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Thread: quilted curtains

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    quilted curtains

    I heard of quilts used as curtains to insulate windows. I am looking for information on how to raise them , like blinds. I am sure there is a way to make this happen just not sure where I can find the information. Thank you for the help. Hope everyone stays warm (its 6 here) and has a safe and happy Christmas

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    You can make Roman blinds from fabric but they might be too thick if quilted to raise that way. You might try doing a casing for a dowel at the bottom and hand roll them up and rest the dowel on hooks at the window top.

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    While quilts might look great for curtains I would think that like Tartan said they might be too heavy to raise. I have some bamboo blinds and they are also heavy but they are raised fairly well. You might look at that set up.

    They do have ready made curtains that have insulated qualities to them.

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    I have made quilted (using hobbs cotton batting and curtain fabric) roman blinds lifted by 4 wooden dowels; roman blinds with just tapes and rings doesn't work well because of the extra weight. You will need to make sure the quilting lines are relatively close together because when the blind is raised, the layers of fabric may separate and the top layer droops away from the lining. The blind worked well because the window could take that kind of bulk, the window was a big bay window and had a very deep recesses for the actual window casing for the top rail. The recess meant the blind didn't stick out into the room. I am making roman blinds for my new laundry area and will be using a thin thermal lining instead because the top rails will be sited on the wall above the window rather than in the window recess.

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    I did exactly that a number of years ago. I used the ring tape available at JoAnns and only one dowel rod on the bottom. Not overly difficult to raise but I did have to fiddle with the pleats a bit when raised to get them to lay flat each time. If I remember correctly the only 'quilting' I did was where I had sewn the ring tapes to the entire piece. And I'm not sure if I had 3 or 4 rows of the rings.

    Good luck.

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    You may want to look at https://warmcompany.com/creative-corner
    The Tab Warm Window says you can use a pieced quilt top for fabric http://warmcompany.com/creative-corner/Tab_Warm_Window/
    But quilt is not mentioned in http://warmcompany.com/creative-corn...c_Warm_Window/ which I think is what you are referring to.

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    I think the quilted Roman shades will work fine if the rings and/or dowels are spread apart, perhaps 10" apart. This would allow for the loop look when they are drawn up. My daughter and I plan to make these for the windows in her new home. I do not think the quilting should be dense or perhaps not at all, owing the single horizontal stitching to hold the dowels or the stitching to attach the rings thru all layers. Thinking about it though, I think dowels should be used to help with the weight of the layers.

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    Just a thought....if it were me, since you're going to quilt it anyway, I would just make plain curtains and still use your batting... if I were using it to keep out the cold I would want it to cover the sides of the window as well where air seems to find a way in.....they could be changed out in the spring.....like I said, if it was me............................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie View Post
    Just a thought....if it were me, since you're going to quilt it anyway, I would just make plain curtains and still use your batting... if I were using it to keep out the cold I would want it to cover the sides of the window as well where air seems to find a way in.....they could be changed out in the spring.....like I said, if it was me............................
    I was thinking the same.
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