May 2018 Sew Sampler Box Reveal

Hey everyone! About a month ago, I started researching quilting subscription boxes. There are about 10 of them out there that I can see, with three of them being the most popular:

  • Quilty Box
  • Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler Box
  • Quilter’s Candy Box

In a later post, I will go into the pros and cons of each, but I decided for budget’s sake that I would go with Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Sampler Box. Today was the first box I received in the mail, and I can’t say how excited I was waiting for it. From what I have seen from others’ reveals, this is an awesome box this month. Let’s get down to it, shall we? (This post contains affiliate links. If you follow them and buy anything, it costs you nothing extra, but I do get a small amount from each sale. It helps keep this blog open, and I am so appreciative.)

Opening up the box, there was so much as you can see. In this picture, you can’t see them, but they also had 2 spools of Aurifil thread. The insert in the box says this box is worth over $65. Spending $30 including shipping and handling this month to get a value of twice that made it definitely worth it! The featured quilter this month was Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet. Being such a new quilter, I have never heard of her (please don’t clutch your pearls just yet!). People were evidently very happy with the choice of her as the featured quilter and fabric designer when Fat Quarter Shop did a sneak peek of this month’s Sew Sampler Box. Let’s open it up, shall we?


Pepper and Flax Jolly Bar: This is a roll of 42 pre-cut fabrics measuring at 5″ x 10″.  These fabrics, designed by Corey Yoder,  are a gorgeous mix of spring greens, light grays and summery yellows, full of floral and vintage prints. I love the colors this month. I am not a fan of bright, bold colors, nor of super feminine pinks and big florals. The fabric colors in this month’s Jolly Roll are quietly muted and not gender specific. This makes it perfect for baby quilts if you wanted to use it for a baby quilt. They also don’t have a specific theme, which makes it easy to be used in any project.  You can only find Jolly Bars at the Fat Quarter Shop and each come with a bonus coordinating pattern. This month’s coordinating pattern with this gorgeous Jolly Bar is the Beehive Quilt.


Gray Alphabitties by It’s Sew Emma: These are 26 letters and 10 numbers that are small plastic tiles that are great for labeling my fabrics after cutting. They are gray in color, which makes them a neutral color and easy to see against different colored fabrics. The Alphabitties measure 1 inch square and have the letters/numbers printed on each side of them. They are pretty hard plastics, so I’m not quite sure how you can pin them to the fabric. Has anyone used these? Any tips on how you used them?

Creative Grids 4.5″ x 8.5″ Quilt Ruler: This rectangular ruler has black and white ruler numbers, which makes it easy to read on both dark and light fabrics. This quilt ruler is marked in 1/8″ and 1/4″ increments, perfect for those 3/8″,  5/8″, and 7/8″ cuts we have to make. It also has markings for 30, 45 and 60 degree angles as well. Since this is along with the Jolly Bar, measuring at 5″ x 10″, I’m guessing the pattern that comes with this month’s subscription box will require 4 1/2″ and 8 1/2″ cuts.

Aurifil Thread: The reveals I have seen for previous months have usually only seen one thread spool. It is so exciting to see not just one but TWO! Two small 50 weight Aurifil Thread 100% cotton spools at 220 yards each in two gorgeous colors, a summery yellow and soft sage green that match perfectly with the Pepper and Flax Jolly Bar that is in this month’s subscription box.

If this wasn’t enough for you, there is also an ongoing square a month pattern for the Barn Block. You get a Recipe Card every month for a different square based on barn blocks seen around the country. This month was Recipe Card #2. You can also buy the Barn Block Quilt Kit and the coordinating  Aurifil Barn Block Thread Pack.



This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I am excited about those alphabitties! I’ve been wanting to try them for a great while now!

    1. How do you use them? Is there any way to connect them to the fabric?

  2. I love subscription boxes! I’m not a quilter myself but this looks like it would make a great gift for a few women in the family for sure.

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