Layer One Complete
Here's how I align the pieces on my background fabric. The paper pattern is traced over with a fine line black Sharpie so the lines are easy to see and not too thick.
Layer Two Complete
Layer Three Complete
I have definitely used knowledge I've gained from doing this blog on this project. I used Bottom Line by Superior Threads on the outside orange diamonds and the dark blue with large dots in the center. I did this on purpose for two reasons. First, I wanted something matte that wouldn't stick out. Second, I wanted something thin and fine that wouldn't show up too much. I also set my stitch length and width to 1.6 so that the double-blanket stitches would be finer, but still there upon looking closely.
On the outer turquoise and orange frame, the inner orange points, and more I used my favorite Glide thread by Fil-Tec with a stitch length and width of 2.0. It shows up a lot more which is what I wanted for those areas.
Now I have to finish the last few pieces and quilt it!