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Date: 11/29/10 10:22 PM

Does anyone have opinions about stabilizers for T shirt quilts? I want it to be soft, and French Fuse was recommended. Anyone know of anything else, like Pellon 906F? I heard it's a mistake to skip the stabilizer, but did see one site where the quilter did just that.

Thanks for any experiences and opinions!
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Date: 11/29/10 10:32 PM

I found this maybe this will help.
(I use the iron-on, light-weight interfacing. Fuse a bit larger area than you need before you cut, and make sure you don't stretch the knit before you fuse. Then trim to the size you want.)
(There should be a woven, fused interfacing on the back of each shirt.)
How a T Shirt Quilt is Made.
Making a quilt from t-shirts is no more difficult than any other form of quilting. The t-shirt material, being stretchy cotton, will need to be stabilized to stop it from pulling and stretching out of shape. Stabilizer, however, is easy to work with and there are many different types available.

The quilt can be made by using blocks or squares of the same size and shape, or for a more free form quilt the blocks could be different sizes.

T-Shirt Quilt Instructions–How to Stabilize T-Shirts for Quilting
The finished quilt needs to be backed onto another piece of fabric. Woven cotton, fleece or flannel are ideal for the backing. Some people like to add sashing and borders to their t-shirt quilts, and any cotton fabric will be suitable. This is by no means necessary, although it is a good way to make a few t-shirts go further. Batting can be incorporated to make a warm cozy quilt, or this can be left out for a more lightweight quilt.

Tutorials and further instruction can be found online: - How to make a t-shirt quilt.

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Date: 12/1/10 7:48 AM

Fusible tricot is what I use.

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Date: 12/1/10 12:40 PM

I have made 7-8 T-shirt quilts. I like the pellon 906F to stabilize the blocks. I cut both the stabilizer and the T-shirt pieces to the finished block size plus seam allowances. Check the size after fusing. I found that the T-shirt fabric tended to grow a bit with the firm pressing needed to get a good fuse. All will be well if you just trim it down to the size of the stabilizer. Hobby Lobby usually has 906F-a 40% off coupon helps-it takes a lot of it.

On the early quilts, I used cotton flannel as "batting" and additional stabilizer. They weighed a ton! The most recent one's have had nothing in between the T-shirt top and a backing. They seem to work fine.

-- Edited on 12/1/10 12:45 PM --
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