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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 Carol Ann Hinton on February 3, 2015 at 12:54pm

I'll bring the pitchfork!

Comment by Barbara Graham on February 3, 2015 at 12:07pm

Oh no, that's criminal!  If you want, and know who we are after, we can all gather with torches and a rope.

Comment by Cindy on February 2, 2015 at 11:13pm
PQ, you might also post a photo here of the fabrics. Who knows where you might find someone with the same fabrics. If I happened to have any, I would be more than happy to share. Might be worth a try.
Comment by Janet/MO on February 2, 2015 at 8:20pm

I would be royally ticked off too.  You might try Missingfabrics.com to see if anyone else might possibly have this fabric they will sell to you.  My friend Lou Ann was able to find some on that site 5 yrs after she bought some for a BOM.  

Comment by Pam/NY on February 2, 2015 at 7:16pm

Good idea Carol...wth...I'd be spitting nails! That is one for the books. Have never heard that done before. Good thing or there would be a lot of quilters in jail! Geez...we'll all be looking at FQs differently from now on!

Comment by Barb/WI on February 2, 2015 at 6:58pm

Oh, that would tick me off, big time!  Hopefully you find something else quickly while your still in the mood to do the quilt.

Comment by Roxann on February 2, 2015 at 4:58pm

GRRRRR! So frustrating! I'm sorry PQ! I purchase a lot of kits and nothing makes me more mad than to be shorted.  Sometimes it takes me a year or two before I actually get to it! I buy kits because I like the color choices, and the ease of grab and go. I unfortunately don't have the time to spend hours in a quilt shop.

Everyone makes mistakes but it should be against the law to be shorted fabric! Sending happy vibes your way!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 2, 2015 at 4:34pm

Oooooooh!  Picture me, with eyes narrowed, glaring at your sneaky quilt shop!  Hopefully they have gone out of business in the recession and lost their shirts!!  

I cut fabric for years for our LQ and it would have been worth their job if anyone in the shop had done that.  In fact, we were instructed to cut fat quarters at least 18-1/2 inches wide to be sure.  Yards were cut at least 1" longer.  We kept a box of inaccurate cuttings, and gave them away to our customers if they needed something.  Tip:  Look for a solid color flannel that goes with your fabric line bundle and meld that one into your project.  

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