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    Quote Originally Posted by SubaruWx View Post
    I took 2 old hair bands and wrapped those around the clews where they join to a split ring. When I need to pack up, I slide one hair band coil down to the base of the UQ, which binds all the clews together. I then slide the 2nd half way down. This seems to keep all the little shock cords from getting tangled.
    Nice. That sounds like a super simple solution. I'll give it a shot!

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    Any suggestions on how many nettles I should use when my UQ is 200 cm x 140 cm? I tried making one clew suspension but it doesn't seem to behave like the thread starters does

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    I adopted clews early on and I think they just do a better job, especially on a bridge hammock. Your is obviously a GE, but it is awesome for that as well.

    I like to place a nettle at each baffle, so there is even pull all along the quilt edge. So with 8 baffles, 10 clews, one at each baffle, then 1 at each side as well.

    I started using snaps and flaps like this

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    a sleeve to keep the lines untangled

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    a small keeper at the end to keep the sleeve in place

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    Things are a little lighter and simpler now, 3/8" grosgrain loops with 1/2" split rings ,,, still use a sleeve to keep the lines untangled

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    For the actual clew suspension, I have been using 1/16" shock cord, but i will be moving to 1/32" as the 1/16" can give a little too much pull

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    Very cool thread! I have some cheap bags I was going to make summer underquilts out of. This thread has simplified things for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser51 View Post
    I adopted clews early on and I think they just do a better job, especially on a bridge hammock. Your is obviously a GE, but it is awesome for that as well.

    I like to place a nettle at each baffle, so there is even pull all along the quilt edge. So with 8 baffles, 10 clews, one at each baffle, then 1 at each side as well.

    I started using snaps and flaps like this

    IMG_0473.jpg

    a sleeve to keep the lines untangled

    IMG_0487.jpg

    a small keeper at the end to keep the sleeve in place

    IMG_0489.jpg

    Things are a little lighter and simpler now, 3/8" grosgrain loops with 1/2" split rings ,,, still use a sleeve to keep the lines untangled

    IMG_3103.jpg

    For the actual clew suspension, I have been using 1/16" shock cord, but i will be moving to 1/32" as the 1/16" can give a little too much pull

    Brian
    Very cool! Thing is, my UQ is a synthetic Apex quilt so it doesnít really have baffles in that sense

    Thatís why I was wondering, because I feel my cords seem to pull the whole thing so that it folds in on itself.

    Might be that I have to adjust the length a bit more for the edges or something

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    [QUOTE=Londall;2068914]Very cool! Thing is, my UQ is a synthetic Apex quilt so it doesn’t really have baffles in that sense

    That’s why I was wondering, because I feel my cords seem to pull the whole thing so that it folds in on itself.

    Might be that I have to adjust the length a bit more for the edges or something

    Consider adding a segment of stretch mesh. When I made Clewbacca here, I knew I wanted a Wooki-esque UQ with some adjustability. The stretch mesh really spreads out the pull of the clews. Should work for yours. 6" of stretch mesh should do it.


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    [QUOTE=CBFarmer;2068960]
    Quote Originally Posted by Londall View Post
    Very cool! Thing is, my UQ is a synthetic Apex quilt so it doesn’t really have baffles in that sense

    That’s why I was wondering, because I feel my cords seem to pull the whole thing so that it folds in on itself.

    Might be that I have to adjust the length a bit more for the edges or something

    Consider adding a segment of stretch mesh. When I made Clewbacca here, I knew I wanted a Wooki-esque UQ with some adjustability. The stretch mesh really spreads out the pull of the clews. Should work for yours. 6" of stretch mesh should do it.


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    So essentially the sister of the Clew suspension, the spandex? Why not go with just the stretch mesh then?

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    [QUOTE=Londall;2068993]
    Quote Originally Posted by CBFarmer View Post

    So essentially the sister of the Clew suspension, the spandex? Why not go with just the stretch mesh then?
    Or the other sister, a Wookie-style UQ using light-weight non stretchy fabric to extend the UQ, and then gathering that and attaching it to the suspension with a few inches of thick elastic.

    This seems simpler and lighter and just as good in every other way.

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    I plan on a version of this suspension soon. I am awaiting a bag to begin experimentation.

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    [QUOTE=CBFarmer;2068960]
    Quote Originally Posted by Londall View Post
    Very cool! Thing is, my UQ is a synthetic Apex quilt so it doesn’t really have baffles in that sense

    That’s why I was wondering, because I feel my cords seem to pull the whole thing so that it folds in on itself.

    Might be that I have to adjust the length a bit more for the edges or something

    Consider adding a segment of stretch mesh. When I made Clewbacca here, I knew I wanted a Wooki-esque UQ with some adjustability. The stretch mesh really spreads out the pull of the clews. Should work for yours. 6" of stretch mesh should do it.


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    Great idea! So what did u use for stretch mesh? ( and where did u get it?)
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