Hi guys & gals! You all are so helpful & knowledgeable, I figured this was the place to go for help. I am in the process of making my granddaughter a Sunbonnet Sue quilt. I have 3 blocks done & suddenly realized I am supposed to be cutting away the back as I go to avoid too many layers. It's been a long time since I did any applique & was just too excited to get going on it. I guess my mind was just too involved in the planning of it to remember the correct process. My question is, How important is that step when it is going to be machine quilted? Can the machines handle the extra layers? I will appreciate your input. Thank you.