There are a lot of myths about T-shirt quilts. Here are 6 True or False questions about T-shirt quilts - how many can you answer correctly?
The more you get right, the more you know about T-shirt quilts. And the more you know, the better choices you will be able to make in choosing the right T-shirt quilt maker for your T-shirts.
True or False: Only T-shirts can be used in a T-shirt Quilt.
False! T-shirt quilts have evolved beyond just T-shirts. You can include just about any machine washable fabric in your quilt. This includes sweatshirts, nylon jackets, bags, baseball caps, and so many other things. You can even included stuffed animals in your quilts.
True or False: Good T-shirt quilts must use iron-on backing or interfacing to stabilize the T-shirts.
False! Traditional T-shirt quilts were made with iron-on backing glued to the back of each block. This is also known as stabilizer or interfacing. It was used to make the sewing of stretchy fabric to non-stretchy fabric easy. It is also what everyone in the industry said you had to do.
But this made for a very uncomfortable and stiff quilt. Thanks to modern style T-shirt quilts and new sewing machine technology, the need for stabilizer is a thing of the past.
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True or False: T-shirt quilts are easy to make.
False! For most people, making a T-shirt quilt and making it well, is difficult. Making heirloom quality T-shirt quilts takes practice, experience, skill and specialized equipment. This is why an awesome T-shirt quilt will cost a lot more than a low quality blanket.
True or False: A T-shirt quilt must to have three layers to be a quilt.
True! A quilt has three layers – the quilt top made from T-shirts, the batting is in the middle and the bottom is another fabric. The three layers are held together with quilting.
If a T-shirt quilt has two layers, it is not a quilt. Rather, it’s a blanket. Although the use of a blanket and a quilt are identical, they are not the same. A quilt is like a sports car and a blanket is like a Ford Pinto. They both can get you to where you want to go, mostly, but a quilt does it in style and the other just gets the job done.
True or False: A T-shirt quilt always has to be dry-cleaned.
False! There are two reasons a quilt would have to be dry-cleaned. First, if the backing material was not pre-washed to set the fabric color. Washing a quilt in this category would result in a backing that shrinks and bleeds colors onto your quilt.
Second, if there were a “dry-clean only” item used in the quilt. If there is one “dry-clean only” item in the quilt, then the entire quilt needs to be dry-cleaned.
Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes. The modern method of making T-shirt quilts. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since.