Several of the blocks have been hand-pieced. I'm using Scalmandre Silk and rayon thread. The thread is a heavy-weight with a 3 ply twist. I'm using a large chenille needle. The stitches used are chevron, herringbone and feather. The thread is a rayon celery with a high sheen. I've picked out a mustard gold floral with cinnamon roses for the backing. It has a heavy weight and seems the ticket right now. But I won't know until I pull all the pieces together.