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    t-shirt fabric backing

    granddaugther wants to make a t-shirt quilt, so i'd like to know what you ladies put onto the t-shirt fabric before you cut the squares out? she asumes grandmom knows it all, and thinks it will be fast and easy, [i've never made one before]. she will do most of it with me there in the background. [18 yr. olds know it all].thank-you.
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    I have lately used a 'woven fusible interfacing' from Joannes for a commissioned quilt I am doing with some 'slippery' fabrics. It's $5.29 per yard and is stock # 06224331. (on sale this weekend with coupon) I also use it on the reverse of the cotton fabric that I use for redwork, for stability and to hide imperfections in the stitches.

    If I were to do a t-shirt quilt, this is what I'd use.

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    I used the fusible tricot interfacing and was very happy with the result - it was very soft and easy to work with. You just need to be mindful to put the stretch of the interfacing opposite direction of the stretch in the t-shirt fabric.

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    i don't use tricot as that is stretchy and i don't want my shirt blocks to stretch out of shape.
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    thank-you , i will look at both of these,
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    be very careful when ironing, as some t-shirt graphics are heat sentitive, and will melt or transfer. Recomend either a teflon pressing sheet or at least freezer paper.... and always iron on back only
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    I've done both.... I've made three tee shirt quilts without fusible interfacing. Those quilts were stitched in the ditch along the sashings. One was hand stitched/tied (did both because I was just recouping from a stroke and use this as part of my therapy) on the tee shirt sections. The others were hand stitched over the tee shirts. The last one I made was done with fusible lightweight pellon. This one was so large that I had it done by a long arm quilter. It was gorgeous. I think the most important thing is to have the sashings cut to a uniform length on the straight grain of the fabric. This helps to keep the blocks squared. And sew with the sashing at the top and the tee shirt under near the feed dogs. A beginner could easily tie a tee shirt quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG View Post
    I've done both.... I've made three tee shirt quilts without fusible interfacing. Those quilts were stitched in the ditch along the sashings. One was hand stitched/tied (did both because I was just recouping from a stroke and use this as part of my therapy) on the tee shirt sections. The others were hand stitched over the tee shirts. The last one I made was done with fusible lightweight pellon. This one was so large that I had it done by a long arm quilter. It was gorgeous. I think the most important thing is to have the sashings cut to a uniform length on the straight grain of the fabric. This helps to keep the blocks squared. And sew with the sashing at the top and the tee shirt under near the feed dogs. A beginner could easily tie a tee shirt quilt.
    didnt the edges curl and stretch without something on the back? how did you handle the one with the interfacing?
    Thelma

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG View Post
    I've done both.... I've made three tee shirt quilts without fusible interfacing. Those quilts were stitched in the ditch along the sashings. One was hand stitched/tied (did both because I was just recouping from a stroke and use this as part of my therapy) on the tee shirt sections. The others were hand stitched over the tee shirts. The last one I made was done with fusible lightweight pellon. This one was so large that I had it done by a long arm quilter. It was gorgeous. I think the most important thing is to have the sashings cut to a uniform length on the straight grain of the fabric. This helps to keep the blocks squared. And sew with the sashing at the top and the tee shirt under near the feed dogs. A beginner could easily tie a tee shirt quilt.
    how did you handle the fabric without the interfacing, didn't the edges curl and stretch?
    Thelma

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmw View Post
    didnt the edges curl and stretch without something on the back? how did you handle the one with the interfacing?
    sorry, i messed up , i meant without the interfacing.
    Thelma

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