It took seven JAFs (and two additional small quilt shops) to finally find it, but with perseverance - and a really good friend (who saw that "the mission" was just as important as I did) - we brought it home!
You read that correctly. 7 JAFs.
Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Canton, East Lansing, Bloomfield Hills, and two in Ypsi/Ann Arbor. The last one, a tiny, unkempt, mess of a store in A2, tucked in the worst accessible strip mall, harbored the needed bundle.
But it's mine now. All mine, and as soon as I finish with this post I am happily heading to my glorious quilting hole to begin the material mayhem. Thank you, Jean. :)