Looking for tips and instructions for an ultralight quilt that weighs under 2.0lbs. on a limited budget
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(edude) - F
Looking for tips and instructions for an ultralight quilt that weighs under 2.0lbs. on a limited budget on 02/06/2009 13:46:18 MST Print View

Hi everyone,
I am looking to make an ultralight quilt that is:

1.inder 2lbs.
2.inexpensive - ( i want to use synthetic)
3.easy to make
4.durable

what is a cheap way to do this?

-Evan

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Looking for tips and instructions for an ultralight quilt that weighs under 2.0lbs. on a limited budget on 02/06/2009 14:00:26 MST Print View

Minimum temperature?

Which depends on
Bivy? Tent?
Supplemental clothing, for instance camp clothing worn to bed?

Splashproof, waterproof, don't care?

Edited by greg23 on 02/06/2009 14:23:37 MST.

Richard Scruggs
(JRScruggs) - MLife

Locale: Oregon
Re: Looking for tips and instructions for an ultralight quilt that weighs under 2.0lbs. on a limited budget on 02/06/2009 14:19:40 MST Print View

One place to look would be Ray Jardine's website, which has various quilt kits listed for sale plus a lot of info on making quilts. His kits perhaps fit your criteria.

JRS

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Looking for tips and instructions for an ultralight quilt that weighs under 2.0lbs. on a limited budget on 02/06/2009 17:40:45 MST Print View

buy 5yds of fabric (1.1oz rip stop is the cheapest and can be found about a million places. Don't pay over $5yd)

buy 2.5yds of insulation (climashiled XP 2.5 for 40-50* COMBAt 3.7 for 35*ish and XP 5oz for 20-30*)(thur-hiker.com is only place i know of right now)

Cut the fabric in half (2x2.5yds)lay the two pieces on the grond one on top of the other
lay the insulation on top.
The top layer of fabric will be the shell and the bottom layer will be the liner

Measure your dimensions and pin it all together then cut it out (way faster than measure cut then pin as everything is already together and you get a clean cut line)

Add draw cord channels and lines at the top and bottom. If you want under straps slip them between the layers of fabric and pin them in place. If you want snaps add the gross grain pull tabs now, or add a zipper at the bottom to create a foot box.

sew all but 8" closed, pull it inside out, if all is well top stitch the 8" opening closed and go camping

-Tim

P.S.
This takes me under 3hrs. I have done a lot of quilts so plan on a little longer, but it is a very easy and fast way to get a nice piece of gear.

Edited by MarshLaw303 on 02/06/2009 17:42:59 MST.

Scott Littlefield
(sclittlefield) - F

Locale: Northern Woods of Maine
Weight - Size on 02/06/2009 19:07:17 MST Print View

Hey Tim -
Any idea around what weight you end up with on a finished quilt using those directions (w/o zipper)? Also, how well does that insulation compact? Any ideas on the size you end up with for a stuff sac?

Thanks for the post - you make me want to make one.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Weight - Size on 02/06/2009 22:58:21 MST Print View

i recently made a 52x40x78" quilt using 1.4oz material and 5oz XP that weighed 26oz. 1.1 oz material is lighter by about 2oz

I have nothing to offer on compressibility as i don't EVER compress synthetic insulation

obvious XP 2.5 takes up less space than 3.7 which takes up less then 5. Same goes for weight.

-Tim

P.S.
a #3zip will weigh close to what 5 snaps and gross grain weigh, maybe even a bit less.

also owfinc.com has 1.4oz 2nd quality fabric for very cheap right now.

Edited by MarshLaw303 on 02/06/2009 23:00:22 MST.