Thursday, August 5, 2021

July Temperatures

Summer has arrived in full force with really, really, (really) humid days.  I continue to stay current on recording temperatures, sitting down twice a month at my machine to stitch together about two weeks worth of days at a time.  There were a lot of days this months with highs in the 90-94 range and lows in the 70-74 range so I made a lot of the red/yellow blocks.

When I compare to July of 2020, we've had more days this July in the 80s and less in the 90s.  However, although the temperature quilt doesn't record it, our humidity this year has felt higher than I can remember.  (In the photo below, the first seven months of 2020 are on the left and 2021 is on the right. )

My design documents both the high and low temperature in a block which finishes 1 1/2 '' x 2''.  The improv strip is 1/4'' wide and records the low temperatures.  

Every month takes 2 columns - the 1 through 15 in first column and then 16 through end of month in the second column.  Filler blocks are added to square off the quilt.  The thin strips - 1/4'' wide - are randomly inserted and run 'vertically' for odd days and 'horizontally' for even days.

I'm using the exact same fabric that I did for my 2020 Temperature quilt.  The time I spent organizing is paying off - it takes no time at all to get the prep work done for sewing each block.  I made myself a mini-quilt to show off my temperature grid.  Oranges are 80s, yellows are 70s and sew on.  I've been asked several times what my fabrics are - I used all Painters Palette solids:
100+ is Sangria, 95+ is Real Red, 90+ is Poppy red, 85+ is Burnt Orange, 80+ is Tangerine, 75+ is Pencil Yellow, 70+ is Bright Yellow, 65+ is Apple Green, 60+ is Mint, 55+ is Bright Aqua, 50+ is Turquoise, 45+ is China Blue, 40+ is Lapis, 35+ is Purple, 30+ is Amethyst, and any temp is the 20s is Royalty.

I've written up my basic temperature quilt process in my tutorial including where I source the high and low information.

I'm looking forward to sharing the progress!  You can see my temperature quilts for 2018, 2019, and 2020!

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. Humidity can make such a huge difference in the perception of temperature. Sounds like you might have another nugget to consider documenting in a future year??

  2. I'm so fascinated by your temp quilts and love the layout of the ongoing one! Thank you for the inspiration! Have a lovely day!

  3. Love your improv blocks! We've been having a much cooler summer than last year, too. Looks like I won't "get" to use the 100+ color at all this year. Not that my body minds. . . lol!

  4. You could gage your humidity with the improve line - either place it low, med, high in the square (and sideways, left to right) OR use white for 0-33%, gray for 34-66% and black for 67-100%? Idea for next year....


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