I have known for weeks that I would need dark brown fabric for binding plus thread to sew it on. So what's the big deal??
I thought I had exactly, not a smidgen more, enough fabric for the binding so I did not attempt to get any more. But, I forgot that there was a certain pattern to the fabric that would need to be matched or part of the binding would show that and part would show plain brown. Mistake #1.
Quilt came back from Long Arm Services on Saturday and first thing Monday I headed to LQS for binding fabric. Mistake #2. It cost me over $12 whereas if I had gone to a closer store like Hancock's or JoAnn's, it would have been less expensive and less gas mileage.
I thought since I had several spools of brown thread that I was good to go. Didn't check. Mistake #3. I had buttonhole twist ... was like pulling string through so that would not work. Polyester worked fine but was a varigated so the light spots showed up on the binding. Had nice cottom 50 wt but it was old and kept breaking even when I doubled the thread. So off I had to go to the store just for a spool of thread.
Closest store was Hancock's but I only had a coupon for 15%. JoAnn's ... was 3 times farther but I had a 40% coupon. Off to JoAnn's. Impressed by the quality of items they had stocked since I was last there, but still not a good thread choice. Took the best they had. But should have ordered fabric and thread way long ago.
Quilt is done and in the washer, but I left the setting on a small load. Mistake #4 at least if not #5 or 6. Had to redo.
So, my friends, in trying to be frugal I cost myself at least 4 or 5 times what I should have had to pay.
Go ahead and laugh .... I am!!