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let's make a hot weather quilt.. cotton, fleece?
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Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Re: Re: Re: Silk and M90T on 03/12/2014 17:08:14 MDT Print View


If you get silk make sure to not wash it in a machine, you will need to hand wash the quilt.

Personally for really hot weather I have a silk sleeping bag liner and a 50f Synethic quilt, total weight is about 550g.
If the liner gets funky I can wash it in cold water and it will dry quickly.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re: Re: Re: Re: Silk and M90T on 03/12/2014 21:19:16 MDT Print View

So I will assume that 2 yards of silk and 2 yards of nobul will be good. Then 2 yards of insulation.

rick .
(overheadview) - F

Locale: NYC
yardage and more sources on 03/12/2014 23:09:35 MDT Print View

2 yards = 6' exactly, then seam allowances brings that down some. It would be quite short for most people. Remember, it has to rise up from your feet then up to your chin at least, so just your height may end up short. Ask them if they will allow partial yardage, I'd get 2 1/3 yards if I was planning it down to zero scrap. I got 2.5 yards from thru-hiker and ended up cutting off a foot. Put a sheet over you how you want it, then measure that, and add 2" for seams.

here's some more sources.
2.5 and 5oz climashield and pertex quantum and other lightweight shell/liner fabrics. I used their M90T/P-Quantum kit for my quilt, was nice to buy a bundle and save a few bucks.
Quest was awesome to deal with, let me adjust my order after finalizing. I'd ordered a silly 1" of elastic not 1yd and they emailed to verify I was in fact a bonehead! adjusted order received 2 days after placing. Quest is the best source for silnylon 2nds I've found, and a great selection of remnants for random projects. nobul1 and nobul2, never used but very light fabric.
I believe the 8mm was recommended in the thread I bookmarked that from, they will send swatches, it can't be 8mm thick, that's 8 dimes thick.
2, 3, & 6 oz climasheild, I've never used these guys.
I think I ordered mesh and zippers from these guys a while ago. They have a good random selection and a couple of guides.

Down (ordered 1lb of 900fp - was satisfied, posting for completeness in list)

You asked what I'd order, this is just my preference: 2 1/3 or 2.5 yards of:
Pertex Quantum from thru-hiker, or Nobul1 from tigoat. (I love quantum but the .67oz finished weight of nobul1 can't be beat)
thinnest climasheild apex, looks like outdoor wilderness fabrics
8mm silk in 60" width

You could combine your thru-hike order to get the shell and insulation and save one shipping cost (I believe they charge flat 9.95).

You'd be very rough estimate 10oz and $100. Keep us updated, this exact project is third on my list! but might get moved up to be ready for July/August trips.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: yardage and more sources on 03/13/2014 06:54:51 MDT Print View

I made my Apex quilt with 2 yards of fabric. I sleep on my side so even though I'm 6' tall I've got plenty of coverage to cinch it closed over my shoulders. If I were any taller or slept on my back it would be a little short though.


robert van putten

Locale: Planet Bob
fleece and nylon bag on 03/13/2014 12:31:54 MDT Print View

Once upon a time I carried a small rectangular sleeping bag in my car that had a fleece lining and nylon shell.

It was red, and came from Marlboro. I don't smoke but knew lots of folk who did and I "got the gear".

The nylon shell did indeed extend the temp rating quite a bit. I could unzip it to form a big blanket to cover two people, which was useful on several occasions.

One wintery November night I slept in it in the cab of a pickup truck when I simply couldn't stand the feller snoring to beat the band in a motel room on a job. I wore my insulated coveralls inside the bag and was quite toasty.

I slept in it several summer nights on the high prairie in Oregon when working jobs and the local motels were full. ( heh, ever try to get a motel when the Roundup is in town? ).

It was a very useful item, so naturally it was stolen out of my car one day.
I looked for a new one and discovered the few fleece bags with nylon shells were very expensive!

So I made a few of my own. These are specifically for keeping in a car and not backpacking ( although they would work fine ) so I don't mind the extra weight.

Also, it isn't a good idea to compress a sleeping bag all the time, but I don't think fleece cares so much, making it idea for long term storage in a car.

I was able to make 'em out of stuff I had on hand so the outlay was zero, which is also important for me.

My wife is a quilter and buys quilt batting by the roll, so what the heck, I put a layer of it inside as well. She also had salvaged a big pile of tulle from a wedding, so I sewed a generous roll of that to the top for use as a mosquito bar.

Goofy and heavy, but free and useful. The fleece certainly does make a nice warm inner layer!

finished quilt

I made it big and rectangular with a sewn on foot pocket. For storage the quilt folds into the foot pocket.


A smaller one being made -

next one

I even used fleece for the bottom of our new home made sleep system.

Fleece on top -

It holds two thermarest pads in place. Very warm! The top quilt is held in place with velcro.


Dunno how helpful this is, but I thought I'd relay my experience wit just such a fleece / nylon shell sleeping bag.
Don't throw out all those old fleece throws people give you!
They are useful for projects.

Edited by Bawana on 03/13/2014 12:34:34 MDT.

George Tate Hunt
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: let's make a hot weather quilt.. cotton, fleece? on 03/14/2014 11:50:16 MDT Print View

What thickness of silk did you use? Did you go with Habotai or the Crepe de Chine? Was shrinkage a major issue for you?

George Tate Hunt
Silk on 03/14/2014 11:55:58 MDT Print View

Has anyone made a summer top quilt and use a silk liner made like a pocket you can slide into (top against the climashield, bottom between you and your sleeping pad? Not sure how much weight that would add, but it would feel much better than sleeping directly on a neo-air.

rick .
(overheadview) - F

Locale: NYC
Re: Silk on 03/14/2014 12:14:53 MDT Print View


I have not made a lower flap on a quilt, but it's trivial to sew on or even make removable.

I think it'd be more economical weight-wise to attach a small piece to the neoair. It could be much smaller, 20" wide (vs virtually the whole size of your quilt). Could even make it torso-height even. It would be better to directly cover the pad too, rather than get wrapped up in this flap of fabric.

I'd semi-permanently glue it on, or some sturdy double-stick tape that I expected to last june-aug each year. Or use a sewn pocket around the edges to slip over the pad, sort of a fitted sheet (I'd be surprised if the didn't sell them, but not for me)

Fabric is light, but when the whole thing weighs 8-10oz and you start adding 50% of the total fabric area it adds up quick.

Benjamin Evison
Re: Re: down "blanket" and silk liner on 03/14/2014 13:41:22 MDT Print View

I used 4 yards - 2 each for INSIDE and OUT of ti-goat's nobul-1.

Sorry for delay in getting back - I've been away for a coupla days...

will post some pics later today AU time.

Edited by benevision on 03/14/2014 13:47:12 MDT.