Thursday, October 7, 2021

September Termperatures

While we had some beautiful blue skies with low humidity, September also had its share of hot and humid!  (I've no complaints - I was able to swim outdoor through September and even a few days into October.)

When I compare to September of 2020, you can see there was definitely more reds (90s), oranges (80s) and fewer yellows (70s) than this month last year.  We did have a few low temperatures in the 50s - which sadly did a great job in cooling off the pool water!  (In the photo below, the first nine 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. I love your temperature quilts and especially this year’s with the improv strips.

  2. Your dedication to this project and the really nice results have nearly inspired me to try it in 2022. I'll be mulling over the possibilities between now and Jan. 1. Thanks for the inspiration, Patty!

  3. It sounds like you took the best advantage of warm pool water you could!

  4. Your quilts are absolutely gorgeous! The riot of colors attracts my eyes and emotions. And I like that you can compare two years, and notice the difference. It HAS been hotter this year (than last), and we're experiencing it here in Florida too. Our fall weather has meant a drop in temperature - from 90F every day to 88F every day. Ha! It's great that you swim for exercise. If I was a swimmer, I think that would be good to do. Much better for the body to not experience the pounding that come with doing aerobic activities.

  5. Oh, WOW! I never participated in making temperature quilts, and now I wish I had! These are nothing short of stunning!


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