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Jason Johnson
(etex9799) - F
MYOG Advice on 04/22/2013 14:25:08 MDT Print View

I never thought I would make my own quilt but having researched for countless hours Im going to do it...BUT....I am very interested in hearing from those that already have, specifically what material you used for outer/inner..if you like it or if you wish you would have used something different.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: MYOG Advice on 04/22/2013 15:13:32 MDT Print View

I used WPB fabric, like from quest (2 oz/yd2) - too heavy, no need for the waterproofness since I sleep under tarp if it's raining - but that depends on your requirements

I used Nobul for liner - great! - light weight - if you are not careful with your gear it may rip or something?

I used Apex which is good - just have to quilt around perimeter

Maybe next time I'll use down because it weighs half as much

Michael Pappas
(Mpap89) - F

Locale: bay area
thru hiker momentum on 04/22/2013 15:33:27 MDT Print View

I used nobul (the original kind) and momentum 90t from with 850 fill down from diygearsupply
I highly recommend nobul for the liner but wouldn't use it for the outside. I think it's too fragile. It's really soft and feels great against the skin though.
i think starting with a synthetic insulation might be a good idea for you first quilt. there are so many less things to take into account and they're cheaper. Once you feel comfortable with that process take the plunge on a down quilt.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: MYOG Advice on 04/22/2013 16:06:28 MDT Print View

I ordered the down quilt kit from Thru-hiker when it was available only with the 1.1oz ripstop. It has worked fine, I've had next to no down leakage. It feels a little plastic on the skin when its humid out is my biggest complaint. I tried just stuffing the down by hand and it was a horrendous ordeal, I wouldn't do it again.

The next quilt I'm going to make is going to have a Nobul liner, Apex insulation, and M50 shell. Or maybe M90, I haven't made up my mind yet :) I'm leaning towards the lighter fabrics for the marginal weight savings since the Apex is going to be quite a bit heavier than using down. I'm going with Apex since its so much easier to work with, I used it for my wife's sleeping bag and it was a dream compared to working with the down.


Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: MYOG Advice on 04/22/2013 16:11:59 MDT Print View

See our MYOG article on quilts for lots of info.


And E
(LunchANDYnner) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Budget on 04/22/2013 16:45:48 MDT Print View

I made mine for less than $75 total price for everything. I bought 1.1 oz 30D Ripstop seconds from DIY Gear Supply, as well as the cords/toggles, thread and bought 5.0 APEX from Thru-Hiker. Snaps and sleeping bag strap buckles from local stores.

Total weight came in at 24 oz. I'm happy with that weight. Could be less if I used more expensive M50 or other lighter fabrics... but then the fabric cost alone would be near the TOTAL I spent.

It breathes just fine, and fabric is quite comfortable. The 5.0 APEX is plenty warm and packs down small enough for me.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: MYOG Advice on 04/22/2013 17:14:25 MDT Print View

I've made a few quilts and they are a lot of fun. Three of them are posted on BPL somewhere if you wanted to take a look. The first one used all 7D nylon and is by far my favorite. Soft as silk and light as a feather. The other two were for friends & used 30D nylon. The 30D is bomber stuff compared to the 7D, but is of course a bit heavier. Budget friendly too. I think both of the 30D quilts combined cost less than my 7D quilt.


Zachary SCOTT
Quit Material on 04/23/2013 12:12:56 MDT Print View

I made one awhile back with a Pertex Quantum Outer from Thru-hiker and Momentum 90T inner. I would highly recommend this combination of materials. It strikes a good balance between weight, comfort, durability, and water resistance with the Pertex Fabric.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
Re: Quilt Material on 04/23/2013 12:36:10 MDT Print View

When I made my down quilt, I used M50 for both the liner and shell material. Its a great fabric, but if I was to do it again, I would use M90 for the liner, as I think it feels better against the skin. However, I love my quilt the way it is, and I plan on using it for a long long time. 18oz in the stuff sack with 12oz of down. I've used it down to the low 20's with nothing but a base-layer on.

Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
Quilt material on 04/23/2013 14:32:07 MDT Print View

I've made quilts using M50 (thru hiker) for the liner & shell, 7d (tigoat) for the liner & shell, Pertex Quantum (Zpacks) for the shell and 7d for the liner, the old orange M50 for the shell & liner and the old black M55 for the shell & liner. Of all these combinations I like the Pertex Quantum for the shell and 7d for the liner best. I used a combination of Pertex Quantum for most of the shell and black M50 for the last few inches and the end of the footbox on a recent winter quilt.

The green Pertex Quantum from Zpacks sheds moisture well and is reasonably breathable (and looks good). The 7d is soft and comfortable, but I'm not sure it will be available again. M50 has a good dwr but is not very breathable and has a somewhat plastic feel. The Nobul1 (Tigoat) is very soft and more shear/see-thru than 7d and seems to be delicate.

I'm going to try using M50 for the shell and Nobul1 for the liner on my latest quilt. The M50 will protect from moisture while being over 30% lighter than Pertex Quantum and the Nobul1 should be comfortable on the inside. The quest for the 'perfect' quilt, will it ever end? Have fun!

Rebecca Canode
(bcanode) - F
Alternatives to Nobul and 7D on 04/30/2013 18:56:06 MDT Print View

I'm also trying to decide on fabrics for a quilt. It looks likes tigoat is out of 7d and the Nobul 1, so that leaves Momentum 90 or Nobul2 as a liner options. Any opinions on which would be better? Are there any other options?

Cosmic Osmo
(cosmicosmo) - F
Re: Quilt Material on 05/02/2013 06:54:59 MDT Print View

I used 1.1oz ripstop from DIYGearSupply for an outer shell, Nobul1 for inner liner, and 850+ down from Wilderness Logics for my quilt. The nobul1 really does feel great, but it isn't 100% downproof, which means I wake up with little fuzzies all over me. I don't think the loss of down is fast enough that it'll ever compromise the insulation of the quilt, but it's messy. I probably wouldn't use it again.

The 1.1 ripstop shell is great. Low cost, light enough weight, confidently strong, and a bit of water resistance as a failsafe. It makes just a bit of crinkling noise as the quilt moves around.