The Quilts for Kids charity quilt got finished last night. It took three nights for me to get the quilting done and label put on, binding made and attached; last night the binding was stitched down and the little quilt got its bath. Here's my method for machine applying binding on a quilt that I know is going to be washed a lot.
I stitch the binding to the back of the quilt, following a line of basting sewn a scant 1/4" from the edge of the quilt top. I do this after I complete the machine quilting. The binding is sewn on in the traditional fashion, turning the corners and joining the tails diagonally.
This is a three-step zig zag stitch and as you can see, it holds down the binding very securely and looks good.