Sewing

Planning 2020 Temperature Quilt

Today I wanted to share a project that I’ve wanted to do for a few years now: a temperature quilt.

What is a temperature quilt, you may ask?

Temperature projects have been a thing in the yarn craft world for a few years. It’s a simple concept, you knit or crochet a row each day with a different color & the color you use is determined by the temperature of that day.

Temperature blankets can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. The end result is a unique work of art that varies depending on location, temperature, and chosen color scheme.

Instead of knitting or crocheting a blanket, I decided to make a machine pieced quilt with a block representing each day.

Design:
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Sketching out quilt

Using graph paper, I experimented with a few different block designs. The block design I settled on is a half triangle block. One triangle in the block will be the recorded high and the other will be the low of the day. Each square (not including seam allowance) will measure 1.5″.

Colors & temperatures:

Crochet Temperature Thermometer

Color thermometer from Yarnspirations.

I’m planning on using a rainbow of colors similar to the thermometer above, with grey blocks as a filler for the months that have less then 31 days as well as the binding. However, I will have to change the temperature ranges, since Memphis weather is really weird and has an average of 50°F in January & 92°F in  the Summer (with heat index & humidity readings being much higher).

My planned temperature ranges (all temps in Fahrenheit) are:
101+
91-100
81-90
71-80
61-70
51-60
41-50
31-40
30-21

Finished size:

Finished, the quilt will have 366 blocks, 732 temperatures & measure 18″ wide x 46.5″ long (not including binding).

Let me know in the comments if you’ve made or are planning a temperature project!

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