Monday, December 6, 2021

November Temperatures

Creating a temperature quilt is a great way to reflect back on the year.  I enjoy the process so much and teaming up with Mother Nature on a design makes things interesting.  Our NC November weather turned cold for about two weeks -just in time for me to be able to wear my quilt coat on a daily basis - and now suddenly in December, we got back to temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s.  

Where it gets really interesting is the year to year compare.  November 2021 (right) was actually much colder than November 2020 (left).  All those greens are highs in the 70s while those various shades of blue this year were highs in the 60s and 50s.

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. So interesting that November 2021 was colder than November 2020 and that the temperatures have warmed up again. Are you already planning for a 2022 temperature quilt?

  2. Awesome - how much yardage did you use?

  3. I really like the design you choose for this year!

  4. Your temperature quilts are simply stunning! I don't know how you can keep making them each year. Even doing it only two years, I'd get bored (always looking for something new). Still, it's nice for you to have the comparison because, obviously, each quilt's colors change from year to year.


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