I machine-quilted it, stitching in the ditch (= along the seams) and adding some details to make the apples come out. You can have a more detailed view if you click on the photo.
I didn't expect the binding would be so difficult... Thought I'd never see the end of it. But it's all done at last and I'm just glad. I've spent so many hours on it! My nights have been very short lately... Every time I decided to leave the sewing machine (and ironing board) and go to bed, it was two hours later than I thought.
I added a label to the back of the quilt (sandwiched between binding and backing) - here it is :
As you can see, I couldn't help adding some aida fabric for a "xstitch look".
Label says: "For Dad, Born at Apple Tide..." with the date of his birthday (Sept. 5th).
I feel so light-hearted now! There is still a whole week before his birthday, and I'm all ready.