In my last post I mentioned that I knew what fabric would be used to bind my Snippets quilt from the beginning and that that was an anomaly for me.
That finishing touch generally consists of auditioning numerous fabrics after the quilt top is finished. It seems from the comments I’m not alone in my sequence of this process.
My process involves a cruise of my stash and pulling the likely suspects. I’ve used regular weight quilting cottons, home decor and flannel. All work fine.
I pin them one by one up on the design wall, placing my quilt on top so the fabric peeks out at about the width of the potential binding.
Then I give myself some distance to see how they are working together. Sometimes I take a photo.
One thing I have noticed about this process of selection is that I gravitate towards small scale prints, solids or those that are nearly solids.
Somewhat matchie-matchie to the back is also important to me.
I’ve use the same fabric for the binding as the backing.
I’ve used large scale print leftovers from the backing too.
On occasion, I just use a fabric from the same line as the backing for the binding.
Scrappy quilts are easy as pie for me to bind. Generally any vibrant fabric will do.
More often than not the fabric I bind with has been used throughout the quilt top or is from stash.
I think this is the only quilt I took to the fabric store to find the perfect binding instead of digging through stash.
My Summer Solstice Quilt was an example of a fabric sitting in my stash forever waiting for the perfect use.
Though I don’t have a photo, it has a stripped rainbow added in.
Scrappy binding or added touches can add some design interest.
I don’t slip stitch my binding anymore like above, but I do tack down my miters. This I learned from my Mom and just liked the look so it stuck.
I now use the ladder stitch which creates an invisible stitch unlike those nasty visible stitches above. Turning Turning has the best tutorial on the ladder stitch if you care to learn more.
I am often inspired seeing what fabrics others use for binding their quilts so I created a Quilt Bindings Flickr Group to add your binding photos . Now, we can not only share quilt back ideas (that group here), but bindings that inspire us too.
Do you have a binding process?