Sunday, December 23, 2018

A New Leader Ender Project

Patty over at Elm Street Quilts has been making a temperature quilt this year using hexies. I am very tempted as I could do with a Leader and Ender Project for 2019. She is considering doing another one next year and has some ideas on it here if you want to check it out.

I like the idea of a high temperature quilt and using my batik scraps box for it.  Now to work out a scale and colours to match the scale and a block to use. You have to think 40 + degree will have to be a dark red working iis way down to a orange as it get cooler. Blue would be a good choice for the cold temperatures, but do you go dark blue for the really cold temperatures or do you go the other way so the light blue is the coldest so that you could the slip in white/cream, so you could include below zero temperatures. As I type this post up over a couple of weeks, I have got this far with the scale. We don't get day time temperatures under 10 degrees very often, maybe once even few years. That is why I have started at 9 degrees and you need to remember I am in Australia where we don't use fahrenheit, our is in degrees celsius. A slightly different system.
9- 15 degrees Purple
16-20 degrees  Blue
21-25 degrees Green
26-30 degrees Yellow
31-35 degrees Orange
36-40 degrees Pink
40+ degrees Red

Then I  needed to work out a block.  Patty used hexagons for her quilt but I was thinking I need more structure in my design. I want to be able to look at it and know that section is at that time of the year. I am thinking about using the Flying geese block. The temperature colour will be the middle and can point up if the temperature is climbing or pointing down if the temperature drops. My thinking is if a colour is assigned in 5 ( 10- 14, 15-19) and we have a few days in a zone I can point the block in the direction the temperature is going. That will give me more information.

I thought if I do them in vertical rows of 7, so you can see the week and work left to right on the quilt with a sashing strip when I need to start a new row. Something like this is my thinking, but there may be some changes along the way.

Now I can do some preparation ready for the beginning of January.  I can cut  plenty of the scrappy neutrals and cut some reds and oranges and a few of the other colours ready to go in to my project with a notepad to record the temperature in case I don't get to sit down at the machine every day.
This should be an interesting experiment, you are welcome to join me. When I start I will share some more details on my sizes and block method, but it is not rocket science. This is a simply block for a reason we don't want anything to hard, though I did toy with a harder block. Maybe if I enjoy this I may consider it for the following year.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching

1 comment:

CathyC said...

sounds like fun Cynthia :)