The final step in finishing a quilt is putting a binding on the edge of the quilt. A crosswise grain binding is cut across the width of the fabric and is straight. This is used for straight edged quilts. Quilts that are curved need a bias edge that will bend with the fabric. A double binding or French binding is two widths folded lengthwise, the extra layer protects the quilt edge from wear. When choosing fabrics for binding treatments, look for fabric that will give a defining edge to the quilt. Choose solid ground colors with random small prints, petite checks, tone-on tone prints or dense plaids. Avoid obvious directional prints, large stripes or large floral prints.
Proctor, Debra; Stott, Deonn; and Olsen, Ronda, "Double Crosswise Grain Binding" (2008). All Current Publications. Paper 1684.