Jan 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm #1284442
Austin LowesBPL Member
I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with a Ray-Way Quilt Kit. I'm interested in knowing how challenging the quilt is to sew, its warmth, weight, and durability.
AustinJan 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm #1827843
Ken MozdenBPL Member
@kenmozLocale: Louisville, Oh
I put together a RayWay quilt in June 2006. After pricing all the materials separately I bought the kit as it was just a few dollars more and came with plans. At that time i think it cost about $70 with shipping. I forget what temp it was rated for but it had 1-3/4 to 2 inch loft. Sewing the outside edge was a bit tricky because you are sewing through two slippery nylon fabrics plus two layers of insulation. You will have scraps after trimming to practice on. I ended up using clothes pins every two inches to hold everything in place.
Warmth: Ok for me down to about 40 deg F with my normal shirt and pants. I have been out at 30 deg (it got colder than anticipated) but had to wear my rain suit and all clothing I had with me but got by ok
Weight: 1#-9oz with silcoat stuff sack. Packs easily into 8 x 17 sack and gets smashed down further inside my pack.
Durability: Holding up well. Still lofts good. Not much else that could fail.
Comment: This quilt has become one of the most used pieces of gear I have. 40 to 70 deg at night it's what gets packed. Also used car camping. It's just downright comfy.
Ken MozdenJan 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm #1828250
John SmithBPL Member
@jcar3305Locale: East of Cascades
I bought my Ray-Way Quilt in 2007. I wanted something that would go into the shoulder seasons so I got the Alpine extra insulation and made the draft blockers a bit bigger.
It was my first quilt and I love it. I have used it down to about 15F (I am a warm sleeper though).
I have since used my experience in making that one to make others with different designs. I think it is a great way to start making a quilt.
I never took pictures of the process of making it but Ken Mozden's pictures reflect my experience as well.
have fun . . . nothing cooler than showing your friends your new home made quilt. Their eyes will turn green with envy.
john the xcarJan 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm #1828827
Awesome. I'm thinking about making one, the two person, it's a bit pricey though, especially since I need the tall one. Do you know of any other good kits out there?Jan 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm #1829534
@zrarnoldLocale: Southern Spain
I'm actually sewing mine right now. I am making a one person with the alpine insulation and the draft stopper. I am planning on using it for mountaineering and alpine climbing. I have never done any serious sewing and it has not been that difficult. The most difficult part has been dealing with the larger pieces and I do not have a big space to work with. My feet get really cold at night so I am going to use the extra fabric and insulation for some booties.
I am also going to make a two person on after this.Aug 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm #1902975
Jean-Francois FortierBPL Member
Great work !
Can someone post a picture of this quilt "stuffed" in it's sack ?
I'd like to have an idea of how big it is before buying
one. Thanks a lot !Aug 16, 2012 at 6:34 am #1903178
Jay LashBPL Member
No pictures, but I use this 7×17 stuff sack (with a bit of room to spare) for my 1 person standard insulation RW quilt: http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___48208Feb 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm #1951888
Peter SustrBPL Member
What was the total weight of the quilt when you were done? I'm getting the one person with the Alpine insulation as well if the weight is right.
Any info would be great.
Thanks!Feb 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm #1954766
robert van puttenMember
@bawanaLocale: Planet Bob
My wife made us one recently.
We got the "zip-split" kit with two layers of Alpine insulation, but decided to leave out "zip-split" as it makes the project a whole lot easier!
Less to go wrong too.
It is one awfull large quilt but it does pack well.
My wife carries our quilt and both sleeping pads in a Golite Jam 70. Big, fluffy and light load.Feb 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm #1956121
My current project achieves a similar result for $30 and estimated three hours labor so I thought I'd throw this into the mix.
I purchased a USGI patrol bag from Amazon for ~$30 ($14 – $38 listed today). This bag is rated to 30* (printed on the military label.) I've only had it down to ~35-38* without a bivy but never felt a chill so I think the rating is legit. I used it in the military down to 30* but always with a USGI bivy (just wanted to provide full disclosure.)
The weight was 36.5 ozs unmodified. The foot box of this sleeping bag is sewn a couple feet up from the bottom which is what I wanted from a quilt.
It was equipped with a heavy zipper and draft tube so off they came. This extra spacious bag is now 29oz and I still have more material to remove. I believe that this $30 quilt will achieve a 30* rating when I'm done and I'm very hopeful that I'll drop a few to several more ozs from the quilt before I'm through.
All the weights are on my food scale and I haven't had a chance to see how accurate it is. I plan on buying a postal scale or other quality product before I create a final MYOG thread on this project. If anyone has a good scale recommendation I'd appreciate it.Feb 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm #1956158
robert van puttenMember
@bawanaLocale: Planet Bob
Ian, that sounds like a pretty durn good idea to me!
Another idea that is easy to make might be a simple "quillow.
20 years ago, before I knew what a backpacking quilt was my wife made a quillow and although it was quit small I was always amazed at how warm and comfortable it was, because you could stick yer feet inside the "pillow" pocket which kept 'em toasty warm and kept the quilt in place over you.
Should be easy to make one, and it could be tapered to reduce the weight. Of course I'd tie it rather than "quilt" it on a sewing machine the way Ray Jardine recomends his quilts be tied, to keep loft.
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