I am really new to backpacking and hanging. I am 5'10'' and 195lbs. I got into it because my oldest son is now going into Boy Scouts and I figured it would be a good way for us to spend time together.
I have purchased a hammock form Hennessy (Deep Jungle) and got a Scout for free. All my experience so far is from 1 hang in my back yard to try the hammock. From that experience, I figured out that I sleep cold and my 20 degree Big Angus sleeping bag with pad insert was pretty uncomfortable. I think this is probably because of the pad underneath (It kept sliding down).
So now I am thinking about getting or making an Under Quilt and Top Quilt for both my son and I. I think I want both to be good to about 15 degrees (we have a Late Feb hang coming up where there may be snow). I believe from the research I have done, I want a Full length (head to toe) Under Quilt and a long & wide Top Quilt (don't like be confined to much which is why I did not want a mummy bag).
So a few questions to those who know way more then I:
1. Is it better to buy then make? I have seen some nice designs that I like such as the v2.0 under quilt at LeighLo's Hammock which is $220. Also it seems finding a good place for bulk down if fairly tough and not real inexpensive either considering how much will be needed.
2. How hard really is it to work with down? From the reading I have done it seems most people hate that part of the making process?
3. Besides this forum (which I find invaluable), where is a good place for someone to pick up good quilt sewing guidance. I basically own a sewing machine but have not really used it much.