Jun 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm #1290683
Finished my quilt.
78" long, 50" wide at the top, and 40" wide at the bottom.
I think it'll be perfect for the AT thru hike I start on the 19th.
Made with 8D from Titaniumgoat.com, and the Climashield XP 2.5oz from Thru-hiker.com. Basically took me an afternoon to cut it out and pin it together. Had I chosen to exile my two very curious dogs, I could likely have finished the cutting and pinning even faster. As it was, it took a few tries, a few beers, and much cursing.
I sewed it up yesterday in a couple of hours, and then spent another hour to hand stitch the snaps at the footbox while I watched some of the last TV I'll get for a while.
Here's me beneath it with the footbox snapped up.
I was going to use a drawcord on the footbox, but felt the snaps were simpler and less obtrusive. Here's the footbox closed.
And the quilt draped over my thermarest. From this perspective you can't really see the taper, but the foot end is, in fact, 10" narrower than the head end.
Really happy with this, but I think my second one will be much better. The sewing ain't the greatest, but then, the 8D is pretty slippery; especially with the insulation between layers. I ended up having to pin it every 6 inches or so, just to keep it from sliding around.
Anyhoo, I highly recommend the Climashield for being super easy to work with, and Tim is right, the 8D feels great against the skin. I will likely make a double quilt out of the same stuff upon my return.Jun 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm #1883958
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
That looks really nice!
I agree, 8D is very nice material, feels good against the skin, why is it so inexpensive?
I too have noticed it takes longer and more cursing while drinking beer : )
Nice example of perspective – looks like a rectangle but the deck boards give it awayJun 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm #1883959
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
That weight is fantastic. Does it have a drawcord at the top?
ToddJun 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm #1883979
"and Tim is right…"
Was there ever any doubt?
-TimJun 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm #1884003
Lol… No sir, there wasn't. That's why I purchased the material free of it.Jun 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm #1884006
No there is not. I like tucking it in around me, and wondered at how obtrusive a cord-lock would be, so I decided against it. one of the reasons I went with snaps on the footbox instead of the drawcord, so the cord-lock wouldn't be a nuisance.Jun 5, 2012 at 1:25 am #1884108
@jasongLocale: iceberg lake
What do you mean by solo?Jun 5, 2012 at 6:05 am #1884131
By solo, I mean just for one person.Jun 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm #1884381
Chad “Stick” PoindexterParticipant
@stickLocale: Hot & Humid Southeast....
Very nice dude! Looks great and the weight is sweet too! Congrats.
I didn't fare to well with mine…I ended up sending the stuff to Tim and after some talking, he is doing me one up, but I also ordered another one from him too! I can't wait to get it…
And yea, I agree, the 8D feels great against the skin.
Good luck on your hike man!Jun 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm #1884472
Thanks for the well-wishes, Chad.
And BTW… I've been calling it Climashield XP… I meant Apex, not XP… d'oh!
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