Sew Sampler Reveal August 2017

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Sit back, relax and discover all things tropical in this month’s Sew Sampler Box. The journey will take you straight to the Reef and all its treasures. You are sure to experience a wave of excitement when you reveal what’s inside. This month’s retail value is over $63! Scroll on down and check out what we included in your box this month. If you are not yet subscribed, be sure you do so you receive our September box!

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Reef Fat Eighth Bundle by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

Journey to a magical underwater realm with Elizabeth Hartman’s Reef collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. These vibrant fabrics are filled with all sorts of aquatic life, and Elizabeth has hand-selected 10 prints to help you go beyond the reef!

View the entire collection here.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: August 2017 - Reef Bundle

YoYo Magnifier by the Daylight Company

This compact, foldable pocket LED magnifier is ideal to carry with you when you’re on the go. The magnifier has a 8 diopter 3.0X lens and 3 bright daylight LEDs.

When your work demands close-up precision and masterful attention to every detail, this daylight LED delivers high contrast, accurate color matching, low heat and the portability that you demand.

View our wide assortment of Daylight Company products here.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: August 2017 - YoYo Light

50wt Aurifil Teal Spotted Varigated Thread by Aurifil

This beautiful variegated thread from Aurifil is a long-staple Egyptian cotton thread that coordinates perfectly with your Reef fabric this month. This would be ideal for machine quilting, machine embroidery and other effects.

Love this color? We have a large spool available here or view our full line of Aurifil threads here.


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G Easy Ruler Stickers by G.E. Designs

Easily mark your rulers, templates, cutting mats and more! Make your cutting more accurate, consistent and faster. They are easily removable without any residue. You can reuse and re-position the stickers multiple times. Package inclu8des 3 sheets of stickers in lime green, pink and turquoise for a total of 192 stickers!

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With love Woven Quilt Labels by Fat Quarter Shop
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

We just LOVE these reversible woven labels! They are the perfect way to personalize and add a finishing touch to your project. Simply select the side you want shown and sew it into the binding with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Includes 12 labels in blue, green, pink and grey

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Chuckles Quilt Pattern Designed by Elizabeth Hartman for Sew Sampler
Sew Sampler Exclusive

Chuckles is a chummy little clown fish who is starting his very first day of school. Cheer him on as he navigates new waters and learns his A-B-Seas! This quilt is designed by Elizabeth Hartman and we can’t help but to Chuckle to see this school of little clown fish swim by!

Finished size: 48″ x 56″

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Basket Block #5 Recipe Card Designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Sew along with us each month as we create these charming basket blocks featuring Confetti Cotton Solids by Riley Blake Designs! This pattern contains instructions to make 5 1/2″, 10 1/2″ and 15 1/2″ unfinished square blocks!

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We’re sew excited for the 2017 Basket Sew Sampler Quilt, and we can’t wait to show you all of the fun block designs that Lori Holt has come up with! We’ve even put together a 2017 Basket Blocks Sew Sampler Bundle for you to purchase so that you have everything ready to go when you get your Sew Sampler box and recipe card each month!

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Basket Block Fat Quarter BundleWe’ve got more fun in store for you next month, so be sure you’re subscribed to the Sew Sampler Box to get in on all of the treats!

Watch our Sew Sampler reveal video for the August box to see all these goodies in action!


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  1. This was another good box except for one item. I’m not impressed with the magnifying light. I played around with it and think it’s awkward and not really big enough to get any use out of. Since it was the most expensive item in the box I would rather have had a yard of fabric to go with the fabric bundle. I love Elizabeth Hartman so I think the pattern is adorable, like the fabric bundle too. This will sew up into a very cute quilt.

    1. The light was a lifesaver at my house. Husband and I ended up going through a tick nest and did not realize for about five hours. He had 66 ticks bites and four spider and I had 73 tick bites – all tiny deer ticks. We are forever greatfyl this lighted magnifier was in the Tropical Paradise box- worth its weight in gold!

      1. I used to live in tick country. A roll of painter’s tape can be your best friend. When you look down to see your legs covered in deer ticks just lay the tape on top and like the most wonderful kind of magic you not only remove them, they are now stuck on the tape and can easily be disposed of!

  2. These boxes are tons of fun!! Love love love the chuckles pattern – I quilt for charity and think that will be a fun pattern to make. I did not find a package of ruler stickers in my box and they do like they would be very useful – oh well. I can’t wait for the next surprise box!!

      1. Love the quilt box for August. I’m making the quilt for my nephew. He going to be turning one soon and I thinking this would be sweet quilt for him. Can’t wait to see what September box will behold for us and I’m hope for fall material because it my favorite time of the year. Plus that’s when Autumn start I believe.

  3. I agree with jody. The magnifying light was disappointing. I gave it to my 8 year old son. The fabric and labels are very pretty.

  4. I love the yoyo light! It was my favorite item in the box this month! As a matter of fact, I loved everything! Keep up the great work, keep the surprises coming! Thank you!

  5. I loved that I received my box earlier this month, great recovery from last months goof up. I too tried the Yoyo magnifier n it is not bright enough for my hand work.
    I also love the colors this month. I live in FL so the pattern and colors are so beachy

  6. Received my quilt candy within 2 days of shipping! As always, I was just so happy with each item. The YoYo magnifier is just perfect for embroidery, stray splinters, missing needles, my traveling sewing kit, the list is just endless.

  7. I loved everything in the box this month, although not sure when or how I’ll use the magnifying light. Those labels are just too perfect!!!

  8. Wow, what service!! Received the FQS Sew Sampler box before the 20th which was filled with outstanding goodies. My husband was also impressed especially with the yoyo magnifier. Loved it because you can take it anywhere for a variety of uses. Have all ready enjoyed using it for cross-stitch projects. The FQS Sampler Box Team choose such unique items which epitomizes your first-rate business.

  9. Loved the August box. It was very cheery. I’m sure I’ll have no problem using everything in it. Those ruler stickers will sure come in handy and save lots of time lining up. The fabric was sweet and the pattern is really cute.

  10. Thisis my second box. Very, very pleased. I subscribed to the button club last yer and through first box this year. Dropped out not pleased with the changes-get much more for my money in this club.

  11. I love the YouTube block tutorial, those are so fun to watch! Can’t wait to make the Chuckles Quilt!!!

  12. When my grandson was little, his nickname was fish. Going to make this for him, he just bought a house, so double the fun!
    I loved this box!!

  13. Yoyo magnifier, too cool! I have had two failed cataract surgeries so even with implants, contacts, and reading glasses I’m still blind to anything close up. I will be getting a lot of use out of this. I loved every single item in the box this month. Thank you.

  14. The boxes just aren’t as good as they were when I first joined….they don’t seam to have any rhyme or reason….it would be nice if all the items were compatible with each other as a whole, not so random.

  15. I wasn’t sure about the magnifying light at first. I used it to rip out some stitches. I liked using this better than using reading glasses. It’s so much easier to see the stitches and you can position it over your work. I’m going to this for beadwork too.

  16. This was my first box and I loved it! I’m not sure I will use the stickers, but everything else will be utilized for sure. I love the magnifying light and the fabric. Oh, the fabric! I am quickly becoming a fabric junkie. Keep ’em coming!

  17. I loved the box, and the Chuckles pattern inspired me to make a wall hanging organizer. I ended up creating my own fish pattern. I wish the patterns included instructions for making just one block.

    I am happy with the WH I made that has four pockets for my four sizes of WonderClips. I wish we could share pics of projects we’ve made using the SewSampler box.

  18. I am very disappointed as my sampler box has NOT yet arrived. The very first one and July box arrived only four days after shipping, but once again they are getting later and later arriving. Very disappointing as vouchers have expired before I even get to open my sew sampler box.

    1. Don’t blame FQS, they have no control over what happens after they turn it over to the Post Office. The P. O. Is not at all what it used to be.

  19. Loved everything but the magnifying glass. I too would have preferred more fabric or thread. This is my second box and it is so much fun wondering what is inside.

  20. Ohh I just loved this box!! Im already an Elizabeth Hartman fan!!! We own a boat and the hubby suggested I make this quilt for the beds… I was soo happy and ordered a half yard bundle of Reef…hehehe love it when its a win win for hubby and I lol

  21. I loved this box and all of the items! Just was not happy with the new shipping method for international buyers! It usually takes 5-8 days to arrive at my doorstep. Now it takes at least 14 days! Not really acceptable. Especially when you consider the international shipping fee of 16$ for the box of 24.95$. The same box would ship from Germany to US for around 3.70€…
    Hope Fat Quarter Shop will return to the faster shipping method they had until last month!!!

  22. I really really liked this box! The magnifying light is extremely handy to have and the ruler stickers will be helpful. I love this fabric, cannot wait to get started on sewing it!