Originally Posted by oldgringo
...but why are under quilts? Okay, rectangular. Then we put a drawstring in each end and cinch 'em down so they're kinda football shaped. So my question:
Is there a reason why they aren't cut to resemble a football to start with, instead of a loaf of bread? Seems like a fair bit of fabric/insulation/weight could be eliminated.
Great question OG.
commercially made hammocks start out as rectangles before the gathered end is formed. As you know, the pocket that the hammock user sleeps in is created by all of those folds and "furrows" (as they were referred to in another thread) that form as a result of the all that fabric tapering to each end. All of that furrowing and unfurrowing fabric is what makes the ever changing livable space that we are able to move around in. You can see why it is done this way if you think about what the results would be if you decided to make a hammock out of a piece of fabric that was radically tapered along the sides...
When I first started making quilts, I tried fitting the them to hammocks by tapering the sides. I quickly found out that it created sides that were too floppy. Especially in the full length under quilts. I also noticed that the standard hammock did not have any pleats or darts along the long edges, that all of the shaping was done from the end which can be seen in all of the furrows and folds visible in gathered end hammocks.
So, for quite some time now, all Hammock Gear quilts START OUT rectangular when I cut them, but that is only so I can shape them from the inside. Using full length pleats that are only end to end (like a gathered end hammock), I shape them to not only fit the fundamental shape of the hammock body itself, but also to fit a wide variety of users.
Also, the design is not heavily
tapered. This is so that, as Pan mentioned above, people have the option to open up the end channels for ventilation purposes. It also, as Gargoyle mentioned, helps keep the quilt from slipping off in the middle of the night.
I hope this post did not sound too "it slices it dices". If it did, my apologies. That was not the intent. I am not a great salesman, I am just proud of my design...