My first UQ is for my Wife's hammock, this one is for my set-up. I forgot to take any pics from my first UQ attempt, so here is what I have done so far with my second attempt.
(Everything is being done at my parents house, as my apartment is just too small for this project.)
I learned quite a bit from the first attempt and thought I would share some of my (limited) wisdom on Quilt creation. (Sorry for the poor quality iPhone pics)
First, Tape the material down! Green painter's tape works great on ripstop without leaving a residue.
Tailor's Chalk works pretty good for line marking, and isn't permanent. It does leave a bit of dust on the injector's foot though.
So I don't forget to show it, here is my Giant bag of Duck down. It is approx. 700 FP.
(This is AFTER I have already stuffed my wife's UQ. The plan is to make some TQ's, and maybe a winter UQ if I have enough material left)
When marking the baffle positions, I lucked out that for my inner layer, the distance between the baffles was exactly the same width as the laminate flooring (5") - With one edge lined up at the hem line, I used the Tailor's Chalk to follow the groove between floor pieces for all the baffles - done in 5 min!
I marked the Hem line with an 'X' so I didn't accidentally sew a baffle to it.
The outer layer took much longer due to the differential cut difference in baffle width.
I found on the first quilt that I was having a lot of trouble with the baffle netting moving around & stretching while trying to sew it in place, especially while trying to maintain a consistent fold to double up the netting along the stitch line.
I came up with a 2 prong approach to fixing these issues:
First, I cut my netting to the proper width, then connected them all together end-to-end, using a overlapping folded seam. (I'm not sure if this has a proper name in sewing - it wasn't a french felled seam, but it wasn't just the two layers on top of each other either.)
Second, I set my injector to the maximum stitch distance (6 mm, I think) and put a line of stitches along both sides to hold the edge fold in place. I used white thread so it would be easy to see while working.
From here I stitched the baffle strip along my marked line until the end of the row, then cut off the strip - perfect length every time.
I then spent way more time than I should have removing all the white thread from that side of the baffle strip. I have since become quite efficient at seam ripping.
For attaching to the outer layer, I needed to remove the white thread as I went, or I would never get it out, or have to stop after each row and rip it out, then re-setup the injector for the following row.
Here I discovered that the baffle netting stayed in it's folded position really well, even with the white thread removed. I still kept the working distance to about 12" though, as I didn't want to trust that the fold would stay in place for any length of time.
I kept all the thread from the outer layer side. The scale fluctuated between 3g & 4g, so both sides would be about 7g worth of thread.
After that, I connected the hem lines together along each side, closing off the outermost baffles.
I haven't had the chance to go any further, but hope to find the time to sew up the bottom and start the down filling process.
I figured a pretty easy way to transfer the down with virtually no mess. I'll try to get some pics when I get there.
So, How am I doing?