What is it about t-shirts? Don't you love the feel of them? The smell of sun-drenched cotton? Cozying in one is the all-American comfort of home. (sigh) I even love my clean cotton candle in my bathroom.
Why wax nostalgic? I'm making a t-shirt quilt. Below is a pile of 12 - 14" t-shirt blocks waiting for the perfect sashing fabric.
Ok, so time to make an index card with little reminders:
- Best to prep the shirts first assembly-line style. Wash them, iron them, fuse them, trim them.
- When you take the shirts apart, trim off both the neckband and the waistband so the shirts don't pucker when fusing with interfacing.
- After taking the shirts apart, fuse the interfacing to the back and THEN trim to size.
- Use a non-stretch fusible interfacing like Pellon 906F.
- Make sure interfacing is big enough to cover area because pieced interfacing shows.
- As boring as it is, take your time pressing so the interfacing fuses properly.
- Use a discarded t-shirt back as a pressing cloth - some iron ons will start to smear when over heated.
- Careful! Press and not iron. If you iron in wrinkles, they are permanent!
Ok, back to my quilting.
Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt? Don't you just LOVE the feel of cotton?