I feel very strongly that the binding is a very important component. I really like doing bindings. I love being able to cut off the raggedy edges and crop the image until it looks just right and I like my bindings to look just right, also. The binding is like the frame on a painting.
When I was ready to begin binding the Calico Hills series, I found a fabric in my black and white drawer that I really liked. However, the light color did not blend well enough with the colors of the work. I decided to remedy this by painting the binding fabric with the same paints I had used on the quilt background.
Above, you can see the fabric as it looked before painting, and I have draped a bit of leftover binding over it so you can see the impact of adding the paint.
Below are three of the smaller pieces that have come out of this series.
Calico Hills 3 (above) is 12.5 x 15". I have sewn shards of ancient pottery to each of these pieces.