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Old 28-06-2011, 11:19 AM
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Default Making window quilts

Last year a new Canadian neighbour moved in nearby and one thing lead to another and she couldn't believe we all didn't have window quilts. Especially me as I have single glazed north facing windows at the front.
I spent an afternoon helping watching her make one.
Bit like watching someone driving a car then having a go yourself
Took her 2 hours, took me 3 days and mine looked like the equivalent of a small childs first lot of homemade cakes! DD's window is 7' wide and 4' tall so I made 2 quilts.

Probably more links than you can cope with, but includes homemade ones and pdf guides how to:


http://www.motherearthnews.com/Green...mal-Shade.aspx

http://www.warmcompany.com/warmwindow/Warm.pdf

http://energyboomer.typepad.com/ener...-make-ene.html

http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects...hemalShade.htm

http://www.windowquilt.com/products/WQ_brochure_web.pdf

http://www.manytracks.com/Homesteading/winquilt.htm

http://countrylife.lehmans.com/2007/...window-quilts/

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art34745.asp

http://www.green-energy-efficient-ho...-curtains.html

I made the first set without a vapour barrier.
1. I got a lot of condensation on the windows with and without window film.
2. Within a month, mould on the lining
If you have double glazing maybe you wouldn't need a vapour barrier?

So I removed the back and replaced with new old sheets and added an old shower curtain (cut to size obviously) on one and a £ store mylar sheet to the other.
Both worked really well and no more condensation or mould problems.

They were made with charity shop white sheets, charity shop cot blankets and I embroidered small flowers on the bottom to fit in with her room.
Hung them from a tension road at the top and used velcro to secure them to the frame at the bottom and sides.

They made a massive difference to her room temperature, more so than window film or the interlining I had put in the curtains.
I'd take a picture but they are in the loft at present.

For my sons tall windows I will make insulated roman blinds but for the other windows I will make quilts.
If your windows are the same size as pillow cases that would make it very easy to do.

I have seen them put up with magnetic tape, drawing pins, velcro, curtain wire etc and they can stay down all the time or hand rolled and caught in ties at the top during the day.

They are a step up from putting a fleece up at the window and I'm sure they will eventually become popular over here with the cold winters we seem to be having lately.

I also made a door curtain on the same principle for my sons flat to cover an opening between rooms but allowed extra floor drape and this worked well too.
Used an old single quilt, the other mylar sheet in the pack and a purple sari from charity shop for £1....(the amount of fabric you get in a sari is amazing) he has a hippy looking flat and it fitted in well with his wall hangings. He has asked me to insulate them too for him. I told him I'd lend him or his GF my sowing machine!

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Old 05-12-2012, 8:51 AM
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Default window quilts

Thank you so much for this post! I've been wanting to make some kind of blanket for the window but was concerned about the condensation problem, etc, so this is great! Sometimes the flat feels colder than the outside!
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:05 AM
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Does this help against condensation in the windows, or does that confine condensation to behind the window quilt? My windows suffer terribly with it, dripping down in cold mornings. Thanks!
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:31 AM
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Thanks so much for the excellent share having just moved into an old cottage I will be looking at this with a lot of interest!
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:34 PM
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Default Help how to hang them

Sounds good but I am not sure how I can fix them. I have an angled bay window so would have to make 3 quilts. There is no space above the pvc double glazed window to put a batten and I dont want to drill into the UPVC itself. Can anyone help?
The "ceiling" over the bay window is just plaster board. I have thought about a sort of roller blind set up but am not sure if the quilt would prove too thick for this to work.
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thanks for this, ive just bought 2 fleeces and some mylar blankets and im going to experiment. the sitting room only has one badly placed storage heater and gets very cold and i'm loathe to use the bar fire due to the cost. i hope this will help a bit.
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Old 05-12-2012, 1:58 PM
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Hi
last year I made (but have only just hung) roman blinds that are underneath my floor length curtain for the bay window. They are a sandwhich of lining, thermal blackout lining (vapour barier) interlining then facing fabric.

They are great and have made a massive difference to the warmth of the living room
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Sounds good but I am not sure how I can fix them. I have an angled bay window so would have to make 3 quilts. There is no space above the pvc double glazed window to put a batten and I dont want to drill into the UPVC itself. Can anyone help?
The "ceiling" over the bay window is just plaster board. I have thought about a sort of roller blind set up but am not sure if the quilt would prove too thick for this to work.
would some sort of stick and sew Velcro work? Stuck to the frame and sewed to the quilt.
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Was thinking about doing this too until I thought about the foam insulation boards with foil on either side. Fitted them to the windows, not as pretty as the quilts though! The vertical blinds hide them from the outside and the curtains hide them on the inside. Go to work during the week so don't touch them, but remove bathroom, kitchen and large window in sitting room during the day during the weekend to let light in.

The house is now easier and quicker to heat but

Downside is.. as the windows are now freezing the any warm air that sneeks onto the windows are immediately turned into condensation, so during the very cold nights lots of water to wipe off. Will have to purchase a dehumidifier to counteract that .. after Christmas as I'm now broke (Christmas presents)
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Downside is.. as the windows are now freezing the any warm air that sneeks onto the windows are immediately turned into condensation, so during the very cold nights lots of water to wipe off. Will have to purchase a dehumidifier to counteract that .. after Christmas as I'm now broke (Christmas presents)

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Thank you so much for this conversation everyone, lots of ideas, very interesting and will need to research and think about it!
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Old 05-12-2012, 7:22 PM
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Hi Annie, These sound brilliant!
I've looked through all the links above and I'm having difficulty understanding them.
I'm pretty sure I would need a vapour barrier as I do get a lot of condensation anyway.
Could you please just tell me;
1. how many layers of fabric do I need?
2. What type of fabric/plastic must each layer consist of? Starting with the layer nearest the glass please.
Thank you lots
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Me again! sorry this is my first attempt at using the boards. Could someone please tell me what is mylar?
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did you buy some of that technical material lining that they were talking about? I did see that reflective material that they sell in b&q and wondered about sewing it in as a interlining.
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I have a pair of very heavily insulated curtains with reflective interlining, presumably that's the same sort of effect?

As regards the heat escape issue at the top, bottom and sides of curatains that's where I struggle ....I prefer curtain poles to heavy pelmets, but....I have shutters at some of the windows, and presumably they do tis 'seal' so that heavily interlined curtains with the reflective interlining can perform at their best in this same way?
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Sounds good but I am not sure how I can fix them. I have an angled bay window so would have to make 3 quilts. There is no space above the pvc double glazed window to put a batten and I dont want to drill into the UPVC itself. Can anyone help?
The "ceiling" over the bay window is just plaster board. I have thought about a sort of roller blind set up but am not sure if the quilt would prove too thick for this to work.
For fixing into plaster board many folks think they can use ordinary screws, no, go to any normal DIY and look/ ask for plaster board fixings, they come in plastic and also a sort of soft metal, they have a very coarse thread which you first screw into the plaster board, then you screw 'normally' into the fixing. Some come with their own screw, others you use a conventional screw. Most of these special fixings tell you you don't need to create a pilot hole, just center them and screw in. Personally I always use a small pilot hole, it helps to centre the fixing more accurately, also until you get used to installing the special fixing there can be a tendency for the paper surface of the plaster board to rise up slightly. I've used these fixings loads of time. Hint, always make sure that the weight of whatever you are hanging has sufficient fixings. Hope this helps.
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@OP: Do you think that this would be a suitable material to sew inbetween some material. Perhaps even make pockets that this could be slid into so it can be removed for washing etc?

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Sounds good but I am not sure how I can fix them. I have an angled bay window so would have to make 3 quilts. There is no space above the pvc double glazed window to put a batten and I dont want to drill into the UPVC itself. Can anyone help?
The "ceiling" over the bay window is just plaster board. I have thought about a sort of roller blind set up but am not sure if the quilt would prove too thick for this to work.
How about using self adhesive velcro. Stick one side to the PVC and sew the other to the 'quilt'. That would allow you to remove the quilts easily and if you want to permanently remove them, the adhesive velcro will peel off and any remaining adhesive cleaned up with meths or white spirit.
Hope that helps.
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