I’m thinking about binding this week. Sometimes it seems like a chore to get binding done when you are so excited to be finished with a project and move onto the next one. Binding can seem so tedious.
However, I actually pay a lot of attention to binding my quilts. I have a drawer in my stash where I keep only fabric that I have designated to bind a certain project (that way I don’t accidentally use it for something else). Yes, I usually have the binding fabric chosen while I am still piecing a quilt, nowhere near the finish. Right now that drawer contains a really pretty blue piece I’m saving for my Noteworthy quilt (unfortunately, I haven’t worked on it in a year even though it is so close to finished!). There is a striped remnant in there I picked out for my Hexagon Star quilt (that is next on my list of WIP’s to finish), plus a couple of other fabrics for projects I haven’t shown here yet.
Some quilts are easy to choose a binding for, such as when there is a solid fabric border. I would be likely to choose to bind with the same or similar piece.
For the quilt above, it made sense to use the same fabric for binding as the border. Other times, I want something that really frames the quilt.
I am really loving this black and white binding. This is a baby quilt I just finished, and it is a gift, so I’m just showing the back for now. Striped fabric is probably my favorite type of fabric to use for binding. If I can find a good stripe in any form that coordinates with the colors on the quilt, I will choose that.
Some quilts pose a challenge in choosing the binding. One of these is my second Polka Dot Bikini quilt (shown in photo at top). The reason this one felt tricky is that the edge of the quilt isn’t consistent: some areas of the edge are solid blues and some are pieces with blue, orange and green. There wasn’t a clear choice: a blue would blend in some places but stand out against the patchwork, and a print might look funny against the solid blues. In the end, I chose the small-scale orange stripe. I like how it blends with the patchwork, but doesn’t seem too jarring next to the solid blues. It also helps that blue and orange is my favorite complimentary color combo!
So that is a tiny peak into my process of choosing binding: consistently inconsistent!
I wonder how you feel about binding. Do you see it as an important design element or something you don’t want to stand out too much?
Do you have a favorite fabric for binding like my preference for stripes? Does your binding usually blend in with the quilt or create a contrasting frame?
I would love to hear your answers and any other ideas in the comments! We might give each other some new inspiration.