|The Binding Box - Aurifil - Exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop|
When the Fat Quarter Shop team asked if I would like to receive and review their exclusive Aurifil Binding Box I did not hesitate! Yes, you want to send me some beautiful threads? For binding? Go ahead - make my day!
The box includes 12 spools of 50wt cotton thread (1422 yards each) in some of the most common colors when binding a quilt.
I machine bind all of my quilts - I cannot recall the last time I hand stitched the binding. Binding is one of my most favorite parts of quilt making! I love that it is methodical, procedural, the same for every quilt and perhaps also because it means my quilt is almost finished.
When machine stitching the binding I always match the bobbin thread to the color of the binding fabric - a color that blends and makes the stitches disappear. For example (see image above) I have used a light yellow thread for this yellow/white binding. The stitches blend perfectly with the binding fabric, hiding not only the stitches but any sewing imperfections.
If you have difficulty choosing a color thread that blends well with the binding fabric try auditioning several different shades/tones of thread by draping a small portion of thread on the fabric. You'll quickly see which thread is the most suitable for that fabric. Whether you hand stitch or machine stitch these colors are versatile - not just for binding your quilts.
Machine Binding Tutorial: All About Machine Binding a Quilt
Aurifil Binding Box available from the Fat Quarter Shop
Machine Stitched Binding Tutorial
Disclosure: The complimentary Aurifil Binding Box was sent to me by The Fat Quarter Shop without obligation. All text, images, and opinions expressed here are as always my own.