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Thread: Can you piece tee shirts together without a sash of cotton cloth between?

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    Can you piece tee shirts together without a sash of cotton cloth between?

    I am doing a tee shirt quilt for my son and started by backing the cloth with iron on backing, have cut out the squares and now trying to piece together. I have been looking at old posts and thought I was doing ok although the seam is bulky but I am machine piecing them and using the overstitch/blanket stitch(?) to be sure the seams don't come undone. Any and all suggestions welcome

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    I find it easier to sew and it looks a lot nicer if you add the sashing strips. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misscarol View Post
    I find it easier to sew and it looks a lot nicer if you add the sashing strips. Just my opinion.
    i agree with this
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    This might be one of those times where a serger would be the right tool if you have one. If not, I think you're going in the right direction with the overlock stitch and I would definitely add the sashing.
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    Just click the thread and yes you don't have to have sashing. It just makes it easier most times.
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    If you have backed the T shirts with a fusible, I would think you could sew them to each other. Since you are using an overlock stitch they should be fine. I think most people use sashing because it helps stabilize the T shirt fabric edge. It will be extra soft with just the T shirts and will be loved when it's done.
    One of my favourite T shirt examples on QB is under the title, "2 T-shirts quilts.....totally screwed up one". It was posted by watterside and if I ever do one, that is the pattern with the shadow look I want to do. There are many more great examples on QB just type in T shirt quilt in the search box. Good luck.

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    Sure you can. Here is a link to a T-shirt quilt I made. Look at the border. There is no sashing and T-shirt blocks were stitched together. Harley T-shirt quilt

    What you must do is put an interfacing of some sort on your T-shirt knit fabric so it doesn't stretch out of shape. I use Pellon fusible interfacing, lightweight.

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    I backed mine with a fusible and sewed t-shirts together with no sashing. No problems.

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    I agree with Tartan, if you have a stable interfacing on the back of the pieces you are stitching together, it could be fine. I would normally think stashing would help stabilize, but that depends on how you cut it (the grain).
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    Hi Tartan,
    I have looked on this site to try to find the quilt you referred to (by Watterside) and can't find it. Is there any way you could direct me to that thread?
    Thanks

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