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    2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

    Yesterday I stumbled across a new to me idea on the internet that I am absolutely in LOVE with. It's called a temperature quilt. Let's see if I can explain this in an understandable way and if anyone wants to join me. If so, I'll create a group.

    2 critical aspects of the quilt:
    1) You need to track the daily temperature of a city. I'm going to use the airport near where I live since it's the "official" temperature decider in my area.

    2) You need to assign a different color for different ranges of temperatures. For example, perhaps 90-100 degrees would be assigned the color red whereas 20-30 degrees would be assigned the color blue. I think the key here is making sure that the temperature ranges you define make sense for the area you want to track. For example, I live in Western Washington and we rarely get hotter than 90 degrees and rarely get colder than 30 degrees so my range will basically be between 30 degrees and 90 degrees. To help me define my ranges and ensure I could expect enough variety in colors I did some research and analysis on the temperatures for my city in 2016 and defined my temperature ranges and colors based on that information. I expect 2017 would be similar to 2016 so I have a general idea of what it might look like. Of course, mother nature could mess with me and play havoc with temperatures next year.

    The Quilt itself
    Essentially the quilt is made of 365 units with one unit to represent the temperature for each day of the year. So in my above example, if on January 2nd the temperature was 30 degrees I would make a unit that is blue. If on July 1st the temperature was 93 degrees I would make a unit that is red.

    I think the easiest unit to use to represent each day would be a square (or strip/rectangle) of whatever size you prefer. Then just piece them together based on the temperature recorded for each day. I'm planning on doing something a bit more complex than squares or strips because that's just how I am. No need to join me on my craziness.

    My plan is to check in on temperatures for the week every Saturday or Sunday using Accuweather or a similar website and basically construct the quilt as the weeks go on. It shouldn't take more than 15-30 minutes each week to add the additional 5-7 units and attach them to previously constructed units. I think it will be really cool to see the quilt grow over the year and transform from colder temps to warmer temps and then back to colder temps. And if I get behind - no big deal, I can catch up whenever.

    And when the quilt is done you essentially have a colorful quilted record of the daily temperatures for 2017. I've read that some people will use a totally different color for each unit that represents a birthday for someone in their family, or uses a unique method for marking a day in which a record was broken. The cool thing is this concept is very customizable to whatever your skillset and what you want to do.

    Fabric selection
    You could purchase fabric in your desired colors but I'm going scrappy and pulling from my stash. How much fabric of each color you would need is completely dependent on the colors you select, the temperature ranges you define and the number of days that fall within each temperature range.

    Group ?
    I'm building my first string of units on January 7th.So what do you think? Anyone want to play along? I think it would be awesome to post pictures of our growing quilts as the year progresses and compare the colors/temperatures.
    Last edited by lmanna; December 21, 2016, 10:21 PM.

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    Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

    That sounds kind of fun! What size squares do you cut?
    pat.

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      #3
      Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

      I think mine would be all the same color
      🌺 Lorie

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        Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

        Originally posted by bubba View Post
        That sounds kind of fun! What size squares do you cut?
        You can cut whatever size works best for you, your layout and desired final quilt size. I've seen some examples where people sewed the squares together in rows of however many squares wide they want the quilt to be. Some people included a totally different color square in those rows to separate the months and other people didn't bother separating the months.

        My plan is to sew my units into columns by month. So January is column 1, thin sashing is column 2, February is column 3, thin sashing is column 3, etc. My units are either going to finish at 1.5" or 1.25" because I'm aiming for a wall hanging sized quilt.

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          Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

          Originally posted by Hulamoon View Post
          I think mine would be all the same color
          I originally worried about that with mine as well and was considering doing precipitation levels instead of temperature. I wonder if you could do wave swells, or UV index or humidity?

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            Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

            Here are some diagrams of the color/temp. It sounds fun but I have trouble sticking with things so long term.

            https://www.pinterest.com/search/pin...uilt&term_meta[]=temperature%7Cautocomplete%7C&term_meta[]=quilt%7Cautocomplete%7C
            🌺 Lorie

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              Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

              Very interesting idea...may give it a try. I think working with scraps is the way to go.
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                Originally posted by Hulamoon View Post
                I think mine would be all the same color
                Lorie, lol with you!
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                  Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

                  i am going to do it but as a crocheted afghan. Just need to choose what stitch to use.
                  Wendy
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                    Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

                    It looks like fun and something I'd like. Yes I'd go scrappy too for fabric. I have to think more about it though because although I look at the weather everyday I'm wondering if I'll actually write down the degrees for 365 days LOL. What do you do if you forget to write it down a couple of times. I'm thinking the easiest way for me to follow through with this would be to do a jelly roll race type of thing and put maybe a solid same color piece to separate months.
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                      Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

                      I too have trouble with staying with such a long project, but I think being in a group to do it sounds like fun. And maybe the peer pressure would kick my butt a little if I start falling down on the goals. Also agree that scraps sounds like the way to go. I will have to search the web but I'm sure there is a Weather Service chart somewhere with records of the temperatures for every official weather site. They keep everything. That way I will come up with a chart of colors that works for my area. I love the improvised look of this project. But I'm wondering if anyone has tried this with with daily highs and lows? Will have to search. I'm thinking small half square triangles instead of squares.

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                        Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

                        Carlie Wolf, no worries. These people have the info we need if we fall behind.

                        https://www.weather.gov/help-past-weather

                        And an example of a page to consult if we don't get the temp - or precipitation, wind, etc.

                        This is for my area but you can see what is available here and just change location for your own area.

                        http://w2.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=cle
                        Last edited by Midge; December 22, 2016, 11:19 AM.

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                          Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

                          I was looking at the color charts and it looks like mine would come out green and yellow. I love greens, yellow not so much. I do like the idea though.
                          🌺 Lorie

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                            Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

                            Originally posted by Hulamoon View Post
                            I was looking at the color charts and it looks like mine would come out green and yellow. I love greens, yellow not so much. I do like the idea though.
                            I will think about this too and probably come up with my own color chart. I'm not too crazy about rainbow type quilts unless it's an organized rainbow pattern. I think I'd find a color range I want to work with and make my own color chart.

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                              Re: 2017 Project: Temperature Quilt - anyone what to join a quilt along ?

                              Great Midge. I bookmarked it. :-) I'd be interested in a Group. (afterall....even if I fail, no one is going to shoot me LOL) I think it would be fun and easy
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