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    The quilt loops is a good idea . . . and I had thought of that some.

    The curling up or shifting I didn't think of . . .

    Are you going to backpack with this? Typical quilt batting doesn't compress/uncompress very well.
    Yes, but maybe with a sled in the snowy winter,
    so I wouldn't be concerned with a tight pack
    My batting experiments (cheap was the goal) created some really flat batting that never re-lofted.
    This stuff comes very tightly folded and rolled,
    but maybe after repeted times it wouldn't re-loft ???

    I think the tightest packing of it will just be in a suff sack and not to compressed.

    I thought I would try this stuff for a couple of reasons,
    1. it is cheep
    2. it can happen right away
    3. the vest I wear is stuffed with this stuff and it keeps me real toasty.

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    I made a full size quilt out of PrimaLoft, which is similar. I sewed around the sides and put quilting loops in and have not had an issue with the fill moving in 3 or 4 years. I sewed it on three sides by laying the top cover, then the bottom cover, then the insulation on top of each other and sewing through all of them. Then I turned the whole thing right side out and sewed the remaining side. Somehow I sewed the 3 sides where there was no insulation showing when it was turned right side out.

    To put in quilting loops, use a cardboard template - a piece that is as tall as the fully lofted quilt. Say you use three layers of 1/2" batting for a total thickness of 1 1/2". Cut a cardboard piece about four inches by 1 1/2". Using a large needle, run the yarn through the top cover (or reverse to the bottom if you want the tied knots to be on the "inside" of the quilt), through the insulation and out the bottom cover. Then move over slightly (1/16 or 1/8") and come back up through it all. Put the cardboard template between the two ends of the yarn with the 1 1/2" side perpendicular to the quilt (think __l__ where the part sticking up is the 1 1/2" high template and the yarn is not shown). Now push the cardboard down, fully compressing the insulation and tie the yarn together on top of the cardboard. Remove the cardboard and let the insulation loft back up. Repeat a bunch of times.

    Hope this is helpful.

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    Climashield on the other hand, ($10-$14/yd) is made to be compressed, is very light for the loft...

    I'd play with Cheap and see how it goes.

    How big are the pockets? if they're small, the perimeter sewn should be more than enough...

    Pics of the insulation? Is it like a blanket, or see-through?

    Sounds like a fun project...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    Climashield on the other hand, ($10-$14/yd) is made to be compressed, is very light for the loft....
    Climashield is my dream, and next

    I'd play with Cheep and see how it goes.
    Yes, The plan


    Pics of the insulation? Is it like a blanket, or see-through?

    Sounds like a fun project...


    Holding it to the light and taking the pic

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    So, it's standard quilted batting. I've used it, but you'll find climashield is wonderful in comparison. Eventually, this stuff goes flat...

    How big are the pockets?
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    To make sure the quilting loop is the correct tightness, I cut out a strip of cardboard about 3" long and as thick as I want the finished quilt. For example, if my quilt is to be 1" thick, then the cardboard strip will be 3" x 1" Then, when I tie the loop, I place the cardboard strip on the quilt and compress it (so that the cardboard is 1" high), then tie the loop over the cardboard. Finally, I slide the cardboard out and the quilt can loft to 1" tall and there won't be any slack in the quilting loop.

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    This is how I stacked it and used the loops.
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