A Beginner’s Guide to Temperature Quilts

Do you find yourself scrolling through photos on your phone, or flipping through family albums if we’re making it old school, thinking about all the happy memories you find there? What if you could capture those moments in a cozy, colorful quilt that tells the story of your year? Let us introduce you to the colorful world of temperature quilts.

What’s a Temperature Quilt?

The simplest temperature quilt consists of making a block a day for a year for a total of 365 blocks.The blocks are often simple units, think four patches not LeMoyne Stars, and use two colors in the block to represent the high and low temperature for the day. Once complete, your temperature quilt gives you a visual representation of your year.

Though they’re called temperature quilts, don’t feel that you have to be tied to only recording your meteorological data, or even the calendar year starting in January for that matter. We’ve seen beautiful and creative temperature quilts to celebrate a baby’s first year, a new home, even the amount of time spent gardening or reading. Your temperature quilt is a record, but what you’re recording is up to you.

Create a Plan

(Photo by Leigh Ann)

Like every quilt, your temperature quilt journey requires some basic planning. Make sure to join our Temperature Quilt Along Facebook Group so you can see some ideas for temperature quilts people have made in the past. After looking at examples, choose a simple pattern that speaks to you, and here’s the kicker, one that you feel is manageable for an extended period of time. 

Whether it’s a classic block design or a modern improvisational layout, let your creativity guide you. There are no wrong answers! 

Color Code Your Palette

Create your color palette with colors that correspond to temperature ranges, or the range of whatever it is you’re measuring. The traditional color placement is blues and cooler tones for chilly days and warmer tones to red for scorching ones. We like to use solids and blender fabrics to create our temperature quilts to really make the piecing pop. There are starter kits ready for you with 22 colors of wonderful Bella Solids here.

Consistency is Key

Consistency is crucial when recording daily temperature values for your quilt. Choose a reliable source, be it a weather app or your local weather station, and stick to documenting it. Now when it comes to consistency in creating blocks, having your temperature values documented gives you a little wiggle room. If your goal is to create a block a day, that’s fantastic. If your goal is to create them in batches of weeks or more, that’s fantastic. Since you’ve already documented your values, you can have stitching sessions and get through lots of blocks without worrying about missing any. 

As you sew your temperature quilt, you’ll stitch together a new kind of album; it’s a journey through time and a warm embrace of memories. So, gather your supplies, embrace the colors of the seasons, and stitch your way through the highs and lows of the year.