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sunbonnetelle
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Date: 2/12/10 2:07 PM

I've been asked to make a t-shirt quilt for a friend of a friend. I've made many quilts, but never a t-shirt quilt. Those of you who have made one, I'd love any advice on what to do or not do.

One tutorial I saw online said to use iron-on interfacing on each shirt, to keep them from stretching. Is this necessary? I'm afraid it would make them too stiff instead of soft like a quilt should be.

I'm also planning to actually quilt it rather than tie it. Has anyone done this, and was it harder than usual because of the knit fabric?

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Date: 2/14/10 12:17 PM

I am actually in the process of making my third t-shirt quilt so I will try and help. You do need to use interfacing to stabilize the blocks. Cut up the sides of the t-shirts, where the side seam would be. Then cut off the sleeves and collar. Then iron on the interfacing and then cut the blocks using the front and or back of the t-shirt. I have read several different instructions in various magazines and they all suggested different interfacings. The first one made I used a knit interfacing, I think Fusi-Knit. It worked fine although the one I am finishing now I used a tricot knit interfacing which I prefer to use. I also used 1/2 inch seam allowances instead of the usual 1/4 inch. I also pressed the seam allowances open to reduce bulk. The 1/2 seam allowances make pressing the seams open much easier than 1/4 inch. Be careful when pressing the t-shirts that the design on the t-shirt does not touch your iron or it could melt it. The interfacing and using t-shirts makes for a heavy quilt top so I am using a polyester batting. Tying the top should not be a problem. I would try different interfacings on parts of the t-shirts that you will not be using to decide which one you prefer. Good luck!

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Date: 2/14/10 1:53 PM

I've made several t-shirt quilts. I used sheer weight pellon interfacing. I bordered and backed them with flannel and used a high loft batting. They are very cuddly and very thick so I tied them. Even with thin batting, the t-shirt fabric is much heavier than quilting cotton. I don't think machine quilting would work very easily.

Wendy in NM

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Date: 2/14/10 2:27 PM

Found a very thorough, 6-part tutorial on one of the blogs I follow.
http://greenquilts.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-make-t-shirt-quilt-part-1.html

You'll have to cut and paste. I've never been able to make a link clickable on PR.

Alathia

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