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Summer Quilt Project - To sew trhough or baffle?
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(bigtrout) - MLife
Summer Quilt Project - To sew trhough or baffle? on 11/22/2013 13:39:04 MST Print View

Hello everyone,

Finally joined BPL after lurking around for a while. I'm embarking on my first project, having recently pulled the Singer out of the closet of my better half.

I've researched thoroughly, but alas questions remain. I'll try to be brief and avoid asking whats been covered before.

We're looking to make a double quilt for summer use, where we anticipate temperatures rarely reaching below 40-35 F. Being our first attempt to make something this complex, I have the following questions about sewn-through vs. netting baffles...I'm more will come up...

1. Is a sewn-through design with 1.75" loft height good enough for a summer quilt? (I'm planning on making it with a footbox and with enough width to wrap close around shoulders in case temps. get toward the 35 mark)

2. More specifically, if temps dont reach below 40-35F, will the sewn-through portions result in noticeable cold spots?

I'm a real warm sleeper, usually needing to be partly uncovered above 50F. Better half, not so much, she sleeps with a long sleeve shirt usually below 50.

We'd like to avoid actual baffles using netting etc, to keep construction simple.

3. Assuming dimensions of 68" x 78" x 1.75" (9282 cu. in.) and if I opt for 800 fill down, will the sewn through chambers be somewhat smaller in volume than 4 sided baffle chambers? My thinking is yes, and thus I will be effectively overfilling the quilt.

Thanks in advance and I'll let you all know how it goes...

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Summer Quilt Project - To sew trhough or baffle? on 11/22/2013 15:24:29 MST Print View

You would be safe to sew-thru at 1.75".
The more loft you have the closer each chamber will be pushed together making the cold spot not much of a deal.

Your biggest worry will be the shrinkage involved from that fabric being pushed together.
You can expect to loose 6-8" (maybe even 10 with the 1.75' of thickness), of length and if you don't account for it and pull the fabric taunt, you will just compress the down, spread it out and get cold spots.

If you don't want to worry about the shrinkage, you can use vertical baffles and add about 4" on the top and 3" on the bottom.

Baffle direction won't determine any difference in warmth because each chamber is more taunt than with a baffle so you won't have to worry about the down shifting to the sides.

Edited by awsorensen on 11/22/2013 15:25:42 MST.

(bigtrout) - MLife
Incorporating baffle netting into the edge seam? on 11/22/2013 17:20:39 MST Print View

Part of my hesitation with sewing in netting to create 4 sided chambers - in addition to the time in measuring, cutting, and pinning/taping - is how to make a seam along the edges of the quilt.

How would I properly make a seam joining the two shell pieces with the end of the netting baffles? In other words, does the netting have to be sewn into the seam to close the end of the chamber?

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Incorporating baffle netting into the edge seam? on 11/22/2013 17:42:11 MST Print View

Here you go.

Jesse Anderson
(jeepin05) - F

Locale: Land of Enchantment
Re: Incorporating baffle netting into the edge seam? on 11/23/2013 00:40:15 MST Print View

I asked a similar question to this a while back when I was contemplating sewing my own down bag. Basically what I was told was that you have two options.

1) you can run your baffle fabric all the way to the outer seam and sew it into the seam, sort of squishing the end of your baffles. The gives you fully separate baffles and keeps the down where you put it.

2) you can stop your baffle short of the outside seam and then just sew your shell fabrics up together. This way you end up with a channel connecting the ends of all of the baffles. Some people like this because it allows them to move the down around after its all sewn up.

The tl;dr version, if you want your down locked down you need to seal up both ends of your baffles. If you're ok with down movement, you can leave them open.

On a summer quilt, it probably wont make much difference between the two methods.

Anthony Huhn
(anthonyjhuhn) - F - MLife

Locale: Mid West
Sewn through vs. baffled on 11/29/2013 20:09:33 MST Print View

I started making an oversized sewn through quilt a while ago. Good thing I started making it oversized because I cut off the two sewn through baffles I made and have decided to go full baffles.

I found it really difficult to work in the middle of two large pieces of fabric. I tend not to pin, tape, or affix my fabric together. This normally works just fine for me. But when sewing two large pieces of very slick fabric together I couldn't keep them aligned, they bunched under the seam, and one piece tended to run through the presser foot faster than the other.

Sewn through may be seemingly more work, but for me I think the extra work will be worth it. Not only will I end up with a more professional well made product, but I won't stress as much while I'm making it.


If going full baffles saves you from pinning your fabric it may save you time, work, stress, and putting holes in your fabric

Edited by anthonyjhuhn on 11/29/2013 20:14:22 MST.