Can Thread Color Change the Look of My Quilt? Sunday Stitches

How important is thread color, and can it change the look of my quilt?
This is a question I'm often asked, and if you've followed my work you know that I generally use matching thread colors. 

When Kathleen and I made our Typhoon quilt for Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts, I decided to use purple thread on the gray fabrics for my machine quilting. I decided to do this because I wanted my machine quilting to really stand out, and appear to have a double batting, without the weight of double batting. 
(The batting used in this quilt is Quilters Dream Poly Deluxe Batting.)
By using the purple thread on the gray fabric my quilt appears to have a lot of texture and the machine quilting really pops!
(I used So Fine! thread for the top and Bottom Line thread for the bobbin, both are by Superior Threads.)

When machine quilting this quilt I used an off white thread on the backing, I think it's cool to see the difference in the way the quilting pops so much on the front of the quilt and blends so much more on the backing
Here is the whole quilt and the feathers really appear to pop, they do, but the reason they really stand out is because of the purple thread on gray fabric.

Check out my book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting for more machine quilting tips and tutorials.
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  1. Great tip and never thought of that....guess I don't do enough of my quilting but want to try more....Thanks Natalia.

  2. This is really cool! What a great pattern :-)
    Liebe Grüße,


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