The finish line is near now that the binding is all that is left. It had been months since I did the fabric auditions and I had to search around for the fabric. I went through my cloth bins to no avail. Then I went through the dresser drawer I was using for storage twice before I found it in the back.
First I measured the quilt to determine how long the pieces should be. Next I decided that I wanted a narrow binding so the math was 3/4 inch times two plus two 1/4 inch seam allowances. That makes it a two-inch binding strip. My helper was there all the way making sure I got that right.
The next step is to sew the binding to the quilt. I like to do this to the top since the other side will be hand stitched. That way the top will be nice and crisp. I machine sewed the two sides on, pressed them over, ironed a 1/4 inch seam allowance and turned it over. Next I pin it all down and with a blind stitch sew the backside down on both sides. Then the top and bottom are put on using the same method. The only difference is the corners are squared and pressed in. A small slide show shows you these steps.