stripey bindings

make me happy!


Especially knowing they’ll be attached to a couple cute little baby quilts!


Now, before you say anything, let me reassure you that I’m not always this prepared. In fact, I almost never make my binding ahead of time (though I always wish I did!). Most of the time I don’t know what I want to use for binding until the very end, but this time I was definitely feeling the stripes (or the squiggly stripes, as the case may be).

(orange squiggly stripe is Sweet Pea by Jackie Shapiro, and the brown stripe is by Lecien)


I still haven’t heard back from one of the winners of the Tufted Tweets giveaway. Kate, if you’re out there, send me an email or leave a comment here. If I don’t hear back from you by Sunday night, I’ll pick a new winner on Monday.

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52 Responses to stripey bindings

  1. 1
    Suzanne says:

    Woo hoo! I love how a stripey binding adds a lot of jazz to the edges without a lot of extra work.

  2. 2
    Nancy says:

    Those bindings are adorable. How small are those blocks. Are is the carpet a very
    large weave? Very cute..

  3. 3
    Mary says:

    I adore stripes for inner borders and bindings. They are so versatile and frame to a quilt so nicely. Anytime I see any sort of squiggly or wonky striped fabric, I pick up a yard (or five – lol). I love the blocks too – fabulous!

  4. 4
    Liz says:

    I couldn’t agree more, I always love a stripey binding! In fact, I just saw a bunch of new multicolored stripes by Kaufmann at Fabric Shack, and am considering stocking up just for binding. 🙂

    I also don’t usually do my binding ahead of time, but when I do, I love seeing it all neatly rolled up and ready!

  5. 5
    Jackie says:

    I am like you and almost always keep my bindings until the very end! It is a rare occasion that they are ready before the quilt is complete. But I also love stripes for the binding. They really add extra pizazz!

  6. 6
    Kim H. says:

    I love those little blocks….the PERFECT use for that goldfish print.

  7. 7
    Shanna L. says:

    I love what you’ve done with the goldfish! Because of you I have become a hoarder of all of the Lightning bugs, but especially the dream bicycles and the golfish. I have been waiting for the right inspiration before I use them and I think you gave them to me. Now I am hoping that they are right about the rainy weather for the weekend because then I won’t feel obligated to be outside! 🙂

    Thank you for always showing us your lovely work!

  8. 8
    Sarah says:

    Oh my! How darling is that goldfish print?!?! The striped binding will go nicely.

  9. 9
    Mary says:

    LOVE the striped binding. It will be perfect.

  10. 10

    Oo lawl, love the mini frames around the feature fabrics!

  11. 11
    anina says:

    I love stripey bindings.
    Your blogs are lovely.

  12. 12
    anina says:

    LOL. Blocks not blogs. Although your blog is lovely too. :o)

  13. 13
    Paige says:

    That is going to be such a fun and cheerful quilt! Love the stripey binding!

  14. 14
    whitney says:

    So fun! Can’t wait to see them finished.

  15. 15
    Terri says:

    I love the look of stripey bindings! I especially love that orange zig-zaggy stripe. I like to get the bindings ready right before I quilt a quilt top so I can finish quicker. But of course, I have to have the binding fabric in mind, which doesn’t always happen.

  16. 16
    KerryQ says:

    Sorry-didn’t catch a word about the bindings. I was too distracted by those adorable blocks!

  17. 17
    Nichole says:

    i really love stripey bindings too. so fun.

  18. 18
    mjb says:

    Love the squiggly stripe!

  19. 19
    qsogirl says:

    ::gasp:: LOVE! Those blocks! That binding!

  20. 20
    Annalia says:

    When I make my binding ahead of time, I’m always tempted to use it on something else! Your fishy quilt is going to be adorable.

  21. 21
    Megan says:

    LOVElovelove the squiggle stripes!

  22. 22

    the stripes are eye catching (and i really do love the brown stripes) but they pale in comparison to those scrumptious blocks pictured below. I can already tell that these little twin boys are gonna have some stunningly amazing baby quilts (lucky little guys)!! I am horrible with my binding, i don’t even cut the strips until my quilt is completely done. I do this kinda on purpose though, just because i tend to be indecisive and change my mind on the binding several times through out the course of making the quilt.

  23. 23
    Mitzi says:

    I love to have a stripedy binding, too! Can’t wait to see the finished quilts.

  24. 24
    Rachel says:

    Those blocks are looking very cool. I love the way you interjected the thin stripe into a few. Curious to see what the squiggle stripes would look like as binding!

  25. 25
    Andy says:

    I love using striped fabric for bindings. In fact, I have to make a conscious effort to NOT choose stripes sometimes otherwise my quilts will all start too look alike 🙂 I usually cut and make my binding ahead of time as well. If my binding isn’t all ready to go, then I find my quilts will sit longer waiting to be finished. I don’t know why that is….

  26. 26
    traceyjay says:

    still so sad I missed those goldfish!

    Really, really cute. 🙂

  27. 27
  28. 28
    Jessica C says:

    Oh, wow, Ashley! This quilt just speaks to me. SO adorable.

  29. 29
    Elizabeth E. says:

    Ditto everybody. I guess I shouldn’t read through comments before leaving my own, because they all steal my words and ideas–or is it that we’re just thinking along the same lines, reacting to the deliciously wiggly stripes, all contained so nicely and neatly?

    As always, you inspire me. Today’s inspiration? Depart from the usual on the bindings–go a little wonky. Thanks.

  30. 30
    Amber says:

    oh my goodness – those are going to be the cutest quilts and that binding is so awesome! LOVE it!

  31. 31
    Sarah C. says:

    Great blocks, beautiful bindings – you always inspire me! I’ve just started doing separate binding (not “cheater’s binding”) and I’m totally hooked! It’s such a neat way to add an extra pop to the quilt. I’ve started hoarding neat stripes that I think will make good bindings……

  32. 32
    CitricSugar says:

    Based on the fact that first reaction was “ooOOOOooohh!”, I’d say it’s a great choice! lol

  33. 33
    Elizabeth says:

    Those quilts are going to be awesome! I love stripey binding too. (In fact, one of the quilts in my book has that same Jackie Shapiro stripe on the binding!) 🙂

  34. 34
    Alice R. says:

    Love that squiggly one! I love strippy ones, too – mostly do the diagonal thing, but that’s seeming old now…squiggly, that’s the ticket!

  35. 35
    amandajean says:

    i LOVE having my bindings made ahead of time, but i only do it every so often. when i do, what a treat to finish quilting and just slap the binding right on!! stripes on binding are fabulous!

  36. 36
    Emma says:

    Hi Ashley, I have just started making my first quilt but have started collecting some Lightening Bug scraps ready for my next quilt. Would you be kind enough to share what fabric the names of the large orange spotted fabric, the pale blue and white rings and maybe that dark brown/black print you’ve used? I live in a very small town in New Zealand and I have to rely totally on buying fabric online which is not always easy (and it’s expensive so I can’t afford to make mistakes with colors!). Thank you for sharing your quilts with us. The fact that you haven’t been quilting for very long is so inspiring for a newby like me!

  37. 37
    Munaiba says:

    Those bindings make me smile too! Just lovely!

  38. 38
    Kathleen says:

    I want to start making bindings ahead of time just because they look so great all rolled up! I keep swapping for more goldfish whenever I am able and now I want to make a quilt with them in the center of the blocks. It just looks too cute! Also, I love the rug!

    And for Emma, comment #36, I think the large orange dots are Amy Butler Full Moon Dots. And I know for sure that the blue rings are from the Monaluna Mingle line.

  39. 39

    Girlie, you are talking my language!! I love a striped binding! I was just putting together a striped binding for my next quilt.

  40. 40

    Love those blocks! and those are the perfect bindings

  41. 41
    Randi says:

    Love the binding and fussy cut center squares.

  42. 42
    ashley says:

    Thanks everyone!

    Emma — I’ve noted the fabrics I used on this Flickr photo –

  43. 43
    Tif says:

    oh my, those little rolls of binding almost look like candy! yummm!!! can’t wait to see them completed!

  44. 44
    whatupduck says:

    I love the blocks! And the binding fabric is awesome!

    Pop on over to my website this week for a vintage block GIVEAWAY!!

  45. 45


    A friend on our Facebook Fan Page listed your blog as her favorite quilting blog so we had to come for a visit. You have great projects and a lovely blog, keep up the good work- we hope to see more from you in the future!

  46. 46
    kate says:

    ACK! That’s me! Is it too late??

  47. 47
    Mary says:

    Your blog makes me so happy! I look forward to it everyday…. so much visual deliciousness to indulge in….. sigh….

  48. 48
    Phyllis R. says:

    Love, love stripey bindings! It’s fun to make them on the bias too so the stripes run diagonally on the binding:)

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  50. 49
    Jeni says:

    I LOVE that fabric too. My sister Sally and I fight over who gets it if we find it when we’re on a hunt! HR fabric rocks! Totally cute quilts, I love them!

  51. 50
    Melissa says:

    I have a (maybe dumb) question for you, I’ve only ever made bias bindings for use on aprons, bags and such. For quilts, does the binding not have to be cut on the bias? Or is there a reason that you did not cut it on the bias? Thanks for your help. Adorable quilts!!

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