Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sew Sampler April 2016

I just love subscription boxes, so now that I'm totally obsessed with quilting, naturally I went in search of quilting boxes. I was excited to find that The Fat Quarter Shop started a quilting box, and April is actually their first shipment! Here it is:

I love the presentation, it's like opening a little cute, tissue-wrapped present! Here are the items from my box:

  • Screw B Do Magnetic Screw Driver - I have to use the screwdriver every time I need to change a needle, and it keeps popping in and out, hopefully this will make it easier. I love the colors too, adorable!

  • Cotton Candy Embroidery Scissors by Sew Mate - I already have 2 pairs of embroidery scissors, though one is in desperate need of being gone. I got hot pink ... what's not to love?

  • Fat Quarter Shop 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" Ruler - I have a lot of rulers, so this one isn't super useful to me, but then again, there's nothing wrong with having an additional ruler, either.

  • Grow! Charm Pack from Moda Fabrics - Moda Fabrics is one of my favorite shops, I love their bright modern style. This charm pack is very colorful, and makes me glad that I'm into quilting, as I love these bright and fun colors. (In knitting, I'm much more judicious about the colors since they're worn ... but in quilting almost anything goes as long as it's contemporary!) I have a few charm pack quilts in my queue, such as a Petals quilt, that this would be absolutely perfect for.

  • Strawberry Picking Pattern by It's Sew Emma - a very cute summery quilt, I probably won't be making it anytime soon because there are so many things I want to make, but I'm never upset about adding a pattern to my library.

  • In addition, we also get a block recipe card for us to collect. At the end of the year, we can end up with a block-of-the-month type quilt.

    The value of this box was $47.80, which I'm really happy with. I paid ~$30 for this box, so I feel it is good value. What I don't get is that a lot of subscription type boxes say they're okay as long as the total price of items is above what you paid, even by a little ... and this is not true. It's true we do have to pay for curation. But on the other hand, we also expect a discount because the items were not handpicked by us, and hence can be not useful. But ultimately, it comes down to curation and presentation. The items were fun and fresh and colorful and presented well, and the recipe card is so cute, so I think it's a winner. I'll be keeping my subscription!

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