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Pete O
(Shouse) - F

Locale: TX
Need Ideas for MYOG quilt, please share. on 03/31/2010 17:17:33 MDT Print View

I've been brewing over my 2 person quilt for some time now. Finally decided to stop waiting for Apex and bite the bullet on the .9oz ripstop OWFINC will have available. Insulation will be climashield green.
I'm looking for ideas on how to form my convertible footstop. I'm not too fond of the drawstring footbox but I would like to see as many examples as possible. So if you have pictures and details of your own MYOG quilt, post away please.

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
quilt on 03/31/2010 19:56:01 MDT Print View

Here is the pattern along with the one at thru-hiker, used with down. Agree that the draw string never worked great. Finally just closed off the bottom and added a foot box.

Edited by rambler on 03/31/2010 20:00:29 MDT.

Scott Littlefield
(sclittlefield) - F

Locale: Northern Woods of Maine
quilt footbox on 04/01/2010 11:11:01 MDT Print View

Just one example of a DIY rectangle footbox that I made recently - 30d ripstop with Climashield Green (3oz) as insulation.

Quilt Footbox

You can find more information on the whole project here:

Paul Elliott
(PaulElliott) - F
Re: Need Ideas for MYOG quilt, please share. on 04/01/2010 13:18:14 MDT Print View

I have a drawstring for my feet, but it's not the same as what's normally done since my quilt is integrated with the sleeping pad. Maybe this will give you some ideas.
skip to 2/3rds down to the picture where the quilt and pad are upside down.

will samsky
(wsamsky) - F

Locale: Sunny Arizona
same boat on 04/05/2010 14:50:11 MDT Print View

im in the same boat, was going to order the jay jardine kit but haven't bitten the bullet yet as he doesn't advertise a weight. Do you know what temp range the quilt will be with climashield green?

Also not to hijack the thread but i was contemplating buying a old down sleeping bag off ebay and turning it into a 2p quilt any thoughts/ideas on this?

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: Need Ideas for MYOG quilt, please share. on 04/05/2010 15:42:30 MDT Print View

Here are some pics of how I did mine. Yes its a draw cord, but I am a big fan of the draw cord because it lets you lay the quilt out. On cold mornings it is easy to wrap it around me like a blanket.



Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: re: Need Ideas for MYOG quilt, please share. on 04/05/2010 16:42:13 MDT Print View

How you do the footbox depends on a couple of personal issues. Do you want to be able to open it out for drying/airing? Since you want a double quilt, is your partner shorter than you. If you answer yes to both questions, you may want a simple zippered foot 16" high with the zipper closing the bottom for another 18 inches or so. This does not form a "box", but will have room for one person's feet (the taller of the two). The shorter person doesn't need a foot box at all.

Pete O
(Shouse) - F

Locale: TX
Re: same boat on 04/05/2010 17:58:37 MDT Print View

I believe the green has about the same temp rating as the 45F at the lowest I believe. Definitely a summer quilt. They have HL too.

I wouldn't do Ray Jardine's and I wouldn't buy a sleeping bag to convert into a quilt. I believe OWIFNC or thruhiker is the way to go.

Pete O
(Shouse) - F

Locale: TX
Re: re: Need Ideas for MYOG quilt, please share. on 04/05/2010 18:05:14 MDT Print View

awesome website man. Can't help but think of Ronnie Coleman when you see it. LIGHT WEIGHT BABY!!!

Paul Nanian
(PaulNanian) - F
climashield clo values on 04/06/2010 07:52:28 MDT Print View

clo values for climashield continuous filament insulations
climashield green: 0.63
climashield hl: 0.68
climashield combat: 0.78
climashield xp: 0.82
climashield apex: 0.82

Pete O
(Shouse) - F

Locale: TX
interesting on 04/06/2010 10:46:52 MDT Print View

mmm not exactly what I expected. Thought green was closer to XP and Apex higher than XP.

Andrew Meeks
(Growler) - F

Locale: The NorthEast
Re: re: Need Ideas for MYOG quilt, please share. on 06/24/2010 10:27:35 MDT Print View

Jamie, What was your method for creating the collar for the drawstring? Did you add it after you sewed the nylon together, or did you layer it in when joining everything together.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: Need Ideas for MYOG quilt, please share on 06/24/2010 14:01:13 MDT Print View

We've been using a Jardine quilt, from a kit, for some years now and are very happy with it. With the alpine upgrade it is comfortable down to below freezing with light clothing on. We've never used it much below that, except once in much colder weather when we put another thin quilt on top (<15 degrees F).

It weighs about 2lbs 11 oz (with split-zip and draft stopper), but this was made with an older type of insulation, and modern kits use lighter insulation.

Since then I've made a few more synthetic quilts based on the Jardine design (with minor modifications), and am very happy with them.

Edited by ewolin on 06/25/2010 11:25:03 MDT.

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: Need Ideas for MYOG quilt, please share. on 06/24/2010 18:41:16 MDT Print View

Andrew, The chamber for the drawcord was fairly simple, but the steps are important. After the baffles are sewn to both sides I lined up the two pieces of fabric on one of the long sides. Then I double folded the two edges by 1/4 inch and sewed a seam about 1/8" from the edge. This joins the two pieces of fabric together along one of the long edges.

Next I sewed the drawcord chambers. To do this I folded the fabric once by 1/4" inch then folded again by 1/2". I sewed a seam 1/8" from the edge of the fold. This leaves a chamber that is 3/8" wide. The trick is: do not complete this seam on the open side. Stop about 1" from the last set of open edges. Do the same for the other drawcord end. Now you have a quilt with 3 of the 4 edges sewn leaving the 4 open edge for filling.

Next fill the chambers with down. Now double fold the long open edge (edge where you filled the down) by 1/4" and sew 1/8" (middle of double fold). Now you have a sealed quilt, but you have to go back and finish the draw cord chambers by sewing the last 1" of seam. The drawcord chambers are finshed. Now push the drawcord through with a small safety pin.

This does leave the edge folded inside the chamber exposed to the drawcord. Over time this might promote fraying. To prevent this I made sure to sear the edges of the fabric. I have experienced no fraying what so ever. Another approach would be to double fold the drawcord edge by 1/4" then fold a third time by 1/2".

Here is a simple diagram.

quilt drawcord chamber


Edited by jshortt on 06/24/2010 19:19:20 MDT.

Andrew Meeks
(Growler) - F

Locale: The NorthEast
Diagram and coated exterior layer? on 06/24/2010 19:34:27 MDT Print View

Actually, a diagram or picture would really help.

Also, a general question, for the outer layer, is there any issue with using a coated nylon? I have some scraps to fool around with, but only enough uncoated for one side, and some coated nylon I picked up from walmart a long time ago. I have seen cuben quilts, so I am assuming it wont be an issue for the outside?

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Diagram and coated exterior layer? on 06/24/2010 20:59:08 MDT Print View

if you use breathable material on the inside and non-breathable material on the outside you will be trapping moisture in the insulation. My cuben quilts use non-breathable material on both sides keeping the insulation dry and functioning as a vapor barrier. If you want a VB quilt use the coated stuff on the inside and the uncoated on the outside, however VB isn't for everyone.