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John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Down Quilt Advice Needed on 01/09/2012 10:18:12 MST Print View

Hi all,

I decided that I am going to sew a down quilt for next season. I've sewn a ton of bivys, tents, and a few synthetic sleeping bags, but never anything with down. I want this bag to be good to about ~20-25 degrees F, so this rules out a sewn thru quilt.
A few quick questions I had were, does anyone know of any good instructions on making a baffled quilt? I found these ones here http://thru-hiker.com/projects/down_quilt.php but the pictures are really small and I have a hard time following what exactly is going on with the baffles.
I am using M90 for both the shell and liner.
Does anyone know a good source for down? I remember a nice source posted here awhile back, but I can't find the link. The only one I know of is thru-hiker, but theres is quite pricey.
Thanks!

Jeremy Osburn
(earn_my_turns)

Locale: New England
bpl has an article on 01/09/2012 10:32:25 MST Print View

Rodger Caffin did a great article on MYOG down bags and quilts
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/MYOG_down_quilt_bag.html

much better pictures.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Down Quilt Advice Needed on 01/09/2012 10:47:30 MST Print View

I got some from hammockgear but I don't see it currently

http://wildernesslogics.com/DIY-Materials_c28.htm

http://www.sevenwondersdown.com/Products.html

http://thru-hiker.com/materials/insulation.php

Thomas Conly
(conly) - F - M

Locale: Lots of canoeing and snow
Down source on 01/09/2012 10:52:22 MST Print View

I haven't ordered from any of these places but here are a few links for down sources that I've bookmarked.

http://downbythepound.com/
http://www.shopdownlite.com/wholesalebulkdownfeatherfillings-p-3096.html
http://www.hungariangoosedown.com/bulkb.htm
http://sevenwondersdown.com/index.html

The first one is new and pretty cheap but they won't have down till mid February. I've made a couple down quilts before and I'm working on a new one and they're not that complicated. You could probably sew one without any real instructions. The dimensions are the big thing. Mine are 50" wide by 78" long and I'm 5' 8". They're slightly tapered at the feet but only by 5" on either side.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - M

Locale: Southeast
HF on 01/09/2012 11:04:09 MST Print View

Really good directions & pics here:

http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=4362

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Quilt on 01/09/2012 12:02:42 MST Print View

Wow, thanks guys! Looks like I have a lot of reading to do.
Also, thanks for the sources for down, I'm going to place my order here within the next couple days. I'll make sure to report back once I'm done with the results!