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    DIY Convertible Quilt

    I've been wanting a warm down UQ for winter camping, but didn't want to put all of my eggs in one basket. My family and I still tent camp together from time to time, and my wife and kids have claimed all of my down sleeping bags. So, after seeing the multi-function quilt that JRB offers, I decided to go that route...a DIY quilt that could be used as either an UQ or TQ (thus the baffle orientation).

    I made it out of some lightweight ripstop polyester (same denier and weight as my 1.1 silnylon) I found for $1/yard at Hancock fabrics. The finished quilt is differentially cut and measures 48"x76". I harvested the down from an old Eddie Bauer blanket I got from the thrift shop for $8 that was labeled as containing 500 FP goose down (not the best, but it'll do at that price). The 14 baffles contain 1 5/8 oz. of down each. The total weight came in at 32 oz. with suspension. I get a full 3" of loft,which was my goal. I added draft tubes at each end.

    The quilt can be converted from an UQ to a TP by cinching up the foot end, securing a length of velcro sewn up the sides, then tying it off to secure the footbox (identical to JRB's method).

    I admire all of the vendors that offer down quilts for sale. As has been said before, after you make such a product you quickly realize that the going rate is plenty fair. I would have spent nearly $100 just in materials had I purchased the down commercially. Kudos to all you cottage vendors!

    (FWIW, I did discover that using metal salad tongs made stuffing the down into the baffles much easier than using my hands.)






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    Looks great!

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    That looks really nice. Good Job.
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    Wow looms just as good as may quilt I've seen.. I want to do s dual purpose quilt for a while now just haven't had the time. Really good job..
    It's not the fall im scared of, it's the sudden stop at the end!!!

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    Extremely nice work! Great work on the draft tubes also. You should make these to sell!
    I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."


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    very nice i wish i had the time and the skills

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    Quote Originally Posted by wedgie View Post
    very nice i wish i had the time and the skills
    Shoot, dude.

    If I can do it, anybody can.

    Give it a shot. Straight stitches are highly over rated.

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    Nice work!
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Re: DIY Convertible Quilt

    Nice attention to detail...thumbs up.
    Mountain views are good for the soul....& getting to them is good for my waistline.

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    Awesome job! Looks nice and cozy either way you use it.

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