Let's talk after the photo:
|I love this tree!|
Whatever it is, it's darned cheerful! Here's what happened: I decided to make a temperature quilt this year. There are a ton of ways to do this, and I considered a lot of them, but in the end I decided to use plain old 3 inch squares. It's all I felt I could keep up with for a whole year.
Then I had to decide on fabric to use for the temperature scale. There are a lot of ways to do this, too, but I decided to use a bunch of fat quarters to make a temp scale in 5 degree increments from 0 degrees F to 100 F. Why that increment? Because I am a little crazy, and also because I wanted to have a lot of variety in the blocks, avoiding big stretches of one color. Also, it gave me an opportunity to use a lot of fat quarters and prints. I want the finished quilt to be fun to look at, after all.
It took a long time to work that out! It was fun, though, and made a total mess with all of the discarded fat quarters, that I still have to pick up off the floor and the table and everywhere else. I'm really pleased with the scale, too! And look--there are prints!
|The winning selections|
So then I needed a visual to keep the colors straight, right? Yes, I did! Just stitch the squares together in color order and pop them up on the design wall so I can see which color to use for that day, right? Sure, except in retrospect it would have been better to use 1-inch squares rather than the 3 inch squares I'm using for the quilt. That would have made more sense, because I ended up with a very colorful strip that measured about 60 inches long.
Then I thought it might make a cute quilt on it's own as a thermometer, so I grabbed some Kona Snow and put a narrow strip on one side with the wider piece I had on the other side. I had every intention of trimming it down, but then I looked at it and now I'm not so sure. Maybe it's a quilt top of its own just like this. Right now, it's about 40 by 60, which strikes me as a bit narrow. Not enough to cuddle with, but too big, really, for a baby quilt. And a white baby quilt just gives me the willies.
|Kona Snow in the snow|
So, what do you think? Do I add to it? If so, what? Trim it down? And how on earth would I quilt this? What would you do?
And in case you're interested, here is the strip for the first 10 days of 2017:
So much for avoiding big blocks of color! I may have to change my strategy. I saw one that is made up of half square triangles of the high and the low for the day, which sounds intriguing. And heaven help us if we have to use those lighter purples (or the deep reds at the other end).
Any suggestions welcome! Hope you're having a good start to stitching in 2017!
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