ANYTHING for a Pupperoni!  They will do almost anything for any treat--sounds a bit like my teenage son–Hmmm…

It is a gorgeous day here in Minnesota, so I am ditching my computer and my sewing machine…

Wishing you all a lovely day,