So I'm one of the proponents of DIY around here, and I an certainly understand being reluctant to take on a down quilt. I sure was. My first sewing project was a hammock. Some project, all i did was hem 4 sides of a square. but it gave me the little bit of confidence I needed to go to the next project and the next. Before I knew it all I had left to make was a set of quilts. It seems terrifying, but once you realize that its only a series of straightish lines it's not too bad. My UQ (done first) took me 3 nights to do from cutting the fabric to sealing the down inside. My TQ I completed in a single night with fancy hidden seams on all sides and karo step baffles. Go slow and take your time, and before you know it you can have a set of quilts to make your hiking buddies jealous.