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Old 05-04-2011, 02:58 PM
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We have a sun room that I have converted into my sewing room. There are 2 walls that are almost all window. They were never covered before, so I'm making some curtains. I purchased some sun block lining fabric and I have the drape fabric. This will be fine for warm months, but the windows are cold in the winter. I was wondering if I should just add a layer of batting between the fabric & lining and quilt it. Has anyone done this before? Anything I should be aware of? What type of batting should I use, poly, cotton, bamboo (i've heard bamboo drapes well). thanks for any info.
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Old 05-04-2011, 03:07 PM
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Wonder? Would it be worth using the insulation fabric?
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Old 05-04-2011, 03:07 PM
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I made quilted cutrains for my sewing room. I just used cotton batting and made a hanging sleeve for the rods. I really had fun making them and fmq them.
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I'm planning the same thing for a north and a south facing window in my own studio!
Not sure either about the batting/insulation, so will be following this topic with interest.

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I am actually working on new "quilted" curtains for my kitchen. I hope to have done in a few days. I will try to post some pics. Sure hope they turn out like I plan. ;-)
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Many years ago I saw a pic of quilted curtains in a design magazine, but have never found a pattern or given it a try. The house I was born in was very old and cold in winter (England). My grandmother used to hang double sided curtains (velvet) to be drawn across the doorways, sometimes I know she sewed a flannel sheet in between for extra insulation, but never quilted them.

I too will be watching this post. With utility prices rising again, and having a house with lots of big windows, I can see quilted curtains are going to be in my future.
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Old 05-04-2011, 03:57 PM
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Made some like Chicca worked very well helped keep heat out in the summer and cold out in the winter.
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I live in the central valley of California, with some hellishly hot summers. And in the summer, we have NO rain at all from spring to late fall. So it gets hot here, very hot.
I made cream colored drapes for my South and West windows and they are like quilts. They have muslin backing with poly batting, sewed to the muslin and then attached at the top and sides. I can see a difference in my power bills since then. And on the front two side windows that are about 8 feet from the house where a single man lives and....well, has company, I painted the windows and glass windows too, inside and out. That was after my 23 year old Granddaughter visited and I heard her commenting to herself while looking out the window before she turned on the lights...."Gosh, I didn't know you could do that!!"
Then I added quilted drapes to them too, it is on the North of the house. Don't need those windows anyway.
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My friend is thinking of doing quilted curtains for her living room. I have had stained glass quilted curtains on the bottom half of my windows with shorter stained glass valences on the top for years.

I would probably use polyester batting for the warmth. Remember it doesn't breath like cotton or wool. bamboo is way to expensive and wouldn't do any better than the polyester
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Anything I should be aware of?
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One thing that you should do, is open them once a week or so and wipe the window frames with a bleach water damp cloth. It is so efficient at keeping out the cold and heat that moisture builds up inside it. Should be dried out now and then. Since I don't like the idea of living in a fish bowl, I keep my public windows covered all the time, except sometimes during the day.
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