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John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Quilt dimensions on 02/22/2012 15:58:07 MST Print View

So as soon as my fabric gets here, I plan on finally making myself a down quilt like I've been meaning to do for a long time. I have read tons and tons of articles, and just wanted to make sure that everything is correct before I start sewing, and I had a few questions.

I am 6'0 165lbs, and my planned (finished, I have +2" on each dimension for seam allowance) dimensions are 50"x40"x80". I am worried about making it too small, but does this seem too big?

I want this to be rated to about 20-25 degrees, and plan on using 12oz 800+ fill, how high should I make the baffles? I was thinking about making 12 evenly spaced baffles (6.67" apart) with a height of 2 inches, and then overfilling to 2.5 inches. Does that sound right and how do I go about calculating how much to put in each baffle to reach that 2.5 inches?

Thanks!

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Dry side of the Eastern Sierra's
Re: Quilt dimensions on 02/22/2012 16:16:31 MST Print View

Are you planning a straight taper? I used a CAD program to find the area for each baffle as you're aware each one is different due to the tapered design. You could do it mathematically but it would take longer. I made mine 7' long and made a mistake at one end making it about an inch or so shorter. It has a drawcord footbox and I would prefer something a bit longer. Depending on your footbox design you might be cutting it close for length. I used the full roll width before I started my 2/3 taper so it is wider than your planned quilt. I didn't want the constriction that a traditional bag has as I tend to flop around quite a bit during the night. FYI, I'm 6'-0", 180lbs.

Rob E
(eatSleepFish)

Locale: Canada
Re: Quilt dimensions on 02/22/2012 17:14:28 MST Print View

Hi Eric,

Which CAD software did you use? I'm trying to get the hang of google SketchUp, but even though I am a programmer by trade, I struggle with this type of software!

Cheers,

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Dry side of the Eastern Sierra's
Re: Quilt dimensions on 02/22/2012 17:24:05 MST Print View

I used SketchUp. When you draw a flat shape with a face you can select it, right click , choose entity info and find out it's area. For example, in the image below the 5th baffle from the top has an area of 1.8551sqft or 267.13sqin and requires 0.835oz of 800fp down for 2.5" of loft.

SU Ex_001

Edited by cobberman on 02/22/2012 17:28:11 MST.

Rob E
(eatSleepFish)

Locale: Canada
Re: Quilt dimensions on 02/22/2012 17:39:17 MST Print View

Hi Eric,

Cool! You give me some hope to stick with SketchUp. Which template did you use? Woodworking project in inches? I dont' know why, I am computer savy, program every day, can configure a unix server with my eyes closed, but any drawing/painting/photo program I just feel like I am pushing on a rope!

Cheers,

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Quilt dimensions on 02/22/2012 17:40:03 MST Print View

John,

I am 6'0" as well, and when I make quilts, I add 6" to my height for the amount that the quilt will shrink due to loft, then I add another 6" if I plan to put in a drawstring footbox. This gives my a total length of 84" that works well in those temps. You don't want the quilt to be pulling on your feet and neck because you skimped a couple inches.

Also, for approximately 12oz of down, I'd recommend boosting the number of baffles up to 14. Personally, I try not to make any baffles larger than 6" wide, just to make sure that the down is evenly and sufficiently controlled.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Re: Quilt dimensions on 02/22/2012 18:24:28 MST Print View

Thanks for the replies everyone,

Eric, that software looks pretty cool, I will have to try that out.

Ben,

Thanks for the advice, I will go with the 84" length. I'm glad you recommended more baffles, because I was debating whether or not to add a few more, so that helps.

I am planning on doing a half taper, do those widths looks correct?
Thanks!

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Re: Re: Quilt dimensions on 02/22/2012 18:46:59 MST Print View

For your size, that should be OK. I am 200 lbs, and use a 54" summer quilt, and a 56" 3-season quilt.