Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Aurifil Binding Box

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
With thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for this Aurifil box of thread!

Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
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.

17 comments:

  1. I was hoping you were going to announce a give-away! I would sooooo love to win this box!

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  2. Lucky girl! It is like that box of threads was made just for you! I love using Aurifil thread and this is going on my Christmas list!

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  3. You are one lucky lady, Rita! I've been having some fun matching up my variegated Aurifil with scrappy binding, but to have this set would be so useful! I love quilting with colorful thread, too!

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  4. I see a lot of talk about Aurifil but there's no shops in my area that carry it. I'd like to see it in person.

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  5. think I am going to have to get some cotton thread, being new to quilting have made my blocks with poly cotton, do have some hand quilting thread but only in three colours, every one seems to advise on the aurifil one.

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  6. Those threads look wonderful, and I love that you put all your super tutorials and posts about binding in one place at the end of this post. Thanks!

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  7. I love that you machine bind your quilts. I always hand bind mine and am so slow! Because of that I have a huge pile of quilts waiting for that last step. I'm going to check out your tutorial now, thanks!

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  8. I love hand binding my quilts, makes me realy proud when I do it.I imagine my self at night,kids asleep, me with quilt and this beautiful box with lovely threads...I would love to win this box if not I will get one. Love this box...

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  9. What a great idea. Those colours are lovely. Thank you for tutorial - really appreciate it x

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  10. Wow you have the perfect job - reviewing Aurifil threads! What a gorgeous box set. And I love binding too :-)

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  11. What a lucky girl you are ... a box of beautiful Aurifil with which to play.

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  12. How lovely of them to send the cottons to you, I love the colours, I'm sure you're very eager to start using them lol. Very thoughtful of you to place the tutorial at the end of your post. Personally I'd love to sit watching TV or listening to an audio book hand sewing my bindings on but I know my hands couldn't take the work on so its machine binding for me too.

    Enjoy

    Peg xx

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  13. I love Aurifil thread! Lucky you - this is a beautiful box of thread! I would love to try these colors with my binding which I machine sew also. The variety of colors is great!!

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  14. Thanks for sharing...I didn't know about this collection. I do love Aurifil thread. I'm going to ask my husband for this for Christmas:)

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