Boy did I learn a new lesson the hard way today. I've been plugging along making my triangle quilt and I'm in the home-stretch. I decided to add some white strips in between the rows of triangles and I'm liking the end result. That was, until I noticed that I had 2 different colors of white. I bought what I thought was Kona White at a local big box store. Okay, who am I trying to protect here? I purchased it at Joann's. I like the fact that I can easily get Kona solids there and at a great price when using their 50% off coupons. My original purchase was for 1 yard but I ended up needing a bit more so I went back for another yard at a later date. I was just finishing up my quilt top yesterday when I saw that they weren't the same white!
The white on the top was my original purchase, of which 85% of my quilt is constructed with. The strip below is the more recent purchase. I'm hoping you can see in this photo that the one on top is more of an ivory color, closer to Kona Snow. I double checked my receipts and sure enough, both stated that I purchased Kona White. Will the real Kona White please stand up?
I might have just left it if I didn't have the 2 whites touching one another in places on the quilt. Given the circumstances, I went back to Joann's to show them the issue. They informed me that there was nothing they could do since I had already cut into the second fabric and that they are different because of different dye lots. SERIOUSLY??! Now don't get me wrong - I've been a knitter for 20 years and I am very aware of differing dye lots when it comes to yarn. I was NOT aware that this could be the case for fabrics. How am I just now hearing about this? Is it true or were they just blowing smoke up my @$%#?
So I ended up buying another yard, first matching it with the swatch I brought to the store. Now to rip out some sewing and repair the damage. Not my idea of fun. Having easy access to a big box store is convenient (especially when most of the quilt shops around me are 30-40 minutes away with toll roads) but after this blunder, I'll think twice before I purchase fabric from them again.