Think this advice applies only to paper piecing? Think again. Below are samples I made to illustrate what can happen when the wrong color thread is chosen.
First up is a dark green batik pieced with a light gray thread. See those tiny dots of thread in the seam?
Here's a black fabric pieced with a white fabric. Think thread color doesn't make a difference here? Proof is in the picture. I pieced this seam with white thread. See the white stitches against the black? If I had used black, you wouldn't have seen the stitches at all.
The moral of this story? When choosing thread to piece with, match the darker fabric. I use the same color in the bobbin and in the needle. Do I sometimes have to change threads if the bulk of the quilt is dark but the background is light? Yes. Where the two lights come together I change to the lighter thread. Why? Because the darker thread will shadow in the seam. It's an attention to detail.
I use a lot of gray thread in my sewing. Although I have all (yes, I said all) the 50 and 60 wt. Mettler threads, I buy #713 (taupe), #736 (light gray), #724 (medium gray), #758 (dark gray), and black by the box. But I still need the other colors--because if I am making a brown quilt, I need brown thread.
Jay said he thought I must have thread hidden elsewhere from what I showed you--the answer is that all my 50 and 60 wt. threads are only in those boxes. My quilting thread is stored elsewhere, mostly by brand and sometimes by weight. We'll visit those another day.
Remember on my masthead that it says I am very opinionated. Truth in advertising--I am!
Next up: Needles, both hand and machine.
Hugs to all!
P.S. I am listening to Lost Empire by Clive Cussler. Reading a funny book on dressage, which I know you probably don't care about!
P.P.S. Hi, Laurie! Hi, Mary Ann! See you soon!
P.P.P.S. Janet, I'd be interested in what parts you disagree with! You can email me privately, if you'd like.