This is the third collaborative quilt Gail Stepanek and I have finished. We actually finished it last October but waited until the first show to post pictures. I love the names Gail comes up with for her quilts. This one is made of Whig Rose blocks on a brown background so she named it, 'My Brunette Whig'.
I like the way the red piping in the binding and the red thread used in the quilting stand out against the dark background.
This was quilted with several colors of Wonderfil metallic thread; dark brown, copper and red. I also used Superior So Fine and Aurifil. I'm an equal opportunity thread user!
I used 2 batts; Hobbs 80/20 and Hobbs wool.
We were trying to meet the deadline for the Road to California show entry and we were down to the wire. When I got to the border quilting, I was using the dark brown metallic thread and had just one cone of it. Half way across the top border I looked at the cone on the machine and panicked - I was SURE I didn't have enough to do the whole quilt and I was afraid we would miss the deadline. So I got on the phone and ordered more to be shipped ASAP. How many cones would I need? I didn't want to come up short again so I would get 2 plus one more for insurance. The thread arrived quickly and I got the quilt finished and shipped to Gail FedEx Next Day Air in time for Gail to bind it and photograph it for the entry deadline. How many cones of brown metallic thread did I end up using? ONE CONE. Luckily Gail likes brown backgrounds so I will eventually find a use for 3 cones of dark brown metallic thread!
The happy ending to this story is that 'My Brunette Whig' just won Best Traditional Quilt at Road to California!