So I have been giving some thought to ultralight summer UQ's lately, and of course that means some new wild, wacky idea. This is still just rumbling through my brain and not sewn up yet, so bear with the descriptions.
Of course, the Neat Sheet is what comes to mind immediately for a summer UQ. But that is too easy and not strange enough for me. Besides, I have yet to find them locally. What I have gotten my hands on though, is Disposable Hospital Pillow cases, made from similar material. OK, good start. Breathable, extremely lightweight - and I could sew elastic on the ends of the pillowcases, and leave the ends open so I can stuff them like a Clark pocket. Two rows of pillowcases, ends pointing out towards the sides of the UQ.
But what to attach it to? I want something that is somewhat breathable, but will also provide some insulation. And something I don't have to buy, because I already have it on hand. So here will be my "inner liner" to attach the pillow case material to:
Yes, that's right. Landscape fabric. Lightweight, breathable, hydrophobic, inexpensive........ What is not to like? Some versions of Landscape fabric are better than others, and some would obviously not be appropriate as they tear too easily; but some of these are very similar to a Neat Sheet, and are readily available at any hardware store! Heck, I can see using this as a middle or outer liner inside a sandwich quilt just for it's hydrophobic properties!
Crazy? I'll let you know, because it will be my summer quilt!