Where do I find center release buckles?
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Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Where do I find center release buckles? on 11/25/2012 09:12:13 MST Print View

I've never made anything myself (since maybe 4th grade...) and I'm going to try to tackle a quilt-to-pad attachment system as my first project. I've found grosgrain ribbon, but now I'm looking for center release buckles (or another kind that lay really, really flat...). Any ideas of a source?? I don't know enough of the suppliers to find any.....

Thanks in advance!!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Where do I find center release buckles? on 11/25/2012 09:37:16 MST Print View

scroll down about halfway.



http://www.questoutfitters.com/plastic.htm#Acetal%20Fasteners

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Center release on 11/25/2012 10:20:59 MST Print View

Thanks Ken!! That's perfect. There's enough stuff here that it might even change my idea a bit.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Center release on 11/25/2012 13:37:50 MST Print View

Their customer service is top notch as well. They will also adjust your postage rate. So don't expect to pay as much for shipping a few light items.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
finding center release buckles on 11/25/2012 17:57:19 MST Print View

Try The Rain Shed, at http://www.therainshed.com/Hardware.htm
They have the heavier type. Would not recommend the watch band type for any BP use I can think of - too fragile.

Sean Rhoades
(kingpin)

Locale: WV
Re: finding center release buckles on 11/26/2012 14:19:51 MST Print View

The light watch band buckles work just fine for quilt to pad connections. Most quilt manufacturers use them in their pad attachment system.

Amy Lauterbach
(drongobird) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
center release buckles and attaching quilts to pads on 11/30/2012 10:57:04 MST Print View

I got my center release buckles http://www.owfinc.com/hardware.html -- part GCR3/4. The ones from Quest look identical. They work just fine.

I also got my gros-grain from OWF. Be careful about using gros-grain from your local fabric store, since gros-grain refers to the weave and not the material. If you buy from one of the outdoor suppliers like Quest or OWF you'll be fine. Even with the gros-grain from OWF, it is thin enough that it crinkles under the center release buckle; it works just fine, but you have to be a little deliberate when you slide the buckle along the ribbon to not let the ribbon scrunch up.

I posted photos of my quilt-to-pad system, here's the link in case you missed it.
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=69689

In that post I focused on a double quilt, but should have said that the system would be great for a single as well. I've got a Nunatak single quilt, and it uses the same materials (gros-grain and center-release-buckles) to pull the quilt together underneath you -- but IMO it's better to attach it to the pad instead so it doesn't migrate when you roll.

Amy

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Thanks Amy on 12/03/2012 07:30:52 MST Print View

Your post was my inspiration. It looked easy enough to do, but seemed the best way to snug the quilt wherever I wanted and still be able to get out.

I should have the stuff by the weekend and will give it a try. Thanks again for the pictures...made it easy to try to figure out.

Amy Lauterbach
(drongobird) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Where do I find center release buckles? Note about gros grain ribbon on 02/21/2013 12:04:12 MST Print View

Jennifer,
I updated my original thread with this info, but thought I should share it here in case it's useful to you.
Quest Outfitters sells gros grain ribbon in FIRM or SOFT. When I tried the SOFT variety, the buckle causes the ribbon to wrinkle and frumple. I've now built with FIRM gros grain and it is significantly better.
Amy