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Waiting an Hour

by Maria
(Pueblo, Colorado)

Ever spent an hour waiting just to get your fabric cut?

That’s what I did last weekend when I went to my local Walmart.

I had fallen in love with some fabric that had a candy printed motif to it and thought it would be neat to make a quilt out of it.

Since the fabric ran high into the pink colors, I grabbed some fabric that would complement it. There was that was more of a dark pink and one that looks more bubble gum pink to me.

Now that I had three different fabrics on bolts, it was time to get them cut to the sizes I wanted. After all, I figure that 2 yards each would be enough to get a full size quilt done. I shouldn’t have to wait very long to get them cut because there was no one else in line.

I rang the little bell and waited. After 10 minutes I had another person standing behind me. Then an employee walked by, not stopping. Ok that was a bit rude, I thought. When we had a line of three people waiting for service, there was finally a representative that walked up and asked if we needed help. They said they’d get someone to us right away, but they couldn’t help.

That was around the time that I waited for 40 minutes.

I could hear the person announce over the intercom that someone was needed in the craft department. 5 minutes went by and nothing. 10 minutes went
by and finally, it looked like someone was going to help us.

She moved at a turtle's pace as she rounded the corner to get the cutting counter. When she got there she asked the simple question of “how can I help you”.

I kept my cool when I told her that I just wanted 2 yards of each fabric. After she cut the first one, she asked again how much fabric I wanted.

“Two yards”, I replied. “For the last one too.”

She cut the second one and asked again, “How much?”

Now I was having a hard time with this. “Two yards.” That was all I could get out of my mouth.

Granted the woman was very elderly and obviously she couldn’t stand here for a long time. But why on earth have this person in an area where she can hardly do her job?

I whispered to the gal behind me and said just about as much. She nodded her head in agreement.

I was glad to get out of there. If I need more fabric, I’ll be sure to be prepared for a long wait or just go to a different store.

Heck, it just might be less frustrating to order fabric online. There's a store that has been good to me in the past. I’m thinking they would be more likely to get my business in the future.

I don’t have any idea what pattern I will use for my fabrics, but I’m sure it will turn out pretty and cute.

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