I wanted to make a hammock quilt following the directions provided by Hammock Engineer (Coffee) for his Red River Gorge Quilt, but I wanted to add a head hole as in the Rocky Mountain Sniveller. I will try to follow his format but will only be describing the differences up to the point that the quilt is ready for stuffing. From that point his directions are sufficient to finish the quilt. The decision to make this kind of quilt has to be made up front and cannot be modified to a poncho style after it has been made.
Calculating Materials Needed
A poncho quilt requires 4 pieces of material rather than 2 pieces as in the Red River Gorge Quilt. In his example a 78 X 48 quilt requires 2 pieces of material 84 X 54 which allows 3 on each side for seams. For this you will need 4 pieces of material half of the length of his size + ½ of the baffle thickness + ¾. Example: For a 3 thick quilt youll need 4 pieces of material (42+1.5+.75) X 54 or 44 ¼ X 54.
All other material requirements calculations for down are the same.
Cut material per above dimensions and heat seal per the RRG directions.
Assuming you are using 2 colors sew the different colors together along the 54 wide edge per Steps 2a & 2b to make 2 pieces of materials which Ill call quilt halves. In Step 2A you stitch ¼ from the edge, then fold the material over at the stitch and then stitch ½ from the edge as in Step 2B.
Front Side of the Seam.
Back Side of the Seam.
Open each quilt half and sew on a 16 strip of Free Magic Velcro or Omni Tape in the center of the quilt half and over the seam.
A Strip of Omni-Tape Sewn in Place for the Head Hole.
Lay both quilt halves together with the Omni Tape mated and the seams in line with each other. Colors should be lined over top of the same colors and pinned together. Stitch the 2 quilt halves together per the stitching diagram. The width of the 2 lines of stitching should be the same width as the baffles. Because these stitches could show a little I matched the top and bottom thread with the side I was sewing. I sewed in from the edge and did a back stitch at the point of turning and stitched to the middle of the Velcro and ended with a double back stitch.
Open the quilt halves up and lay the different colors against each other. You have completed the center baffle with the head hole. It should look something like the diagram below from the side with the Velcro in the center.
Install the remaining baffles per the RRG instructions. The baffles could actually be sewn to the same color of each quilt half before Step 4. Then after Step 5 you will have to sew the baffles to the other sides. Youll only need 8 baffles since sewing the head hole creates a baffle. NOTE: I found and used a disappearing ink fabric marker from WalMart to mark the baffle locations. Also notice the lay of the baffles.
Edge seam, stuff and finish the quilt per the RRG instructions.
Pictures of the Finished Quilt
The Stuffed Quilt - Silver Side.
The Stuffed Quilt - Olive Side.
Quilt as a Poncho - Silver Side.
Quilt as a Poncho - Olive Side.
Of Course I Had to Make a Hood.
Quilt in Jacket Mode
I didn't want to have to borrow the bungee cords used to hang the hammock to wrap around the quilt to hold it tight to me when used as a jacket. So I decided to add some bungee loops with toggles on each side of the quilt. My first thought was to be able to put the bungee loops in the same location as the side tie outs for the HH (which is lined up with the third baffle seam from the ends). I tried that but it was too close to the center of the quilt and was very restrictive because it pulled the quilt tight too close up under my arm pits. I moved the bungee cords and toggles down to the second baffle from the end and it was much more comfortable.
I Hand Stitched on Some Bungee Cord with Toggles to Each Side to Make it More of a Jacket Instead of Just a Poncho.
First put the quilt on, then take the toggle and bungee from the front sides and wrap around you and attach behind your back. Then attach the back sides around you to the front. If you have the front side wrapped around on the outside it will restrict your arm movement. This makes it very comfortable and quick to put on.
Quilt in Jacket Mode - Front View.
Quilt in Jacket Mode - Back View.
Quilt in Jacket Mode - Close Up View.
The End - at least for now.