I was a bit humbled when I took a look at all the gorgeous quilts posted at the 100 Quilts for Kids Flickr Group! There are so many outstanding quilts posted by some very generous quilters!
This was a pretty quick quilt, and I am pleased with the finish. This was the second time I machine stitched the binding, and it went pretty well! I used 2.5" strip and stitched at 3/8" to the backside. When I flipped and the front down it was smooth sailing. Very little stitching was visible on the back when I finished, I pictured the worst of it in the 2nd photo here:
I still really prefer a hand finished binding, but as I get better with this technique, I can see great use for it, especially for baby quilts.
The backing is plain by today's standards, but I made a unique label that can be left as is, or someone may choose to write a name or message on it.
I had some problem with thread breakage when blanket stitching this down, switched to a 65 needle and muscled on, trying not to let the perfectionist in me talk negatively, and hoped no one would really notice. Then I signed it with a red Staedtler permanent ink pen and heat set it. I have used this pen once before, on a Christmas quilt, but for some reason it did get just a bit blurry when I washed and dried the finished quilt. Maybe if I had used a hotter iron, or longer press, it may have taken better, but I no longer recommend this pen(!).