I guess $60 is not too bad for a down quilt. I might do that.
So here it is. I managed to finish it on time for my night out on Saturday.
77"x46" of 1.1oz ripstop nylon
Baffles marked 5" apart with scotch tape (that was a LOT of tape! Had to go to the store to buy a couple of rolls).
NoSeUum 3" baffles cut up:
Used the tape as a guide to make a somewhat straight stitch
Rolling the 'done' side made it easier to feed it through the machine
And one side was done.
The netting kind of shrank the nylon, but not by much.
Stitching the second side of these baffles was a major PITA! Especially with all that fabric around.
Eventually, they were done. Later on I realized I made them a bit too tall. Should have been more like 1.5" tall after sewing to keep the quilt a bit more "stuffed", but not the end of the world.
The next part is the messiest. Stuffing the baffles with down. I used an ebay pillow as a source of down and I made this jig that sucks down and blows it into the baffles. The problem I had is my dryer wasn't powerful enough (it was supposed to be done with a vacuum cleaner) so it took 15 mins to do a single baffle
Eventually I just went to the bathroom, closed the door and stuffed the other 14 baffles by hand causing a huge mess, but at least I did them all in about an hour. Add one hour to clean, total of about 2 hours.
I ended with about 2-2.5" loft. Should be good to about 30F which is usually the coldest I've been in the woods at.
Cinched end with drawcord for a foot box.
And used 3 small strips of blue velcro (the really strong one) to close the bottom part of the quilt to overlap a bit with my underquilt.
All comes at 74"x44" @ 23.56oz
So there it is. I tried it on the balcony at 45F in just my underwear (no worries, I had the quilt around me as I went out ) and it was quite toasty, so I'm happy with it. I'm going to a local park on Saturday for a night out and I'l be bringing all my new gear (first time hammock night).
Very nice job! Great pics too. I think you'll be happier with the down. You've made a very nice TQ that'll last a long time.