At the beginning, in the planning stages and initial working stages of a wall quilt, I never make any hard and fast decision on binding (a) whether to do it or not, and (b) which fabric I will use if I do. The growth of the piece during construction can change the final outcome to the point where what you envisaged at the start somehow doesn’t really apply so strongly any more – all the colours, shapes and their ratios to each other being part of that, I guess.
This is the first of several pics I have taken over the past hour or so, in order to come to a final decision about which fabric to use – my client prefers a binding, and I agree this piece will be enhanced by one.
The following couple of pics show some of the choices I am considering, although what ever I do it will be a narrow, about 1/2 inch binding, not a great swag of fabric that appears of some along some of the sides. Interestingly, the one I have always favoured, with a lot of black but all of the quilt’s other main colours in the rather wild stripey design, has gone in and out of favour as I try other possibles. In this photo, one I thought would be great, on the left hand side as you look, somehow has a deadening effect on all the colours. The one on the right which I love is totally wrong, too pink. The stripe, lower right hand edge is a serious contender, but the one along the top edge, a spot with varicoloured background, is also very seriously in the running.