So, my sources tell me that after you finish stitching down an applique piece, you should cut out the backing fabric behind it to reduce bulk. Following the "rules," I dutifully cut out the backing fabric behind my Dresden plate block.
Cutting very carefully! This is what the back of the block looks like after the back fabric has been cut away:
Ready to add the center circle. I folded the circle in half, then half again, marking with pins, then lined up the pins with the seams to get the circle centered in the middle of the Dresden plate.
Here's what it looks like after sewing down the center circle. Pretty good, I think!
Now, my question: Do you think it is really necessary to cut away the backing fabric? I can understand the need to reduce bulk back in the days of hand quilting, and I would definitely do it if I was going to hand quilt this baby. But it is a queen size quilt and I want to get it finished before 2027, so I will be sending it to a long-armer. I wonder if keeping the fabric in place might make the block more stable. What do you think?