Color in the Mail

In the past I have been notoriously known for doing my quilting with neutrals.  Beige thread, tan thread, black, white, grey... Until now.

I recently had a birthday gift of a little gift card and was given specific instructions to spend it on something FUN for myself.  No groceries, no gas, nothing of that sort.

I knew right away it would be something for my sewing area.  I needed new blades, but that isn't too fun.  Just like it was fate, I received my deals email from Connecting Threads (not a sponsor or anything, just sharing my purchase and my opinions). I haven't done a whole lot of ordering online for my quilting goods.  I once borrowed some pretty light green thread from a friend at a retreat and I felt that it worked really nice for that project.  When I saw the great sale that they had, I knew it was meant to be.

Oh the rainbow to choose from...

I had a hard time deciding which colors I was most likely to use. One little spool of tea dyed thread got in there, but I think I did a pretty good job of stepping outside my box.

I had them all laid out on top of my butterfly that is waiting for its quilting and I noticed this:

How pretty is that?!
I was thinking I was going to do a real dense meander (or maybe learn how to do feathers) in grey on just the background and maybe something on the body in black, but now I am reconsidering.
What are your thoughts?
Here is the butterfly:

I would love to get opinions on how you would quilt this wall hanging. I am open to learning something new.

My son had a good laugh pointing out the names of the colors I chose.  Sangria, Merlot, Wine... Do you see a theme here? :)

Linking up with 
Needle and Thread Thursday


  1. Choosing a quilting pattern is the hardest thing for me to do! What if you did two different meandering patterns, one in the butterfly and a different one in the background?
    Beautiful thread colors! And Happy Birthday!

  2. Well.... I am not one for coming up with inspirational ideas for the quilting. I do a wavy line edge to edge on everything! But I must say those are some really pretty threads you chose. Looks like you have just made your job harder.... But a lot more fun!

  3. Ooh I love Connecting Threads. I am not brave enough to quilt with anything but white/off-white. You have a terrific blue butterfly and I am sure that whatever you choose it will look lovely. Enjoy and a belated happy birthday.
    Preeti (thank you for your comment on my nameless quilt post)

  4. You have chosen some beautiful coloured threads. Like Preeti I stick to neutrals too, off white, creams and grey. Good advice from Paige.

  5. Intoxicating thread choices Jen! :)
    What if you did some kind of loopy meander in the background behind your butterfly and then sets of three or four elongated teardrops going out from its body into each wing?

  6. Those thread colors are TOXICLY inspiring! Thanks now I'm going to need to duplicate 😉!!!

  7. Your thread colors are wonderful, but I'm really digging that butterfly piecing! Splendid work!

  8. I like the colors you picked, and the theme seems perfect to me! ;)


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