The Queen Ann Valance

My Desk Windows

Earlier this week, it occurred to me that I should share pattern information for the few window treatments in my home that I made using a pattern.  Most were “copycatted” from pictures in magazines and books.  No purchased pattern.

When I started sewing window treatments, I had a couple of really good books on sewing basic window treatments, like pinch-pleat panels, roman shades, with instructions on hemming, measuring properly, etc.

It all begins with rectangles.  Basic rectangles.  Then, you expand on that.  Add a curved edge, a different way to hang (or mount) the treatment, a little tweak here, a little tweak there.

Eventually, you’re motivated to try something beyond your normal scope, something requiring a pattern.  A professional workroom-type pattern.  It can be intimidating, at first.

I remember being afraid to try the decorator patterns.  But, I found them easier to follow than clothing patterns.  (Thank the Lord for that!)  After you have success with the first pattern it’s not so intimidating to move on to the next style you want to try.

Most of the windows in my home are already “treated”, and it happened way before any thoughts of a blog.

The big kicker?  No how-to pictures.

As I go forward, I’ll post tutorials for each window treatment I make.  For the treatments currently hanging in my home, I can tell you about them, but I can’t show you.

Yesterday, I posted pattern information for The Empire Valance Really hate that I can’t show you the process.  I truly wish I could, y’all!

‘Cause then you would see for yourself.

Then you would know.

You would find that it really is easy to do.  If I can figure this stuff out, so can you!

This is the pattern cover for today’s feature, The Queen Ann Valance.

These pictured treatments may not be to your taste in fabrics, but imagine the style in your fabric of choice.

You will find that you cannot keep all your fabrics up-to-the-minute-current throughout your life.  Fashions change too quickly to keep up.  We would go broke trying!  Avoid trendy fabrics, while staying true to your style of decor.  The more basic the window treatment and furniture pieces, the less you need to change in the long run.  Pillows and accessories can provide style and color changes to freshen things up along the way.

Keep in mind, the pattern cover pictures don’t always look as good as the real thing, y’all.  I decided on this treatment after seeing an example hanging in a decorator fabric store and loved it.

You know what they say about judging a book by its cover…guess it’s true for pattern covers, too.

If you’re interested in making this treatment style, here’s the link for The Queen Ann Valance by M’Fay Patterns.  As I explained yesterday, I have used M’Fay Patterns for a long time.  They provide thorough, easy-to-understand instructions.

Another site I’ve found that has a large selection of styles is Pate-Meadows Designs at http://www.patemeadows.com.

It’s fun to look at pictures, y’all.  That’s why we have Pinterest, right?!  Notice on my Pinterest boards that I have a board specifically for window treatments.  I’ve included examples from several sources, and Pate-Meadows’ site has many pictures to Pin.  Please remember to follow me on Pinterest, OK?  My button is in my sidebar to the right.  Right over there>>>>> (and scroll up just a tish, too).

I’ve not used Pate-Meadows’ patterns, but they have great pictures, fun styles, and appear to be customer service oriented.  All a plus.

My next feature will be The London Shade.  Similar to the Roman Shade, but fancier, poofy-er, and elegant.

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Comments

  1. Sue Weiford says

    I’m makeing M’Fays Queen Ann valance. I want to put a cord with knots accross each pleat. How do I make the knot? Should the cord be straight or swaged between the knots? How do I attach it? I’m already at the cording part.

    • says

      Hi, Sue! I feel so honored you contacted me. 🙂 Here is a link that shows the simple knots (just tie a regular knot in the cording) and with the rope cord straight between knots. http://www.seweasywindows.com/gallery/photo_valance36.html. I would hot glue the rope cord because it’s difficult to get the cord straight when hand stitching. The draped rope would look nice, too. I would measure the distance between the treatment pleats and multiply that by 1.5, and that is a nice measurement between knots for a swag. If swagging the rope, I would probably hand stitch each knot. I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions. Good luck with your project – I’d love to see a picture when you’re finished – maybe email me through my contact page.