Bad Girl Quilt Along – Week 7 – Sewing Dresdens to Background


So close now!  I hope you are patting yourself on the back and telling yourself how awesome you are, because YOU ARE AWESOME, my friend!  And if you are behind, don’t even sweat it.  There’s no hard rules here, no obligations.  You are here of your own free will and because you love to quilt.  So chill, get yourself a mug of some smell-good tea and be exactly at the place you are.  Still working on stars?  No worries!  It will get done when it gets done.  Enjoy the journey!


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This Week’s Task

This week we are sewing our Dresdens to the background 4-patches.  There are 30 quarter Dresden’s, so this part can be a bit time consuming.  Break it up into batches a few each day to help you keep on track, but not overwhelm yourself.

The pattern is written with my favorite method of raw edge applique, Charlotte’s Fusible Web.  I have made this quilt twice before and used the Charlotte’s Web both times.  Loved it!  I decided to experiment with my third Bad Girl quilt and just see what it would look like with the Dresdens turned under.  I’ll admit, it doesn’t look how I imagined.  There’s some bulk.  I did a simple topstitch as I turned.  Next time I make this quilt, I’ll go back to the fusible thread.  I just like experimenting, but now I know.  If you are not a fan of raw edge though, you might prefer this method.

Let’s get to the tips!  I have some!  If you are taking the time to hand applique all of your Dresden’s on (kudos to you, my friend), these tips are not for you.  For the rest of us, topstitching away, there are some tips I’m happy to share to minimize the showing of the threads.

  • Microquilter thread by Superior is a 100 weight thread.  It’s crazy thin and I always use it for applique when sewing with machine or hand.  It almost disappears!  Almost!  Find it here.  Also, I wrote a post about it here.
  • Don’t choose a dark color thread (unless of course you just want to!).  If you are trying to minimize the thread always go with a silver or gray (unless all of your Dresdens are the exact same color).  It hides in multi-colored fabrics, dark and light.


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  1. When I appliqué the quarter fans, how should I line them up so they will meet the star blocks in the right place? I’m not sure what the placement should be so they form the ‘lemon’ when finished with the 1/4” seem. Thanks!!

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