In the future I will not do such a strong variegated thread for the quilting on similar quilt. The one I used had longer runs of color (not one inch changes) and the range was from very light to medium dark. Next time, I will consider using something with less variation in the color and a shorter color run for a more subtle stitch out. See the detail for the example.
Since I am not planning on sending this to any shows, I have accomplished what I wanted. Something done and something learned.