|Fabric selection and quilt plan for 2020 Temperature Quilt|
This year I gave in and decided too join in, but I had trouble choosing a design. I liked the idea of HST, with one half representing the daily maximum temperature, and the other the daily minimum. However, I also liked the idea of having one row or column per month, so I could easily process the data in the quilt (because I'm nerdy that way). Using squares in a quilt like that ended up with a weird aspect ratio, either long and skinny, or short and fat. I also decided I needed a little bit of blank space to rest my eyes.
|Temperature Quilt 2020 plan, 53" x 70"|
I couldn't find any design online that ticked all the boxes for me, so I played in EQ8 and came up with this design: one row per month, daily high temp on top, daily low on the bottom, and blank space for the eyes. The daily temperatures through the year will determine color placement, but I couldn't let go of design control quite enough to jump in without knowing generally how things might look. I used Weather Underground data for 2019 to color in my design in EQ8.
Tuesday I headed off to the quilt shop for fabric. Choosing a "basics" line seemed like a good idea, since I can only estimate how much of each color I'll need. Mother Nature will have the final say on temperature distribution! I chose Moda Grunge because my local shop stocks all the available colors, so I had a good selection to choose from. Last night after work I made a colour key so I would know what fabric to use each day, and added a bit of information to help me identify the exact colour if I need to buy more later in the year.
I was all set to cut, then it occurred to me that labeling each fabric with its corresponding temperature range might also speed things up a bit on a daily basis, instead of having to compare my fabrics to the swatches every day.
As I cut strips for the temperatures so far this year, I realized I would only cut one square at a time as needed, and I wouldn't want to have to compare the strips to the swatches either, so the strips acquired labels as well. What can I say, I like labels!
Just a note about the temperatures you can see in my pictures: I'm recording temperatures in Celcius, because after 16 years in the US, I still only have a general idea of what Farenheit numbers feel like. I'm much more at ease conversing in Celcius. It's odd. Pounds, feet, inches give me no trouble, but I just haven't been able to adjust my temperature units!
So, I'm all set to start my Temperature Quilt. I only have a little over a week to catch up on, then I can just keep up with a few seams a day.
(Update 03/18/2020: I have an update here with tips on getting even more organised for when you need to get caught up on missed days.)
If you would like to join me, google "temperature quilt" and see if any of the designs that pop up appeal to you, or you can use mine. I wrote instructions to share - and they include a Farenheit scale as well as Celcius. You can download them here. Feel free to use them, but if you wish to share them with friends, I ask that you send them here to download their own copy, please and thank you.
If you join in, I'd love to see your quilts come together through the year. Sharing this was a rather impromptu affair, so I haven't worked out the details of how we can all share our progress with each other. I just wanted to get the instructions posted before too much of the year had passed so there wouldn't be too much catching up required. I'll post again with my progress and some suggestions about how to share yours...maybe an instagram hashtag, or a FB group, or a linky here on the blog...or some combination. Ideas are welcome!