The colors in this quilt are so beautiful. I took it off the shelf several times and put it back because I just didn't know the best way to quilt it. I finally took the plunge this week and finished it up this morning. I used mostly dark blue SoFine thread and then light blue thread in the light areas. The batting is Hobb's black and it was pretty yucky. It felt more like a stiff felt than a batting. Mary and I are both hoping washing will soften it up a bit.