Question: What’s the best interfacing to use in a T-shirt quilt? Answer: No interfacing! In 1992, I made my first T-shirt quilt. At that time, I didn’t know that using iron-on interfacing was the “industry standard” rule. So I didn’t use it. And I never missed it. In the intervening years, I never once felt it necessary to use it.
A quilt is made up of three layers – the quilt top, the batting and the backing material. These three layers must be connected together to make the quilt. If the layers are not connected or connected sparsely, the middle layer of batting will bunch up and be very lumpy. In the quilting world, the lingo used to describe the connecting of these three layers is called quilting. There are numerous different quilting methods used on T-shirt quilts. Some techniques, such as tying and stitching in the ditch, are a poor choice and will not withstand the test of time. So when searching for a T-shirt quilt maker, know which method the T-shirt company you are looking at uses and which method you prefer. Tying Tying is a technique that uses thread or embroidery floss to make a single large stitch through the three layers of the quilt. The thread is knotted on the top of the quilt. Although this method will hold a quilt top, batting, and backing together, it is not an enduring method. Over a relatively short period of time the batting will sag and bunch over successive washings. The T-shirts may also droop.
If you are in the process of finding someone to make your T-shirt quilt, you may not have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Our T-shirt Quilt Buying Guide has the information you need to fill in any knowledge gaps.