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Quilts are becoming increasingly popular among hikers, backpackers and mountaineers because they are lighter, less bulky and more adaptable than mummy sleeping bags. Unlike a sleeping bag, a quilt leaves your back in direct contact with the sleeping pad (the bottom of the quilt is open) and doesn’t have any zipper. However, it is typically big enough to be partially tucked under your body. The main argument for using a quilt instead of a sleeping bag is that the insulation on the underside of a sleeping bag gets smashed by your body weight and is thus just an excessive weight to carry (note that smashed insulation provides very little warmth). Typically quilts also feature a foot box for better insulation in the feet area and come with straps so that they can be attached to a sleeping pad. Please note that a quilt is always used together with a sleeping pad – unless you want to have your back on the bare ground.
This reviewer-favorite comforter is otherworldly fluffy, and the baffle-box stitching ensures that it'll stay that way for a long time. The lofty 90% goose-down fill is evenly dispersed throughout the comforter to avoid unsightly clumping, and it's covered with a lightweight cotton shell that keeps sleepers feeling cozy, yet cool. The corners even have elastic loops around the corners, so you can keep a duvet cover securely in place over it!

If you're looking for variety, then look no further. This comforter is available in four weights (from "super light" to "extra"), five colors and six sizes (including oversized queen and king). The fill power ranges from 600 to 650 and its enclosed in a 300 thread count cotton sateen fabric that's combed for extra softness. It also has a baffle-box design to keep the down in place.
Down comforters are rated by fill power. The higher the number, the more air the down traps and the warmer it will be. So if you're looking for something extra-toasty, you'll want a fill power of 600 or higher. Make sure to also check the construction: A baffle-box design (that looks like the checkered patterns on quilts) has walls of fabric to help contain the down so it doesn't move from one section to another and cause lump or cold spots.

Not so obvious is the special way these quilts are produced. At a time when practically every textile product sold in America is made in a sweatshop in Asia, these Amish quilts are made one at a time in people's American homes. What's more, these quilts are made using just the technology that was in common use 150 years ago. Because of the extensive handwork most women only take part in producing a couple of quilts each year.


EILEEN FISHER HOME EXCLUSIVELY BY GARNET HILL Rippled like the surface of a mountain stream, this intricate organic cotton coverlet is woven with jacquard stripes and then washed to create its undulating look and soft texture. A beautiful, heirloom-quality piece. * A versatile, substantial layer that offers year-round comfort * Made from soft, certified organic cotton * Woven with jacquard stripes ...
The Nemo Siren Down Ultralight quilt is with a weight of 540 grams even lighter than the Sea to Summit Ember EB III quilt, but on the other hand also less insulated – it has a lower limit rating of -1°C. The quilt has a super lightweight shell which is made of 10-denier ripstop nylon and treated with DWR in order to repel water rather than absorbing it. The insulation layer uses a high-grade 850-fill power down and thus provides great loft and warmth. The quilt has a lacing system on the underside so that you can easily attach it to a sleeping pad. Another great feature is the insulated collar which comes around your shoulders and prevents cold drafts. The quilt comes with a stuff sack and measures only 25 x 25 centimeters when packed.
This option from Pacific Coast is a lower priced style for the brand, but still maintains the key attributes of a quality down comforter. On the downside, it needs to be professionally laundered or dry cleaned. It has a 550 fill power in a 100% cotton fabric with a 230 thread count that has loops to attach to a duvet cover. It also features a diamond box design with a unique border that helps keep down evenly distributed throughout.
Located beneath a bird’s feathers are three-dimensional clusters, typically found on a goose or ducks belly (see detailed Wikipedia Article). These little insulators are nature’s way of keeping moisture off the birds and keeping them warm. The clusters trap heat in the little air pockets of these tiny little fibers. Contrary to what most people may believe, down is quill-less. True down clusters resemble the size of a quarter. Down is not feathers as these are hair- like strands delicate and soft to the touch. Feathers have the spine down the center which is known as the quill, and they are used often in quality pillows and bedding. Sometimes you can
An elegant approach to the printed whole-cloth quilt, this oversized paisley design with a tile-inspired border has the look and feel of a grand piazza. * A sophisticated ornamental print with just a hint of pop * Hand-quilted with a diamond pattern for added depth and dimension * The quilt features an artfully placed oversized paisley design in the center, with a tile-inspired border * 100% cotton...
The Sea to Summit Ember EB III quilt is very light (it weighs merely 757 grams) and thus perfect for those who prefer lightweight hiking. Despite its low weight, it offers great insulation – it has the lower limit rating of -10°C by the EN standard. The shell and lining are made of 15-denier nylon which provides great durability for the weight. The quilt uses 750-fill power Ultra Dry Down which is treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellant) so that it resists moisture. Sea to Summit claims that Ultra Dry Down absorbs 30% less moisture than untreated down and is up to 60% better at retaining loft when wet. The Sea to Summit Ember EB III quilt also features a footbox with a drawcord and an adjustable strap system for easy attachment to the sleeping pad. Press studs down the side of the quilt allow you to close the lower half for better insulation. The Sea to Summit Ember EB III quilt is due to its low weight and superb insulation a great option for hikers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts who need reliable sleeping equipment for 3-season hiking.
I love this Royal Down comforter. It replaced a 10 year old Scandia down one that was wonderful. This Royal Hotel comforter exceeds my expectations. It is light weight, comfortably warm and looks fabulous on my bed. I have always put my down comforters in a duvet because I think it protects the comforter and keeps it clean. It also avoids any possible problems with small pin holes made by sitting on it or having animals jump on it.
Amish quilts are entirely hand quilted. The quilt top, batting, and quilt backing fabric are sandwiched together and held taut in a quilting frame. The quilter then uses needle and thread to place each quilting stitch in the quilt. A typical queen size bed quilt will have forty to fifty thousand such stitches. The quilting stitches are small (6 to 12 per inch), straight and uniform. To insure uniformity all the quilting for each quilt is done by one quilter.
Performance: You won’t ever have to worry about durability of this down comforter, and if you do, it has a lifetime guarantee included. Legends refer to their comforter as being of ‘heirloom worthy’ quality. We like that. This superior quality comforter is made with Hungarian goose down which is even warmer than regular down. The supremium model is the highest grade of comforter available from Warm Things. The premium will keep even the coldest of feet toasty warm so you can have a good night!

Features: The first detail we noticed was the 1200 thread count. While everyone loves Egyptian cotton and high thread counts in beds sheets, it is a draw to find this amazing 1200 thread count in a down comforter. Add the 750+ fill power with the Egyptian cotton, and you are floating in luxury. Striped damask is lightly embellished over a well made batting.
To facilitate hand quilting, colorfast quilting weight cotton fabrics (and occasionally light weight woolen fabrics) are used to cover the fronts and backs of Amish quilts. Fabrics are purchased off-the-shelf from fabric stores or distributors in small quantities usually no more than a bolt of a particular fabric at a time. Extra wide fabric is purchased to be used to cover the back of the quilt. It is traditional and not unusual to use somewhat rustic cotton muslin on quilt backs and, where appropriate, on the front of quilts. Both solid color fabrics and printed fabrics are used in Amish quilts.

Whether you live someplace warm or like to throw the windows open come summertime, a lightweight quilt is a must to be comfortable in the nighttime chill or with the air conditioning going. But you’ll want to stay away from heavier materials like wool fill or densely woven outer layers so you don’t get too hot. This quilt is made of 100% cotton in both the fill and outer layers, so it provides a little bit of warmth but still breathes, and won’t hold on to humidity. It’s made by artisans in India (a country that gets very, very hot) using a traditional weaving method called “kantha” and takes six days to make. It’s super-soft and can be used alone on the bed for hotter days, or layered under or over a duvet when it’s really chilly.
A trio of borders frames a dancing paisley print, delivering both sophistication and spirit. Crafted in soft cotton, its soothing color palette is a perfect partner for a master bedroom or guest room. * 100% cotton: fabric is soft cotton; fill is cotton batting * Hand-quilted for added depth and dimension * Medium-weight fill * Pieced-front quilt and sham, backed with sage paisley floral * Quilt is...
Goose comforters are incomparable to any other type of bed covering. Until you have slept underneath a warm goose comforter, you have not experienced the most amazing rest of your life. Yes, they are that spectacular. While it is easy to believe these comforters are restricted for winter use, the construction of down comforters is meant for different levels of seasonal use.
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