Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A long overdue QOV gets loaded!

Miss Betty & I have been wanting to quilt this quilt (and several others) for quite awhile now.  Finally got it loaded today!

Gold & Blue Stars Quilt of Valor just loaded onto the quilting frame
Typically, we would quilt this quilt with one of our very favorite machine quilting threads, LAVA Diamond Head.  For those who have followed our quilting journey for any length of time, you know, we've quilted more than a few Quilts of Valor with this luxurious thread.  As you can see, we're just about to run out and went to place another order BUT:

Our last thread bit of LAVA Diamond Head

Superior Threads decided, in their ALL-knowing thread wisdom, to retire this entire LAVA line.  At first, we were NOT happy to hear this.  However, after consulting w/Superior and the very nice young lady over the phone to give us a 'comparable', Fatastico was the ultimate choice:

Superior's NEW Fantastico
As a farmer's wife, I had to choose the NEW Fantastico Cornsilk #5087 and Grain Acres #5088. We're leaning towards the Cornsilk for this QOV since this thread is a tad lighter and brighter and should suit this particular Quilt of Valor, with ALL it's golds and blues quite nicely...keep your fingers crossed for us that we LOVE this new Fantastico as much as we loved LAVA...we'll keep you posted.

Hopefully, will get to start quilting soon!  Been consumed w/Fall cleaning/organizing.  The first photo shows the result of much needed re-organization but, still have LOTS to do:

Still trying to come up with a fantastic solution to handle ALL our batting pieces and chunks - we save these for charitable projects and especially youth to use for practice quilting.  IF you happen to have an amazing solution, besides 35 gal. leaf bags, Please let us know...Thanks!

And Please join me in saying a final Goodbye to one of our beloved Golden Bears/Retrievers.  We think he was hit last Wednesday morning. It was really foggy and so...

Baxter & Theo - two brothers who loved and wrestled w/each other EVERY day...
A sad farewell to our Theo - you will be missed.

He loved laying in the sun on the landing outside my quilting studio.  I will miss seeing him cuddle w/one-eyed cat and wrestling w/his brother.  His brother is really feeling his loss right now.  He howls every night at the same time of his final passing.  Hopefully soon we'll find a new playmate for him...BUT, our Theo will be very hard to replace...

Quilt ON!


  1. So sorry to hear about Theo. I know what you mean about the batting scraps, they so quickly get out of control!

  2. Let me know how you like the new thread! The loss of our fur babies is always so very hard. I know my old girl is in the final stages of her life but I enjoy every day I get with her... I hope Baxter will take a new brother/sister under his wing soon...

    1. Thanks! We're adjusting ;-) After using Superior's Fantastico for over 2 weeks on this Quilt of Valor, I can honestly say I truly love it! Possibly even more than my LAVA - which is saying alot. In spite of several lumpy/bumpy crossed seams, NOT one single solitary thread break...WOWzers! And the sheen on this thread is, well, Fantastic!

      Back to quilting to the Finish,

  3. So sorry to hear about Theo. I know that kind of pain! Hugs to you and the family and Baxter!