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Modern Baby Quilts- Binding

By Casey Corey

Modern Baby Quilts- Binding

Binding. The piece de resistance. The binding is the fabric that covers the raw edges of the handmade baby quilts. It’s the final piece of fabric to be sewn on. It weaves the front and back together providing a common point for both sides. 

pink and gold binding fabric on rainbow quilt

So much time, care, and work has already been poured into quilt by the time it’s time to attach the binding, and if the binding goes wonky- it can really ruin the quilt. It’s so important that I sew the binding fabric together first. 

gold and white binding on wild things quilt

Picking the fabric pattern is just as much fun for me as picking the backing fabric. I almost always use a cotton fabric, but you can use either a solid or a patterned fabric. 

baby girl llama quilt hanging in front of green doors

If it’s a busy quilt, I like to use a complementary solid. Baby girl’s Llama Quilt was very busy, so I used a rich, dark yellow to bind it. It matched one of the colors found in the llama fabric and complemented all the colors on the top.

 

aqua striped fabric on balloon animal quilt

If it’s a quiter quilt top, then adding a stripe or a grid can add a lot of personality. A floral fabric on a sweet, feminine quilt finishes nicely. On the Raspberry Lemonade quilt, I used a bright aqua stripe. I faced the stripes horizontally to contrast against the vertical geese. 

black and white striped fabric binding on baby quilt

On this Equilateral Triangle quilt, I used a black and white striped fabric. 

hand stitched binding on baby quilt

No matter which fabric binds the Casey Sheila Quilts heirloom that you bring home, we always hand stitch the back down.  It’s durable enough to last the years yet still gives the quilt a beautiful finish. 

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