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jackiegn posted on Sat, Feb 1 2014 3:46 AM

I would like to try my first t-shirt quilt and would like to ask what is the best/most recommended stabilizer/fusible material to use.  Thanks, Jackiegn

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Flo replied on Sat, Feb 1 2014 12:38 PM

A light weight fusible interfacing is best.  It stops the T-shirts from sagging as time goes by.  It takes a lot of it, so beware.  Fuse it down once you cut your  shirts into blocks, that will keep down on the waste.  I made my T-shirt 4 years ago and still no sagging.  Someone from my guild made one with so stabilizer and the sagging is so horrible it ruined the blocks.

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Eileen replied on Sat, Feb 1 2014 12:49 PM

I agree with Flo :-)  Lightweight.  I have been using Pellon's SF 101, All-purpose woven fusible interfacing.If you have a Joann's or Hancock Fabric, watch for sales or coupons to use, especially if you will be making a larger quilt or more than one t-shirt quilt. Have a press cloth handy as you will need it (dampened). A steam iron helps, too.

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In addition to stabilizer or interfacing sewing on a knit I would use solvy on top to prevent holes from delicate knit fabric.  Just my oppinion, and i'm sure no pro.

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I recently checked the Pellon website with this exact question.  Their recommendation is their fusible interfacing 911 FF.  I was able to get it on sale at Joann's.  I haven't started my quilt yet, but I like the feel of this product.


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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.  I am cutting away years of treasured t-shirts and have now mounds of left over knit fabric.  Instead of tossing it all in the trash does anyone know what else can be done with it all?  

Thank you,

Jackiegn

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Mimi replied on Mon, Feb 3 2014 7:58 AM

My DH uses all my older cotton towels, t-shirts, etc. as rags in his shop.  He does most of the mechanics on our cars when he can.  But they also make great dusters.  You probably have quite a lot of left overs so pick the best to keep and you could donate the rest to someone who makes shelter beds for animals.  They would make great stuffing.

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Eileen replied on Sat, Feb 8 2014 10:24 PM

Mimi just gave you the ideas I would have mentioned :-)   You could also use that leftover fabric in the border - just stabilize it, too. If there are enough leftovers, you could make a lap quilt for yourself or to donate to a shelter, etc. MIght be nice as a car quilt, too - something to keep you warm if you are stranded in a cold climate.

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