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.