FINISHING THE QUILT:
Create a quilt backing that is at least 4" larger than the quilt top.
On a flat surface, make a quilt sandwich by layering the backing fabric right side down, then the batting, then the quilt top right side up. Baste the quilt every three to four inches with 1" quilt basting safety pins.
Quilt as desired.
After quilting, baste stitch 1/4" around the outside edges of the quilt to keep the layers together.
Stitch the binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open. Fold and press in half lengthwise to make double binding.
Sew the binding to the quilt front along the quilt edge in a 3/8" seam allowance.
Trim the backing and batting even with the quilt top.
Flip the binding to the back of the quilt and stitch down with matching thread.
Make a label with your name and date and sew it onto the back of your quilt. Tip: Sew the label onto the back before quilting so that the quilting stitches permanently attach it to the quilt.