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Sew Sampler Subscription Box Review – October 2017

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Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Sew Sampler is a subscription box from the Fat Quarter Shop that includes sewing notions, fabrics, and patterns for quilters!

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

The Subscription Box: Sew Sampler

The Cost: $0.99 to join, and the box is $24.95 plus $4.95 for shipping for US customers, $12.00 for shipping for Canadian customers, and $16.00 shipping for International customers.

The Products: “At least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, patterns, thread, and anything in between.” They promise that the retail value will always be more than the cost of the box.

Ships to: Worldwide

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Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

The theme for October was Nightfall Reflections. Once again, the box had a cover on the inside announcing the theme. I think it adds a nice touch to the unboxing. 

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017 Coupons

There’s always a shop promotion card for FatQuarterShop.com, a fold-out card explaining the items and a sticker. This month’s sticker says, ‘measure twice’, which is advice I should probably follow more often than I do.

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Mesa Valley Spirit Animal Fat Quarter Bundle – Retail Value $22.98

This bundle is exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop, and is the largest bundle they’ve ever sent! I love the fabric choices, especially the sea otters in space. It has a kind of Welcome to Night Vale feel. I liked that the patterns were a little spooky without being generically Halloween-specific. 

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Everything Mary Zip Around Sewing Kit – Retail Value $9.99 (found on sale here for $8.98)

This sewing kit contains a lot of useful things! So far I’ve used the scissors, measuring tape and needles. A lot of times the scissors in sewing kits are terrible, but these cut pretty well. 

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Fat Quarter Shop Bitty Buddy – Retail Value $8.98

This pop-up bin is perfect for holding snips of thread and fabric. I can always use something like this when I’m sewing. 

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Poke-A-Dots Sticky Thimbles – Retail Value $10.50 (found on sale here for $9.48)

These are little padded stickers that you put on your finger instead of a thimble. It took a little getting used to, but I like them because sometimes they don’t feel as restrictive as a thimble. That said, I think a hard thimble would work better when you need a strong push. 

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Mesa Valley Quilt Pattern – Listed Value $9.98

This month’s exclusive pattern coordinates with this month’s fabric. I like its modern look. 

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017

Basket Block #6 Recipe Card – Listed Value $1.48

Each Sew Sampler box includes a basket block pattern for a sew-along quilt that uses fabric from Riley Blake Designs. This one was designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017 Quilt

First I cut the fabric out and sewed it into strips. This time I took MSA readers’ advice and used two squares on the triangular pieces instead of two pre-cut triangles. This helped a lot!

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017 Quilt

After that, I began sewing the pieces together. Note the scissors from the sewing kit – I used them throughout this project. 

Sew Sampler Nightfall Reflections October 2017 Quilt

Here’s my finished quilt square! The triangle edges are definitely neater than others I’ve done and the edges mostly lined up this time. (Of course, there’s still plenty of room for improvement!)

Verdict: This box had a retail value around $64 (less with sale prices), which is great for the $29.90 cost. I liked everything this month, especially the fabric bundle. I often find items from this box to be things I will put to use right away, and this month was no exception. Also, my quilting skills are improving ever so slightly as I practice the patterns they send each month. This subscription is consistently good and I’d recommend it to sewers who enjoy quilting and trying out new fabric designs.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, sign up by 11/12 to receive the November box!

Value Breakdown: At $29.90 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Mesa Valley Spirit Animal Fat Quarter Bundle: $10.75
  • Everything Mary Zip Around Sewing Kit: $4.67
  • Fat Quarter Shop Bitty Buddy: $4.20
  • Poke-A-Dots Sticky Thimbles: $4.91
  • Mesa Valley Quilt Pattern: $4.67
  • Basket Block #6 Recipe Card: $0.69

What do you think of October’s Sew Sampler?

Written by Désirée Eien

Désirée Eien

Désirée has survived the subscription box rollercoaster since 2013. Her other hobbies include meticulously over-researching minor purchases, crafting things she hopes to pass off as gifts, and dressing her cat up in silly costumes.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

3 Comments

  1. I really like the fabrics, but especially the little kangaroo rat hidden in the orange one!

  2. Confession: I always choose my least favourite fabrics from the bundle for the sewing sample. I haven’t decided what to use the otter for yet, but I’m sure it will be something special!

  3. That Spirit Animal FQ bundle is too gorgeous to cut into!

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