Finished my quilt.
78" long, 50" wide at the top, and 40" wide at the bottom.
I think it'll be perfect for the AT thru hike I start on the 19th.
Made with 8D from Titaniumgoat.com, and the Climashield XP 2.5oz from Thru-hiker.com. Basically took me an afternoon to cut it out and pin it together. Had I chosen to exile my two very curious dogs, I could likely have finished the cutting and pinning even faster. As it was, it took a few tries, a few beers, and much cursing.
I sewed it up yesterday in a couple of hours, and then spent another hour to hand stitch the snaps at the footbox while I watched some of the last TV I'll get for a while.
Here's me beneath it with the footbox snapped up.
I was going to use a drawcord on the footbox, but felt the snaps were simpler and less obtrusive. Here's the footbox closed.
And the quilt draped over my thermarest. From this perspective you can't really see the taper, but the foot end is, in fact, 10" narrower than the head end.
Really happy with this, but I think my second one will be much better. The sewing ain't the greatest, but then, the 8D is pretty slippery; especially with the insulation between layers. I ended up having to pin it every 6 inches or so, just to keep it from sliding around.
Anyhoo, I highly recommend the Climashield for being super easy to work with, and Tim is right, the 8D feels great against the skin. I will likely make a double quilt out of the same stuff upon my return.