Last year I cut fabrics for several floral quilt projects and had a bunch of equal size strips remaining. I sewed them together and set them aside. They worked perfect for the background for my first attempt. The black stitching barely shows up. I stitched on the fabric and the thick layer of interfacing. Since it already had the fusible on the back, I found it a bit difficult to manipulate and move smoothly. I'll have to try some other arrangements and see if I can an improve on that.
I was hoping that changing to pink thread would help with the visibility, but it didn't really work. A more drastic approach would be needed.
Pink fabric and black thread. Now it really shows up. This time I decided that I would use one tangle for the inside of the paisley. I'm happy with how this turned out.
I thought the stitching might be more visible taking the picture on an angle. As you can see in the next two photos, it did help a bit. A big advantage of these little projects is that if something doesn't work, I can still finish the project and quickly move along to the next variation.