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    Quote Originally Posted by russmay View Post
    I'm waiting on my supplies to arrive, and am anxious to make my underquilt. I want to make 6 foot full 3 layer quilt. My question is should I make the darts longer than 12''? I was thinking 18''. Also should I add some darts on the sides so the quilt won't sag in the middle? I want to end up with a quilt 6 ft x 45, or 48 inches. any suggestions?
    Going to 18" on the darts should work just fine, especially with the longer quilt length. Side darts are a good idea. That's how Mac does his designs. I haven't done much with side darts, but I can't see any big negatives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sclittlefield View Post
    Going to 18" on the darts should work just fine...
    Longer darts would be good for the ends. I make all darts six to eight inches long. There are diminishing returns for long darts, because it's the edges and the fabric near the edges that you want to shape.

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    Side darts are a good idea.
    I dart the ends, the sides, the corners...
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    Quote Originally Posted by russmay View Post
    I'm waiting on my supplies to arrive, and am anxious to make my underquilt. I want to make 6 foot full 3 layer quilt. My question is should I make the darts longer than 12''? I was thinking 18''. Also should I add some darts on the sides so the quilt won't sag in the middle? I want to end up with a quilt 6 ft x 45, or 48 inches. any suggestions?
    First, I would build it they way it is designed because this is a proven method. However, playing with it during the construction is the best part. I would tack a few darts and then pin it up to a hammock and see how it fits with the longer darts before I committed to anything permanent. But I think MacEntyre is right, the longer darts may prove more useful on the ends with the longer quilt. I think this may accomplish very near the same effect as having draw cord channels in the end.
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    Hay thanks for the the input. I see great minds think alike. When I start,I will take some photos of the stages of building it.
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    Scott - Thanks for posting the instructions for this UQ! I just finished a slightly modified version w/ 4 layers of IX. The finished size is 66" x 47" and I darted the ends and the sides (but not the corners Mac...). I posted a detailed description in a separate thread under DIY. Also thanks to MacEntyre for his advise and input.

    Thanks again for the instructions, tips and inspiration!




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    Very nice Dave!

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    Scott,
    How much does it weigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scum View Post
    Scott,
    How much does it weigh.
    16oz. That's three layers of IX, both sides covered with 1.1oz ripstop, 1.5" gg bound, all sides, and shock cord / cordlocks.
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    Sorry Scott, meant to address that to GvilleDave. Thanks for the response though!

    Still lovin my IX UQ.

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    Mine being 66" x 47", 4 layers IX w/ just the outside covered in 1.9 RS weighs in at 24.7 oz w/ suspension complete.

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