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How much down to put in my quilt?
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Locale: Northwest Mass
How much down to put in my quilt? on 01/19/2012 14:01:16 MST Print View

I have been working on a baffled Karo Step down quilt, aiming at a 5-10 deg F rating, so about 3.75 inches of loft.
However, I made a mistake with my baffle height, and sewed them all in, then realized they were 2.5 inches in height, instead of the 3 I had planned.

What loft should I be aiming for, given 2.5" baffles? I want the bag to be as warm as possible, but don't want to over compress the down.


jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: How much down to put in my quilt? on 01/19/2012 15:08:51 MST Print View

Put the same amount of down as if you wanted 3.75 inches of loft. That would be overfilling 50% which isn't that extreme.

Even though the loft doesn't increase, the warmth will be increased, maybe not quite as much as if the loft had increased.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

20 on 01/19/2012 15:30:15 MST Print View

There's a bunch of factors like down quality, how wide your quilt is, how long etc, but you'd want about 20oz of 800fp.


Locale: Northwest Mass
Thanks on 01/19/2012 16:16:26 MST Print View

So 3.75 inches of loft is not too much to pack into 2.5" baffles?
I will do some area and volume calculations, but I think 20oz is more than I planned for (although I do have it).

Thanks Guys,

Hobbes W
(Hobbesatronic) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Thanks on 01/19/2012 16:48:16 MST Print View

I can't recall where I saw this figure, but someone once posted that the height of the karo baffles should be anywhere from 2/3 to 3/4 of your planned loft.

In your case, 2/3 of 3.75" comes in exactly at 2.5". As others have mentioned, just fill according to your original plans. The compression will come nowhere close to reducing thermal value, and will assist in keeping the down in place within the karo baffles.

I'm currently in the same boat, planning wise. I'm going to make a 2.2" summer quilt with 1.65" high karo baffles.

A good place to do some basic research is Tim Marshall's site @ He uses the same 2/3 loft/baffle height ratio.

Edited by Hobbesatronic on 01/19/2012 16:54:11 MST.

Corey Miller
(coreyfmiller) - F

Locale: Eastern Canada
Hobbes? on 01/19/2012 22:03:14 MST Print View

Hey Hobbes,

I've recently got the itch to sew my own quilt. Do you have any plans that you are going off of for this summer quilt?

Any idea of the pack size and weight using 800-900 fill down? Very much appreciated!



Locale: Northwest Mass
re on 01/19/2012 22:48:39 MST Print View

Ok, 3.75" of loft it is.

Also, I did some area/volume/fill power calculations, and that puts me right at 17 oz of 800fp down.