Binding Color – Match or Contrast?

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…

pie safe
From My Carolina Home –


and the library table …


and in the dining room.

From My Carolina Home –


Happy Quilting!!

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7 thoughts on “Binding Color – Match or Contrast?

  1. They are all beautiful! But I do like the contrast best. I vary my bindings, based on color or inspiration. I never know what I’m going to bind it at the beginning of the project!

  2. Hello Carole,

    Interesting to see the same quilt bound in three different ways. I really enjoy the binding stage and choosing the colour – I usually go for contrast. Also, I had never heard of a pie safe, and was a bit disappointed not to see any pies.

    Love from England,

  3. BettyLou

    I really like the choice you made. It is perfect! I have trouble if I try to stitch my binding on both sides with the machine. Wish I could master that. I don’t seem to be able to get both sides folded over exact so that I can straight stitch in ditch and catch the reverse side. I have used a zig zag stitch on pot holders (my practice binding choice). Would not do that on a quilt so have to hand sew on to quilt. My hands are not working as well as they used to so would sure be nice to learn to get that binding folded evenly. Maybe it takes more practice. Thanks for showing your idea. Sometimes I have used the backing folded to the front of quilt as the binding but I try to fold it so it is a double layer. I have heard that is not as wearable as a separate binding but I have used it.

  4. Tara Marino

    I was just trying to decide what color or pattern binding to do on a particular quilt.
    I love your pieces. I particularly loved how it made the quilted piece look so much bigger when you added the very light binding.
    Thank you for this.

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