Scraps, Temperature Quilt, Tutorial

Temperature quilt 2020

As I wrote in my last blogpost I did try to start a temperature quilt back in 2017 and totally lost the plot of reasons I really can’t explain … do think it was a mix of everything.

Anyway I’m making a new start … or a new try … haha 😂 and this time I’m making it from my own mind, not looking at others great temperature quilts, just from what I like and love to dabble with.

So… this is my temperature block for 2020. Showing low to high temperature for 1 st of January.
What is a temperature quilt?

It’s a quilt made based on your temperatures where you live or somewhere else. A colour chart is made with the colours you want to use for the different temperatures and the days temperature decide what colour you sew with. Simple as that! Sort of… 😉

There are many different ways to sew or crochet temperature quilts or blankets, all so beautiful and fun. Just google and you will be amazed over the ingeniousness of the makers.

I will tell you about my blocks (better write that if it won’t be a quilt 😉) with a bit of info and a little write up on how to make these blocks … and maybe you will get inspired to make a temperature quilt for you.

Temperature

First you need to record your daily temps! For a whole YEAR!! What! Yes..you will forget 😉😉😉 I promise…you will. Happily there are sites that you can get your temperature data for months or years back. One example is Wunderground.com .

I wanted my blocks to have more than just the high and the low temperature … because I need more variety and more fabrics in use!

  • For my blocks I used:
  • High temperature
  • Medium or Middle temperature ( you can be more correct and use average temperature, but I wanted my quilt to be easy and then there shall not be any mathematical skills involved, so I just use the temperature in between the high and low … easy peasy 😅
  • Low temperature
Low, medium and high temperature
The palette

The fun is to choose your temperature palette, I’ve seen quilts in just one colour and in lots. So it’s up to you to decide. I went back to the palette I chose 2017. It was decided from two jelly rolls of Kona Cotton … one Sunrise and one Sunset roll. I didn’t think too much and mixed colours up a bit, but tried thinking a cool and warm range.

I use a different colour for all temps that can be here where I live… most temperature quilts have a change every five degrees.
The block

Most difficult will be to choose your block and a good size of the block. It can’t be too big, because then the quilt will be gigantic. My block finishes at 4”. There are also a numerous ways on how to sew the blocks together. I’m not quite finished with the thinking of that just yet…might change my mind. But for now I’m sewing in rows of 16 blocks and continues with blocks going back to the beginning, serpentine style. Think it will be a good look with my kind of fabrics. A flow of some sort.

Here are my first blocks, layout every week, day 1-18 … that is also an layout option.
Fabrics

Use what you have, scrappy is always a hit for me so that’s the look I’m going for. My lows will be from the Kona Cotton jelly rolls and they are solids … and middle and high temperature will be prints.

Oh my gosh … so much green … in JANUARY … I thought there would only be blues and purples here … 😅

And then: Start sewing! 😜

  • Finished block 4” including seam allowance 4 1/2”
  • Start with your low temps … cut different sizes mine vary, tallest is 2 1/2” and just remember to have seam allowance. Also cut out your medium and high temperature strips in sizes about 1” to 1 1/2”. The sizes on the strips depends on what you started with on the low temp piece. I measure roughly when sewing.
  • Add your medium temperature strips to your low temperature square/rectangle. Shape/Trim to a pleasing size for you.
  • Add the high temperature strips, trim as you sew. Remember to check your size. I do not have the temperature unit wider than 3 1/2 x 4”. You will need room for the background strips. Trim/Shape your block, variety is interesting!
  • Now add your background strips to your block. Measure and plan your block while adding your strips.
  • Square up to 4 1/2”.
  • Done ✅ Now make a block for every day of the year!! 😜
I wrote with a permanent marker on my pins so I could keep track on my blocks when on the design wall, before sewing them together 😅
My JANUARY blocks, week by week … just by looking at them I see that it has been unusually warm for this season! Crazy weather!
And here they are with the layout I’m going for …first row 1-16, second row continues with block 17 under block 16 and keep going to the left … and will continue with February’s blocks … in serpentines … 💗

Hope you have found this inspiring … I am loving this … and can’t wait to add more months to this one . Happy sewing all! 🌸

23 of January low -6 C high +2 C

9 thoughts on “Temperature quilt 2020”

  1. Wow! Great tutorial and this is going to be fantastic. It already is and you have Stinafied the weather. Very clever.💖

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  2. I love your temperature quilt. A lot of women in France are doing a “quilt météo 2020” (there is a FB group) and the creativity is amazing. And we are like you, surprised by the colors we use during this strange winter!

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  3. What a great temperature quilt it will be, and how unusual is the weather… Congrats!
    In France we launched a group for a quilt météo 2020 and we are more than 500 making it. We all are aware of the climate change.

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