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    DIY winter top quilt

    My latest addition to my homemade gear collection;

    A winter down top quilt

    Laid flat

    Cinched footbox

    Down plug to stop draughts(still to be tied on to the cinch cord end so it doesn't get lost)

    Inside

    Cinched neck with adjustable cord, the cord loops over my head to stop it moving in the night and make a nice seal.




    The lowdown;

    Warbonnet outdoors winter top quilt clone
    Pertex 4 (very dark) brown shell
    19 oz of 850+ cuin goose down (overstuffed at foot end and head end)
    80" x 50"
    14 x 5.7" chambers
    3" polyester mesh baffles giving 3 to 5" of loft
    Velcro footbox closure
    3mm shockcord cinches
    Gutterman polyester black thread
    872g

    This should see me warm down to about 0F/ -20 odd with my current setup.

    I took a while making sure the length was spot on, I think I've succeeded.

    I went for the cinched end over sewn so it's easier to dry round the fire if needed, as it opens up fully. Easier for me to store at home too.

    It stands me at 90 all in, took my slow self 10 hours to make it, including having to unpick and re-stitch one side.

    Onto the next project...........

    Thanks for looking, hope you like


    Pete.
    Last edited by turnerminator; 01-19-2012 at 07:18. Reason: 19 oz of down, not 18

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    I like it, great job! I would love to start making my oqn quilts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukon View Post
    I like it, great job! I would love to start making my own quilts
    Cheers Yukon

    They're not daunting to make, this is my first top quilt and it was much easier than my underquilts.

    Get one under your belt and you'll be away. HF is all you need for info, I wouldn't have started if it weren't for this place

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    Nice work! That thing looks warm! Eventually I will make some down goodies, but that is for next winter.

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    Nice work.... 32 oz respectable weight for 18 oz of fill....
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    I felt myself starting to sweat just looking at it!!!!!!!! Excellent job and I really like the draft stopper, thank you for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raiffnuke View Post
    Nice work! That thing looks warm! Eventually I will make some down goodies, but that is for next winter.
    Thanks Raiff Its addictive once you start with the goosey good stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by sr1355 View Post
    Nice work.... 32 oz respectable weight for 18 oz of fill....
    Cheers SR
    I could have gone for a lighter fabric, but I like the feel of this pertex 4 (1.9 oz/sqyd). The face side is lightly brushed. As its for winter, I wanted a little extra beef to the construction.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbamaguy View Post
    I felt myself starting to sweat just looking at it!!!!!!!! Excellent job and I really like the draft stopper, thank you for sharing.
    Thanks BBG, it felt warm enough to send me off to sleep on the living room floor on its first test!

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    I too admire those who tackle DIY quilt projects, so kudos to you.

    That down plug is a real cool idea too!
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    Thats a mighty fine lookin quilt, Pete! I like the ingenuity with the plug. That's smart thinking.

    I just finished my first quilt, a monster winter UQ. I was a little intimidated at first, but now that it's done, it actually was pretty easy in hindsight. A little practice with thread injecting things like stuff sacks and RL organizers goes a long way towards alleviating any fears, and in the woods, no one cares if your seam is a little crooked, as long as it works.

    I'll be moving on to a TQ myself, and will probably use a very similar design to this one.
    Mike
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    Nice! Great job
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