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Thread: TShirt Quilts

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    TShirt Quilts

    I just did a search on this board as I'm thinking this has already been covered - but, everything is blank. Here's my question. I want to make a TShirt Quilt out of my GS's Soccer shirts. They are Not cotton, but more like a rayon with tiny holes. Has anyone done this? Tips? Successful? A tutorial covering this rayon (?) situation?
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    Hi, Yes the search function is acting a little squirrly. In order to see the text in the topics you retrieve through search and get the topic with all blank posts, hit the refresh and the text will load.

    I have only made T-shirts with cotton knits. I've never done the mesh type ones you describe. Not sure if that lightweight material would stand up to the heat required for a fusible stabilizer.
    I do believe someone has done them with that type shirts.

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    We just had a lady show how to do t-shirt quilts at our guild. She backs those jersey mesh type fabrics with a similar colored plain t-shirt and treats both layers as one.
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    I have used them in t-shirt quilts several times--I normally prefer woven ShapeFlex stabilizer for t-shirts, but for them I prefer a lightweight non-woven Pellon fusible--check as there is one that can be used with poly fabrics at a lower temp (but I don't remember the #). The non-woven seems to back the holes typical of these shirts better. Quilting them is not a problem (I do a simple meander and loop on the long arm) but often these shirt either have heavy-duty embroidered on (stiff) lettering or that "plasticy" logo--I avoid both. Good luck!

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    Once you stabilize them with some sort of fusible, they should act like 'regular' fabric. The trick will be using the correct fusible. Use a piece of one of the backs to determine the correct heat and time required.

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    Just a tip for quilting those blocks that have the rubbery logos and printing, I tear a narrow strip of waxed paper and lay that over the printing so that the foot doesn't stick to it and cause dragging and pulling. You can see thru the waxed paper so you know where to stitch. A strip of waxed paper 1" or less is all you need. You want the foot to glide over it. I try not to stitch thru the paper so I don't have to rip it off later but if the quilting is complex it can be done.
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    I usually do only tshirts, but I did make one with soccer jerseys. It was difficult to get the interfacing to stay on. But once it is on, I treated it just like regular tshirts. Turned out fine. But, I do worry that as it is used and washed, the interfacing will pull away easily. I think if I did it again, I like the idea of backing with a tshirt square.

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