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AshtonagoL
« on: April 15, 2010 10:04:23 AM »

I've thouroughly read all of the t-shirt quilt posts I could find here but I still have some questions.  I'm wanting to make a soft t-shirt quilt that will be used daily for couch snuggling.  So the softer the better, but more importantly, the sturdier the better.  It'll probably get washed a lot.

1.  What kind of interfacing should I use to keep it sturdy yet soft?  I've only used interfacing once and totally didn't know what I was doing. Is there a brand you recommend?  I'll probably be buying at JoAnn's, Hancock's, or if I know what I'm looking for, I can buy online.  If I'm going to the store, would it just be best to ask there what they think would work?

2. Should I add cotton borders to my squares for extra sturdiness?  Or will it be sturdy either way with the interfacing? I may do the borders regardless just for looks and because all my shirts aren't the same size. 

3. What should I use for backing?  I've seen a lot of crafters mention fleece.  Love the idea of fleece for the softness but how will it hold up?  I've only made one quilt ever so is fleece going to be trickier for a beginner because of the stretchiness?  What about flannel?  Or any other options?  Speaking of flannel, would a flannel sheet work?  Or would I be better off piecing flannel from a bolt?

4.  The quilting:  I will tie if I have to but I prefer to just machine stitch in the ditch since this is new to me and I lose interest in projects that take too long...they end up shelved and never finished.  Would fleece backing be a poor option for this? 

Thanks for any helpful hints.  If I missed any of the answers to these questions in my search, please direct me. Wink
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2010 05:35:04 PM »

i assume you saw this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316881.0.  i used the fusible web. someone else posted that they used lightweight fusible and it was just fine.  you can get both at joann.  you're going to need a lot, so make sure you have a coupon or it's on sale.  they get asked the same question a lot and will know what to give you.  i didn't even have the sentence out of my mouth before there was interfacing in my hand  Smiley

i personally would use the remainder of the tshirts instead of cotton for borders/making up size in a square.  but that's me. 

i used fleece to back.  it gets very heavy.  i used my machine to 'tie' at the intersections of the tshirts with invisible nylon thread.  no patience for hand tying or stitching stretchy things in the ditch. if you definitely want to stitch in the ditch, i would use something nonstretchy on the back with a layer of batting.  flannel maybe?
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010 08:05:58 AM »

Thanks.  I did see that other thread.  It gave me a lot of ideas!  I got some interfacing from Joann's.  Not sure what it's called but it looks like a very thin quilting cotton.  The girl that helped me said it's what she prefers for t-shirt quilts.  I did like that it felt really soft and not at all stiff.  I want this quilt to be for snuggling up with so I want it as warm and soft as possible.  Anyway, thanks for the advice.  Not sure when I'll get to start on this project since I have so many others in the works with deadlines!  I'll definitely post pics if I ever when I get it finished!
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