YES! It is important. Although you don’t see the batting in a quilt, it is very important. The type of the batting used influences the look, feel and longevity of your T-shirt quilt.
Quilters call the fabric that is on the back of a quilt, “the backing.” Some quilters consider the back of a quilt as important as the front, while other quilters only care about the front. This difference manifests itself in the choice of material that is chosen for the back of a quilt. What are some choices available to T-shirt quilter makers? Like anything, everyone has a different opinion about what fabric makes the best back to a quilt. During my 45+ years of quilt making, I have used most of the fabrics listed below. Each fabric has its positive and negative features.
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.
Many T-shirt quilt companies offer their T-shirt quilts with polar fleece on the back of the quilt. They describe the merits of fleece as: •Warm •Light Weight •Soft •Won’t shrink •Won’t unravel •The dye won’t run •Cozy •Stretchy •Easy to care for •Won’t pill •Won’t ball up •Durable •Breathable