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Thread: Opinion on Binding Color Please

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    Opinion on Binding Color Please

    First, I'll say that I can't provide a picture because I'm at work. I know these kinds of questions are so much easier with pictures but I just thought about this on my way to work. So apologies for asking for opinions in a vacuum.

    Here's my quilt - all batiks - and gorgeous so far, if I say so myself:
    - Embroidered blocks on white
    - Each block framed in medium purple
    - Sashed in dusty rose pink print
    - Inner border, same purple as frame
    - Outer border of light green with purple and pink florals

    My question is on the binding. I've planned and made the binding in purple, but I'm thinking that the sashing fabric would be a better tie-in. Either looks equally good against the border fabric but I'm wondering if I have too much of the purple and too little of the pink.

    TIA,
    Cathy

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    I usually prefer the binding ot match the outer border, as much as you can.
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    I personally use the binding as a final frame for my quilt, so I would choose the purple. If you want the binding to blend with the quilt, then go with the same fabric as the outer border. Actually, any of the fabrics will work, it is just a matter of choosing the one you like the best.

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    since your purple frames the blocks and frames the inner portion of the quilt, i'd use the purple to frame the entire quilt as well. just the way you planned it.
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    I'll go out of the box here. I would probably also use the same fabric as the sashing. I frequently like my bindings to 'pull' a little-used fabric out of the quilt to make it stand out in the quilt a bit more than it may be doing on it's own.

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    I'm also one who tends to bind in the same fabric as the final border.

    That being said ... contrasting bindings can be very effective and dramatic.
    And as you said ... a picture would help!

    There's so many variables ... the tones of the colours you mentioned, the width of the sashings/borders/frames, how many blocks you have etc.

    With the embroidery in the blocks, I'm thinking you probably want to pull the eye to the blocks, rather than away from ... which would be a huge consideration as to what might be done.

    Perhaps tonight, you'll take some pics and show us!
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    I usually do my binding the same as my outer border, but purple sounds good for your binding to frame it all. Lately, I've not matched my borders to my binding...just look at my avatar.

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    I agree with NJ Quilter. Since you feel you need a little more of the dusty rose, I'd use that to bind. I like to pull in a bit of color from the quilt as a "final frame".

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    I usually ask myself does the outer border need to stand on its own or does the binding need to bring it all together? Sometimes the outer border will be bold either in color or motif so the binding can rein it in. If the border is soft in color or motif the binding just needs to finish the edge without drawing any attention. All these statements are only MHO.

    Sometimes I equate it to coloring a picture in a coloring book. Sometimes you would outline everything in black or use a color in a darker shade to outline (make sense?).
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    I usually have to audition/try out different fabrics and see what looks the best. I will say that if i don't want to draw attention to the binding, then i use the same color as the outer border. If i want the binding to be noticed, then I'll use a contrasting fabric.
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    I was always told when painting, if you don't have an awful lot in the painting, crank up the mat and border. If you want attention to the painted part, go easy on the mat and border. I kind of go by that when sewing. But, quilting is different, I think. Either would probably work. I don't know much about all the quilting, or anything else I guess.LOL I just like to talk on this board.ha.

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    Thank you all for your thoughtful comments. You've given me a lot of ideas to consider. This is only my second finished quilt (lots of tops!) and it's for a very special young woman so I want it to be just right.

    But as usual, there are no rules.

    Thanks very much,
    Cathy

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    whichever color I am sure it will be loved by that special lady...and please post a picture so that we can see it.
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    I like the idea of the dusty rose pink print for the binding. All the colors in your quilt sound wonderful you did a really good job of describing everything.

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    Thanks everybody. After looking at the quilt and considering all you have said - purple it will be. Because there is so much contrast in color, the pink against the light green looks washed out. The purple makes the border pop (IMHO).

    While I ended up where I started, it is always invaluable to hear what others think - nuggets of wisdom to put in my brain stash.

    Pictures to follow when finished.

    Thanks,
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    I think if you have a color in your quilt you want to pop then use that color otherwise I prefer matching the last border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    I usually prefer the binding ot match the outer border, as much as you can.
    I like the opposite. I like my binding to stand out on its own. I agree with the sashing color. Or go completely wild & do a multi-color binding. I can't wait to see your quilt! Now... get back to work... LOL!!!
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    I must be the odd man out here. I would make more than one borders, ie: purple, then pink and one more purple followed by a purple binding. Just MHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    I like the opposite. I like my binding to stand out on its own. I agree with the sashing color. Or go completely wild & do a multi-color binding. I can't wait to see your quilt! Now... get back to work... LOL!!!

    Me, too! I consider the binding my final border and I want it to tie the quilt together and not just blend in.

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    I agree as I want the eye to look at the quilt not the border
    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    I usually prefer the binding ot match the outer border, as much as you can.

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    If both look good, all I can say is you can never have too much purple! then, refer to all the earlier opinions too as I agree with them. 8^P

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    I usually use the same fabric as my outer border. Why not audition the purple and the rose and see what enhances the quilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    since your purple frames the blocks and frames the inner portion of the quilt, i'd use the purple to frame the entire quilt as well. just the way you planned it.
    This is what i would do also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca View Post
    I usually have to audition/try out different fabrics and see what looks the best. I will say that if i don't want to draw attention to the binding, then i use the same color as the outer border. If i want the binding to be noticed, then I'll use a contrasting fabric.
    Ditto. But once in a while you run into one that is troublesome to decide. I'm trying to decide the binding on my latest Reflection quilt. Crazy border fabric with multi color stripe all running one way. I think I'll preview this on my design wall for a few days.
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    I usually like to make my binding the same as the outer border. You don't notice mistakes as easily.

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