I'm sure you've seen this fabric around (from Moda's Mrs. Nelson's 2nd Grade series), but, of course, I put off buying it until it was impossible to find. What's up with that anyway? Does anyone else have anxiety about fabric going out of print? Why doesn't it work like books - The Grapes of Wrath isn't going out of print anytime soon? Call me naive, but doesn't it seem counter to economic logic to discontinue popular fabrics that are continuing to bring in lots of money? File this under: "Well, what do I know anyway?
When I first spied this fabric I was immediately brought back to Mrs. Rahmlow's 2nd grade classroom and learning cursive via the Palmer method. A teacher's pet in every other respect, Mrs. Rahmlow was constantly riding me about holding my pencil incorrectly. She patrolled the aisles while we practiced handwriting and I played the dangerous game of quickly (often not quickly enough) switching to the correct position. To this day I hold my pens and pencils "wrong," but I don't think I'm any the worse for it.
Imagine my glee on Tuesday morning when I came across this post over at Pink Trees identifying a source for the fabric. Quick as a rabbit I hopped over to (Ye Olde) Backdoor Quilt Shoppe and lay claim to 2 yards. I'd never heard of this website, but was extremely satisfied by their cheap shipping ($2.50 in this case) and quick shipping (2 days in this case). I'm very sorry to report that this print sold out within an hour or two of my own purchase. I feel very lucky to have scored some. While there I found a link to this: a searchable database of 188 quilt shops. So if you know the name of a hard-to-find fabric, this seems like a good place to start looking for it. They even show the results as thumbnails which is helpful.