I do most of my fabric shopping at Joann’s using their 50% off coupons and 20% off total purchases coupons and digging through their remnants bin to find fabric. I rarely actually buy fabric off a bolt for more than 3 dollars a yard.
But…Pigg#3 is due to arrive in June and I want to make a quilt for him. And I want to make it cute and actually try my hand at real quilting…no ties. I was even ready to go look at designer fabrics at a specialty store to make sure I got cute fabric I liked…and pay more for it.
So here’s my story…I went to Joann’s first, just in case. You never know. And I did find fabric that caught my eye in their premium quilting fabrics. (Woodhaven collection by Colorbok designed by Heidi Grace) The sign said it was 50% off and you can’t do much better than that at Joann’s so I picked some up along with other fabrics in the line and a couple other supplies I needed while I was at it. Checked out with a bunch of coupons because of their coupon commotion and went on my way.
At home I realized to actually make the quilt the way I want to, I need some more basic solid colors so I went back the next day with Pigg#1. (he chose to come. Surprise!) we spent an hour and a half scouring the store for all the fabrics in the line that I loved and any other fabrics that coordinated well with it, decided what to buy, and getting it cut. I am not quick about these things. And when i looked at the ticket, I finally realized the fabric was not 50% off and not on sale at all. The only reason I got the prices the day before that I got was because of my coupons. Except I didn’t have any more coupons. I wasn’t worried before going to the store because I really thought all the fabric I’d be getting was 50% off.
They didn’t make me buy it, but I could tell the manager was irritated (I would be too. Actually I WAS irritated, and I was the one who did it!) because he said he was going to put all my 1/2 yard cuts back on the bolt. (what? aren’t cuts that small suppose to be turned into remnants?) At home I searched the internet for more coupons and went back that night to get my fabric. And sure enough, when I went up to the counter, each bolt had a 1/2 yard cut rolled back on the bolt. The lady cutting my fabric thought it was odd and I just left her in the dark thinking it was a coincidence that all the cuts I wanted were already right there on the bolts-exact. And the coupons worked and I got my fabric.
And I met a friend there who couldn’t use any of the regular coupons because her fabric WAS on sale. So I could give her the % off total purchase coupon that I couldn’t use and save her money. That was the good part to going back.
But oh the time spent getting that done. I hope this is the best quilting experience ever! And that I never do that again. I’m sure my face was red the whole time I was in Joann’s that last time.