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Temperature Quilt: October 2020

Here we are.

I actually had this ready to post for a couple days now, but I thought I would use this beautiful array of color to brighten your internet eyes today. If you haven’t been off the grid for the past…well, 4 years, you know that here in the United States of America we had a Presidential Election yesterday.

I don’t speak about politics on social media.

There is a reason for that.

It’s not because I don’t care. It’s not because I don’t have an opinion.

It’s because what matters the most to me in this life is not the RED or the BLUE. Politics somehow makes so many people see only those 2 colors around election season.

Those people that don’t vote the same way you do….guess what?

They are your friends.

They are your family.

They are the moms and dads that commiserate over the day-to-day hardships of parenting with you….and also love your children as their own.

They are the healthcare workers caring for you and for your loved ones.

They are the teachers you so desperately respect for their patience and effort to educate your children.

They are the people that you sit next to in church.

They are the kind strangers you pass everyday.

They are the ones that surrounded you when your loved ones died with cards…..and food…….and hugs.

This world is full of all the colors.

This land that we are gifted to be on such a short amount of time…..it’s filled with REDs and BLUEs, yes….but also, Oranges, Yellows, Greens, and Purples. Some days we identify with one color, other days another.

That’s what I’m thinking about today, anyway. I just thought I shared that with you.

So, if you don’t mind….I’d like to show you the pretty Hexie Temperature Quilt I’ve now completed 10 months of.

2 hexies for each day….one for the high temp and one for the low. All Temperature readings are from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Here’s the Legend to refresh you memory, if you need it:

And this is what January 2020- October 2020 looks like in Temperature Hexie Form:

It’s beginning to noticeably cool off in Wisconsin….so you’ll see the greens are making a comeback.

October’s row has been super fun and interesting for me since it’s run the gamut of mid 20’s to above 70…so that means LOTS of color variation!

So, if my little speech up top didn’t help to put you in a kinder, safter, loving space…..I HIGHLY recommend turning on a Hallmark Christmas Movie 🙂 That’s what I’ve been quilting to this month!

(You can see my movie reviews here if you haven’t already)

And now here’s something that you’ll all enjoy!…..the WATCH ME GROW portion of this post.

On to November!

May it be filled with all the reminders of your blessings, and may you take the time to be truly grateful for them ❤️

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Temperature Quilt: September 2020

Oh, September! How I love you so.

My favorite month of the year has come and gone…. and the temperature quilt is growing and changing again.

It is kind of amazing to look at this past month in color because it really did feel like a FALL month as far as weather….yet colorwise…looked very similar to the rest of summer. Strange.

Let’s take a look at that Temp Legend again, shall we?

I know I go over it every month, but for those who don’t know it already….I’m recording the temperatures of Oshkosh, Wisconsin in the year 2020. Each day gets 2 hexies: one for the high temp and one for the low. Kinda gives a little but more beauty to this crazy year, no?

We saw only one day in September dip below 41o F here in Oshkosh, WI. as indicated by the lone yellow green hexie.

I’ve also been a bit more relaxed about looking behind at what fabrics I’ve used on which days….so there are multiple places where the same fabrics are touching…..and, if you are wondering, yes it bothers me.

Yes, I will stare at these spots for years to come it will drive me crazy.

Will it drive me crazy enough to take it apart and redo it? Absolutely not.

My laziness are outshines my OCD.

Here she is in all her January-September 2020 glory:

From the beginning of the year until now….it’s been so fun to see this project grow and change:

Just like the change of seasons that I LOVE so much….I am excited to see the cooler temperatures bring the cooler colors back to this quilt!

October has already been an awesome shift! Can’t wait to show you next month!

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Temperature Quilt: August 2020

August 2020 is in the History Books!

I can hardly believe that Summer 2020 has come and gone….but it was a beautiful one in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (as far as weather goes)

This temperature quilt has really been a BRIGHT spot in this roller-coaster year. Let’s talk details again real quick. Each day I’ve sewn 2 hexies: one for the high temp, one for the low temp. Below is the Temperature Legend I created to use back in January when it all started:

August Temperatures were more of the same: Lots of Oranges and Reds. So June, July, and August have all been very constant. I’m not complaining….(Orange is my favorite color, afterall) I am, however, very excited for a little change in the next month.

Here is the Quilt to Date: January 2020-August 2020

OOH! I can’t wait to see these colors cool down again!

Watch Me Grow: Month By Month Progression

…..and now….

Guess What Time it Is?!?!!?

SEPTEMBER!

THE BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!

(It’s my birthday month)

May the Odds by ever in our Favor this School Year….

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Temperature Quilt: July 2020

Ahhhh….the HUES of my Favorite Color, ORANGE, you are so beautiful!

It’s kind of amazing to me that the month of July temperatures officially recorded in Oshkosh, Wisconsin were so, very boring….and by boring, I mean consistent….and by consistent, I mean much of the same: Lows in the the 60s and Highs in the 80s. What a beautiful Summer Month!

If this is your first time here, a couple quick reminders: This is my first ever paper pieced quilt. This is my first ever hexie quilt…and also the first time doing a temperature quilt. I chose to do 2 hexies per day: one for the high temp and one for the low……a here’s my Temperature Legend:

Oshkosh Residents, if you felt a little melted during some of these “HOT” summer days…please remember, my temperature readings are the recorded temperatures ONLY. They do not take into account the HEAT INDEX or the Humidity. So, you might be surprised that not one day in July reached above 90 degrees. (We had some 90 degree days….but not ONE degree above) I find that fascinating! (also, our family wasn’t actually IN Wisconsin this whole time…and where we were reached over 100 with a heat index of 109!!!!!!)

And, now, my friends, as I am typing this post…I look down at this picture below and see for the first time: Those 3 polka dot Red-Orange Hexies that are perfectly aligned as the High Temps of the 23rd days of the past 3 months and I AM SHOOK. How did I let this happen?!?!?! Ugh. I will try not to let it bother me, but I promise you, I will fail. It will be the spot that grabs my eye…..only SLIGHTLY less annoying than those 2 turquoise houndstooth hexies from January and February that are ACTUALLY FLIPPING TOUCHING!!!!

THE FULL QUILT progress so far: January through July 2020

I posted this picture yesterday…yes, another coffee and fabric picture. What can I say? Jesus. Coffee. Pretty Fabric. It just soothes my soul….and can you blame me for needing a little extra soothing these days?

We made it through another month of 2020, and I, for one, made lots of wonderful memories with my family while I took some time away from my sewing business. I pray you’ve been able to make some beautiful memories this summer too.

I did add a little bit of a personal touch to July. On the 4th of July (our anniversary) I made sure to center a little heart on the HIGH temp Red Hexie.

Every angle makes me smile looking at the color gradient….

And now, I give you the Month-by-Month Progression….

And there you have it! 7 months down, 5 to go in 2020. This project sure has added some extra happiness to my year…

May the Sunshine continue on into August!

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Temperature Quilt: June 2020

JUNE! I made it half way through the year of 2020.

Guess What!?!?! SO DID YOU!

What a WILD RIDE it’s been so far….no?

I can say ONE thing for sure….seeing 6 months of a temperature quilt all put together makes 2020 look BEAUTIFUL. Didn’t quite think I’d be able to say that, but that’s what an array of colored fabric does to me 🙂 And, I am truly grateful to have this gorgeous distraction.

I got behind in making the hexies this past month, but I’m all caught up now!

Let’s remember our colors, shall we?

In June we Saw LOTS of REDS, Red Oranges, and ORANGES! All Warm and Beautiful!

and ONE day….ONLY ONE…..the temperature reached ABOVE 90. So, I got to use Burgundy! (we got to 90 a couple times, but not over more than once)

Seriously.

I LOVE THIS QUILT SO FAR!

Two colors for every day: High Temp and Low Temp.

January 2020- June 2020 Temperature Quilt in all it’s color:

The months’ beginnings:

The Ends of the Months

Month By Month Progression…

And there you have it!

One half of 2020 in it’s Hexie Quilt Glory!