I love myself some mailbox goodies.

When I saw that Fat Quarter Shop was going to start doing a monthly curated sampler box, I thought I’d get in on the action. (More info on their site!) The box runs  $24.95/month + shipping. Seems like a reasonable amount to spend for a box full o’ goodies to be dropped on my doorstep.

The box included:

  • Strawberry Picking Quilt Pattern from It’s Sew Emma
  • Screw B Do 2 Piece Mini Screwdrivers
  • Fat Quarter Shop 2.5″ x 6.5″ Ruler
  • Cotton Candy Embroidery Scissors
  • Grow! charm pack from Me & My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics
  • Block recipe card
  • Card explaining the box contents, a Welcome to the Neighborhood card, FQS sticker and magnet (the magnet is stuck to the screwdrivers in the pix!)
Fat Quarter Shop's Sew Sampler Box - April 2016

Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler Box – April 2016

Scroll on for close ups of the contents and my thoughts…

Strawberry Picking Pattern

Strawberry Picking Pattern

Screw-B-Do

Screw-B-Do

FQS Ruler

FQS Ruler

FQS Ruler

FQS Ruler – Love the little non-skid parts!

Grow! Charm Pack

Grow! Charm Pack

Grow! Charm Pack

Grow! Charm Pack

FQS Block Recipe Card

FQS Block Recipe Card


My Thoughts

While not all the contents were really my cuppa tea, I was really excited to receive this box and plan to continue to subscribe.

For me, the only thing that was a total miss was the Strawberry Picking pattern. Cute but not really my aesthetic. The charm pack is also one that I wouldn’t have picked out myself but I’ll definitely use it. I think it will be perfect for a quick throw for a little girl. The notions will be nice additions to my sewing tool kit, too. In particular I love the little ruler. It will be perfect for fussy cutting and working with smaller pieces. I love that they added the small non-skid grippers.

sewsampler-900One thing that I think is really interesting is the addition of a Block Recipe. Each month has a different block recipe and eventually (in box 12 maybe?) we’ll get instructions on putting all the blocks together in a quilt. They’ve also put together a bundle of solids specifically selected for the blocks. The recipes include measurements for three sizes of blocks and the fabric bundle contains enough fabric to make your choice of sizes.

I’m on the fence about the bundle. I do want to make each month’s block as a Block of the Month sort of thing. I like the fact that it is all solids but I’m not sure about the palette. It isn’t what I’d normally choose. But maybe that’s a good thing? Therein lies the dilemma. Take a chance on a palette I’m not wild about turning out to be something I love… or go with a palette that I love from the get-go?

If the pics I’ve seen on social media are accurate, each block is one of the 12 colors and white. I also saw one pic that showed a small section of a finished quilt that showed the blocks assembled using white sashing. I think I might take a gamble that I can pull a fast one and use a different color palette.

Like this one?

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Or this one?

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Or maybe this one?

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