Temperature Quilt with *Paper + Paint and Cloth*

 


After 365 blocks each sized 2 1/2 inches, my temperature quilt is finally done!  Finished size 33" by 62". 

Here are the details.

When I read about the call from Modern Guild to create an exhibit of temperature quilts for QuiltCon 2022 I started to investigate. After reading and seeing beautiful quilts I decided to make one. Of course I had to put a twist on it. I challenged myself on doing a pieced quilt with paper + paint and cloth.

I found this chart and began mixing my paints to match the colors. I didn't use all and modify some.

After the paint was ready I cut out the little squares of white fabric and INC (infused newsprint cloth). I purposefully omitted newspapers from the year 2020. Needless to say we've all had a rough past year and I simply did not want to include negative news.

I then drew the screens to complete each block. It took me about a week to come up with the final designs. 


I worked with 14 blocks at a time to be organized and not get confused.

The blocks were trimmed and sewn together. Because the blocks were painted I couldn't put pins to aid me in my task. Pins would have left a nice hole mark on the fabric. Instead I used clips shown below - they worked wonderful.



After sewing 14 blocks I started to assemble the quilt by putting the rows together until the quilt top was done.

 


For the backing fabric I wanted to record the city and the year of this temperature quilt. Tiles were painted with the letters of my city which is Collierville and the year 2020.




The three layers were put together and quilted in my home sewing machine. I had to be careful and go very, very slow since the quilt had been painted and infused with newspaper. Mistakes couldn't be made. Talk about pressure!!

After the three layers were sewn together it was time to finish with a binding. I love stripes so I painted stripes using the same paint colors I used on the blocks.


Here is a close-up of the binding in place.

A few other close-ups...



We are at the end of January, it's winter time where I live. Because the paper-cloth is washable and pliable I can use my new quilt to keep me warm! 


I am glad I challenged myself to create something outside of my comfort zone. And do you want to know something I discovered along the way? I love piecing!!! :)

I am linked to      http://www.myquiltinfatuation.com and  http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com


20 comments:

  1. WOW!! This is an amazing process and looks gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. It was a journey and I am happy with the results:)

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  2. Now that is the coolest (no pun intended!)temperature quilt I have seen. Love it!

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  3. this is just the most awesome piece!!!!! I can't believe the process you went through but I am SO happy you provided us your step by step..well, amost! I know this took so much time and thought! Just shows what a great designer you are!!! Fabulous!!!!

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    1. Oh Robbie you made me blush :) Thank you for all your kind words!

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  4. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love it. Did you use fabric paint, or just acrylic paint? I'd love to give this a try!

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    1. Hi, I used fabric paint which has some add ons in the formula. Leaves the fabric soft and pliable; easier to sew. I hope you will give it a try. It is fun!

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  5. What a crazy amount of work. It's lovely! And very unique.

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  6. I love this! It is wonderful to see such a unique version of a temperature quilt. I am fascinated by the different techniques you used.

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    1. Thank you very much Julie for your kind comment. It was challenging but at the same time fun:)

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  7. Fabulous. Love how you went the extra step to include newspaper text in each block.

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    1. Thank you Gwyned! I love to incorporate paper in my work. Sometimes I read the news several times: when I cut it, when I pasted it and when I washed it:)

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  8. I absolutely love this! Thank you for taking us through the process.

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  9. Wow, this is amazing! I love your home made binding, too. I'm familiar with temperature quilts, but, do you go by the high temperature of the day?

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      I use the high and low temperature of the day.

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