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Matt Allen
(zeroforhire) - MLife
hey quilters! Please help! on 04/15/2008 12:59:59 MDT Print View

Ok... I am totally new to the world of making your own gear. I have very little experience sewing, so I figure that making a quilt will be a good little project for me.

I have pretty much settled on using synthetic insulation, and momentum fabric.

I have done a ton of research and searching, and I still need help. These are the things I am wanting it to accomplish.

-It needs to be light.
-It needs to be big enough to wrap around my marmot hydrogen and not compress the down too much.
-It can be in the 40-50 degree range, because I am willing to wear stuff under it.

If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it. I am mainly using it for mountaineering and climbing.

mark cole
(marklivia)
Re: hey quilters! Please help! on 04/15/2008 15:34:12 MDT Print View

Go to Thru-hiker.com. Acye has all the stuff you need, he gives advice and has links to projects people have done.

Matt Allen
(zeroforhire) - MLife
thanks on 04/15/2008 16:24:15 MDT Print View

thanks for the tips... I have checked out thru-hiker. It looks like they have a place that shows how to make a down quilt there, but not synthetic. I am sure I can figure this out... but I am having trouble figuring out the dimensions or width of the bag... and how to do the math to figure out the warmth and weight.

mark cole
(marklivia)
Re: thanks on 04/15/2008 18:46:52 MDT Print View

Again, either email or call Ayce. He knows all the answers to your questions.

mark henley
(flash582) - F - M
Cut and sew on 04/15/2008 18:54:08 MDT Print View

Buy 5 yards of Momentum fabric from AYCE at Thru-hiker, and 3 yards of Momentum XP 2.5 ounce basis weight.

Fold the momentum in half widthwise, shiny side up, and lay it out on a freshly made bed. The fold will be the top of the quilt.

Lay the Insulation on the momentum matching the top of the insulation to the top of the momentum. Fold the bottom of the insulation up until the bottom of the momentum is even with the fold of the insulation. This will give you a double layer of insulation in the footbox, something I really like on cool evenings.

Use Clothes pins every couple of inches to put the two materials together, then carefully trim the sides from 54 inches at the top to 44 inches at the bottom (or whatever size footbox you want for your overquilt), tapered on both sides. Realign and put the pins back in place as you go to keep everything straight.

Round the edges a bit.

Setting up your sewing machine is the toughest part of the whole process, so make sure you practice on scrap first.

Starting 12 inches from the edge of the bottom, with the insulation on top, sew around the entire quilt, stopping 12 inches from the other side, leaving about a half inch of material around the edges, and a gap in the sewing in the bottom center of the quilt.

Reaching inside the bottom of the quilt, in between the two layers of momentum, turn everything inside out, then tuck and sew the bottom opening closed.

Fold the top edge of the quilt down an inch and sew along the edge, creating a drawstring channel. This area will end up with about 4 layers of material, plus a bit of the insulation, in the seam, making it stronger for your drawcord channel.

Lay the quilt out with the drawstring channel up, then fold the quilt in half lengthwise, keeping the drawstring channel inside the quilt. Sew the 2 folded layers of the quilt together at the bottom along the bottom and about 18 inches up from the bottom twords the top of the quilt.

Then turn the quilt sideways and sew a bartack in about a quarter of an inch at the end of the seam you just finished sewing. The bartack will take the stress off the seam when your putting your feet in and out of the quilt.

Turn the footbox you just finished inside out, so that the seam is inside the footbox, and using a safety pin through the end of whatever cord you've decided to use for a drawstring, and feed the safety pin through the drawstring channel, leave about 4 inches of cord on each end, then trim the cord, put a cordlock on each side, then tie an overhand knot in each end of the cord to hold the cordlocks in place.

Use a lighter and melt the end of the cord on each end to keep it from unraveling.

Enjoy your new quilt but don't stuff it too small. I would suggest that you take a mylar turkey roasting bag, stuff the quilt into it, then stuff it into the bottom of your pack with the opening of the bag folded loosely downwards.

The quilt will compress to whatever size it needs to given the rest of the stuff in your pack.

This will give you a minimum of a 50 degree quilt at about 12 oz or so.

Good luck.

Edited by flash582 on 04/15/2008 19:04:37 MDT.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Cut and sew on 04/15/2008 19:53:35 MDT Print View

I just did exactly this, but with 1.1oz fabric and ended up with a great quilt at just over 16oz

Matt Allen
(zeroforhire) - MLife
thanks on 04/15/2008 20:38:37 MDT Print View

thanks for the detailed instructions... I really appreciate it... ayce gave me some good advice on his site...


thanks again.