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    Need help- making a quilt from my grandmother's clothing

    Hi all,

    I'm a novice quilter (have done a couple "jelly roll race" quilt tops, which became completed quilts, a couple Christmas tree skirts, etc).

    Here's the deal- my grandmother passed away this year and I'd like to make a couple of quilts for family members from her clothes. The problem I'm running into is that all of her shirts are cotton - similar to http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-265...lti Red Stripe Is it possible to make a quilt incorporating this type of fabric? It's so stretchy... I was thinking of using interfacing to make the fabric less stretchy, and then making squares out of it.... would this work? What interfacing should I use in that case?

    I'm open to other ideas too... it's really important to me that I use some of the fabric from her clothing but I do want the quilt to be of lasting quality. I'd be open to using only a small amount and supplementing with store bought fabric too.... I'd like any advice you have to give, especially if you've worked with that type of fabric before.

    Help!

    #2
    Re: Need help- making a quilt from my grandmother's clothing

    Yes, it would be the same as making a t-shirt quilt. Use lightweight or featherweight fusible interfacing and it will be quite stable and work like regular quilting fabric.

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      #3
      Re: Need help- making a quilt from my grandmother's clothing

      I like using the lightweight woven iron on interfacing for this. My fave if SF101, but I'm sure others have their favorites also.

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        #4
        Re: Need help- making a quilt from my grandmother's clothing

        SF101 is the best. It will make a bulky quilt, with stretchy fabric + interfacing. I recently finished making one
        http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/...ias-quilt.html
        Preeti
        http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/

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          #5
          Re: Need help- making a quilt from my grandmother's clothing

          Thank you for the quick responses! So SF101 or similar lightweight fusible interfacing seems to be the trick. Beginners question: Should I attach the interfacing to the shirt fabric in large pieces FIRST and then cut my quilt squares/shapes/whatever with both layers attached? Or cut my shirt into squares first and then attach same sized interfacing, if that makes sense?

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            #6
            Re: Need help- making a quilt from my grandmother's clothing

            And after researching, another question - how do I pre-shrink or pre-wash the interfacing? Is there one that I can buy that is considered "pre-shrunk" already?

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