Due to the fact that I have not seen my sister in over twenty years, I already treasure the fabric.
After much searching, I have decided to make jabots similar to the one pictured above, but plan to make the valance similar to the first two (they are reversible) on this pattern:
This is a picture of the big window in our dining room (we also have a smaller one on the right wall).
To create the optical illusion that the room is taller and to optimize light from the window, I'm going to hang the valance from the ceiling, with just a couple of inches of material over the actual window.
The material is a medium blue floral, so I'm trying to decide what corresponding fabric color would work best. Navy blue and white have both been suggested, but we'll see what can be found at the quilt shop tomorrow.
Update: The shopping trip was unsuccessful. We couldn't find any co-ordinating fabric. So I changed plans entirely. Here's the finished product: I do plan to make matching curtains, so that we close them at night.