I'm new to sewing (don't have my own thread thrower yet, but I'm planning on taking a Goodwill tour coming up to see what I can come up with), but I'm taking on practice projects. I've already made a stuff sack with a reinforced bottom, and will probably try to make a simple rectangle tarp or square/diamond tarp, even though I ultimately want a hex tarp for myself. But I'm also thinking about making a UQ and maybe TQ to practice those techniques.
Since it's summer, and I'd likely end up making a more "permanent" quilt system for myself as my skills develop, it'd probably be a 3/4 quilt just so it's easier to handle I think? For materials, I think I'll sacrifice an old crappy sleeping bag that I picked up for wicked cheap (like $17 cheap) a while back (ALPS Mountaineering Crescent Lake bag.) The fill is Techloft, which from the best I can tell (I have yet to rip the bag open and find out for sure) is "2" staple length", not continuous length. But, really, I'm more into this for the practice of making a quilt, before I go drop money on better shell/fill materials. Plus, since it's a -20 degree bag, I'll probably have enough fill to make a few different quilts.
Would this bag make a good sacrifice for DIY-learning? It's wicked heavy, and compresses down to the size of a whale hemorrhoid. So big. I wouldn't take it backpacking, so really, it's just taking up space I think. And anyone have some good tips on how to most efficiently re-purpose and harvest the materials from the bag?
I can post some pictures of it or something later if that matters.