Here is my first block in my Golden Rules of Attitudes - made from the Be Attitudes quilt pattern. I am going for a slightly different look from pattern, using a different pallet of fabrics and outlining my gold words with a shiny gold thread. I have found the most wonderful gold shiny thread - its a new YLI thread called YLI Heavy Metallic. It is soft, not scratchy, and does not frey when hand sewing with it like some of the metallic embroidery floss.
Here's a picture of just the words and I think you can see the sparkle the words have a little bit better. I have not tried this thread in machine embroidery or quilting yet - but it is just fantastic in hand work!