Since I now have three quilts mostly the same, I decided to continue the experiment in color with the binding. If you missed the beginning of this series, click on this link to see the thread color experiment. I think most of the time I tend to put a contrasting binding on a quilt because it adds yet another frame to the quilt. It also will pull the same color in the quilt forward and make it seem more prominent. Often that contrasting binding is made from the backing fabric so the back has a uniform look. However sometimes I will match the outer border. So, what would look best on my table toppers? I choose three fabrics all contained within the quilts to make the bindings. One got a matching green, one got a high contrast toile, and one got a medium contrast brown.
The green matching border doesn’t add anything to the quilt design, and the green in the blocks seems to be the most prominent.
The toile border with its white background creates another border to the quilt, like adding a frame. It is interesting how the whites tend to come forward in the quilt with the white border.
I think I like this one best. The light brown binding creates an outer frame, and it accents the brown triangles.
So, how do you like to bind your quilts? All the same as the last border, or do you like a contrast for another design dimension? Again, like thread color, there is no one correct answer, but maybe this will give you an idea of how you can make those choices for different results.
So here are the completed toppers on my pie safe…
and the library table …
and in the dining room.