FINISHING THE QUILT—See PDF instructions for diagram:
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. The quilt pictured was quilted with a dahlia design within the Dresden plates and the background was echo quilted around the Dresden plates.
After quilting, baste stitch a 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 with a 3/8" seam.
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.