The Temperature Quilt … that wasn’t

In January 2023, I decided to make a temperature quilt. I printed a calendar, picked out solid colours for each temperature range and was very enthused but … that enthusiasm didn’t last … our temperatures last January, February and March didn’t have much fluctuation and I ended up with so much white it was discouraging. Then April came and almost the entire month was one colour, at this point I gave up sewing my quilt.

Thinking I might finish later in the year, I continued keeping track of the daily high temperatures until the end of December. Knowing by then I wouldn’t finish, I decided to at least make a paper chart but changed the colours so there were no white squares, except at the end of months without 31 days …


Colours used in the paper chart, all in C

The calendar - at the bottom is my original colour chart, kind of messy but it was just for me. Each colour represented 5 degrees C.

and the quilt that wasn’t … done to mid-May. Each square is 2x2 inches. In hindsight, I should have done the highs and lows each day, which would have given more variety, also it was going to be too large for a wall hanging but not large enough for a lap quilt.

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I’m not surprised to see a fair amount of lime green in there….

You were so organized! I hope we’ll see some kind of attempt another year…

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You can always use them to make bags! I think the lime green is stunning with the purples!

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Yeah, I learned the same. Looked at both highs and lows. But its looking nice so far! And Aimr have a good idea!

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What temperature range does each color represent? I agree that the lime green and purple look nice together.
Or you could make pillow covers that you switch out each month!

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I reloaded my calendar photo to show the degree range. Each colour represents 5 degrees C. White was 0-4, who knew we’d have those temps all of March.

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When I did my temp quilt I used half square triangles for the high and low. Made it much more interesting.
Canadian winters man, rough.

I like the pillow idea.

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Your paper chart is colorful! Sorry the daily temperatures did not yield a color pattern that you liked. In some ways, though, having the colors turn out a little odd might make for a better story to go with the quilt.

I like the idea of using your existing squares in other projects. If you feel like there is not enough variety in the colors, you could always paint or embroider on them.

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That’s what I should have done.

I love this – the paper chart and the partial quilt, but also that you were willing to let go of a project that wasn’t serving you.

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Really neat to see the paper representation of your temperatures @Cindy!
Several years ago I planned to knit a temperature afghan with bi-color mitered squares to represent highs & lows. . . realized quickly that I didn’t enjoy sewing them together and lost interest!
I think my next attempt will be a scarf where I just have to knit one or two rows a day!

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@skrutt made a Temperature snake in 2023.

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Love it! @skrutt your temperature snake is superb! Thanks for linking it @Cindy !

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