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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ35S View Post
    I've been working on a vintage motorcycle, sort of takes most of my time.
    In a separate thread, I would like to hear about the motorcycle.

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    Well, I'm back at this again. I got a new wind under my sails when I had to miss a hike.

    I made another mesh bag and taped it in the big box. This time using the big shop vac. I was able to reach into the old mesh bag full of fluff and swirl it around. I was able to get a lot of the seeds and centers to loosen up.

    Then I slowly worked the fluff out into the bag inside the box. I sorted the center piece out which in turn gave me a ton more fluff. A lot of the fluff is still compact on the center as it was put into the bag a little wet.

    I now have a question. How do you know how much ? The first two baffles are very dense. They are the ones I blew in with the vacuum. Now I have about 10 large fist fulls in the next 5 baffles. It seems enough as the tubes are staying puffed up. I'm thinking I should remove some from the first 2 baffles and add it to the last 2 baffles.

    So how dense should it be. How do you test the density? I'll get pictures in the am.

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    I'm at it again. I know I'm a slacker. I have three baffles full and I think they are too full. they don't want to compress down much and the quilt is sort of stiff and stands up on it's own.

    I have a few baffles with much less in them but when I spread it out to equally fill the baffel there are air gaps, or sections with no fluff.

    I need a little comparison info to down. If you hold a down under quilt on one end and shake it how much will the down drop down? Will it go so far that there might be a 12" to 20" empty gap at the end you're holding?

    There may be two things going on here. 1 The fluff compacts more than it should because I'm stuffing it in too much. 2 The baffels are too large at 3" baffels and 6.5" wide.

    This is going to be crazy warm. I have been covered up with it while watching tv. More effective than the Costco down quilt.

    I need to get the runs equally stuffed somehow. Please give me some suggestions.

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    If harvested at correct time and dried/cleaned properly the seed could pay for a blanket.

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    who buys seeds?

    That din't answer my question...

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    Karo step pattern?

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    no. straight running head to toe. 9 of them. It weighs in at 4lbs 1 oz as you see it. I know there's too much in the first 4 rows, Maybe I'll just remove 1/2 from them and add it to the others. Just see if it'll shake out and function?

    This is the only place my pictures post sideways...

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    My mother use to make and sell cloth dolls that were stuffed with cat tail fluff. She had a bunch of dolls made and then found that some bug had laid eggs in the cat tails. She put the dolls in the oven at 150f for a while and they were good to go.

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    I just heard about this today while listening to the HYOH podcast about the same time as it came up in my Facebook feed from an outdoors group. I really like the idea of it being renewable and can be responsibly harvested. I would love to know how your quilts turned out and what your experience with the insulation has been like.

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