Here's a list of all the thread color suggestions mentioned in Question Thursday #5:
- periwinkle blue
- blue variegated
- light gray
- medium gray
- light green
- dark green
- variegated blue, red, green
- medium red
We even had a wonderful comment from Troy55, who reminds us all how simple these choices can be:
"I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU USE ONE COLOR OF QUILTING THREAD THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE QUILT, IS THAT WRONG? SHOULD YOU USE 2 OR 3 DIFFERENT COLORS ON ONE QUILT?"
Note: I seriously think this was a mistake of caps lock and not Troy55 yelling about thread color. LOL!
The answer here is that there IS NO ANSWER!
(I am honestly shouting this here).
You can use one color of thread on your quilts.
Or you can use hundreds of colors.
You can quilt exclusively in variegated threads.
Or you can stick with only solid colors.
You can change color within a block if you like.
Or you can quilt each block fully before changing color for the next block.
Are you starting to see just HOW MANY choices you have when it comes to thread on your quilts?
If you hate struggling with this whole thing, pick one color and buy it in bulk so you don't have to question what to use. If anyone asks, tell them you inherited all of it and must use up all 300 spools before you die. That usually makes people walk away slowly and stop asking questions.
It also seems that many quilters assume that threads that match, or at least blend in, will hide mistakes. For the most part, this is the truth: Some thread colors will hide mistakes better than others.
The point here is that thread color is always going to be an opinion / design driven thing and you shouldn't worry excessively about it
There is no RIGHT color or WRONG color to quilt your quilts - it's just COLOR!I once heard a story about a woman who painted her house a different wild shade every year. When asked about her choice to do this, and the potential risk of getting a bad color, she responded with "What's the big deal, it's just paint!?"
So what's the big deal, it's just THREAD?!
Just in case you're still worried about the idea of picking the "wrong" color for a particular quilt, here's this same sawtooth star block covered in stippling in each of the colors suggested:
From the top left hand corner we have: red, periwinkle blue, blue, blue variegated.
Row 2 - Light gray, gray, medium gray, beige
Row 3 - Black, purple, light green, green,
Row 4 - Dark green, variegated blue/red/green, medium red, and white
As you can see, some look better than others, but you really can't from a digital drawing, can you?
The best way to know if the thread you picked is the right color is to...
Shut up and go quilt it!