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    Top quilt advice needed

    I'm thinking about making a top quilt for summer use and would like your input. I've read several threads about under quilts, but I'm a ground dweller, please don't hold it against me. Anyway I figure hammock hangers know more about quilts that any other group.
    1- where to get patterns, material or kits?
    2- what modifications you have made to your quilt or would suggest making?
    3- what should I look for when selecting a pattern or kit?

    I like the sewn foot box feature on some pre-sewn quilts

    I prefer down over synthetic, but wouldn't rule out synthetic

    I know about JRB (not sure if they have patterns or kits) and Rays Way

    any advice is appreciated


    thanks in advance
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    Welcome to the forum! Stick around long enough and we'll talk you out of being a ground dweller!

    I suggest you start by having a look at mikeinfhaz's thread here. He goes through the details of making a top quilt, and answers many of the questions you might have.
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    you can look at Thru-Hiker's down quilt kit and choose the fabric color, shell material, and down fill.
    You can use my instructions if you need additional help. On my instructions, you may not use the size or shape of the quilt but it will give you pointers on how to sew, how to fill down into the chambers, etc...

    good luck! doing this will become a habit. Ive made 7 quilts. Gonna make more!

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    Also see Coffee's Red River Gorge quilt...it has a headhole so you can wear it poncho-style, like the JRB No Sniveler.
    http://www.tothewoods.net/RedRiverGo...orgeQuilt.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinfhaz View Post

    good luck! doing this will become a habit. Ive made 7 quilts. Gonna make more!
    Speaking as an owner of one of your quilts, you do great work too. Just sayin'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit View Post
    I'm thinking about making a top quilt for summer use and would like your input. I've read several threads about under quilts, but I'm a ground dweller, please don't hold it against me. Anyway I figure hammock hangers know more about quilts that any other group.
    1- where to get patterns, material or kits?
    2- what modifications you have made to your quilt or would suggest making?
    3- what should I look for when selecting a pattern or kit?

    I like the sewn foot box feature on some pre-sewn quilts

    I prefer down over synthetic, but wouldn't rule out synthetic

    I know about JRB (not sure if they have patterns or kits) and Rays Way

    any advice is appreciated




    thanks in advance
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    I do love down; maybe a little too much.

    That said, I'm planning to make a synthetic top quilt for the summer.
    1. I'm not as concerned with weight because I'm not carrying all the extra clothing
    2. Synthetic is easier to work with and A WHOLE LOT LESS messier
    3. Cheaper; lots and lots cheaper
    4. Most important to me for this discussion; Summer means rain. I'm very careful with my sleeping gear, but water is awfully sneaky. The synthetic makes me feel better about it if it does get a bit moist.

    I would never argue with someone for wanting to do a down quilt, just trying to offer up some differing viewpoints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    I do love down; maybe a little too much.

    That said, I'm planning to make a synthetic top quilt for the summer.
    1. I'm not as concerned with weight because I'm not carrying all the extra clothing
    2. Synthetic is easier to work with and A WHOLE LOT LESS messier
    3. Cheaper; lots and lots cheaper
    4. Most important to me for this discussion; Summer means rain. I'm very careful with my sleeping gear, but water is awfully sneaky. The synthetic makes me feel better about it if it does get a bit moist.

    I would never argue with someone for wanting to do a down quilt, just trying to offer up some differing viewpoints.
    Good points, also, with a summer quilt a smaller percentage of it's weight is insulation. The shell of a given size weighs the same for a summer or winter quilt. One layer of Climashield Combat(3.7oz) or the five ounce weight oughta do nicely. I'd put a headhole in it also. Take the money you save on this and buy a cuben poncho from Mountain Laurel Designs. That would be a killer summer kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Take-a-knee View Post
    Good points, also, with a summer quilt a smaller percentage of it's weight is insulation. The shell of a given size weighs the same for a summer or winter quilt. One layer of Climashield Combat(3.7oz) or the five ounce weight oughta do nicely. I'd put a headhole in it also. Take the money you save on this and buy a cuben poncho from Mountain Laurel Designs. That would be a killer summer kit.
    I would second the vote for Climashield. I have made quilts in all 3 weights of it and have used the 3.7oz weight down to 32*F as a TQ fairly easily. Total quilt weight for that one is 12oz. (including footbox)
    The last time I ordered Climashield from Ayce at Thru Hiker, he said that supplies of it would be running low with little hope of replacement. So, order soon if that is what you want
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    Quote Originally Posted by animalcontrol View Post
    I would second the vote for Climashield. I have made quilts in all 3 weights of it and have used the 3.7oz weight down to 32*F as a TQ fairly easily. Total quilt weight for that one is 12oz. (including footbox)
    The last time I ordered Climashield from Ayce at Thru Hiker, he said that supplies of it would be running low with little hope of replacement. So, order soon if that is what you want
    So it's impossible now to get Polarguard (isn't it?), and Ayce is saying the Climashield supply is drying up? Any ideas of what will replace the Climashield?


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