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I am in the process of making a quilt for my daughter's graduation. I have been transfering pictures she has drawn over the years onto muslin and framed them in different green prints. The quilt seems to have taken on a life of it's own and I need to have to done by this Sat night. She is away on a music trip for spring break with the music department so I can keep it out and took the week off to finish it.
The problem is I had to use all the material I was going to use for the binding on the backing. I was wondering if anyone had ever made the binding for a quilt out of more than one different fabric?
I thought this may look very interesting or awfully stupid. Have any of you ever tried this? Would it take away from the quilt? I wish I had time to try it on a smaller scale but I don't right now.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Marie H

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Comment by Cheri on June 15, 2009 at 2:14pm
Thanks for your comment today on my scrappy quilt (by the way, it's bound with a variety of leftover strips from other projects) - now I'm seeing that posted this a couple months ago and have already received the same response that I'm giving.
Out of my own curiosity, where did you come across the photo? I'm thinking slide show in either the "UFO" group or the "Scap Bags" group. Or maybe you happened upon my page for whatever reason.
This photo has gotten 5 comments in just a week!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 16, 2009 at 5:09am
I must have missed this original post, Marie. I make my binding out of scraps all the time. Around here, they call that a "candy-cane" binding. I'm sure your quilt is long finished by now, but just saw this post and thought I'd comment.
Comment by campingkate on April 18, 2009 at 8:50pm
I have used several scarps all cut to binding width, but different lengths and I thought it looked very cute. It is especially good for a scrappy quilt. Good Luck! Your week off is quickly ticking down!!
Comment by Maryann**NY on March 28, 2009 at 5:14pm
Marie, I've done it many times. It actually looked great. Good luck!
Comment by Peggie on March 28, 2009 at 11:23am
I think it is a great look for a quilt. Pulls everything together. Sometimes I use just two pieces and put it on the top and bottom edge and sometimes I just let it go wherever it falls. It is more work to plan the placement but it depends on the look you are after. I'll be watching for your picture when you get it done. The quilt will be really special for your daughter...what a great idea you had!
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on March 25, 2009 at 6:11am
Oh, yes, I do it all the time. I just use left-overs from the quilt as binding. So far, it hasn't been a bad decision. There is always a time when it isn't the best decision; you would have to be the judge on that. It's sort of whimsical, I think. Lana
Comment by Vickie Gray on March 24, 2009 at 4:21pm
I just finished a quilt and didn't have enough of the material to use the binding,so I used a fabric that incorporated all the colors of the quilt. Plus I didn't make the binding as wide as I usually would. I think I cut it 2" on the bias and sewed on by machine but finished off the back by hand. Good luck. !!!!!
Comment by Gwen Herbert on March 24, 2009 at 3:46pm
I have used a patchwork binding lots of times for a scrappy fabric quilt & it turned out very nice!!! Good Luck...sounds like you might be burning the midnight oil!!
Comment by Cheryl Santillan on March 24, 2009 at 1:29pm
I have used different materials, different patterns, different stripes and plaids. It adds more interest to the quilt. I do try to use the same hues.
Comment by Helen Hartgrove on March 24, 2009 at 12:58pm
Hi Marie....Yes, I have done two different pieces of fabric on binding. I had run short, so I used some red and some green on a table runner. Yes, it turned out very pretty. It blended in with all the other fabric, so it seemed to work great. At least, I thought it did. Thanks for the neat comments on my quilts. I do enjoy (most of the time) doing them. I thought I had a pile of quilts, but looking at yours, mine are just a few. Course, I sure have not put pictures of all of mine. Yours are just beautiful. I would have a hard time saying which one I thought was my favorite. I think they all are. I have given away so many. But, I get a good feeling being able to do that. My mother was a self-taught guilter, and made some beautiful ones. My mom passed away almost 18 yrs. ago. But, I know she would be so proud if she could see mine. I did not start quilting until after she passed. I was so busy with my family growing, and with working most of the time away from home. Therefore I just didn't have the time. Good luck with your daughter's quilt. I know it will be just great. Helen

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