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Advice Needed - What would you do?

I'm struggling here.  I've never done anything black before (well, finished anything) and now it's loaded and ready to quilt. I'm going to mark the appliques and fill in the background with some sort of fill pattern.

I now have a new machine AND Decision Paralysis.

What do I do in the four-patches in between the applique?  

I was going to use the truck, airplane, car from the pattern "On the Go" by Kariepatch Designs to make a quilting design for the black borders. Do I use black thread for just the borders or the white I plan to use in the center? 

Help! Please comment if you've tried white thread on black and if it was something you'd do again. I'm so anxious to get started. It's basted and everything, just can't decide...


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  1. I have done a good amount of quilting on black but have never used white. . . I have however used high contrasting thread and it looks fabulous! What if you used a thread that kind of matches one of the jewel tones in the third border on the black? You get contrast, but not quite so stark. . . As for the four patches, what about crosshatching or even the paradox design? If you need a link to a video of how to do it or what it looks like, let me know - I can send you a good one :)

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    1. Judy,
      Thank you so much for your great advice. Will definitely try a color the jewel tones...duh (pounding head with fist), not sure why it had to be either black or white. I'd love a link to the good video!!! Thank you so much.

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    2. Here's a link to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STLmwyMwc7E. I think this might show triangles but you can do it in squares and it looks just as cool :)

      I was also thinking a variegated thread would look awesome in that black and the 4 patches as well... Can't wait to see what you do and congratulations on your new machine! How exciting!!

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    3. I think this variegated blue may work? Still too light? Really hard to see in my added photo. The paradox design is very, very cool and she did a great job of sharing how to do it. Do you think it might be too much for boy quilt? Not to mention that I may not be that talented yet. LOL

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  2. Oh! I really like that!! No, not to light at all. I think it is a great contrast but not in your face. I don't think it is too much for a boy quilt at all. I did that design on a quilt that was gifted to a young man and he absolutely loved it! http://www.quiltparadigm.blogspot.com/2015/12/giant-blue-star-quilt-finish.html As for you being able to do it - you can! It is really a very forgiving design (I know it doesn't look like it but trust me it is!). I had many wobbles and many times that the lines in mine were not consistent but once it is finished - you can't see any of that!

    I just had a thought, you could do square spirals in those 4 patches. . . that would look good too! :)

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