Friday, December 28, 2018

Temperature Quilt Along - Let's Get Organized

By now you hopefully have your color ranges determined and your fabric collected. If not, don't stress. I have a feeling there's going to be a LOT of catching up happening throughout the year.

So, how are going to keep track of all of this?
Here's what I came up with so far:
I started off by writing the temperature range assigned to a specific fabric in the selvedge of each fabric with a Micron pen. You can use any marking tool, since this won't become part of your quilt.

After doing that, I mulled it over a bit and realized that, even though that was a good idea, hunting down fabrics by checking their selvedges could possibly be time consuming.
Soooo....I drew up a little fabric key. If you'd like it, you can download it here.

I then wrote my fabric ranges down, cut a little sliver of each applicable fabric, and glued them on there. I may have to redo this, since I was obviously not having a very good day when I did this (and I couldn't find the white-out). The numbers to the left of the fabric bits are the SKU numbers, so they're not all that important anyway.

I think this will allow me to find the correct fabric for each block quite easily.
And all of it is in this handy dandy Sterilite tote from Target:

Next Friday I will have the very first Link List up here so we can share our progress! Also, a very big part of this will probably be happening on Instagram.

Oh and, if you're still mulling over your fabric choices, lovely Rainbow Bella Bundles are still available in the Etsy store.

UPDATE 12/31/18: Apparently the NOAA website is down because of the government shutdown. I think a better option for finding recent history once we start, is Weather Underground: https://www.wunderground.com/.
You can enter your location (down to the closest weather station to your location!) and click on the history tab. It's great!

4 comments:

  1. I'm excited to get started! I think I'll be making up a zip-lock baggie for each temperature/fabric to get organised. This way I can even cut a few of each out and store it in the baggie for quick piecing :)

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    1. That's a great idea too! I think we'll all figure out what works for us as we go along.

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  2. Such a great idea to do a QAL. I made a temp quilt in 2018 and will be doing it again in 2019. I also wrote up a tutorial although it looks like you've got it covered! https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2018/11/tutorial-how-to-make-temperature-quilt.html

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    1. I saw your great tutorial and I'm pretty sure that was what made me want to make this quilt. :)
      Quilt-alongs help me get stuff done.

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