My quilter had suggested I try a 2 inch binding. (She says she cuts hers to 1 and 7/8.) That's 2 inches wide folded in half and sewn down to the front. Then you fold the fabric over the raw edge and hand sew it to the back. I think I'll stick with a 2.5 inch binding strip. It was so tiny that I had to trim the edge of the quilt down to bare nubbin in order to have enough to fold over and cover the stitching line on the back. Now I know I prefer a 2.5 inch binding and there's no shame in that.
Here we have "Where the water meets the land"
Can you guess why I'm showing this image? It does show the quilting nicely, but I also shows some of the more egregious places where the corners don't even come close to lining up. Yes, I could have gone back and fixed them, but the pieces on the quilt are about the size of a quarter or smaller in some places. Even if I fixed those pieces then other pieces would have gotten off. So the lesson here is match up the corners where there is a dramatic color change and let go the corners where the color shift is subtle. Even then you'll never see them once the quilt is quilted and hung or used.