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    First Attempt - Down Underquilt


    I started out by cutting 2 pieces of 1.1 oz DWR ripstop to 48x84 in. and no-see-um netting into 3x48 in. strips. I used a rotary cutter and cutting mat, using a yard stick as a straight-edge.


    I proceeded to sew the strips at about 9 in. intervals across one of the pieces of ripstop. I kept the material folded for easier feed thru the throat of the machine.



    After attaching all the strips (8 total) I attached the second piece of ripstop to the first along one short side. Keeping everything folded for ease of feed I then proceeded to attach the sewn strips to the second piece of ripstop.


    After all the strips were attached, one of the long sides and the other short side were closed up.


    Now it was time to break out the down!?!


    I took everything I thought I might need into the bathroom and hung the quilt from the shower rod to make stuffing the baffles a little easier.


    I measured the down into 28.3 gram increments using the subtraction method. Setting the down on the scales and removing by handfulls and stuffing 1 baffle until the weight of the bag had been reduced by 28.3 grams. This would have worked well if there had been 3 oz in each bag. Although they were labeled 3 oz they varried from 2.5 to 2.8 oz each. All said and done I only had 8.1 oz of down. I paid for 9 . At this point I shuffled down between baffles trying to make them all equal, but after finishing I find that a couple have a little less than the rest. Live & learn!!!!
    At this point I sewed the last side shut.



    Across the short sides I created a drawstring channel using 1.25 in. grossgrain.



    Then using .75 in. grossgrain I finished the long sides.


    Here is the finished product!

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    Nice job. Looks really good. I never thought red would look so good for a underquilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    Nice job. Looks really good. I never thought red would look so good for a underquilt.
    Wasn't sure I would like it either, but I already had the material. Thinking about adding omni-tape and using as a top quilt and making or buying a nother for the bottom. I'm sure the red would just "GLOW" in the woods. Thats if my wife does'nt claim it!

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    Looks great - have you tested it yet? How's the fit?
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    How much did it cost you to make the whole under quilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    Looks great - have you tested it yet? How's the fit?
    Fit is great! may be a little wider than I need but not much. I haven't tested for temp. yet but I expect the rating to be somewhere around 40 deg. I was shooting for 30 but being shorted an oz on down will push it up some. It has just under 2in loft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attroll View Post
    How much did it cost you to make the whole under quilt?
    Heres the breakdown:
    Material $10.00-ebay
    Down $81.00-Cottage shop
    No-see-um $2.00-WM
    Thread $2.00-Local shop
    Grossgrain $4.00-WM
    Hardware $1.00-ebay
    Labor 12 hours

    Total $100.00
    Weight 19.89oz

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    Back yard test

    Tried it last night with a ray-way alpine top quilt in a HH BackpackerUL that came in the mail yesterday. Had a cotton t-shirt, fleece hood, light weight nylon pants & cotton socks. It was 42 from midnight until I got up around 6, with a few breezes. I had moved the down to the center before I got in. I had stayed out side after sunset to make sure I was chilled before I got in. Stayed pretty warm most of the night. Had a couple cold spots when I shifted but not too bad. I think with thermals, warm socks and gloves it would be good to 35 or 36 if the wind was'nt too bad.

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    Do the grossgrain channels run along the length of the quilt or just at the head and foot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazilla View Post
    Do the grossgrain channels run along the length of the quilt or just at the head and foot?
    Just across the head and foot. The grossgrain on the sides is just for protection and strength.

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