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    Senior Member FreeTheWeasel's Avatar
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    First quilt

    I have to thank Hammock_Engineer for his fantastic tutorial on down underquilts. I had no sewing experience before I decided to make my own to compliment my No Sniveller. I borrowed a sewing machine, sewed two stuff sacks for practice and launched into it.

    I built it to have 3" baffles with just over 16 oz of 800 fill down. The fabric is Momentum 90 from Thru-hiker and outside is grey and the inside is black. Aside from a few cosmetic mistakes, it came out really well. I made only one major mistake late in the game as I was sewing the side seams where the draw cords are. Because the baffles were so stuffed, the fabric bunched up and under my needle as I sewed. I wound up sewing the edge seam right through the middle of the bottom baffle! The sudden appearance of down should have been a dead giveaway but, did I mention that I had never done this before? That took me an hour and a half to undo. Luckily, the fabric seems to have healed itself and I can barely tell.

    I followed the directions almost exactly with one small modification to the suspension loops and draw string channel. Instead of a square edge at the corner, I made it on a diagonal which I felt would allow the quilt to hang a bit better.

    All in all, I probably spent 10 to 15 hours on the quilt which was a significant investment of time but I really had fun. I have enough material for a second quilt and the next one will be a 2” baffle with 10 oz of down.

    You can find my pictures here and a backyard test report here.

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    quilt

    nice job!
    I haven't done a quilt yet. My kudos to those that can.

    Grizz

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    great looking quilt ..... I am on the verge of making my first one using down. Can you post a link to hammock engineers tutorial, sounds and looks like a nice plan.
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    Looks great! Word is that the Momentum 90 is pretty easy to sew. Wanna confirm or deny that for us?

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    that's a nice looking first quilt you have there!
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Very nice looking quilt.... First or otherwise...
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    Awesome job on your quilt. I'm just finishing up a synthetic quilt. I'm still getting up the nerve to attempt working with down.

    Did you buy a "kit" from Thru-hiker, or buy the parts and pieces individually?


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    how small is it if you roll it up for storage?

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    Wow, that's really nice. I'm so jealous. I may have to ask Santa for the materials to make one.
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    Nice quilt. I got my Momentum90 this week and I hope to have my quilt finished in time for the RRG hang out.
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