DIY Down Quilt
Here's my latest, a down underquilt that I finished right before the Mt. Rogers Hangout.
Let me start by saying thanks to all those who posted instructions here. I followed the path of least resistance (lazy?), and made mine as simply as I could.
- 2 78" x 50" panels of 1.9 oz Black DWR ripstop nylon.
- 6 3" NoSeeUm mesh baffles
- 7 3.1 oz. bags of 900 fill down (from Ed Speer's site)
Measured, cut and hemmed the panels. Measured and cut out the mesh baffles. Marked with chalk (thanks Cuffs) where the baffles should be on the panels. Sewed the baffles to one side, sewed one end shut, sewed the baffles back the other way to the other side, sewed one side and the other end shut, hung the quilt on a clothesline and stuffed the down in, sewed the quilt shut. Rolled and hemmed the edges again. Made and sewed on 2 channels, one on each end, for drawstrings, and grosgrain on the corners in loops.
I'm using a JRB suspension system to hang it.
It turned out to be about 76.5" long and 48.? " wide.
I had 7 bags of down, so I made 7 compartments (for lack of the actual term) for the down to go in. One bag per compartment.
Weight is 2lbs, 5oz. stuffed in a stuff sack, and 2lbs, 3.5 oz without the sack.
Here are some pics from the above linked Picasa album:
I got to test it at Mt. Rogers at the HF hangout, and slept warmly.
Awesome Job, That is what I want my wife to make me next is down top and underquilt. It really does look great :D
i saw it in person. impressive! i don't think patrick is going to get cold w/ that quilt.
Beautiful quilt Patrick. You baffled to 3", so what the actual loft you got going on?
That's awesome. From talking with you about this I think I can fully appricate how much you were sick of being cold. I like to be warm no matter the weight.
Saw it in person as well. Looks great!
Your post says . . .
2 78" x 50" panels of 1.9 oz Black DWR ripstop nylon.
6 3" NoSeeUm mesh baffles
7 3.1 oz. bags of 900 fill down (from Ed Speer's site)
Is that a typo? It looks like you would need 7 mesh baffles?
Thanks! I really need to go out and test the quilt more. I may just lay around the backyard for the rest of the winter in it :).
HappyCamper, you need one less baffle than you have compartments, because the last compartment is closed off by the end of the quilt.
Warning! Attempt at ascii art follows:
Here we go! 7 compartments, 6 baffles.
[ | | | | | | ]
where "[ ]" are the ends and the "|" are the baffles, and __ are the long sides. On second thought, just imagine the sides. The ascii sides don't render very well.
Check out this picture of the loft (from the Picasa gallery). I'm getting pretty good loft!
Grats man, thats really sharp!