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    Non-baffle UQ questions

    I wanted to make a down UQ, but donít have the time to sew baffles.

    Has anyone tried to set the thickness of an UQ using yarn/thread to set the thickness of the UQ. The yarn/thread would be sewn through the quilt and back through again and then tied off at the appropriate thickness.

    This would be a takeoff on the bag-o-feathers but limiting the thickness using the yarn/thread set in a grid across the UQ.

    I got the idea from some old quilts that my grandmother and mother made.

    Has anyone tried this in the past? Any watchouts?

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    Would it suffer from down migration over time? Not sure how tight/close you can get the stitches without the feathers escaping?

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    I'd watch out for the down migrating to the edges of the quilt.

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    Think you'd have to much migration across the quilt resulting in uneven warmth...
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    Would attaching all of the yard not take longer than sewing the baffles in the first place? Without any more info it seems like it might be more trouble than its worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beast 71 View Post
    I'd watch out for the down migrating to the edges of the quilt.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shewie View Post
    Would it suffer from down migration over time? Not sure how tight/close you can get the stitches without the feathers escaping?
    Quote Originally Posted by sr1355 View Post
    Think you'd have to much migration across the quilt resulting in uneven warmth...
    Thanks for the feedback guys. Yea, I was thinking the migration thing might be a problem. Just trying to think outside the box a little bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrClockWork View Post
    Would attaching all of the yard not take longer than sewing the baffles in the first place? Without any more info it seems like it might be more trouble than its worth.
    MrClockWork you have definitely not seen my sewing abilities I was just trying to think outside the box a little bit to see if anyone had any feedback before I committed myself.

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    Old quilts my great grandmother made gave me the exact same idea. I realized, however, that this design of a quilt is made to hold BATTING in place---not down.

    Still, it's not a bad idea, as some members here have had success with down underquilts with NO baffles (they just shake the down where they want it).

    Your threads would help the underquilt keep its shape. So, good luck!
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    This is what my grandmother called comforter construction, not quilting. It is worth a try. You may have to adjust the down at times. How much will depend on circumstances. You would basically be tying yarn to create tufts at points, right?
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    and sitting there sewing yarn to your quilt will take time
    sewn through quilts are a pain if you ask me ... the extra time it takes to sew baffles is well worth it in the long run i say this because a sewn through UQ is only good down to 45F for most users ... so it's very limited and swing baffles is not as much more added time that you think...
    maybe an hour ... like i said well worth it
    without the baffles like others have said your going to have way too much migration of your down ... why not make a Synth UQ if you don't want to deal with baffles
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    The method you are talking about would work better with primaloft and not down.
    I have a sewn through down UQ that I have taken down to 25 degrees, however, that's pushing the limits and is probably better suited in the 40 degree range.
    Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!

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