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will samsky
(wsamsky) - F

Locale: Sunny Arizona
summer quilt on 04/19/2010 21:07:08 MDT Print View

I just got my quilt kit from thru hiker today!!!!

Exciting but equally daunting. I planned on making a two person quilt with a width of 60" height of 70" and a thickness of 1.5" which should be good to about 40 degrees, does this sound right? It will be my first down piece of gear and want to make sure i get it right the first time. Also should i spend time fiddling with baffles or just sew through?

Thanks in advance (Ill post pictures when i start)!

will samsky
(wsamsky) - F

Locale: Sunny Arizona
Big mistake early in the game! on 04/21/2010 21:30:51 MDT Print View

Ahhh i just got my M90 wrong!!! this project already sucks! luckly it wont ruin my quilt just will make you say why did he cut it like that?

will samsky
(wsamsky) - F

Locale: Sunny Arizona
Cutting baffles on 04/21/2010 21:52:15 MDT Print View

Is there a trick to cutting baffles the no see um is like impossible to cut straight for me.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Cutting baffles on 04/21/2010 21:56:07 MDT Print View

Are you using a seam ripper tool?


will samsky
(wsamsky) - F

Locale: Sunny Arizona
scissors on 04/21/2010 22:10:59 MDT Print View

No, i was using scissors. I put everything down to wait until i figure out how to do it right. Should i invest in one of those grid mats to?

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: scissors on 04/21/2010 22:23:36 MDT Print View


Maybe, try a "self healing" pad with a straight edge & an Exacto knife. ??????? :-)

Edited to add:
I have used 1" masking tape laid down along side the cutting line to give me an easily seen "edge" to follow while cutting with my scissors. ;-)

Party On ! 2010


Edited by Newton on 04/21/2010 22:28:22 MDT.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: scissors on 04/22/2010 06:29:36 MDT Print View

you can mark the no-see-um with a long straight edge and plain old chalk. It makes an easy line to follow when cutting. If you have a big cutting mat, straight edge and rotary cutting tool that is the easiest way, but i don't have room for the big mat so i use the chalk.


David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: tools on 04/22/2010 07:58:49 MDT Print View

A grid mat, a clear grid template, and a good rotary cutter are essential!

will samsky
(wsamsky) - F

Locale: Sunny Arizona
stuffing the down on 04/25/2010 14:31:49 MDT Print View

So i have my baffles sewn to one side and im almost to the part where i need to fill it with down. I have heard of several methods, the shop vac, soaking the down in water, and just stuffog it whilest in a tent (to keep ot contained) what is you favorite method and why?

Cesar Garcia
(crgowo) - F

Locale: Desert SW
shopvac on 04/25/2010 14:47:07 MDT Print View

When I overstuffed the footbox of my bag I used the shopvac with mesh taped over it. sucked up the down and blew it in the baffle. Was easy enough for me.

Edited by crgowo on 04/25/2010 14:47:52 MDT.

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: summer quilt on 04/25/2010 14:58:23 MDT Print View

Will, I like the shop vac method because you get 99.99% tranfer and no mess at all. I was also able to transfer the down to the gram level. I could put exactly the amount I wanted into each baffles.

The negative for the shop vacc is that you have to own one and it is time consuming. You are moving only a small amount of down at a time. For a summer quilt I assume you are using 6 oz of down so this would not be as bad as someone moving 12 oz.


will samsky
(wsamsky) - F

Locale: Sunny Arizona
Almost done! on 05/02/2010 13:31:01 MDT Print View

Just finished stuffing the down, i ended up doing it just with my hands because my shop vac doesn't have a reverse mode, next time i would probably invest in one! I am so excited about this thing and cannot wait to finish it unfortunately gotta do some homework! all that's left is to sew on a piece of ripstop to make the bottom of the foot-box and add one lashing strap to go underneath the sleeping pads. I never thought i could make anything this legit!


Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
summer quilt on 05/02/2010 13:54:09 MDT Print View

Looks Great! I bet now you have been bitten by the MYOG bug big time. You'll never look at store bought gear the same. Congratulations!