I recently became aware of a new resource designed to help quilters decide which thread color to choose for quilting, and wanted to share it with you.
Besides functioning to hold the quilt sandwich together, the quilting thread enhances the surface design of the quilt. So, choosing the right color is important. A wrong thread choice could make the quilting too powerful and diminish the effect of the quilt. Or the opposite could take place and the thread blend so well with the fabric as to not be even noticeable.
Superior Threads has recently added a feature to their website that will be most helpful in selecting a color that will work well with your fabrics. This feature is easy, even fun to use.
To accomplish the task of matching thread to fabric, Superior Threads has added fabric to their website, over 2500 fabrics, all current fabric and even available for purchase. The wife of owner, Bob Purcell, affectionately known as Mother Superior, has a real knack for picking the right thread. She seems to know what will work with a fabric to make the quilting outstanding and has thread suggestions for both piecing and quilting for every fabric.
Fabrics are grouped in several different ways that are helpful when trying to decide what fabrics and color choices to put together. For example, you can preview fabrics by color groups, using the color wheel, by designer, manufacturer and by description (animal, floral, etc). Each fabric has suggestions for thread color making that decision much easier.
In addition, at the bottom of the Fabric page, you can click on Mother Superior’s Block Designer. With this tool you can even preview your fabric choices in several block designs. What a great way to audition your fabrics together and see if you like the look. Even if your particular block design is not there, you can get an idea of how the fabrics or colors look together. Simply add your fabric selections to your “cart.” They are then available to use in the block design tool. Don’t worry, you can remove them from the cart later if you do not plan to purchase them.
I know that I plan on using these fun and useful tools to help me both visualize the block, my particular selection of fabrics and colors, and to help determine what thread to purchase for piecing and quilting. Check out these great tools by clicking the link below.