This year, I have been seeing the trend of Temperature Quilts really take off! Search on Pinterest and dozens of examples show up. After sitting on the sidelines and enjoying everyone else’s creations, I have decided to throw my hat into the ring and design my own temperature quilt.
The concept is something I really love. It brings to light the great concern I have about Global Warming. With three children in their 20s, the reality of global warming has been a hot topic (pardon the pun) around our home. My daughter Lauren has a trip planned for December to Antarctica which has encouraged our research around Global Warming. Lauren is a first-year teacher and we have had many discussions about using her trip as a teaching tool for her Freshman biology students.
A temperature quilt is a visual display of high and low temperatures from one specific year. It is a snapshot in time and a beautiful representation of any year. You can choose to make a temperature quilt from the current year, or go back in time and do a temperature quilt from your birth year, or any significant year in your life. Only you will know what year the quilt represents!
So why am I designing my own temperature quilt and inviting others to join me? The temperature quilts I have seen are most definitely a bright bunch! When you search on google for Temperature Quilt Images (Click HERE) you will see a rainbow of bright colored quilts, with vibrant cool blues for colder days to bright reds, oranges, and yellows for heatwaves. These quilts are very distinctive. I love the creativity of quilters who have incorporated unusual designs with bright-colored birds for the lows and contrasting wings for the highs. One quilter made houses for the lows and changed the roof colors depending on the high temperatures. I’ve seen hundreds of half-square triangle versions and flying geese. One of my favorites is a circle in a square (that is so easy to do with Hearts and More templates!). Temperature quilts are fun and creative.
I decided to stick to basics that can be made easier with Leaves Galore, so here is my design.
I chose a muted palette rather than a bright rainbow of colors. I wanted a quilt that I could use on a bed, rather than something to hang on the wall, and a bright rainbow quilt doesn’t fit into the color scheme in my home. I realize that not everyone wants another bed quilt, so I am designing a version that can be made with 2.5″ leaves that will end up being wall quilt/lap quilt size.
I hope you enjoy watching as I make my 2022 Temperature Quilt and I hope that you will join me and make your own version! I just set up a facebook group (HERE) for this challenge, so please join the group if you are making a 2022 Temperature Quilt! It doesn’t matter if you are making my design or not, using my muted Cherrywood Color Palette or your own. I want to be there to support and encourage anyone making a 2022 Temperature Quilt!
There are a series of steps that every quilter will need to research for the high and low temperatures of your location. During a Temperature Challenge Planning Night, I will show you how to do that research, and show you one example in addition to the research I did for Upton, MA. Would you like me to help you do your research? Send me your ZIP code in an e-mail with the subject line “PICK ME” and you might get to be my example!! The first Temperature Quilt Challenge Planning Night is on Monday, November 8, and the second one will be on Monday, December 6. CLICK HERE to get a ZOOM invitation so you can come and see what making a Temperature Quilt is all about! I will show you a simple way to find a typical temperature range for your location and how to set up your temperature quilt color chart.
Then you can choose to join the challenge or not, after the planning session on November 8th and December 6th.
Have you made a temperature quilt? If you have, I’d love to see it! Post a photo on the 2022 Temperature Quilt Challenge Facebook page, or send me an e-mail with a photo that I can share!
Happy Applique! Sue