I thought I'd found the perfect fabric for the backing -- a vintage yellow linen, just wide enough for the top, but I didn't notice until too late that there was a small section that was not wide enough. I had to patch it with a skinny strip:
The finishing technique Paulson used is now a new favorite of mine. Instead of sewing on my mortal enemy binding, or even folding the back over for a false binding, I layered the back, front, and batting right sides together, sewed all the way around (except for a gap at the bottom), turned the quilt right side out, and slip-stitched the opening closed. Quilting each non-embroidered square was the very last step.
I've written about the embroidered squares before, but I like them so much I want to show them off again: