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Dressing up the Darling Diva wall quilt

Now that the wording on our wall quilt is complete, we need to start dressing up the Darling Diva wall quilt. We need to applique it to the main fabric of the wall quilt.

  • Cut about 6″ of cotton lace.
  • Use Fray Check to keep the edges from unraveling.
  • Use your sewing machine to sew a line of wide stitches for gathering.
  • Pull up the threads to gather the lace so that it fits around the collar of the dress. Tack the lace to the collar. Press.
  • Cover three self cover buttons and sew them to the dress, starting at the collar and ending just above the waist.
  • Cut a piece of ric rac to cover the area between the waist and the bodice, leaving a 1/4″ on either end. Tuck the ends under the dress and press.
  • Use a small amount of double sided adhesive tape to attach the ric rac to the bodice.
  • Use contrasting embroidery floss to embellish the ric rac on the dress. Insert the needle at the valleys over the trim. (see photo)
Embellish ric rac with embroidery floss.
Embellish ric rac with embroidery floss.


  • Once the ric rac is embellished, place the dress on an applique mat and lightly spray with 505 Reposition Fabric Adhesive.
  • Place the quilt into a hoop, and use a number 10 quilting needle threaded with silk thread to applique the dress to the quilt using small stitches as in the photo.
  • Stitch all the way around the dress, but do not pull the stitches too tightly. It will cause unattractive puckers.
  • Take the quilt from the hoop and press lightly. Set aside.
Spray the back of the dress on the applique mat.
Spray the back of the dress on the applique mat.


Applique the dress to the main fabric using tiny stitches.
Applique the dress to the main fabric using tiny stitches.


It looks like we are done dressing up the Darling Diva wall quilt. Come back tomorrow when we make a quilt sandwich, and have some fun with templates on this Darling Diva wall quilt.

Nancy Devine is a self-confessed craft-crazed blogger. She is a regular contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, one of the administrators for The Craft Café, a Facebook page devoted to the international sharing of the creative life, and a curator of an impressive collection of fabrics, notions and seam rippers. In her spare time, she wrangles dust bunnies and writes a blog called Nancy Dee Needleworks. Understandably, her house is a mess.


  1. Pam S

    I absolutely love all the darling details! I especially like the idea of embellinging the ric rac with the embroidery floss. Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful ideas. I can’t wait to play!

    • Thank you for visiting QUILTsocial, Pam!
      I hope you do play around with this little wall quilt and make it uniquely your own.

  2. You are welcome!
    505 Spray Adhesive is just about the best quilting/creative sewing tool invented, I am finding new uses for it all the time.

  3. Cecilia

    Thanks for the great tips for appliqué. I hadn’t thought about using adhesive spray before.

  4. Donna Schuttig

    I love the extra detail on quilts and suck by enhancing them with lots of extras. Haven’t done much of it
    however, hope to get more into it as time goes on.

    • It is a lot of fun, and after a while, you just can’t stop! Enjoy!

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