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    DIY Top Quilt - so it begins....

    First step done - feeling good!

    I used a TQ calculator I found on this forum but also compared my math using simple LxWxH / fill power to get total ounces of down.

    I'll have 1 oz per 14 verticals baffles - height of the baffles will be 2.5 inches after sewn on and will shoot for a bit of overstuff to get maybe 2.75-3 inch total loft for 10-20 degree "rating".

    As I say in the video I'll use a footbox plug sewn in - no more cinching the end.

    Waiting now for my baffle material as I ordered the wrong amount - doh! Now worries - order already placed.

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    I like the colors you chose and am now very curious about the chalk line. Will you also use that to mark where you will sew your baffles?


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    Very nice start, love the chalk line idea! Can't wait to see the finished project. I'd really wanna tackle a quilt too, after some much needed time behind the needle of course. Hope it turns out great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellyfish View Post
    I like the colors you chose and am now very curious about the chalk line. Will you also use that to mark where you will sew your baffles?


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    I guess it depends.

    Tonight I test out some sewing of scraps with the wonder tape a bit more and see how that goes.

    If it goes well then I can simple make my intervals along the width of the head and foot end and with the help of my wife - I can put down the lines of wonder tape - which will be nice and straight lines?

    If that turns out sketchy then I'll need to make for placement then apply the wonder tape - but the chalk would be a problem for applying the wonder tape I suspect so if I do the chalk likes - I'll use it as a quick guide for a series of marks with a grease pencil or something then get the chalk off then apply the tape

    The chalk for this won't be durable enough

    It works great for making a mark for a simple cut but once you pick up the fabric the chalk starts brushing off

    What I need is to coat the line in some kind of ink lol

    Actually what I may look into is find perhaps a laser level as a basis to make a series of marks along each 90 inch line x 13...

    I'm spit balling here lol


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    http://www.tajimatool.com/products/i...w.php?page=all


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    DIY Top Quilt - so it begins....

    Does your machine have a part that looks like this? If so, I would just use that.

    You use it as a guide and can line it up on the next baffle over.

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    I do not think I have that part, and I am not sure I entirely follow...I for fun ordered that ink line on amazon with some amazon points....I can return it if it fails to work, so ill see...I watched a youtube video of it in use and it looks promising...with this I can perhaps mark 26 90 inch lines very nicely in rapid fire

    But if the ink bleeds through or some other issue, I ditch that.....its fun trying new methods of things.
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    I use a piece of soap and painter's tape, works well for holding the stretchy mesh in place. Mark baffle seam allowance w/soap, and mark stitch line on fabric w/soap. Line the soap lines up and tape down the seam allowance of the mesh right next to the soap line, sew along the soap line. Helps maintain a uniform baffle height.

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    That thing attaches to the foot assembly and makes for a guide for a straight line.

    Ink line sounds promising.


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    soap...I read that some time ago...freaking brilliant, want to try that...the chalk I bought is annoying at times on this slippery fabric...

    Thanks Jellyfish - ill keep you up to date...I probably will not get my baffle material till Friday night at this point, so not much will be done till then...

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