As many of you know, I'm pretty stubborn ... and since they still had the pattern, I thought I could find similar fabrics ... the hunt was on!! Another hour passed ... this was turning out to be harder than I thought. I found only ONE of the original fabrics, but enough suitable fat quarters for most of the blocks. The biggest problem was the border. It makes the piece ... and I wasn't going to accept any substitutes!! I'll find it somewhere else. Let's get what I originally came here for ... backing material. Uh oh ... I was too focused on the Christmas project and couldn't find anything. Finally, in the "cut" bin, the perfect material jumped out at me. The good news is if you purchase backing and batting for a quilt on the 15th of the month, you get 25% off ... and guess what day it was!!! With almost 6 yards, THAT was a real savings!!
When I got home, I hit the internet running. I was bound and determined to find the border material. Everywhere I looked it was discontinued ... out of stock ... gone in a puff of smoke!! I HAVE to find this ... and my stubbornness kicked in again. FINALLY!! On an obscure website in southern Texas, from a tiny little store, I found TWO YARDS!!! SUCCESS!!! I ordered it instantly ... along with a couple other small pieces of the original fabric for this quilt. Persistence pays off!! Isn't the internet wonderful??? I only need two more pieces and I can get to work. It won't be an easy one, that's for sure, but it will keep me busy for the next six months at least. If I'm not cranking out lots of easy quilts, the money for backing and quilting will stay in my wallet!!
Okay, play time's over ... time to wash the second half of the rig!!!