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Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Question for quilt users on 07/13/2014 10:39:38 MDT Print View

MYOG bug itching again. Thinking a synthetic 40 degree quilt. Nothing fancy. Questions are what dimensions should it be. I'm 6'3 and a broad shouldered 225 pounds. Where should the taper start?

Thanks

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Question for quilt users on 07/13/2014 12:07:48 MDT Print View

56-60" wide(I use 58" for our WIDE)

Taper at the mid point to 2/3 up from the bottom. Any higher and there's no point

80-82" long (84" is our long for 6'6"-6'8") what footbox style?

-Tim

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Re: Question for quilt users on 07/13/2014 12:40:16 MDT Print View

Thanks Tim. Simple drawcord footbox. Will be used either in a hammock or a bivy, primarily the bivy.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: Re: Question for quilt users on 07/13/2014 13:09:53 MDT Print View

I'd build it 56" wide, half tapered, 80" long with a 38" foot unless you got big ole feet

-Tim

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: "Question for quilt users" on 07/13/2014 13:22:35 MDT Print View

He gots big ole feet.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: "Question for quilt users" on 07/13/2014 14:45:39 MDT Print View

True. 15s

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: "Question for quilt users" on 07/13/2014 15:15:55 MDT Print View

40 or 42" then

-Tim

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: "Question for quilt users" on 07/13/2014 17:32:41 MDT Print View

Thanks so much Tim, very helpful. Marc, uh, you too.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
Question on 07/14/2014 00:13:18 MDT Print View

Are you a back or side sleeper?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Question on 07/15/2014 21:20:37 MDT Print View

I move from side to back to side again.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
RE: width on 07/15/2014 22:05:00 MDT Print View

I'm a side to back to side sleeper, I have made several quilts and I try to use up the available width of the material, usually in the high 50's inches. I have found that a few inches too narrow is a deal breaker, the difference between tucking it under vs a 1 inch gap. Taper at the waist, and I always think that I bend my knees and get lower in the quilt so the lower the taper the better.

Edited by KalebC on 07/15/2014 22:06:38 MDT.

John G
(JohnG10) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Active side sleeper on 07/16/2014 08:08:39 MDT Print View

I'm an active side sleeper, and I often sleep with one knee forward. I find that if I use a quilt that is 8" wider than the measurement from the floor, around my shoulder, and back to the floor, then I don't get woken up by drafts when it's chilly. For a summer quilt, ventilation is easier if the quilt is only 4" wider than the floor to floor girth measurement.

If you are making your own, I'd start wide, with a low taper. Then test it on a weekend trip. If you close the top with widely spaced stitches, you can open up the top, turn it inside out, stitch 1-2" farther in, and trim off the excess.