My son walked in the other day with news that the construction that has begun across the street will be a seven story apartment building. I have three windows in my living room that face the street and the construction. Granted, I doubt there will be much construction before spring, but like my son said, when the building is occupied, unless I get some curtains on the windows in my second floor apartment, I will be living in a goldfish bowl.
Minnesota gets a bit nippy in the winter. Blizzards are not uncommon. Below zero temps for days on end are the norm. I have found that even though my windows are new, they still can be a little bit drafty when the wind is strong. Many people use plastic to keep out the winter cold, but I don't much care for that solution. I decided to make three window quilts to fit the windows.
I am making scrap quilts, using the fabric scraps I have leftover from other projects. I also have a number of cream colored sheets that can be used for the backs of the quilts. I can use tie backs to let in light during the day. There are enough sheets to also make curtain panels to use in the warmer months.
I suppose I could have just purchased thermal drapes, but I really like the idea of using what I have on hand. My bank account likes it, too. The only thing I need buy is the batting for the window quilts. This is good practice for a time when we may have to learn to make do with what we have.
I will post pictures when the quilts are finished, but don't hold your breath. Making quilts take time. I do hope to finish them by the time the temperatures head downward. It is not unusual to have snow by Thanksgiving, so I had better get busy. :)