Let’s face it. By the time most of us get a quilt pieced, basted and quilted we just want it to be DONE.  The last thing we have to do is trim the quilt and put on the binding. The last thing we want to do is put on the binding. I admit, sometimes I don’t give it too much thought and will just use fabric I have on hand.

But, before you throw on any ol binding you really should take a step back and think about this final step.

Just how important is the binding? A good binding will enhance the overall look of a quilt. It will also affect the tone of your project. Here is a great example:

Placemat with Pink Binding

On these placemats I used two different bindings (out of necessity as I ran out of the pink dot fabric). I started with the pink because 1) it was in my stash and 2) pink was the most prominent color I saw when looking at the prints.  I think the pink binding makes these mats look playful, fun, and a tiny bit juvenile.  Which, by the way, was NOT my intent.

Quilted Placemats Binding

Example of two different bindings

I had to use a different fabric for the last mat and chose a teal binding. The mat still has that fun, playful poolside vibe I was going for, but with this binding, they look just a bit more grown-up. Do you see what I mean?

I had the same experience when I was doing the binding on the Disappearing Nine Patch I made for my sister. I started with a light yellow binding that was the same color as the backing. Due to a snafu on my part, I ended up ditching the yellow binding and making a scrappy one instead.

The difference in the look of the quilt when I added the scrappy binding was amazing. The yellow binding actually “brought down” the mood of the quilt. It was such a happy piece but the binding messed with that some. The scrappy binding enhanced the scrappiness of the quilt and brought the mood of it back up.

Binding on Nine Patch

These two experiences have shown me just how important the right binding is. Now when I get to the end of the quilt making process and I just want to ‘get it done’, I’m going to force myself to slow down and give as much attention to the binding as I have to all the other parts of my project.

What is your experience with using different bindings? Have you ever changed a binding or wish you would have? I’ll admit, in order for me to take off a binding it would have to be pretty darn bad!  I’ll unpick stitches for a lot of reasons; I’m not sure I would do it for a binding that was already sewn on…..

As a reminder, today the final group of bloggers will be posting for the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop organized and hosted by Beth of Plum and June.  Please take some time to visit these blogs and leave a comment – you’ll find some amazing people and lots of great quilty tips!

Serena @Sew Giving
Deborah @ Sunshine Through The Rain
Jane @ Where Jane Creates
Jennifer @ A Quarter Inch From The Edge
Carla @ Granny Maud’s Girl
Jenny @ Jack’s Room
Sharon @ Color Girl Quilts
Carmit @ Quilting Rainbows
Jehn @ Jehnny And The Boys
Elli @Lovelli Quilts
Sharon @ Motherdragon’s Musings
Cynthia @ Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Sally @ Wonky Patchwork
Bee @ Pink Almond Quilt
Debbie @ Quilting Makes My Heart Sing
Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
Karen @Capitola Quilter
Marcie @ Marcie’s Quilt Therapy
Jane @ Jersey Jane Quilts

Have a great day!