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    It looks nice. You could call it your MWMUQ.
    Say more about the "my wife's mouth" part of stuffing the down.
    The documentation is really excellent. Should be made a permanent part of any hammocker's repertoire.
    You paid lots of attention to darts. This is a painstaking quilt that you should be proud of.
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    thanks everyone for the nice comments...i'm still thinking about how to work in the side tie outs on the HH. I'm thinking about sewing a few square pieces of velrco along the gross grain 1x1" and then doing a folded piece of gross grain with velcro on it and a D ring.

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    That's an awful lot of down. Did you put it all in there? What's the loft?

    Jbo

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    i only used ~25oz of it, if you follow the fill amounts on the second graph paper it works out to be slightly less. the loft in the middle is ~5-5.5" and a little less as you go out. by arrz seems to get cold over anything else so i mainly focused on keeping that warm.

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    so after using this 3 times now i think i'd make some mod's or at least do it a little different.
    - the side tie outs are nice but actuall all air so right now i just put a little tension on the pull outs for the HH and I don't use the D rings with the pull outs i put on the side of the UQ
    - i've starting using the D ring side pull outs on the UQ now to loop a shock cord up and over the ridge line, this helps support the weight of the UQ because I was getting about an inch and half gap.
    - because i have the bottom entry feature on the UQ i took a 3inch piece of hook and loop and put it in the butt end of the UQ entry and locked it into my HH bottom entry. so not the UQ is locked to the bottom entry of the HH via a small piece of hook/loop
    - instead of darting the outer baffles i would have darted the inner and left the two outter baffles alone

    i do really like all the adjustment i put into it and it's super warm, last weekend was down to 18 and i was just in long underwear.

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    Oh ya ! That's super nice ...Trying to get my wife to teach me how to use her the sewing machine LOL Not going too good she's afraid that I will wreck it !

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    it's pretty hard to wreck one unless you're trying to feed too much stuff through it. to be honest, i've never touched a sewing machine until this project. i played around on a few loose pieces to get the tension and stitch spacing and then took it slow. you get the hang starting out by sewing the baffles which i think preps you for when you have to join the top to bottom. just go slow and you'll be fine...make sure you don't have a trip in the near future.

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    So why the switch from the 800fp to the 650fp?
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    cost mainly...the 800 would have been super nice but the 650 was about third the price. i kind of look at DIY as a way to save money, if it's not at least 50% cheaper I might as well just buy from an OEM.
    i only plan to use this in late fall and winter, still packs pretty nice about 6" by 10" or so. i may look at 800 for a summer UQ where i'm more concerned about distance and weigth.
    also had to re-evalute spending due to the holidays coming in.

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    thats a good point with a pulk one doesnt need to be as concerned about the weight penalty.

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