How My Climate Quilt Bit the Dust
At the end of last year I decided I would make a climate quilt to record the high and low temperatures of each day in 2019.
I would use Baby Windmill blocks, which have a way of creeping into everything I do.
I messed around with some ideas.
There were many possibilities and no shortage of options.
I had a plan for how to set 365 blocks, how to keep track of the temperatures and how to manage the entire project.
I created a color key to make it easy to match each day’s high and low with a color. I was all over it.
Every so often I’d make some black and white Baby Windmills. Then, after looking up the temperatures on wunderground.com, I’d add the appropriate logs to two sides.
The quilt grew and I liked it. I could see where it could be pretty interesting by the end of the year.
I got it out last week and made about 80 more windmills. I got sick of windmills. I dutifully added the logs in the prescribed colors, but it wasn’t much fun.
One day my farmer came into the studio and asked about the quilt, which was taking up half of the design wall. I did some quick math and realized that I had miscalculated the length of each column. I had neglected to refer back to my notes and now two columns were sewn together but they were wrong—and I was already not enjoying the whole thing.
Now here are some things I know for sure.
I sew for fun.
If it isn’t fun, I don’t want to do it.
And just like that, my climate quilt bit the dust.
I realized that I could add colored logs randomly and still have a great quilt. None of my work would go to waste. I’d still have a quilt to add to my Windy Wonders program for guilds. And best of all?
I’d be having fun again!
So that’s exactly what I did. Within a few hours I had finished another whole column. I enjoyed the sewing and I loved the quilt once more.
The next morning I auditioned some border options. I decided to use the leftover black patches to piece a border. Soon I had all four made and attached.
I’m mulling whether it will need a black binding or a colorful, scrappy one. Either way, I’ve learned or relearned some important lessons:
I sew for fun.
It’s perfectly fine to change your plan,
My quilt, my rules.
Hallelujah. Quilt on!
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Would you like to see all of my Windy Wonders? I have a program devoted to quilts based on this simple little block. It gets great feedback!