Monday, January 15, 2018

Temperature quilt progress - two weeks

So, we're two weeks into January. How is your temperature quilt coming along? If you are already on board, super! If not, there's still time to join in! I've found that making my three flying geese units per day for my three quilts only takes about five minutes, since I have the triangles pre-cut and organized.

Here are my three quilts so far. These will be for me and my two sisters. You can really see the difference in temperature ranges for the three locations! I've chosen to indicate days where the temperature never rose above freezing with a downward facing goose. My Texas quilt will have just a handful of them, while my Wisconsin sister's quilt will have quite a lot!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Temperature Quilt 2018 - getting organized

I don't know about you, but if I'm going to keep a daily project going for an entire year along with all of my other projects, I need to get organized! Here's a rundown of what I'm doing to keep track of everything.

I purchased my fabrics yesterday. I'm using Moda Bella solids in 26 colors. I've decided to make three quilts instead of just one! I want to see some very different quilts, so I'm making one for me - I live in Texas - as well as one for each of my sisters. One lives in Missouri and the other lives in Wisconsin. Because of this big geographic difference, I need a really wide temperature range. I've chosen to do 5 degree increments from -15 to 105 degrees, plus one color for everything over 105 and another for anything below -15. Here's my color chart.

Next, I need somewhere to keep pre-cut pieces to make my flying geese. I used some cardstock to create little folders for each color. Inside, I can keep the triangles used to make the flying geese. I am using Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool to cut the two sizes of triangles from 3 inch strips. With my folders, I can cut up a strip or two up all at once instead of keeping track of partially used strips. Here is my basket of folders.

And here is a look at the contents of one folder. I'm hoping to keep well stocked on mainly one season's worth of triangles at a time. No need to fill up all 26 folders, when I hope to not need all of those bright reds for several months!

If you're playing along on Instagram, use the hashtag #tempquilt18 for your posts so that we can all see what you're making!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Temperature Quilt 2018 Quilt Along!

I've been fascinated by all of the temperature quilts I've seen, and have decided that this is my year to make one. I'm having a quilt along so that we can all join in and share the fun! This will be a great year-long quilt project that you can do in very little time each day along with any other projects you have on your list.

A temperature quilt is simply a graphical representation of the temperatures in a location over the course of an entire year. Most show the high and low temperature for each day. Some also note any record high or low temperatures, and sometimes even the weather. How you choose to show these things is completely up to you. I have seen quilts using rectangles, squares, half square triangles, half square rectangles, and flying geese. I'm sure there are lots of other ideas that would work as well. How about a square in a square unit? You could even do something with English paper piecing and hexies if you like. Use your imagination and make it your own!

My plan is to make a flying geese unit for each day, with the main "body" of the goose showing the high temperature for the day, and the two side triangles showing the low. I live in Texas, where the temperature range is approximately 20 degrees to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. I will use one color for each five degree range, plus an additional color for anything lower than 20, and another for anything over 105. So I'll need 19 colors. I see a shopping trip in my immediate future!

I'm going to make my flying geese 2.5 by 5 inches finished, meaning that I'll make them 3 by 5.5 inches unfinished size. I will be using Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool for the cutting, which will allow me to cut both the goose body and the side triangles from 3 inch strips. The same thing can be accomplished using the Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers. Using just one size of strips will help me avoid wasting fabric and also to stay more organized. Keeping things organized will be important with so many colors and such a long term project. My quilt will have one column of flying geese per month, and will finish at approximately 60 by 77 inches.

If you're planning to use flying geese in this arrangement, here are some finished sizes for various sized flying geese units. Keep in mind that that these are the finished FG sizes, after they're sewn into the quilt.

1.5 x 3 inch flying geese ----------------------------------------- 36 x 46.5
2 x 4 inch flying geese ------------------------------------------- 48 x 62
2.5 x 5 inch flying geese ----------------------------------------- 60 x 77
3 x 6 inch flying geese --------------------------------------------72 x 93
3.5 x 7 inch flying geese ----------------------------------------- 84 x 108.5

The other thing I'll need to do is to choose my weather data source. I've found the web site that I plan to use for my high and low temperatures and have put a handy icon on my desktop so that I can easily pop over to check on it each day. I've also got a blank spreadsheet ready and waiting to keep track. Although I plan to keep up on the flying geese units each day, we all know that life can and will interfere at times, so keeping the data where I can see it and check off the units as I go will be super helpful.

I've started a Temperature Quilt Ideas board on Pinterest. Feel free to check it out:

Short list for getting started:
- make a plan for design and size of quilt
- find temperature data source
- decide on temperature range you'll need
- choose colors; buy fabric
- get ready to have fun!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Allietare mystery quilt progress

I've been working on the absolutely gorgeous mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter called Allietare, inspired by Bonnie's recent trip to Italy. I have all of the blocks well underway and several complete. Please come over to Instagram if you'd like to see more posts from me - that's where I spend most of my time now. My Instagram name is thecolorfulom.

To see lots more Allietare loveliness from many other participants, visit the link-up over at Bonnie's site: I am blown away by all of the wonderful variations of this year's mystery. I don't think it's possible to make a bad color combination with this pattern!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt assembly time!

Bonnie has revealed the layout for her Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt, and it's a beauty! The secondary patterns created by the arrangement of the pieces are wonderful, and not anything that I was able to find in all of my twisting and turning of the parts. This is what I have assembled so far, and I can't wait to have a finished quilt to show!

To see more progress from lots of people, check out Bonnie's Mystery Monday link-up.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt clue 5

This week's clue in Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt was a quick and easy one - four patch blocks of two different kinds. It was so nice to have an easy clue for Christmas week!

Check out Bonnie's Mystery Monday link-up to see what everyone has been doing this week. It won't be long until we get to find out how this quilt will be assembled. I can't wait to see what we're making!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt clue # 4

We're racing toward the big reveal on Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt! This was the fourth week of sewing on the components of the quilt. This week, we made two slightly different kinds of broken dishes blocks, both of which are similar but not the same as the blocks from week 1.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how all of these deliciously scrappy parts are going to be put together. To see lots of other people's progress, check out Bonnie's Mystery Monday link-up.