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.