02 June, 2011

Thread Choices

It's down to the quilting on that Shades of Grey Herringbone piece. The first decision is always which thread to use.

I actually starting threading my machine with the normal grey thread I use for piecing. It seemed kind of obvious to use it. It would blend in and carry on the grey theme.

Then I thought about my binding. I'm thinking of going with a turquoise, so I wanted to see if turquoise thread would work. It surely pops! The colour would be great and it would work great with the binding and the back. But I've also got turquoise on the back (shot cottons) and I didn't want to have just one section on the back where the quilting blended in.

Going back and forth between the grey and the turquoise I was torn. The turquoise looks really good on the front, but the grey seemed more in line with the Shades of Grey fabric. Then I remembered that I have a cone of nearly white organic thread. When I put it next to the others I realized that it was the perfect choice. It pops on the back, it reads practically the same as the grey on the front, and it is an organic choice.

This quilt isn't all organic - the muslin foundation isn't organic, the back is a mix of conventional shot cottons, and I tried out a bamboo batting. But I am definitely influenced by Jan's commitment to organics and wanted to push it as much as I could. The organic thread will be a great finish.


Amy said...

Before I read your comments I came to a quick decision that I like the nearly white thread best, no question. Fun to hear you came to the same decision!

CarlyMaria said...

Happy to see the organic! (and I also liked the white best!)
PS: just discovered I had the perfect fabric in my stash for my quilts recover donation :)

Suzanne said...

I always appreciate the thought you put into your choices.

Jan | Daisy Janie said...

Loved hearing you talk through that thread decision. I do the same thing!! I like the nearly white, too.

Anonymous said...

It always takes me forever to figure out the thread color.

I'm with you on the organic, but I gotta say I used blue on my grey triangle pillow and so loved it.