I guess the proper way to finish a quilt is to do the backing first and then do the binding. I made a binding first. It is because there are still a few smaller parts that have to be quilted, and I am applying some change on the middle part because I wanted it to be brighter in color in order to adapt it to the rest. I started with subdued colors, but soon found out that it doesn't work. I must have folk art of my Russian ancestors in my veins. So I started to let some green stuff grow around the birds on the olive green background.
Before I did the binding, it was so thin at the edges that I felt cold; now I can sleep properly under my not-quite-finished quilt. It feels a lot warmer. Could it be that the binding contributes so much to the warming effect of the quilt?