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    I thought about using snaps, but decided that to get snaps that I thought would hold up to the strain, they'd have to be much too large and heavy. I wanted to avoid velcro/omni-tape as well, since the inside of my TQ is fleece, and I didn't want it sticking and pulling. I started to play around with designing a bunch of mini soft shackles, with a row of lanyard knot toggles on one side, and a corresponding row of mini soft shackles on the other side, but couldn't get them to the right size I wanted, that allowed for being able to easily attach and detach them, while still closing the two sides together snugly. So I went with a row of 1/2" grossgrain ties instead, and can tie it as tightly as I want.

    As to why, I originally hoped to make this quilt multi-use, with the ability for it to lay flat, and be hung like an UQ if needed. But I neglected to add corner loops, so in the end it was sort of moot. But at least that was the original plan.

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    I use a #3 coil zip on the footboxes of my bags and i never have problems with it unzipping, but have the option to vent it or lay it flat if i want. I like sewn footboxes on a quilt that is just for the cold, but if i plan to use that quilt in many temps i always use the zip footbox so i have the option to vent which i use a lot.

    -Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarshLaw303 View Post
    I use a #3 coil zip on the footboxes of my bags and i never have problems with it unzipping, but have the option to vent it or lay it flat if i want. I like sewn footboxes on a quilt that is just for the cold, but if i plan to use that quilt in many temps i always use the zip footbox so i have the option to vent which i use a lot.

    -Tim
    That's my runner up plan is a lightweight zip.

    This is an awesome thread by the way guys...some great points of view, pros and cons.

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    I like the idea of being able to open it flat. I haven't tested my new DIY karo step TQ yet but I left it flat and plan to add snaps later.

    My thoughts are I can sit around camp with it draped over my shoulders or share it with my wife. It also serves as a blanket on the couch.

    I plan to make another traditional TQ and will sew a foot box in it.

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    I just took the snaps off of my prototype Black Mamba TQ from Warbonnet. I never open it up.
    Plus .... I felt like some sewing.
    Shug
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    a sewn footbox is lighter as there is no attachment material (zipper, snaps, omni...) but the main reason they are lighter is that they can be shorter. I add 6" to user's height for my quilts with drawcord foot but user height is fine for round footbox quilts. That is where the real savings is at.

    -Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    I just took the snaps off of my prototype Black Mamba TQ from Warbonnet. I never open it up.
    Plus .... I felt like some sewing.
    Shug
    Shug, is your big Warbonnet winter quilt a "Long"? I watched one of your videos where you had it laid out in your yard on a pad, and it looked *really* long compared to the Dempsey quilt I have.

    I think I have quilt envy.

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    I went with sewn so I could splay it out in warm weather but cinch it up in the cold. And letting my wife us it on the couch should cut down on the groans when new gear arrives on the doorstep.

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    We use draft stoppers on the sides of our top quilts and draw strings for the foot box.

    The draw string pulls the end closed and the draft stoppers tuck under the feet and legs to close everything off.

    It is also then very easy to open the end up a little or a lot by kicking the "box" open a little if it gets too warm. Easy to vent if needed.

    Moving around during the night doesn't bother the box and it stays closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiredFeet View Post
    We use draft stoppers on the sides of our top quilts and draw strings for the foot box.

    The draw string pulls the end closed and the draft stoppers tuck under the feet and legs to close everything off.

    It is also then very easy to open the end up a little or a lot by kicking the "box" open a little if it gets too warm. Easy to vent if needed.

    Moving around during the night doesn't bother the box and it stays closed.
    Do you happen to have photos of this so I can understand it better? I hope to be making a TQ for myself for my birthday next month, and I'm still hammering out the details...

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