So, after much deliberation and even apprehension, I decided to add embroidery to this QOV quilt top for additional embellishment in the alternate quilt blocks and to honor the as-yet-to-be-named Quilt of Valor recipient.
Here are a few of those blocks:
One of my very favorite blocks - brings tears to my eyes every time I see it...
And here's the completed Quilt of Valor quilt top ready to be quilted.
There is a personal block for the QOV recipient on the top border for their 'eyes only'.
I'm still making final decisions of how it will be quilted. I know I will be using Rainbows Patriotic thread in the outer navy blue borders to do the McTavish flourishes, clear monopoly to do all the SID work and around each of the embroidered appliques, and Rainbows Sand Castle in the background of the embroidered blocks. Still trying to decide which thread and colors to use in the star blocks and the red borders, in addition to what type of quilting to utilize in those same areas to best enhance this quilt. Any suggestions from those of you in the machine quilting world would be much appreciated.
For now, I'm off to give this top its final press and get it loaded onto the frame. Lots of SID work to do so, time to get to it...