Mirage's Under/Over quilt ...
- Well, I finally got a whole day to work on stuffing down into my
under/over quilt. Boy, was that fun ;) 8P
I now have to complete sewing up that long edge and I will finally
be done with this long awaited project. Should be ready for this
So here is the list of under/over quilts I have completed to date
(or nearly ;):
1. 0.4" (60gr) Primaloft Sport, single layer, Micro Denier ripstop
innder shell, silnylon outer shell, 76"x41"
2. 0.8" (133gr) Primaloft Sport, double layer (~1.6" total loft),
1.1oz ripstop inner shell, 1.3oz EPIC outer shell, ~85"x54",
3. 11oz (~750FP) down, trapazoidally baffled (2+" loft), 1.1oz
ripstop inner shell, 1.3oz EPIC outer shell, ~85"x54", ~2lb,2oz (no
pics posted yet)
I suppose I should count my first one I made outa Muslin, based on
the thru-hiker HH underquilt pattern, but I never produced one from
this pattern out of production grade fabrics and bailed on that
design in favor of the under/over quilt that I am no doing.
These last two are really designed for multi purpose use and as
such, sacrifice weight for function. They can be used as an
underquilt in the same manner as Ed's PeaPod, as an over quilt in
the hammock or on the ground, or as a traditional sleeping bag.
They can even be worn in camp (as can Ed's PeaPod) as a form
of "jacket". The basic design turns out to be very similar to the
Nunatack BCP (http://tinyurl.com/yyk3). Mine weights about 6oz
more, and not sure why, other than possible over engineering on my
I will be bringing all of these to the "Unofficialy PNW Hammock
Hangers Campout" (UPNWHHC) this weekend up on Mary's Peak, Oregon.
I will have both my Speer/Risk hammock and my HH Asym, and maybe
another I've been noodling about.
Sounds like we might have one other list member join us for the
campout, and I've got several ground sleepers comming along who I
will try to get into a hammock for the night. I'd love to see
others of you join us if you can.
I'll post again when I have pics of the down under/overquilt posted.
- Well, I actually find the hanging method to be quite easy. I use rolled kraft paper for my
patterns and a lightweight metal decorative chain purchased at a home improvement
warehouse. Instead of relying on a wall that's as long as I need for the curve, I have a 1" x
12" x 10' board that I use to put everything on (I store it against the wall behind the couch
in the living room so it's out of the way and out of sight when not in use). I cut the paper
into strips 10 inches wide (the paper comes in 30" width), and use 2 spring-loaded clamps
($3 each) to hold the paper to the board. Then I measure the center point, how far down I
want the curve to go, and mark where I want the chain to hang. Open one clamp slightly
and slide one end of the chain under it. Pull the chain until it is as taut as it needs to be
for the curve, stick it under the other clamp, and trace the line. Setup time is about 5
minutes and drawing the curve takes another minute. It's also very easy to adjust the
Not knocking the templates. I just wanted to share that it can be done easily with the
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "zippydooda" <zippydooda@y...> wrote:
> Having finally done this last night, I gotta say that the templates,
> or at least the X-Y coordinates, are the way to go. Being one who
> did not like the template idea, I hung the fabric on the wall, spent
> quite a while trying to get it level and straight and keep it from
> sagging too much between the support points, and all that, and then
> trying to dangle a rope, figuring out it was too heavy, and then
> dangling a thread so I could mark out some points and play connect
> the dots.
> It would have been MUCH easier to use the spreadsheet and then mark
> out several dots, and then connect them with the ruler.
> Gravity is NOT your friend - once you get the material off the floor,
> bad stuff starts to happen. In a fitting bit of irony, you get
> little catenary curves between your support points that cause
> headaches when you are trying to make your nice big cat curve.
> Now to sew along the line...
> Bill in Houston