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Thread: 2017 Temperature Quilt

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    2017 Temperature Quilt

    Yesterday I stumbled across a new to me idea on the internet that I am absolutely in Love with. It's called a temperature quilt. Let's see if I can explain this in an understandable way and see if anyone wants to join me.

    2 critical aspects of the quilt:
    1) The quilt is based on the daily temperature for the same city for every day of the year. You do not need to actually record the temperatures. There are multiple websites that track daily temperatures. You can reference those sites when you want to work on this quilt. One example of a site that tracks and records temperatures is www.accuweather.com.

    2) You need to assign a different color for your different ranges of temperatures. For example, perhaps 90-100 degrees would be assigned the color red whereas 20-30 degrees would be assigned the color blue. The important factor is making sure that the temperature ranges you define make sense for the city you want to track. For example, I live in Western Washington and we rarely get hotter than 90 degrees and rarely get colder than 30 degrees so my temperature range will basically be between 30 degrees and 90 degrees. Do not feel obligated to use the "typical" warm/cool color ranges. Use whatever colors you love.

    The Quilt Itself
    Essentially the quilt is made of 365 units with one unit to represent the temperature for each day of the year. So in my above example, if on January 2nd the temperature was 30 degrees I would make a unit that is blue. If on July 1st the temperature was 93 degrees I would make a unit that is red.

    The quilt can be made out of whatever unit you want. I think the easiest unit to use to represent each day would be a square of whatever size you prefer. Then just piece your units together based on the temperature recorded for each day.

    Your creativity is the limit.
    Want to use strips/rectangles, hexagons, tumblers, apple cores, etc. instead of squares? Go for it!!
    Want to sew your units into rows? Go for it!!
    Want to sew your units into columns? Go for it !!

    You do not need to work on this quilt every day. My plan is to check in on temperatures for the week every Saturday or Sunday using www.accuweather.com and construct my quilt each weekend as the weeks go on. It shouldn't take more than 15-30 minutes each week to add the additional 5-7 units and attach them to previously constructed units.

    Fabric selection
    You could purchase fabric in your desired colors but I'm using my scraps. How much fabric of each color you need is completely dependent on the colors you select, the temperature ranges you define and the number of days that fall within each temperature range.
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 11-11-2017 at 01:29 PM. Reason: remove shouting/ all CAPS

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    Feel free to share your plan for your units, layout, temperature ranges, colors, etc.

    Here's my plan:
    I live in Western WA and our temperatures generally range between 30 and 90 degrees in any given year. We do not get a huge range of temps so for my city using increments of 5 degrees makes the most sense for me in order to get a good color variation. If I didn't want much of a color variation I would define my ranges in 10 degree increments.

    My range is:
    Temperature Range Color
    < 31 Dark Purple
    31-35 Light Purple
    36-40 Dark Blue
    41-45 Light Blue
    46-50 Dark Teal
    51-55 Light Teal
    56-60 Dark Green
    61-65 Light Green
    66-70 Light Yellow
    71-75 Dark Yellow
    76-80 Light Orange
    81-85 Dark Orange
    86-90 Dark Pink
    > 90 Red


    My Units and Layout
    My units are going to be HSTs with the top half representing the highest temp for the day and the lower half representing the lowest temp for the day. I "think" I am making 2" HSTs to finish at 1.5" squares.

    I am going to sew my HSTs into columns for each month. So first column = January (31 HSTs), 2nd column = sashing, 3rd column = February (28 HSTs), 4th column = sashing, etc. Since January will have 31 HSTs and February will only have 28 I will add 3 solid colored squares to the bottom of February's HSTs. These will be the same color as the sashing. Undecided on the color although I know I do not want it to be any of the colors used in my temperature ranges. It will likely be white, black or gray.

    Based on my calculations my quilt should end up around 28.75 x 38.75 or 31.25 x 38.75 depending on whether or not I add side borders to make it a bit wider. This is perfect for my desire to make this into a wall quilt as opposed to a bed quilt.
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 01-02-2017 at 03:55 PM. Reason: remove shouting/ all CAPS

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    CUte idea. Think I may give it a try. Saved your idea for Jan.
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    Very interesting indeed. I'll think about it
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    Huummmm...... Good idea.

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    What a great idea. I may have to give this one a try.

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    What temperature? Average? High? Low? I think I'll do it with three postage stamp (1-1/2") pieces each day -- high/average/low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evie View Post
    What temperature? Average? High? Low? I think I'll do it with three postage stamp (1-1/2") pieces each day -- high/average/low.
    I've heard some are doing it with HST for high and low.

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    This is such a great idea. I will use 2" finished HST's making it a little larger. I already have many 2.5 squares on hand. Now to decide on my color arrangement. We have highs over 100 and lows in the teens occasionally. I live about 65 miles due East from the Pacific Ocean.

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    Love this idea, I saved it too! Thanks so much for sharing!
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    I did a mockup of what this temperature quilt would have looked like for 2016 for my city using my plan outlined earlier in this thread to make sure I would like the outcome.Y es, I guessed on the temps for the remainder of the year Pardon the "rawness" of the picture - I did it very quickly in MS Paint. Pretend everything that is supposed to be the same size IS the same size, everything is aligned perfectly and the colors are "right". From this mockup I noticed that there was a lot of teal and not so much blue. I am going to switch those color definitions because I have more blue in my stash than teal.

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    What a cool idea. We live in two different places so it would be fun to see what I'd come up with!

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    Interesting idea to play with and plan. Besides, I'm a weather watcher.

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    Love this ideal.

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    Sounds like fun! Our temperatures range from minus 40's to the upper 90's....should be an interesting quilt. I think I will start looking for an appropriate border fabric!

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    I saw this idea once and was fascinated. Love your mock-up.

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    I am finishing the one I made for 2016. It's going to end up being a king size. It's been really fun, but with not much temperature variation during the summer in Cleveland this year the center doesn't have a lot of changes.
    I used 5 inch squares representing the high of each day with 1&1/2 inch white sashing. Can't wait to finish it

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    Cute idea...Thinking about doing one.

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    Interesting!
    I'm thinking this might be fun to do.
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    Definitely sounds interesting.

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    Thanks for the mock-up Imanna, it is always great to put a visual to it.

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    This might be a good way to use up some scraps. I need to see what my fabric stash looks like and see if I could do this quilt. I am afraid I would get through one month and then stop, though.

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    For some reason the whole ( year long) thing gives me a headache, but, I do love the idea of this one. Would be great for using some scraps. I just have to remind myself that ( one day at a time ) is all it takes. Numbers often bring me to a frozen state.
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    I love the idea -- what a great look. Think I will go with the 2" finished size, but I like the HST for the high and low temps. Great idea.
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    I decided a Kona bright jelly roll would work well for my quilt. I want to make hst's with the low and high. BUT, since Tuesday's temperature is predicted to be minus 35 with a wind chill factor making it minus 61, I have decided that just the highs and lows won't accurately record our weather variations. So I came up with a plan to put a stripe in the middle of the hst depicting the low with the bottom corner being the wind chill temperature whenever the wind chill factor is more than 10 degrees.
    Depending on how this looks and sews, everything might morph into straight half and half squares....lol....we shall see....

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