Originally Posted by pgibson
Actually Te-Wa was the first to give this a shot with his quilts. Link to the thread where he introduced the concept a couple years ago. Post number 23 has the pictures of the design. Not sure if Mike is still doing his quilts that way or not.
Lots of good info in that thread; I hadn't thought that sleeping off-angle with the baffles would require them to "arc" under the occupant, flattening them in the process as they buckle to make the curve (unless you used arc-shaped baffles, of course *barf*). Te-wa was attempting to run the baffles along the occupant's axis, as opposed to the hammock's, to reduce collapse (and to look different, mainly
Originally Posted by warbonnetguy
netting is used for the baffles because it doesn't fray
Interesting, I'd always wondered why that specific material. I suppose it may dry faster than tighter-sealed ripstop baffles as well (maybe). I just thought it strange that a decidely down un-proof fabric was used to hold down in place; but clumping of the filler would reduce down migration greatly (not totally, though). Sounds like further pursuit in this vein is somewhat pointless; good to know
My thinking was originally along the lines of a cellular-baffled quilt that controls down movment in both directions; I quickly realized it'd be a bit complicated to sew up, though! A folded-core quilt would be killer --not!
Now I've gotten to thinking (
) about attaching the baffles in a "wavy" pattern with the inside panel a down-proof stretchy fabric (if that exists). My thinking is I would get a very close fit to the hammock by stretching the inner quilt wall around my body, and the wave-pattern baffles wouldn't get pulled taught and tear out (obviously the outer layer would need to be baggier than usual for the baffle thickness used). Shouldn't be any harder to attach, and would only use a few extra inches of mesh per baffle at most.
One last question (for now, I promise!
); All the underquilt designs I've seen are rectangular when laid out. With all the gram weenies around here in DIY, it seemed strange that the ends weren't frequently tapered to eliminate all that bunched up fabric/down. The quilt isn't load bearing, so there is no need to keep a continuous material cross section out there, right? A coffin-shaped (I hate coffin-hammock analogies...) flat pattern would seem to provide the most efficient use of material, like they do for top quilts--anybody done that on an UQ?