Yay! I'm so happy to have this marked "done". I joined the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild's Vintage Quilt Revival QAL over a year ago, in August 2014. It was a good adventure and I learned a lot.
I had no suggestions for thread, but my LAQ, Janiel Millers' first suggestion was variegated and that's what we stayed with. I think it was a perfect choice.
May your bobbins always be full,