It’s Wednesday…but I am saving my Hallmark Post for tomorrow….because
Does anyone even know what day it is anyway?
I bet we all could use something pretty to look at!
I did some calculating last night, and figured out that March 2020 officially had 594 days….but, we MADE IT THROUGH! I did, however, only record 31 days in my temperature quilt…that was enough for me.
Let’s take a look at our Temp Legend again, shall we?
I am sewing 2 hexies per day: High Temp and Low Temp recorded for Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This month, I also started my “labeling” hexies:
HIGHLIGHTS OF MARCH 2020: We see a NEW COLOR: Yellow-Orange! We reached up to the 50’s THREE days this month…and LOTS of 40’s (Yellow)….only 1 day saw a temperature under 20…
Here SHE BE: January-March 2020 Hexie Temperature Quilt
I fell a bit behind on quilting the past 2 weeks…but FORCED myself to stay on track, so I knocked out the last 2 weeks in the past 2 nights. This ended in tears. I proudly held up my finished work to my husband, and promptly realized I had sewn the last 6 days on upside down (insert bawling emoji here)
But, I’m nothing if not stubborn, so after I screamed and used a few choice words, and exclaimed I wasn’t fixing it….
I fixed it.
Maybe turn the news off today….and just go look at pretty quilts, or fabrics, or something else that makes you smile?
It’s just what I happen to be working on right now, so that’s what you’re getting 2 days in row. To keep it real, I have to make sure I hold myself accountable to this project because it could very easily fall to the wayside if I don’t make sure I stay on schedule.
Quick shout out to my girl Becky for inspiring me to take on a Temperature Quilt. She’s an amazing crocheter, and she’s been making Temperature blankets (and other creative projects) for years. Every time I see her beautiful color gradients, I am in awe. Colorful things just make me happy. Not sure what made me think I should start a project of this caliber of my own….but since when did I have a good excuse to start any project? AmIright????
I know you’re all like….”get to the pretties already!” but……
Since I hadn’t blogged about it back in January, I thought I might get a base-post up for ya.
I’m not a crocheter OR knitter….and I’M NOT STARTING, so don’t ask. I’ve tried. I’m sure if I stuck it out, I’d be hooked, but I certainly don’t need another craft in my life. I enjoy giving my business to those folks that are passionate about it, and I’ll stick to sewing. So, I needed to figure out a way to quilt this blanket. After much consideration, I wanted to try something new to me anyway (SEE!!!! I need to be watched carefully, people!….) I wanted it to be portable because if I’m going to add to this daily, I can’t always be at my sewing machine.
Enter: Paper Piecing & the Hexie Quilt
I know, it’s not new. It is, however, NEW to ME! (at least it was on January 1st, 2020 when I started this madness)
Then, I just needed a plan. I came up with this as my Color Palate.
I also decided instead of doing the high temperature for the day…or even the average….I wanted to do 2 a day and record both the HIGH temp and the LOW temp. So everyday is represented by 2 hexies.
I found out that if I ever do this again, I will adjust the color scheme a little bit….but I guess it truly just depends on the weather, right? I thought I’d have more blue in these winter months….but there’s a whole LOT of green.
As a reminder (and for those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook…seriously, what’s wrong with you?) Here was the quilt at the end of January 2020. As I said then, notably, we only had 2 days that reached below zero. That was crazy to me! Us Wisconsin folk are a hardy breed and used to some cold winters.
So, now let’s see what happened in February, shall we?
A little bit BLUER for sure…
We even dipped down to -12 degrees (see the navy hexie) I believe the windchill was -27 that day…Happy Valentine’s Day to Us! Hope you all SNUGGLED UP!
Two months down, 10 to go! I’m counting on you to keep me accountable!
And…not to point out the things that I will not change/fix no matter how much they are driving me nuts…like these two hexies that ended up next to each other. 😡
I’ve made a hand-full of quilts before, but this one was special in more ways than one. First of all, this school of ours is such an amazing place…not only do we send 3 of our children here, but MY siblings and I went to school here from Kindergarten to 8th grade. The church, it’s people, are our family. Many members that I see on the regular have watched me grow up…they witnessed all the struggles and triumphs of our family, from my infancy to our marriage and births of our own children. They’ve surrounded us with love and prayers in our darkest hours and our brightest shining moments.
Oh man, see? This place and these people have my whole heart!
So when an announcement was made that we were going to have an event with a silent auction that needed items to be donated, I knew I needed to make something very special. This idea started with our recently new designed logos. I knew I could always upcycle some shirts like I had in the past to make clothing….but you see, I needed something that would appeal to the masses (and clothing sizes and styles can be limiting) Eventually, I landed on a quilt.
But how could I make this one of a kind? I set out to design the fabric! Once I started, it was hard to stop. I had to limit myself to a few designs…or time (and my budget) would get out of control! Here are the 3 I had printed…I made some of my Reusable Snack Bags to go along with the the basket.
As for the quilt itself, I didn’t want to get too intricate and needed to show off these prints….so a simple block quilt it was.
My favorite part though is the trim & back! I could piece together quilt tops all day….but when it comes to quilting and binding…. meh….. not my fave. I found this super quick tutorial from one of my favorite craft bloggers from way back in the day (of course, she never stopped blogging and is now wildly successful) …. ANNNYYYYYWHO, I love the look of quilts, but I am a soft and comfy blanket girl ALL THE WAY. This backing trick gives you the best of both worlds!
So folks, there you have it. My SCHOOL SPIRIT SHERPA FLEECE QUILT!
And for those of you who are attending our school Gala Fundraiser, crack open those piggy banks and get those auction bidding funds ready!