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    Another Karo Step Topquilt

    Thanks to TeeDee and animalcontrol for posting their topquilts. Those were enough incentive to give this style a try.

    I had a thin, summer topquilt I made from thru-hiker materials a few years ago using Momentum .90 and Climashield Combat. I decided I had enough other summer topquilt options, but I didn't have a good winter covering. What I did was unstitch one end and remove the Climashield. In it's place I sewed in 20 short baffles, 3" cut size, 2-1/2" sewn thickness, arranged in the Karo Step orientation.

    After adding 12+ ounces of 800 fill down I sewed the end shut and sewed in the footbox circle. The circle is filled with a 1-1/2" thickness of Climashield. The stiffness of the Climashield gives the footbox some structure and a nice roomy shape. I also added a little elastic to the head end so it curls around my shoulder area. I ended up with a minimum thickness of 3", this thing is a puff monster! After some testing I may add some draft stoppers to the sides if needed.

    Edit - Forgot to add, the finished weight is 20 ounces.

    I would definitely recommend this style to anyone considering making a quilt. It's much easier than sewing the long baffles and adding the down is super easy. No need to weigh all the individual chambers. The short baffles really keep the down in place and it's easy to redistribute the down if needed, just pat it around. I can see this coming in handy because my feet are usually cold.







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    Wheeee doggies............. That's a SUPER looking quilt Jerry.
    Really nice!!

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    A hybrid! I love the Climashield at the foot...
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    how much to make me one?

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    It looks great, and I agree, Karo is the way to go. Mine was really easy to make too, even if I kludged it a bit.

    In light of another thread earlier today, did you make a differential cut for the foot end to accommodate your Climashield foot panel?
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    Great job Jerry as usual. Very nice!

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    That looks nice. was it hard to determine where the baffles go and match them up on bothe sides. I would think there is quite a bit if room for error.
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    Thanks for all the compliments. I can't wait to give it a try...maybe tonight...it's snowing right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by vitamaltz View Post
    In light of another thread earlier today, did you make a differential cut for the foot end to accommodate your Climashield foot panel?
    No differential cut anywhere. It puffs up nicely around the footbox panel.

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    That looks nice. was it hard to determine where the baffles go and match them up on bothe sides. I would think there is quite a bit if room for error.
    Surprisingly, not hard at all. Actually, there seems to be quite a bit of room for fudge. I drew a sketch of the quilt with the baffles and then laid them out on each side with scotch tape. I sewed all the baffles to one side, then sewed the other side, working my way up from the closed end. It would have been really easy if the sides weren't already sewn together on three sides.
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    Nice Jerry - real nice. Is that thing Turbo-Charged?
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    that's a great looking quilt. Nice and fluffy too. I bet it's waaaarmmmmm!

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