As you know, my computer was recently on the fritz, but what I didn't mention is that while it was in the shop I was working on submissions for a weekend quilts magazine. Fabulous timing. Two weeks before the deadline I discovered that I didn't have enough border/binding fabric for one of my submissions. I wasn't sure I remembered where or when I bought it (one of the hazards of a growing stash), but I was able to find a scrap of selvage with the manufacturer's name on it. It was a blender type of fabric, so I decided to check out the manufacturer's website to try to find the name for the exact color.
I borrowed my husband's iPad and through the screen protector film and fingerprints (the kids love the iPad), I was able to discern 8 different green fabrics. After consulting with my daughter, I was pretty sure that the color that I was looking for was "Bright Lime Green." So I found an on-line store that carried "Bright Lime Green" and ordered a yard. I also decided to order a half-yard of a darker "Medium Green" from a second store that I had never used before just in case I decided to go a different route with my outer border. Shopping finished, I happily moved on to another project.
4 days later, the "Bright Lime Green" arrived and it was decidedly not the right color. I still had 10 days before the deadline, so back to the iPad I went. I tried a third store this time that had helpful descriptions next to the fabric photos. I was certain that "Mojito" had to be the right color, but to be on the safe side, and because the price was right, I added a half-yard of "Envy" to my cart too. While shopping, I found a fourth store that had some "Bright Green" and because I was still convinced that I was working with a bright green fabric (it looks much brighter in my sewing room) I rolled the dice and bought some of that one too.
Another 4 days passed and "Mojito" and "Envy" arrived. Close, but no cigar. One was too light and the other too gray. "Bright Green" came on the same day and I discovered that I was not, in fact, using a bright green on my quilt. Now I was panicked. 6 days until the deadline and it was a Saturday, which meant that anything I ordered that day would not ship until at least Monday. I grabbed the iPad and pulled up the website for a store that I knew shipped quickly. They had two greens that I hadn't tried yet: "Sea Green" and "Light Yellow Lime." I seriously doubted whether either would be the green I was looking for, but I was beyond reason now and bought a half-yard of each anyway.
The anticipated delivery for my latest purchase was Thursday, one day before my deadline and just enough time to wash the fabric and slap on a border, IF I had the right fabric. But Wednesday I opened the mailbox to discover an envelope from the store that I had never ordered from. Remember the "Medium Green" that I ordered on my first go around - 12 days before? I had given up on the order because I hadn't received any sort of confirmation or tracking number, and in any event I had only ordered the darker green on a lark. I carried the envelope into the house, tore it open, and lo and behold, it was the right fabric. I laughed out loud (to Casey's delight) and couldn't decide if I was more relieved that I finally had the right fabric or exasperated because tomorrow's mail would bring two more half-yards of the wrong green.
I finally finished the quilt top and sent it off to the magazine on time. But now I've got 3 1/2 yards of random green fabrics (actually the entire line of greens, with the exception of "Forest" which I'm actually thinking of buying to round out my collection) and a whopping credit card bill. One half yard of "Medium Green" cost me approximately $55. That is, hands down, the most expensive fabric I've ever purchased.
|Top: Medium Green|
From Left: Bright Lime Green, Mojito, Envy, Bright Green, Sea Green, Light Yellow Lime
And the moral of the story? Beware of on-line fabric shopping.
I guess it could also be: Know your color before you buy.
or maybe: Don't shop using your husband's iPad.
or better yet: Buy bigger cuts of fabric.
Take your pick. I'm going with "Buy bigger cuts of fabric!"