How have supply chain issues impacted your quilting projects?

For me, it’s been in two ways: (1) delayed or cancelled events due to some necessary component of the class (usually template or pattern book) being unavailable or (2) having to substitute fabrics because the fabric I had been using was no longer available or the shop from which I purchased it is no longer in business/still has limited hours.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I chose to participate in the Great Granny Squared QAL sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop because I already had the book and fabrics in my stash. Or at least I thought I had enough white fabric.

My go-to solid white fabric is usually RJR Cotton Supreme Solid in Optic White. When I went to my closet to retrieve the new bolt of white fabric I’d recently received, I discovered my supplier had substituted a bolt of white Riley Blake fabric since the RJR Cotton Supreme was out of stock. Definitely not the same shade of white. It’s a softer shade of white that actually looked dingy against the white fabric already used in my project.

So, I needed to make a substitution for my supplier’s substitution. 😂 Small amounts of the RJR Optic White were available via Etsy, but carried a premium price and shipping. Fortunately, Joann’s had the bright white Kona Cotton fabric in stock and it was on sale! It’s almost an exact match. I merely made sure all pieces for certain parts of the quilt were cut from the same fabric to make the substitution look less obvious. The pieced band and outermost border are cut from the additional Kona fabric.

As for that bolt of Riley White. It’ll definitely get used in future projects calling for a white background!

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