Friday, December 20, 2019

Temperature Quilt - Planning 3

Okey-dokey, now we have our temperature ranges, number of fabrics, and design all figured out. Right?

The next decisions are colors, fabrics, and yardage.

Which colors & fabrics should I use?
The norm is to use cool colors (purple, blue, green) for cooler temperatures and warm colors (yellow, orange, red) for warmer, but you can do whatever pleases you.
What is important is that you have a variety of either color OR value (light, medium, dark) or both.
I'm doing solids/tonals but you can certainly assemble a collection of small or tonal prints and work with them.
Last year the hubby suggested I use 50 shades of grey but I decided to pass.

This is my fabric chart for 2020.  I'm using 24 colors of Moda Grunge. You can download a free blank fabric chart for adding your own temperature ranges and fabrics in the sidebar.

A couple of fabric ideas. I'm giving credit to each quilter, so please click on their Instagram account names for more inspiration.

Ange (@angesullivan) used a variety of tonal prints.
Batiks like these Eve (@evequilts77) used are a popular choice.

More batiks.  From Lynn (@thethimblemouse).

Here are Karen's (@capitolaquilter) fabrics - tonal prints.

Joanna (@joanna_kent) used tonals too. Notice how she used a vertical design. These are the first 10 months of the year.

How much fabric do I need?
Well, this depends on the size of your quilt, the intricacy of your blocks, and how many different fabrics you're using.
If you choose to used a basic like Bella Solids, Moda Grunge, or another fabric that is always available, you can order more if you do run out.

You can use historical data to determine how many times a specific fabric is likely to be used in your quilt, and get a rough idea of the yardage you'd need.  Of course, some fabrics are likely to only appear a couple of times (hello 100+ degrees!) so, if you're purchasing a bundle, go with the temperature that is likely to occur most often. It'll likely be somewhere in the middle of the scale.

UPDATE: There is a new post where I share another way to determine how much yardage you may need for your quilt:

1 comment:

  1. Love seeing the different ways quilters have chosen to make their daily blocks.