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Evan Chartier
(evanchartier) - M
Baffles in a quilt on 03/20/2010 17:00:55 MDT Print View

Hey there-
I am sewing the baffles to my quilt. Question: When all the baffles have been sewn to both the top and the bottom of the quilt and then I am ready to sew up one long side of the quilt from head to toe, wont I end up smashing down the baffles as I close up one side of the quilt? Should I be cutting my baffles a bit shorter than the width of the quilt so that when I sew up the sides of the quilt the baffles wont get incorporated into the outside seam and crushed, preventing the baffles from being the proper height?
Thanks
Evan
Pics to come...

John Addleman
(Jaddleman) - F

Locale: Boulder
roger's article on 03/20/2010 18:36:00 MDT Print View

Have you seen this? I was just looking at it earlier. I don't have personal experience, so I'm kind of confused about what you're describing, but Roger goes pretty in depth about how to construct baffles, so I thought that might help you.

Good luck! I'd love to see pictures if you can, I'm planning on doing lots of MYOG this summer.

Evan Chartier
(evanchartier) - M
Baffle Article on 03/20/2010 20:45:14 MDT Print View

Thanks for the link. Too bad Im not a member though :(
I will have to join once I get back from the PCT. Cant spend the $$ for access when I will be on the trail for the next 5 months, starting tuesday! But its one of the first things on the list when I get back, and have lots of time to read! What a great resource.
Life member seems to be the best bet:)
Anyone have some experience in the baffle department?
Evan

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: Baffles in a quilt on 03/20/2010 20:52:17 MDT Print View

Evan, I know exactly what you are referring to as I had the same question when I made my quilt. The answer is "to let the baffles run right to the edge and just sew the edge closed...yes smashing the baffles down." It is fine. The baffles are only smashed near the edge and the edge of the quilt is supposed to be flat.

Yes if you cut the baffles back say 1/4"-1/2" that works great to. It helps to keep the baffles out of the edge seam.

Jamie

Edited by jshortt on 03/20/2010 20:54:14 MDT.

Evan Chartier
(evanchartier) - M
Jamie on 03/20/2010 21:46:05 MDT Print View

Awesome, thanks. I'll just make them go to the end and sew over them with the side seam. So many questions onthis quilt! :)
Evan

Edited by evanchartier on 03/20/2010 21:46:46 MDT.

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: Baffles in a quilt on 03/21/2010 05:24:46 MDT Print View

Evan, You are most welcome. One thing you might want to do is see how thick the mesh when you run it to the edge. If it is creating a "bump" then cut it back a bit. You can safely cut it back as far as your seam allowance. So if you are folding the edge over twice by half an inch then you could cut it back an inch. I like the mesh to go into the seam a bit to make sure the down chambers are sealed, preventing down movement from one chamber to the next.

Good luck, Jamie

Edited by jshortt on 03/21/2010 05:26:56 MDT.