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March 2018 Box – Elizabeth Hartman

This is my first month to receive the Quilty Box Subscription Box.  This month’s box includes:

  1. the Elizabeth Hartman Jade and Cottontail mini quilt pattern,
  2. paired with Hartman’s Terrarium for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, and
  3. a spool of coordinating Aurifil thread from Hartman’s Color Collection. 
  4. Also inside is a box of ever-useful Glowline Tape from Omnigrid,
  5. machine oil by ToolTron, and
  6. the infamous That Purple Thang tool — good for endless uses!

I’m really happy with this first box!  I love Elizabeth Hartman’s fabric and patterns, so this is an easy win, for me!  I am looking forward to sewing my mini quilt pattern and receiving my next box in April.

April 2018 Box – Shayla Wolf of Sassafrass Lane Designs

April’s box looks great.  Quilty Box sent me a beautiful fabric rainbow!  Inside are:

  1. eight fat quarters of the newly released Foundation Fabric collection by Shayla Wolf of Sassafrass Lane Designs made for Windham Fabrics,
  2. the exclusive Pop Art Patchwork pattern by Shayla Wolf that uses her included feature fabrics,
  3. a beautiful spool of Aurifil Thread,
  4. the new Olfa Splash 45 mm Rotary Cutter in the new Pink Pizzazz color,
  5. and the Splash Mini Quilt pattern by Felice Regina for Olfa.

May 2018 Box – Violet Craft

May’s Quilty Box looks to be a big hit!  Featuring Violet Craft, this month’s box includes:

  1. Eight fat quarters from Craft’s new SoCal inspired Palm Canyon Fabric Collection with Robert Kaufman,
  2. Craft’s adorable County Seat Quilt pattern, and
  3. a spool of her exclusively designed Wonderfil Spaghetti Thread! 
  4. Also included is Craft’s seam roller, and 
  5. a pair of EverSewn thread snips.

Quilty Box says this Egyptian Cotton thread and Violet’s Palm Canyon Fabrics were a match made in Coachella Valley!  I’m loving it!

June 2018 Box – Melanie Testa

My June Quilty Box arrived and it’s all Quilt with Love! This month’s box features:

  1. Melanie Testa and her new Florabunda fabric line (fat quarter bundle) for RJR Fabrics, and
  2. her exclusive Be Mine Applique Wall-Hanging pattern.  
  3. Also included is the wonderful Goddess Sheet reusable Teflon-coated pressing cloth, and
  4. MistyFuse fusible web for the pattern. 
  5. Also included is an RJR Fabrics exclusive on-point 61”x61” quilt pattern that uses the included fabrics, and
  6. a versatile spool of Black Wonderfil Thread that completes the package!

July 2018 Box – Yoko Saito

July’s Classic Quilty Box arrived today and I was pleasantly surprised with what was inside!  Though I’ll admit I’m usually more drawn to the bold and beautiful colors or the playful and whimsy, they had me at bag pattern!!  Inside this month’s box:

  1. a fabric bundle from Japanese designer Yoko Saito for Lecien Fabrics that can be used to make her
  2. beautiful Blue Dragonfly Tapestry pattern OR her Blue Dragonfly Bag Pattern.
  3. Also included is her notion set:  containing seven skeins of Cosmo Floss embroidery thread, 1 meter (1.09 yards) of liner/cotton mixed tape for the bag handle, and a Floss Bobbin in both the small and large sizes. 
  4. Lastly, the Quilty Box Bundles of Inspiration magazine includes an article on Yoko Saito’s Art of Sashiko hand embroidery with some basic designs and tips on technique. 

I love it when I see hand-stitching embellishments on others’ quilts, but I’m always a little afraid to include it on my own work. I may finally give it a try!

August 2018 Box – Sara Watson

Belissimo!  Check out this month’s Quilty Box:

  1. Four selected fat quarters and one full yard cut of the Brazilian rain forest inspired Terrestrial Fabric collection by Sara Watson created for Cloud 9 Fabrics.  Sara’s newest fabric line provides a large range of print sizes, from small and intricately detailed design patterns to over-sized bold flowers and foliage — all rich with color! 
  2. Also included is Sara’s new Epiphyte Quilt pattern that corresponds with her new fabric line. The pattern and fabric included make a 34” x 34” finished quilt, or additional blocks can be added to increase the finished size. 
  3. Also included is a beautifully matched spool of 50 wt. (200 yd.) Aurifil Thread in Ermine/Light Tan (color 2312), and
  4. a Fold-Away Ruler from The Quilter’s Mercantile that folds perfectly in half, transforming that unwieldy, but necessary, 24-inch ruler into an easy to pack and travel 12-inch ruler that will fit into any bag or case!

September 2018 Box – Flaurie and Finch

I LOVE metallic/sparkly fabrics!… and HOW FUN is it that Quilty Box just sent me a whole bundle of them!?!  This month’s box features Flaurie and Finch — Linda FINCH and Vanessa LAURIE Stevens, premier designers with RJR Fabrics!  Included in this month’s box is:

  1. the Flaurie and Finch designed 35” x 42” Mariposa Sky Quilt pattern with large-scale butterfly applique pattern templates included.  This quilt could easily be expanded and the butterfly appliques would look great on any sized quilt due to their large size.
  2. Also included are nine selected fat quarters from Flaurie & Finch’s Sweet Somethings Fabric and Blossom Batiks Horizon Fabric collections.  You’ll still need another couple of yards to complete the Mariposa Sky Quilt top, but they’ve included a really nice sampling of the fabrics for you to know for sure that you want to!! (Or, you can use them to beautify another fun project on your sewing to-do list!). 
  3. Also included is an OLFA Creates 7.5” x 5.5” Mini Cutting Mat.  Perfect for travel in those ultra tight places where space is a commodity!  (The airplane tray table comes to mind!) 
  4. And, they included my new favorite titanium 45 mm Endurance blade from Olfa! 
  5. Last but not least, a gorgeous spool of thread to compliment our fabric — a 40 wt. rayon-core Spotlite Metallic Thread in Lilac Glaze from Wonderfil Specialty Threads!

October 2018 Box – Carrie Bloomston

YES!!  I am LOVING this month’s Quilty Box!  Check out this awesome: 

  1. Carrie Bloomston’s new Wonder Fabric for Windham Fabrics, which I’ve been totally crushing on!  The newspaper stars are my ultimate favorite of the line.
  2. Bloomston’s Wonky House Quilt pattern created especially for her Wonder Fabrics for Quilty Box.
  3. A Sewline glue stick pen AND refill stick that are great for foundation paper piecing, applique work, or English Paper Piecing.
  4. This Wonderfil little gadget that I’ve never seen before:  the Bobbinator.  This honey of a doohickey turns four of your bobbins into a spool of thread that can then be put into your sewing machine.  What a great way to use up old bobbins!

November 2018 Box – Tula Pink

My Quilty Box arrived at my doorstep this month just before the Thanksgiving holiday and inside was a super fun collaboration of Tula Pink and Patterns by Annie. In this month’s box:

  1. A beautiful blue color way of Zuma Fabric (eight fat quarters) by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics,
  2. the Clam-Up Bag pattern by byAnnie.com, featuring zippered pouches in 5 sizes for makeup, sewing supplies, tech gear, jewelry, or just great gifts for friends!
  3. Soft and Stable byAnnie.com for the perfect interfacing for your Clam-Up Bag project.  It’s soft, machine washable, and gives your project a professional, finished look.
  4. A double-slide zipper in Blastoff Blue, color 215, byAnnie.com.  These zippers are a bag-maker’s dream, as they are easy to sew through, have wide tape for easy insertion, can be cut down to any size, and can be taken apart and put back together in various coordinating zipper and zipper pull color combinations!!  I LOVE that they included a color chart for future orders!!
  5. A gorgeous spool of Aurifil Thread 50 wt. Light Blue Violet cotton, color 1128.
  6. Spinning Blocks English Paper Piecing Quilt pattern by PaperPiecesEPP and the Low Tide Baby Quilt pattern by Jeni Baker from In Color Order.

December 2018 Box – Giucy Giuce

December’s box arrived filled with wonderful goodies, right in time for the Christmas  Holiday!  In this month’s box:

  1. Giucy Giuce’s gorgeous new Quantum Fabric for Andover Fabrics.  An eight fat quarter bundle of awesome!
  2. Gypsy Quilter 4″ square Wool Pressing Mat.  Great for travel!
  3. Fish Scissors from ToolTron!  I love little snips and these cuties are TSA travel-friendly, so they are good to go for your next airplane ride.
  4. Colonial Needle Co Millineres Needles, Size 11, perfect for that hand-sewn binding or project.
  5. TWO beautiful spools of Auriful Thread, 50 wt., in colors 1125 Iceberg and 1148 Medium Teal.
  6. The 48” x 48” Feathering Quilt pattern by Giucy Giuce, the 54″ x 63″ Leap Throw Quilt pattern by Jeni Baker of In Color Order, and Tumbling Colors English Paper Piecing Quilt pattern by PaperPiecesEPP.

My Thoughts on Quilty Box

I had originally planned to subscribe to Quilty Box for 6 months.  But, I was enjoying it, so I ended up keeping my subscription for 10 months. 

Not every box was “for me.”  But the majority of the monthly shipments that I received were very nicely curated.  I love that Quilty Box’s monthly theme is by artist.  The fabric designers are something that I have a serious interest in, so having a monthly subscription that features some of the latest released fabric lines and a corresponding designer-created exclusive pattern is appealing to me.  Of course you don’t get every cut of fabric from their collection, but you do get a nice sampling that allows you to determine if you would like to make a purchase while it is still readily available in stores. 

I did occasionally find myself wishing that I had a bit more of the included fabric and a bit less of the included notions.  Great notions, rulers, and other sewing accessories are typically expensive and probably too cost-prohibitive to justify including many of them in these monthly boxes.  There were a few inclusions that seemed either repeated (thread colors, varying scissors/snips) or not of everyday/practical use (4″ pressing mat, mini cutting mat).  

There were a couple of boxes that didn’t “wow” me, due to the fabric selection or the contents seemed a bit thin.  It was disappointing when the fabrics were not my style, or when there was not enough fabric to sew the included patterns/projects.  But, it was obvious that there was a lot of time and effort put into the curation of every box and the majority of contents I liked.

Overall, I would opt to sign up for Quilty Box again one day and I would recommend it to a friend.

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