Art Quilt as Window Covering
At right is “Twilight Sky,” the commission piece I just recently finished and delivered to the client. It’s a skinny horizontal piece, about 26″h x 56″w and the couple commissioned me to make it to hang over a high narrow window in their home. This is the first time I’ve made a quilt to double as a window covering and I was interested to hear how they liked it.
I heard from them recently after the piece had hung in their home for a little while and they’re thrilled with the effect. During the day, when there’s light in the window, the piece has a stained glass feeling and at night it looks like a piece of art for the wall, they said. I couldn’t be happier! The quilt is made from batiks, which have a very tight weave, and the light from the back shouldn’t affect the front. Although I’ve never had a problem with batiks reacting poorly to light, generally it’s a good idea to keep the front of the quilt away from direct sunlight. This picture was taken on my design wall before the piece was delivered, so it isn’t hanging in its new home, but I asked the new owners if I could share it because of the interesting story behind its creation.
Fiber art on the wall offers a unique effect that’s different from a painting or a photograph. There’s something about the dimensional, tactile quality of the art form that creates warmth and buffers sound in a room. Contact me if you’d like to learn more about it. Obviously the window covering idea only works if you’re covering a window that you don’t mind being covered all the time, but for some windows like the one my clients have, it was the perfect solution.