Hot Tail: Underquilt Musings
So, I'm in the midst of trying to figure out my underquilt design.
My current design has me using a modular design, composed of two, possibly three lightweight quilts that will stack. The first quilt (against the bottom of the hammock) will have a layer of stretchy material, two layers of IX (the InsulBright, while useful, has a tendency to not be the most durable of materials), and then a layer of 1.1 nylon. This'll be my summertime quilt.
A question on this for those of you out there with more sewing experience than I: how hard is it to sew a stretchy spandex or lycra material while its stretched out to its maximum?
My thought is that, if I sew it to the IX with the stretchy material at its maximum stretch, I can then rely on it to scrunch up when it's not under pressure and conform to the bottom of the hammock. Then, when my body weight stretches the nylon in the hammock, the inner layer of the underquilt stretches and stays with me. The real trick is going to be getting the outer layer of nylon and the two layers of IX the right size so as to not be compressed when the inner layer is at its maximum stretch.
I've searched the forums, and don't see any posts on anyone doing this. However, as always, it's possible I've missed a post somewhere. Does anyone have any experience with this approach?