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    annie123
    Making window quilts
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    • 28th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
    Making window quilts 28th Jun 11 at 11:19 AM
    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!

    HTH
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