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Thread: question about making a t-shirt quilt

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    Super Member GwynR's Avatar
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    I have 2 requests for t-shirt quilts, and have never made one. My question is what is the best kind of fusible interfacing to use with the t-shirts?

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    I prefer the light weight fussible and then quilt it heavy.

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    Here is my two cents! I use the lightest weight fusible I can find (usually tricot fusible, at Joanns) and when I quilt I use a large stipple not close. I use flannel for the backs.

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    lightweight tricot fusable interfacing, or a non-woven lightweight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GwynR
    I have 2 requests for t-shirt quilts, and have never made one. My question is what is the best kind of fusible interfacing to use with the t-shirts?
    Any light weight fusible - enough to stabilize the Tshirt fabric.
    Here's a picture of the one I did for GS
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    I agree with everyone else. Use the lightweight fusible. All you want to do is prevent the t-shirt material from stretching and unraveling. You don't want it to be stiff or hard.

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    Yup, a very lightweight fusible. Just be careful with your placement so the t-shirt stretches one direction, and the fusible the other. Makes it much easier to sew. I also found it easier to cut the block larger than needed, apply the fusible, then trim to size. That way you are sure it goes all the way to the edge and doesn't stick to your ironing board.

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    I am making a t-shirt quilt, too. Quilters on here had told me lightweight fusible and when I went to Hancock's they had said lightweight fusible as well.

    Just a warning though: you're going to end up with a lot of extra scrap because of the width of the interfacing is going to be a lot bigger than your shirts (unless your shirts are big enough to take up that width or are small enough to fit two).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    I am making a t-shirt quilt, too. Quilters on here had told me lightweight fusible and when I went to Hancock's they had said lightweight fusible as well.

    Just a warning though: you're going to end up with a lot of extra scrap because of the width of the interfacing is going to be a lot bigger than your shirts (unless your shirts are big enough to take up that width or are small enough to fit two).
    I have been known to piece the fusible when in a pinch, seems to hold up OK!

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    Thanks everyone for the tips! Lightweight makes perfect sense. I have some friends coming over to learn with me. This is going to be fun. Jcrilley, I love your quilt!

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