Thread Color on Welcome “Blanket”

Six blocks are quilted using an Angela Walters approach (so it is taking longer than an all-over design would.) I’d considered all-over paisley, then thought this was a great time to try custom quilting a slightly different design on each block.

As I usually do, I started in the center.

40 center q

Most quilting designs here are Angela Walters inspired. The center is from her first Shape by Shape book. (I don’t remember how she named the nesting squares.) Yep, I know the center isn’t square–I stitched the square then did the design.  I’d decided that the nesting square would be in each block as a unifying feature. The pear print prompted paisley after outlining them. This block was done with thread that matched the brown background.

The edge blocks are quilted with light beige thread, Aurofil 50 weight. Another of Angela’s ideas is that a single color of 50-weight thread will sink in and not show contrast much.  It speeds things up by eliminating thread changes. So I tried it.

My first thought, while quilting, was that it doesn’t hide well enough.

40 red close q

The center here begins to show how bold the thread looks up close (though in real life it is much more of a contrast). I began to think Angela had misled me, or maybe I had more contrast than she had intended. Then I saw it from a distance.

40 quilted stars

And the thread was much less visible. I think when the quilt is washed the thread will be even less visible.

For unity, I decided not to use too many different motifs. So I limited myself to spiral, pebble, and paisley at first. Those didn’t quite fit the background of the star to the right, so I did a  modified feather with pebbles at the one edge.  And I added ribbon candy to some of the wider log cabin like strips that don’t show here.

I tried to do as few stops and starts as possible so combined outlining he points with moving into the background, something I couldn’t have done had I been changing colors of thread.

Here’s a look at the two blocks with similar brown fabric.

40 two browns close q

The lighter thread does a pretty good job of disappearing.

Three blocks and binding yet to do and a welcome letter to write. Luckily the due date has been extended to November 7.

First post about this quilt with information about the Welcome Blanket project here.

You can view the project’s progress at the Twitter site and (if you live near Chicago) find days to go and knit or sew at the Smart Museum installation of welcome blankets.


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9 responses to “Thread Color on Welcome “Blanket”

  1. Looking good! I thought that pear print looked a bit familiar… Useful info about the thread colour and contrast, I’ll bear it in mind.

  2. Helen

    Love the quilt!

  3. What a great quilt for the Welcome Blanket project. Thanks for the tip on thread contrast. It is working well in your quilt. You must being doing this on a sit-down machine? I’m working towards mastering – ok – improving my fmq. Yours looks great!

  4. magpiesue

    This is looking wonderful! Based on my own experience, after washing you will see the quilting threads much less. Someone is going to LOVE this!

  5. Neat quilt. I really like the center design.

  6. This is lovely, and your fmq is very good. I think you’ll be happy with the thread color when you’re done. One thing I know, when I’m working on something, my eyes are a few inches away from it and all the flaws (real or not) seem huge. But when you step back a bit and look at the whole picture, any flaws disappear. What shows is the texture that the quilting provides. As long as the texture is relatively even, it will work quite well.

  7. Wonderful “welcome blanket”! Great palette and cool blocks!

  8. Cher Smith

    I love reading your thoughts as you process the quilting designs you chose to use, why and how you did the different kinds….looks really great Claire!

  9. I especially love the pears! Somehow I missed them in previous posts…

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