Bring Quilting Techniques to Sewing Curtains

I dont' usually think of quilting and making curtains in the same breath, but I was looking at some back issues of Stitch recently and I came acrosse the Hearts Aglow Silk Curtain from Stitch Fall 2010, which is made of of lovely silk log cabin blocks. I just love the unexpected combination of quilt blocks and silk, especially in curtains. I have published a short sidebar below on how to make log cabin blocks. Maybe you will want to try working up some blocks in unusual fabrics for curtains yourself. Now, I would call that thinking outside the block!  

Hearts Aglow Silk Curtain by
Katrina Walker, Stitch Fall 2010

Constructing a Log Cabin Block

Sewing a pieced log cabin block is relatively simple. It begins with a square (or rectangle), which is sewn to a strip; then the strip ends are trimmed to match the raw edges of the square. Construction progresses counterclockwise around the original patch,and each newly added strip is trimmed to match the edges of the previous unit. Sewing this design is considerably quicker if the squares/rectangles are sewn to the fabric strips in "assembly line" fashion rather than cutting them to size individually. Align as many patches or pieced units as will fit, without overlapping, along each fabric strip, then cut them apart after the seam is sewn.

For more home dec techniques and tips, check out the Home Decor Sewing with Kevin Kosbab Ultimate Collection in the Sew Daily Shop.

Have you combined techniques, fabrics, and projects in unusual ways? I would love to know!

Happy stitching!


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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

2 thoughts on “Bring Quilting Techniques to Sewing Curtains

  1. I love my old blue jeans because they are soooo soft and comfortable The pocket areas wore out so I made patches that look like bits of quilting, The knee areas were next and I did the same. They look as happy, pleasing casual wear. When an area develops a one or 2 inch hole instead of trying a patch that is subdued, hopng no one will see I may use opposite colours and feature it. This technique also works great on expensive Down filled outer wear like jackets. A FEW FAKE POCKETS ON BOTH SIDES MAKES GARMENT LOOK LIKE IT WAS DESINED THIS WAY