Last week as I was working on my first bed quilt for 2018, I realized I needed to place an Aurifil thread order to have matching thread for my projects for the year! I had planned ahead and purchased a lot yardage of the Kona Cotton colors my husband and I selected (Ocean, Astral, Lake, and Sky), but I had neglected to do the same for matching thread. Since my goal was to piece the quilt top before QuiltCon so that I could come home and begin quilting it, I really needed to figure out what I was going to do!
First thing one morning last week, I took out my Aurifil color card and color matched to the Kona Cotton colors I purchased. I placed an order with Hawthorne Threads, and I was fortunate to receive the thread just before I left for QuiltCon to double check my color matching.
I ordered (near to far in the photo above):
- 1 large spool of 50wt 2784 (Dark Navy) to replace the spool I all but used up on the Beacon mini mini quilt,
- 3 large spools of 50wt 2740 (Dark Cobalt),
- 2 large spools of 50wt 2725 (Light Wedgewood),
- 1 large spool of 50wt 2710 (Light Robins Egg), and
- 1 large pool of 50wt 2612 (Arctic Sky).
I think that will work very nicely! In case you are curious why I photographed the thread still in the plastic wrap, I personally like to leave my thread in the protective shrink wrap until I am ready to start using the spool of thread because I live in a very dry, desert climate.
I do plan to use more contrasting thread colors on at least one of the quilt projects I plan in this series for the year, but I figured it would be wise to buy several spools of the darker values of thread because those are the colors my husband and I are most drawn to in the grouping.
Do you buy your thread for a project at the same time you order fabric or do you try to use what you have in your stash or purchase when you get to the quilting stage? I am all over the place with my planning for thread lately, but I do usually intend to place the order closer to the beginning / planning stages of a project.