Laura LOVES rainbows, Lizzy House fabrics, and low volume, so I used scraps to play with those ideas. I love how the Pearl Bracelet fabrics interact with each other (that placement was unplanned!). Then, I went to town with different colors of Aurifil thread to highlight the rainbow. I was afraid the thread would invite too deep of a contrast but I was thoroughly pleased with the results.
I love quilting organic/non-straight lines with my free motion foot. There are times when it makes sense to use a walking foot, but, if you've developed the control, an FMQ foot works especially well for small projects! P.S. can you find the bird in the above photo?
The back is a Lizzy House mashup. Laura should know that I REALLY appreciate her because I used a large scrap of the purple Natural History butterflies in my favorite colorway (predictable, right? Because purple). :)
The mug rug/mini quilt was begging to be reversible and I thought the rainbow threads would have a muddying effect on the back. I know most quilters match their top and bobbin threads, but I often don't. I took my time and the colors didn't show through. I also made sure my tension was juuuust right. Is it because I'm entirely self-taught that I just don't care about most of the "rules?" Do what makes sense for your project and don't worry about the quilt police!
Hopefully seeing a rainbow through the gloom (at least, that's what it's like here in NJ) will bring some color to your Monday!