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    DIY-UQ project. Please give me some feedback!

    Iīm thinking about making myself a UQ and Iīve been looking around on the forum for some instructions how-to with the kind of material Iīm able to get my hands on.

    For insulation I can get Primaloft and thats what Iīm aiming to use.

    Primaloft has to be quilted every 60cm (or thighter) so I have to think about that when designing my UQ.

    Iīm thinking about doing a double-layer quilt and have stitches that donīt go through both layers.

    My ideas are like this:
    Step 1
    Quilt the bottom-layer to the first layer of Primaloft
    Step 2
    Quilt the top-layer to the second layer of Primaloft
    Step 3
    Stitch the two layers together around the edges.
    Since the top-layer is wider then the bottom-layer the Primaloft shouldnīt compress.
    Step 4
    Add channels around the UQ and add shockcord and cordlocks

    Iīve added a pdf as explanation.

    So, what do you think?
    Is this do-able?
    What about darts?
    I understand that I probably need to do some darts but I havenīt figured that out yet.

    Please give me som feedback on this!
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    Just go for it! Do you want it to be 3/4 or full length? if only 3/4 length i donīt think you will need any darts.
    I made this yesterday without any kind of measurements or plans just from old stuff lying around the house:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/a...hp?albumid=784

    Itīs basically made from an poncho liner and an old sleeping bag. I just eye-balled the whole thing and apart from the weight(around 1300g!?!), it came out pretty well - so with your plan and some proper materials it cant go wrong
    (not so badly anyway)

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    I used a similar quilting method for a top quilt, but I added a third layer between the other two that is only stitched around the edges. I relied on the friction between adjacent layers of Primaloft to keep the unquilted center layer from slipping. It seems to work.

    If you're going to the trouble and expense to insulate with Primaloft, I'd say do it right and put darts in it. Make the upper fabric layer first and pin it to your hammock to get the darts right. Then make the lower (outer) fabric layer. When they're the right shape, add the Primaloft.

    Now you have the full range of opinions. (Bomber's UQ looks nice, too.)

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    Nice work, Bomber!

    WV:
    Yes, I probably need some darts for this project.
    Shouldnīt it be easier to quilt the fabric and Primaloft before I make the darts? I thought it could be difficult to quilt if I put datrs in the fabric first.
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    @peter

    Where do you buy the primaloft from?(and the nylon as well)

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    ps: iīm real pleased with the outcome of the N.E.L.Q since it was one of those "Argh!?! i want some new gear but donīt have the cash to spend" moments (especially because nothing was measured!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter1969 View Post
    Nice work, Bomber!

    WV:
    Yes, I probably need some darts for this project.
    Shouldn't it be easier to quilt the fabric and Primaloft before I make the darts? I thought it could be difficult to quilt if I put darts in the fabric first.
    That's fine if you're supremely confident about getting the right shape on your first try. (I have some experience at moving darts and changing their lengths in already quilted fabric+insulation sandwiches. ) Another approach would be to make a mock-up (single layer) with some cheap fabric, then use that as a pattern in making a quilt with your pre-quilted fabric. Of course, if you're going to use a known, tested UQ pattern, you wouldn't need a mock-up, and the method you suggest would be quite suitable. (It's people like me who keep people like Bomber in business. )

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    Hey Bomber your thinking is pretty good.
    Have you read the instruction on making a KAQ? It has a detail on quilting ties technique that looks real easy.
    here's a link
    http://www.hammockforums.net/index.php?page=kaq

    Good luck on your project

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