First I like to pick some threads that I like...usually based on the colors on the top of the quilt. Sometimes I will choose two different threads one for the top and one for the bottom. This usually creates a "whole cloth" quilt effect on the back, which I absolutely LOVE!!! However, you have to spend a little more time getting the tension just right so that the bottom doesn't poke out on the top and vice versa.
This morning I was picking threads for this quilt...
The threads are hard to see, but the one on the far left is black, green, orange and gold, the next one is black, the next one is red, green and gold, the next one is tan, brown and black the one on the far right is tan and the last one at the top is a shiny red, green gold and red. I chose black because it is more traditional and this is a raffle quilt, so should appeal to the most people possible.
However, I really liked the tan...it would have really popped on the solid black backing. It would have created a 2 sided quilt as would the black, orange, green and yellow variagated thread, but they would not have looked as good on the front and that high of a contrast on the back doesn't appeal to some people.
I is also very important pick threads based on their weight. The thread on the top should be heavier/thicker than the one on the bottom...the weird thing is that the numbers are opposite. 60 wt is very fine (thin), the 40 wt is thicker. So, I am using a 40wt black on the top and a 60 wt black on the back. Sometimes the 60 wt can look a little "stingy" on the back of lighter colored backing fabrics, but with black on black it looks great!!!
I am almost done with it...post the finished quilt in a bit. : D.
So, I think it came out GREAT!!! Check it out!!!