Part of my dilemma has been that opals glow rather than sparkle or shine, and this isn't easy to create with threads. I had whined a lot to my friend (again, internet) in Everett, Wa. at The Needlepointer, about this - so she sent me some possibilities, including petite Treasure Braid by Rainbow Gallery - which I had not seen. Then - moving along with this story - I was having my morning coffee chat with my friend Laurie (internet) in Los Angeles, who suggested threading a length of Flair with the Treasure Braid and a light turquoise of some sort for that bit of blue fire seen in the white opals. It really wasn't that difficult to do - I used two threads of the braid, and 2 ply of Splendor in a light turquoise - using a tapestry needle a bit larger than the one I use for stitching on coarse canvas. To avoid snagging the tip of the needle in the Flair, I pulled it through eye first. It wasn't as tedious as I thought it would be, but I won't make a habit of it. The stitch is simple Scotch stitch. Here is the result - OPALS!!!
And now I'll go put on a pot of fresh coffee and prepare to pontificate about my September Crazy Quilt heart with its fine little asters.