Friday, November 12, 2021

October Temperatures

North Carolina weather in spring and fall brings many perfect days - temps in the 70s and a deep Carolina blue sky.   This October brought us many of these days!

Temperatures definitely dropped as compared to September - the lows got lower and days that did reach the 80s (orange) didn't do so until late afternoon.  The second half of the month brought days in the 70s and a few in the 60s (green).  (The pool closed on October 3 and I'm tempted to embroidered a sad face on the block that represents that day.)

When I compare to October of 2020 (left in above photo), the number of days in each color seems about comparable with perhaps a few less highs in the 60s this year.

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. Your Temperature quilt is brilliant. What a treasure.

  2. I really love these visual representations of the year!

  3. I like the idea of the mini quilt to show the grid. Maybe someday I'll finish my 2019 and 2020. LOL

  4. I adore your temperature quilts and frequently share the link to them with my friends. Just gorgeous!

  5. I always forget that you and I are both Carolina Quilters, Patty! I’m sure I’ve asked you before, but where in NC are you? I’m in Charlotte. And I love your temperature quilts, by the way — both versions just sizzle!


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