Sunday, 13 December 2015

bindings matter

Have you ever bought a quilt top?

I did, quite a few years ago now. It was a well constructed and colourful quilt top, a variation of Kaffe's 'Fonthill Quilt' pattern. I purchased it at an Auckland Quilt Guild show, but I don't know who the original maker was. I finally had it quilted by Annette and then it languished unfinished in the depths of the wardrobe for some time, not forgotten but not a priority. I always had every intention of finishing it... one day!




Binding is the last stage in finishing off any quilt, but I was a bit blocked here on just what to use. The fabrics in the quilt were all pre-modern - there were quite a few dark smoldering blues, dusky pinks, tone-on-tone batiks, vintage greens & mint-y greens, and an old fashioned lovely cheddar yellow! I didn't want anything that was too different from the era of these fabrics, and, while I loved all the colour, I also felt it needed something to lift the 'heaviness' of it all.




Bindings do matter, and I just needed to be clear on what final fabric statement I wanted to add here. Did I want the binding to stand out? or to be more complimentary? or to just quietly fade away totally into the quilt? 
So I liaised with my 'personal colour consultant' (aka my daughter) and we had a fun afternoon together auditioning a few fabrics from my stash. A scrappy binding was out of the question, I didn't have any of the original fabrics in the quilt...

- this was the closest fabric in my stash to any of those used in the quilt


Stripes have always been a favourite option of mine and so we looked at a few Denyse Schmidt ones that I had here on the shelf... and a couple of 'older' small floral & geometric prints... and then a Denyse Schmidt aqua dot that seemed to almost disappear totally...



... so, not an easy decision at all! 
We finally settled on a multi coloured Denyse Schmidt stripe. 
Have a little look...





I found a few useful tips & tricks for binding on Rita's post here
and check out this post for more great info on quilt bindings



-close up of backing


-close up of the 'twirling vine & leaf' quilting


I felt the stripe worked quite well in the end - it seemed to pick up all the lighter tones in the quilt, it shifted the focus slightly onto the mint-y greens rather than on all those darker blues, and it also helped to link up all that yellow somehow. You can see what I mean in these last few pics...










a bit more # 38
if you recognise this quilt as the one you pieced
- I'd love to hear from you! 

EDIT: I found out who pieced my quilt
- Juliet Taylor

13 comments:

  1. Your color consultant advised well! The photo with the blue flowers is stunning.

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  2. All of your choices would have looked good on the quilt. It is amazing how big a difference that little bit of binding fabric makes on the quilt. You chose well.

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  3. I love using stripes for bindings. I think you made a great choice!

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  4. That was a good find. It looks even better now.

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  5. Great binding choice and thanks for showing the full quilt - Fonthill quilt has a hello sticky in my KF book - used for marking ones I would like to make.

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  6. You are so right about picking the right binding. I think most of your options would have worked out, but each one would have given the finished quilt a different feel. I think you made the right choice.

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  7. Definitely the right choice for the binding. It blends with the fabrics really well and pulls all the different fabrics together to frame the quilt.

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  8. Loving that! What a treasure you found!

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  9. Perfect binding - oh to have your stash, where you actually have enough fabric to make choices. I love all the colours in this quilt too.

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    1. Thank you Julie! Ah well, some of the fabrics we tried & I liked, I didn’t actually have enough material for the binding. It is a large quilt, approx. 72” x 78” {183cm x 198cm}. I only have little bits of most fabrics in my stash {fat 1/4's or less}, never anything in yardage, so that made the decision even trickier! Linda

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  10. Great binding choice Linda - I'm sure it's nice to have it finished finally.

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