Apr 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm #1273096
William ZilaBPL Member
I have some sewing experience tarps a simple tent a bivy but nothing as complex as a quilt I want a 800fp down. Quit in the 40ish temp range with a footbox any patterns out there? What shell material would work best and how hard is it to make ? Also what would 6ounces of 800fp down cost ?Apr 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm #1731303
William ZilaBPL Member
Or for the temp range would it be eaiser to use synthetic insulation like apex or primaloft since I wouldn't have to baffle it ?Apr 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm #1731382
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Texas
It is not that difficult if you are doing a synthetic.
Check out this thread on making a synthetic quilt.
And if you are feeling adventurous and really want to pursue a down quilt check out this other link.
NewtonApr 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm #1731476
Tony FlemingBPL Member
I've made both synthetic and down quilts. You will be much happier with the down quilt. Recommend a baffle height of 2 1/2" for most 3 season use.
Here is another link for instructions:
TonyApr 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm #1731483
Jeffrey McConnellBPL Member
@catalystLocale: SoCalMay 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm #1731658
Here ThereBPL Member
It sounds like you have a lot more sewing experience than I did when I made my first down quilt, and it still serves me well. There is a lot of good info out there and plenty of people willing to answer any questions you might have along the way.
Good luck!May 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm #1731784
Blake LytleBPL Member
@cirrusblLocale: Upstate South Carolina
I finished my first synthetic quilt a couple of weeks ago, a summer bag with 2.5 oz Climashield Apex and I am right in the middle of a 3-season bag with 900 FP down. If you've already successfully made a tarp and things, then you can definitely make a good quilt. Synthetic quilts are very easy, and so far the down quilt has been rather labor-intensive but not too difficult. Just a lot of long, straight seams. Way easier seams than apparel or some backpack seams.
I got my materials from Thru-Hiker – Momentum90 nylon, noseeum mesh, and down. They're nice to work with.
I second the links others have posted. Jamie Shortt's article is great. I've also been referring to the Neatoman quilt article:
You can definitely make one…go for it!
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