Last summer I attended the Metropolitan Patchwork Society Quilt Guild Outdoor Quilt Show. So many beautiful quilts hung amongst the trees! One quilt in particular absolutely captivated me. Until that moment – I’d never seen a Temperature Quilt in person and wasn’t really certain what a Temperature Quilt was.
I was wowed by both the beauty of the quilt itself and the concept of setting out to create a quilt over the course of a year – one block a day. Each day’s block becomes a record of the high and the low temperature for that day.
Once I did a little more research – I found that quilters weren’t just doing the temperature of the current year – many of them were choosing to memorialize a year in their past that holds significance for them. So interesting! Never occurred to me that I could go online and find the temperatures for months or years in the past. Apparently, that’s an easy thing to do.
So – under my needle this year will be the beginning of a Temperature Quilt – coming together one block at a time over the course of 2023.
How does it work?
I’m using a chart to record the high and low temperatures every day this year. If I miss a day – no problem – I can go online and look it up for my location.
Choosing the fabrics:
The next step is to break up the “degrees” into small enough groups so that there is a color change between the degrees. Here’s part of an example I was provided with by the facebook group I joined.
I’m working on recording temperatures and gathering my fabrics at the moment. I’m deciding between a couple of different simple blocks. Once I’ve decided – I can start making the blocks and watching the pile grow over the course of 2023.
There are several groups on Facebook that are doing Temperature Quilts – and they have plenty of inspiration for different ways to make them, different designs, and more.