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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Putting T-shirts in a quilt ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 1/30/09 8:42 PM

I'm making a memorial quilt (see my post not too far down) and when I spoke with the lady I'm making it for, she mentioned that her sons had put some T-shirts in the things she's giving me to make the quilt with.

Should I fuse a woven interfacing to the T-shirt material before I attempt to use it in the blocks? I'm guesstimating that would stabilise it enough for being used in the quilt without distorting later.

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Date: 1/30/09 11:45 PM

This site indicates the fusible interfacing is ironed on before cutting the shirts.

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Date: 1/31/09 6:39 AM

I made a t-shirt quilt for DD and fused light interfacing to the back of all the pieces we cut for the quilt.

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Date: 1/31/09 10:57 AM

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Date: 2/1/09 7:59 PM

I took a t-shirt quilt class, and the instructor recommended using a lightweight fusible knit interfacing. You fuse the interfacing on before cutting the t-shirt. The instruction sheet calls it "Fusi-knit" interfacing, but I seem to remember the product was actually called French Fuse interfacing.

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Date: 2/1/09 9:29 PM

I've been helping friends finish a t-shirt quilt that was started about 7 years ago after I made one for my daughter and one for their daughter.

Just be sure to read the directions for the fusible interfacing and test on the t-shirts - poly blends might react different than all cotton. Also, do not iron on the t-shirt side directly - the printing could melt off onto your iron.

Cut the areas you want to use much larger than needed, fuse the interfacing, then trim to size. Don't cut to size before applying the interfacing.

Think about using small logos and sleeve logos in the border, or combined in the center.

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Date: 2/2/09 9:17 AM

Yes, interface the t-shirts. I have made about 6 of these quilts from t-shirts for a series of special events. The knit t-shirts need to be interfaced to be sewn to the border strips.

I laid out all my t-shirts and measured the designs I wanted to cut out. I tried to come up with a standard square size. Otherwise there would be too much fiddling with border strips to get everything to line up. I ended up with 13 inch squares from my shirts to get in the entire logos.

I also spray my finished quilts with that UV fade protection spray. Many t-shirt quilts are for display- not everyday use. They hang on walls and are exposed to light. So I spray them to keep al the colors sharp.

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