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Today I started a baby quilt using a bundle of fat quarter flannels.  With the pattern I chose, I had exactly the right number of FQs to make the quilt and it would use up virtually the entire FQ. The block calls for four 8.5" blocks of each of 5 feature fabrics and then yardage for the background.  I started ironing and cutting and - wouldn't you know - when I unfolded the last FQ, it came apart in pieces.   The frustrating part is that I didn't even get enough pieces to add up to a FQ!  If there were, it's possible that I could have pieced them together and gotten enough fabric for the blocks.    

I would like to think that this wasn't done on purpose, but it was folded too nice and neatly, making it virtually impossible to detect until it was completely unfolded.  I just could not believe my eyes.  Since it was purchased in a bundle, it would never have been detected until one got home.  But the Catch-22 (and a brilliant move on the part of the shop owner) is that after you get the fabric home, find the mistake and try to return it, who's to say that the quilter didn't make the mistake and is trying to pull a fast one on the quilt shop?  

I don't recall where I purchased the bundle.  I've had it for a couple of years regardless, so returning it isn't an option.  However I am a little bit frustrated and irritated about it.  Since I bought it so long ago, finding the fabric from the same line is not likely.  (I've looked on line.)  I'm sure I'll come up with something close, but since they were all coordinating fabrics from the same line, it will be an obvious switch.  

Lesson learned.  I will be much more cautious when buying bundled FQs in the future.   

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 4, 2015 at 11:19am

Joan - great minds think alike.  My first thought was chocolate, too!  :D  

I've come up with a substitute and it will be fine.  I'm sure the only one who will be bothered by it is me.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on February 4, 2015 at 10:01am

Oh my goodness! That's horrible and totally inexcusable.  I know you'll find a great solution for the quilt -- and you have plenty of ideas here as to dealing with the shop!  

Comment by Joan on February 3, 2015 at 4:12pm

Sending lots of snuggly flannel hugs to you, PQ.  Hoping you find a solution.  Chocolate always helps.     

Comment by Shannon, ON on February 3, 2015 at 2:24pm

what is the fabric line called? perhaps someone here has a piece? imho that is just WRONG. and please post a photo to help us!

Comment by Joanna liguz on February 3, 2015 at 1:51pm

Oh wow...... how sad, that happened to you,,How terrible,,,not even nice..Hope you can find something to match it up with something else....!

Comment by Nancy Alberts on February 3, 2015 at 1:12pm

Oh MY where is the edit button, I meant I hope you will be able to replace it with something comparable.

Comment by Nancy Alberts on February 3, 2015 at 1:10pm

Hahahaha, I am with these crazy ladies - lets find that quilt shop! That just bites! I am so sorry that happened to you and I pray you will be able to replace with. I am sure it will be beautiful whatever you do.

I will definitely be checking out my fat quarters from now on. Lesson learned via my friend PQ.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 3, 2015 at 1:07pm

It's good to know you gals have my back.   Thanks for the encouragement and the laughs.  

You know, it's probably a good thing we're scattered all over the country.  Otherwise we might get into some trouble...

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 3, 2015 at 1:02pm

That Pam!  Always has her head on straight; no wonder she only does one quilt at a time!  Snerrrk!

Comment by Pam/NY on February 3, 2015 at 12:57pm

I'll bring the lawyers and money to bail our righteous selves out of the pokey! lol

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