I am taking my time getting started piecing Cloudy Night Sky this week. I have been documenting my decision making process on Instagram, but nothing really feels “official” until I record it here on my website. So today, I’m going to share how I thought through and selected the thread I am going to use to piece my two color Cloudy Night Sky quilt.
Before I dig in, I want to mention that I’m taking the extra time and effort here because I’m hoping this will be a “show quilt”. My goal is to get Cloudy Night Sky pieced and completed in time to submit it for consideration to QuiltCon 2024. Depending on whether it is accepted into QuiltCon or not, I will then evaluate other quilt show opportunities.
I have pieced stark, two color, modern, minimal quilts full of lots of negative space before, and because I like to press my seams open, the piecing thread that I chose to use has stood out to me in the finished quilts. To hopefully avoid having the seams distract me this time, I auditioned matching 50wt Aurifil Thread in 2785 (very dark navy), 2311 (muslin), and my handy standby piecing favorite: 2600 (dove).
Before I dig into the results of my test, do you have an idea of what thread you would gravitate toward trying or using?
I made a series of videos that I shared via Instagram, and I’ve collated them together into a video on my YouTube channel:
I’m curious if the result surprised you. Again, this is what is going to work best given that I will be pressing my seams open. You may find that a different thread color works best for your fabrics / machine / pressing direction preferences. I’m glad I tested it out before committing to sewing my blocks, and I’m ready to dive in and start piecing.
Linking up with Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd.