Originally Posted by Detail Man
I'd encourage you to at least crunch the numbers for a down quilt. Downlite has a good price on 800 FP. You're going to have about the same $ in the shells, and about the same time in the making of it. Otherwise just finding a synthetic sleeping to use a as TQ in the mean time would be the cheapest option.
If I do good materials and down it is ~$50 for shell + ~$80 for down. If I get 2nds dwr nylon and a pillow with 500 fp down, it is as low as ~$20 shell + $40 down. Both should get me about 2.5" of loft, with the second one, hopefully not leaking down and being little under 2x the weight of the first one.
I guess $60 is not too bad for a down quilt. I might do that.