Today is Monday and I leave for the Fat Quarterly Retreat on Thursday. Not even close to finishing it last minute in my book. I did decide to machine the binding instead of hand sewing as I hope that this quilt will be loved and well used by its recipient.
I did more preparation this time for the binding to try and get a better result. Firstly I pressed the binding back from the front, which gave me time to check that there were no seam allowances issues on the front. Then I pressed the binding to the back. I've seen tutorials where the binding is glued to the back so I dug out some unloved 1/4" steam a seam tape which did the job very nicely, before stitching in the ditch from the front.
I dug into my scrap strip box to sew up a quick multi coloured binding to roughly match the fabrics the binding touched.
I used a simple pantograph called Allium that I've had for a while but not used before and it worked very well. Simple but it looks good.