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Sewing Curtains using Quilt Blocks {52 Quilt Block Pick Up}

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The big question of the week- do you have enough quilt blocks to sew up a curtain?  Sewing curtains from your ufo quilt blocks is a great way to make a massive dent in your stash of quilt blocks.

Before we get into the gallery of ideas– let’s go over the basic idea on how to get this done.

Gather the blocks that are kind of related, either by color, style, quilt block, or size.

The easiest thing would be to sew them into a row {if they match in size.  If they don’t match, sew a border around each block and then cut them to the correct matching size} and then you can add coordinating fabric to the top and bottom of the row of quilt blocks.

If you are a scrappy kind of gal, you can sew a few together and add borders and sashings to them until they reach the size you need.  There is a tutorial on this patchwork method here.

I have sewn up a quilt only to use it in the kids bathroom as their shower curtain. Loved it! I backed it with fabric and sewed all the way around, turned it right sides out and closed the hole.  I did add tabs at the top to hang.  Super easy and works great.  If you are sewing curtains for your shower, don’t use batting and don’t quilt it.  Keep it simple.

Enjoy the eye candy of sewing curtains with your quilt Block~

Have you made curtians with your quilt blocks?  Where did you use it?

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8 Comments

  • Carol Stearns

    This is a great idea, especially for kitchens or bedrooms. I’m an interior decorator and I sell lots of window treatments/draperies. I’ve also got lots of orphan blocks. I’m considering a donation of curtains to a church in their kitchen and what a great idea to insert some blocks into the mix! Thanks.

  • Abby

    What a great idea! I live in a house with no curtains and plenty of windows, I can use up a LOT of UFOs (blocks and whole projects), not to mention thin my stash. Hmm, which window to start with???

  • Becky

    I put a backing on. It does face the shower, so I believe I used muslin. This helps protect the raw edges and seams of the quilt.

  • Sue Yeager

    I purchased four ready made quilts for $39 each (two queen and two twin) for my living room (10′ wide X 6′ high and 6′ wide by 4.5′ high) windows. Scanned the quilt and printed fabric to make matching tab tops. Attached tabs and hung the quilts and hated how light came through, washing out the colors on the quilts. Solved that by buying cheap fat sheets and sewing them to the top of each quilt for a liner. Perfect! The sheets prevented the sun from bleeding through allowing the quilt fabrics to be true in my room. I hung them from curtain rods made from 1 1/2″ diameter wood closet pole cut to length with wood finials and brackets. They have been up for over 15 years and I still love them.
    Best part is that I have original single pane windows (house built in 1958) and the quilts keep out heat in summer and cold in winter.

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