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Do you get cranky if it’s been a while since you used your sewing machine? Have you ever bought a new storage container for your fabric and found you still need more space? Do you have more UFOs in your closet than have been spotted in the skies of New Mexico? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this blog is for you. We don’t judge here.

Stephanie Soebbing, whose weaknesses include vintage quilts, batiks and charm packs, will enable your addiction with virtual tours of quilt shops, tutorials, book reviews, quilt history and all things quilting.

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11 Comments

  • Mary Adams says:

    Can I use freezer paper instead of applique pressing sheets? That is what I use when I applique. Thanks for the help. You have wonderful videos with very knowledgable information. My daughter(and I)are going to make her a t-shirt quilt. I plan on just being her quide, she will be doing the work. Thanks again. Please let us know as soon as possible.

    • Stephanie Soebbing says:

      I’ve never tried it with freezer paper. I’d test it first on a T-shirt that you’re not planning to use to make sure the ink doesn’t lift off when you peel it away. Try it with a shirt that has really heavy screen printing, as those are the ones are are most likely to melt when you attach the fusible interfacing.

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  • Olivia says:

    I actually have a question. So I am going to be making my very first quilt and sewing it myself. I have never done this, your “T-Shirt quilt” videos really helped. My question is, I don’t want to so them together so there is a seem. I want to so them so you can see that the stich between each shirt. (If you know what i mean) I was wondering if that would still work or if it will ruin my quilt?

    • Anytime you sew two pieces of fabric together there is a seam, so in order to make a quilt, you’re going to have many seams.

      It sounds like you want to sew the shirts together one on top of another so that you can see the stitching on top of the shirt. I would advise against doing that because the edges of the shirts will fray and the seams will come apart.

      Also you’ll be able to see the interfacing, which doesn’t look very nice. It’s meant to be hidden on the inside of quilts and garments. It also will be difficult to maintain a 1/4-inch seam allowance using that method, which is essential to having a quilt top come out right.

      What you can do to achieve the look of sewing on top of the shirts, is to quilt on the sides of the T-shirt blocks once you get to the quilting stage. I’ll cover that in a future video.

      If this doesn’t answer your question, please send me an e-mail at stephanie.soebbing@gmail.com.

  • Margie says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am very gald to have found your tutorial, it has been very helpful. I was just wondering why you don’t fuse the interfacing on the t shirts before you cut the t shirts out in squares.
    Thanks,
    Margie

  • Sherry says:

    Thank you so much for your lessons! My daughter and I are watching them and putting a quilt together for my son. Thank you for teacing us how to do it! We appreciate it!

  • Rhonda says:

    Hi! I’ll be taking a craft class on t-shirt quilts at our church this week.I’m getting all the supplies together & I’m wondering if you can use any kind of fusible interfacing (as long as it’s for quilting)on the t-shirt blocks.My instructor suggests Pellon 906F. I’m having trouble finding it. What do you say?

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