It is a shame that so many people think that monofilament thread is bad. I've never had a problem with it, even in quilts that have been washed and dried regularly. I love using it to give dimension to areas without adding another design detail.
I still have 9 more identical blocks for another project, but I think I'll work on it when I return north - I have more stash there, and can make a totally different quilt. I'll have to think about this for a while.
Wednesday is my quilting group, and we are on week 5 of an 8 week mystery quilt. I love seeing the pattern emerge with all the different choices of fabric. I pin-basted another quilt panel, but DH and I are going out for the day - we need some US time!