Three 2022 Temperature Quilts Finished!

New Mexico is on the left, California is in the middle, and Washington is on the right.

In late 2021 I decided that I wanted to make three temperature quilts: one for my town in northern New Mexico, one for my stepdaughter who resides in a city in the Bay Area of California, and one for my stepson who lives in a city in the state of Washington. I decided to use the same Kona solids for each quilt to depict each temperature range to be able compare the different temperatures for each state. I used 2″x4″ finished flying geese in all three quilts, paper-piecing all the flying geese (daily when possible so not to get too far behind) using Lee@Freshly Pieced’ Perfect Flying Geese and keeping track of the date, state, and colors on the paper to keep me organized. I used Accuweather to track temperatures. I designated the large triangles (geese) for each day’s high temperature, and the small triangles (sky) represented the low temperatures. On January 1st, I pointed all the large triangles for all three states up, and then for subsequent days, the direction of the large triangles was determined whether the temperature increased (pointed up), stayed the same (still pointed up) or decreased (pointed down).

These are the Kona colors with associated temperature ranges: <0 Orchard Ice, 0-9 Violet, 10-14 Magenta, 15-19 Geranium, 20-24 Dark Violet, 25-29 Purple, 30-34 Noble Purple, 35-39 Surf, 40-44 Ocean, 45-49 Celestial, 50-54 Mediterranean, 55-59 Cyan, 60-64 Glacier, 65-69 Clover, 70-74 Kiwi, 75-79 Chartreuse, Citrus 80-84, Papaya 85-89, Torch 90-94, and Coral 95-99. There were no temperatures in 2022 for any of our cities in the 100s. I use Kona Charcoal to sew rectangles to the end of the columns for the months that don’t have 31 days. I only had one day the entire year where the high and low temps were in the same temperature range which was WA Jan 5th Surf 35-39.

Early in 2022, I decided that I wanted Rebecca of Rebecca Grace Quilting to do the quilting on all three temperature quilts, and I knew I wanted to use a Charcoal Minky backing, so in September I ordered seven yards of Shannon Minky Solid Cuddle in Charcoal and had it shipped to Rebecca who was nice enough to store it for me until she received my quilt tops about three weeks ago. I have to tell you that the back looks AMAZING. Here’s a pic that Rebecca took of my New Mexico temp quilt before she returned it to me:

nm minky backing

The bobbin thread is grey and wonderfully highlights the quilting on the minky backing, but the thread that I am most excited about is the thread we chose for the front of all three quilts which was Glide Sprout:

Glide sprout thread

At the top of this post I have photos of all three finished temperature quilts taken outside mid morning on 1/28/23 (click on the photos to enlarge them). The sun was shining brightly which tends to wash out the colors, but I definitely wanted to include some outside shots. I also took pics of all three quilts on my bed. Here is New Mexico:

NM bed

Here is California:

CA bed

And here is Washington:

WA bed

Finally here is a close-up of some of the quilting on the Washington temperature quilt with the awesome Go With The Flow Quilting in Glide Sprout done by Rebecca (which shows up better on the Charcoal border above):

WA close up

I had Spoonflower print up customized labels for all three quilts (for info about the process see this post here). Below is a pic of my New Mexico label sewn in:

NM label sewn in

I started binding the quilts on Jan 21st, the day after I got them back from Rebecca. I ended binding them all a little differently. For my New Mexico temp quilt, I machine stitched the binding on both sides and thought that some of my wobbly sewing showed up too much on the binding on the front of the quilt. For the Washington quilt, I sewed the binding to the back (because I thought I was going to machine stitch it down on the front like I did for NM but then changed my mind) and hand-stitched the binding to the front. For the California quilt, I machine sewed the binding on the front of the quilt and hand-stitched it to back which took a lot of time because hand-sewing with minky fabric is NOT fun! It’s difficult to get through the fluff to fabric underneath. If I use a minky backing in the future and want to hand-stitch the binding, I will definitely do it like I did for the Washington quilt–machine stitch on the back, hand-stitch on the front.

I wrote a lot of posts about these temperature quilts over the past year. If you want to read in more detail, please use the Search This Blog box and type in temperature, and more posts than you likely will want to read will be listed.

I am SO pleased with how these temperature quilts turned out, but I have to tell you all that making three temperature quilts at one time is CRAZY!!! But now that they’re finished, I’m glad I did!

Linking up to Stitching Cubby Hole: TGIFF.

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10 Responses to Three 2022 Temperature Quilts Finished!

  1. These quilts are beautiful!!! Wow, I can’t get my brain wrapped around doing ONE temperture quilt and you did THREE at once!! BRAVO!!!!! The thread, quilting and the minky were perfect choices too 👏👏👏


  2. Not one, but three – and you did it! They are each unique, and I’ll bet they are so soft and cuddly with the Minky backing. Of course, Rebeeca rocked the quilting, as usual! Nice finishes!


  3. Cocoa Quilts says:

    I’ve been following you as you made these quilts. I love how they look together and so different. Minky was a perfect choice and shows the quilting so well. Beautiful!!


  4. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Mary! Your perseverance and care to this project throughout the year speak well to your character. The whole idea of making one of these sounds overwhelming to me (especially when you mentioned PP!) but to make three. You rock! And so does Rebecca. The quilting looks lovely and does a fabulous job of enhancing without overtaking the overall pattern of the quilt. That minky backing feels so nice, doesn’t it? Really nice job, Mary. I love all three of them. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne


  5. Quite an accomplishment! I’m impressed that you were able to keep three different versions organized with all of the flying geese in the correct chronological order, facing the right direction, for three different quilts! They look beautiful. Thanks for choosing me to quilt them for you! 🙂


  6. Mary, these are stunning and so, so interesting to get to see side by side. I immediately called my husband over to come look at them with me and we really marveled at seeing how different each location was in the way the seasons look and feel. The minky is going to make the quilts so incredibly wonderful to use, and I love the quilting that Rebecca did for you, the perfect organic, fluid feeling to accompany the flying geese. Congratulations for getting the quilts all done so quickly and what a fun project to get to follow along and enjoy with you over the last year!!


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  8. Mary, your temperature quilts are just amazing! Like a science experiment in fabric! The quilting is beautiful, too – I really like the swirly effect around the geese. That was a huge project to take on, and a great accomplishment!


  9. Wow Mary, what an accomplishment! I am so happy for you, and they turned out beautifully. Between you and Rebecca, they are stunning.


  10. knitnkwilt says:

    I like the additions to color of the high that you made–pointing the arrow up or down seemed especially fun. I made one for highs only, and it did me in. I can’t imagine managing three and not confusing the pieces! But you did it, and it’s cool! I also like that you put the legend for the color/temp on the label. I’ve always thought that should be part of these quilts.


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