With this quilt that we copied last week, I hand quilted and embroidered around the tree and a little in the horizontal and vertical lines. I used hand embroidery thread, three threads in the needle and tried to make it look like little bumps. The hand work was done only on the top and the batting, no backing fabric was added at that time.
When I was finished with the hand work I used the Escape Hatch Finish for the little piece and then machine quilted it through all three layers. Here is an example of a quilt that used the Escape Hatch Finish:
But that is only one way to finish a small work like this and not one I use much these days.
Nowadays I like to machine and hand quilt before I put the backing on. In fact I like to cut my batting about a half inch smaller on all sides, fuse it to the quilt top and then I sew off the edges of the piece which later makes the finish so much nicer, in my humble opinion.
Here's how to do this finish:
Nice and neat.
The machine quilting is done, and you can see the threads hanging off the edge, but none are visible on the face of the quilt itself.
The finished work. No messy threads, and best of all, no binding to sew!
It looks better to sew off the edges and fold them back so that the quilting doesn't have to stop short.
If you'd rather not use paint, fused fabric works great with these wooden panels. Just wrap and press to the back with a hot iron, and it stays stuck. Really. I've tried to remove that fabric and it is just a struggle.
Another way to finish a piece which you may have quilted through all three layers is to fuse on a binding:
The strips could be cut to form mitered corners, if you like. The labels were also fused.
One more way to finish a quilt is to face it. See this post for the complete tutorial.