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Thread: t-shirt quilts without the stabilizer... can it be done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    GailG, Please tell me what you used as your sashing and for the backing in your quilt. It sounds like exactly what I am looking for.
    I used a good quality 100% woven fabric. The school t-shirt fabric was primary colors of crayons all in a row. All of the colors pulled in the different colors of the school shirts. For the t-shirt I gifted my SIL, I used a good quality 100% cotton plaid which pulled in the colors of the shirts. This last shirt quilt that is still a top :lol: , I used a khaki colored cotton solid. These shirts are those obtained on vacations over the years and couple of school shirts.

    What I did was plan the size of the shirt blocks and then cut the sashing that length. To apply the shirt to the sashing, I pinned the two ends of the seam and then a couple of places in between. I did more pinning than I usually do, but it was worth the effort. To stitch, I placed the sashing on top and the shirt near the feed dogs. This allowed the feed dogs to ease in if there was any stretch. It really works well.

    Go to the top of the page and click on Search. type in Gailg's T- shirt quilt. The second quilt I made will come up (It was the second item when I did it.) It was sent in by a qb friend because I am "computer challenged."

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    I have used lightweight fusibles for knits that iron on that I found at JoAnn's. It has you put a dampened press cloth over as you press on the fusible side. Then you can cut the t shirt to size and assemble the blocks as you desire. It does make me nervous to put heat to the shirts in case any of the designs decide to run. Only had it happen to me one time though.

    Currently I am doing one by layering muslin, cotton batting, and then the shirt. I mark the size square I will be cutting and quilt the squares worth through all the layers. Next I layer another shirt on and repeat. When I take it off my quilt machine I will cut out the shirts on the marked line. I think they will behave just fine. They will be soft and no ironing will have happened! You would need to finish with some sort of quilt as you go plan from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisqlt
    I have used lightweight fusibles for knits that iron on that I found at JoAnn's. It has you put a dampened press cloth over as you press on the fusible side. Then you can cut the t shirt to size and assemble the blocks as you desire. It does make me nervous to put heat to the shirts in case any of the designs decide to run. Only had it happen to me one time though.

    Currently I am doing one by layering muslin, cotton batting, and then the shirt. I mark the size square I will be cutting and quilt the squares worth through all the layers. Next I layer another shirt on and repeat. When I take it off my quilt machine I will cut out the shirts on the marked line. I think they will behave just fine. They will be soft and no ironing will have happened! You would need to finish with some sort of quilt as you go plan from there.
    An interlock fusible interfacing is available that would work well. I have just never used it for this purpose. To avoid ruining the t-shirt with the iron, use a pressing cloth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    Quote Originally Posted by Feather3
    Floriani has a "No show nylon mesh fusible" stabilizer designs for knits. It comes in iron on & it supposed to stay soft & flexible. Info on this product:

    http://www.rnkdistributing.com/pid-6...-Fusible_.html

    I don't have a site where to buy it tho. You'll need to do a google search.
    Thanks for this information, I'll see what I can find on it.
    I do a lot of machine embroidery & usually buy my stabilizers/interfacings online (try a couple of sites to compare prices, also try www.sewforless.com for their great sales). To save on how much stabilizer you have to use for a quilt, just press around the edges of each t-shirt block & then AFTER sewing the seams, you can cut away the centers to use on other projects. This allows it to remain soft in the middle, but if the shirts are really light-weight or very stretchy, I wouldn't do it. Good luck!

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    The rag quilt will just cause the T.Shirts to ravel to much.

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    what's the name of the quilt stablizer. I'm on my way to Joanns.

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    I have made 2 without the stabilizer. I sashed each block before putting them together. by not stitching knit to knit it was more stable. I also machine quilted them. One had a flannel backiing , the other a cotton. also used a lightweight batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    I would think they would still stretch too much. I was thinking -- I'm sure I'll seem like a nut -- that you could use the spray basting on muslin. Of course, I know absolutely nothing about spray basting so I could be absolutely off my rocker here. :roll: I know it's used on batting, but can it also be used on fabric (i.e. muslin)? :?
    I was thinking the same thing, wouldn't hurt to try the spray basting on a sample to see if it would work or how about a wash away stabilizer like we use for machine embroidery?

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    You want that stabilizer to stay in the quilt. Those knit t-shirts will stretch between your quilting lines and you'll end up with stretched out spots. What you're trying to do with the stabilizer is make stretchy fabric behave as if it were like the cotton fabric we use in our regular quilts.

    I just buy the cheapest, light weight WHATEVER fusable interfacing at JoAnn's when I have a coupon. We're talking about $.50 per yard. I bought a bolt the last time I did this because I also use the same stuff to fuse together pieces of batting for charity quilts. For less than $10 you will end up with a pretty big t-shirt quilt with enough scraps to piece your batting scraps.

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