Saturday, February 28, 2015

I received my block this week also.  Ideas are forming.  :)

follow-up

I haven't heard from Nan, Liz, Jay and Maria -- have you received your center blocks?

Thanks,

Julie

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I got my block!!!! Have to look at it and think about for awhile, but i can't wait to get started!!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Block arrived

Just to say my centre has safely arrived in the UK - now to think what to do with it... Hmm.  Shouldn't be too much of a challenge, luckily!

Block arrives in New Zealand

My center block arrived today - hand delivered to the door by my friendly courier. There's been a lot of talk about the expense of sending internationally, but since I have to send everything internationally, I thought I'd offer everyone some advice.

First - never go into the post office. Never, never, never.

Second - make what you are sending look like a 'letter'. This will work for everything except the final finished round. Flat is good, iron well and wrap it in Glad Press 'n' Seal because it makes a flat crisp rectangle - ziplocks are thick and the zip part creates bulk. Fold a piece of paper around it so it's really letter-like. The US typically limits letters to 1/4" thick.

Third - look up on the internet how much a letter that size costs. The one Julie sent me weighed less then 2 oz. A 'letter' up to 11-1/2" x 6-1/8" x 1/4" costs $1.98 to New Zealand by air mail. Julie paid $6.55 because the post office considered it a 'package'. The post office always wants to make everything a 'package' and you have to fill in a customs form and the price just goes up. There is no tax or duty on anything coming into this country that is valued at under $400. As beautiful as our quilts are, they are not worth that much.

Four - stick on stamps and drop into the mailbox. Be sure to write AIR MAIL on it front and back (if you're a bit fancy, you can write PAR AVION as well).

Five - smile.

I send everything this way - round robins, block lotto, block swaps. I usually pay $2.50-$3.00 for each one if it fits in a business or 1/2 letter size envelope (that's NZ dollars, so more like $1.90-$2.25 US).

If you check the USPS web site, even a big envelope from the US to NZ that weighs a whole pound is only $12 if it's less than 15" x 12" x 3/4" and is a 'letter'. If you plug the exact same information in but call it a 'package' it's more than $16.

Even at $6.55, it's 6,523 miles from Oakland to New Zealand - that's not so bad, really.

I got mine too!

So awesome and using some of my favorite colors....

Block Has Arrived!

I got my block! I am so excited to work on it--it's going to be lots of fun.

Received my center

Beautiful!
Can't wait to get started!!
Marie

reminders

Two things:

- please remember to post or comment or email me when you receive your center block to work on (and when you send or receive anything for this round robin)

- the deadline for mailing your center-with-one-border is March 20.  If you get done quickly, please HOLD ONTO IT and do not mail until at least March 5 -- everyone gets a bit crazy when the projects start piling up!

Thanks,

Julie


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

watch for mail!

All of the packages went in the mail this morning (sort of an ordeal, but I won't bore you with the usual post office rant!) and all the ones in the US should get to you by Friday at the latest.

Inquiring minds want to know: why does it cost as much to mail to Canada as to New Zealand?

The international rates are scandalous, by the way, so thanks to those of you who sent a little extra!

Please email or post when you receive your envelope.  Thanks,

Julie

Saturday, February 7, 2015

At last...

(I'm channeling Etta James...)

The last center block arrived today, after a GRUELING 12-day journey from Ontario, Canada.  I think the Pony Express still runs from Sandra's post office...  (nothing against Canada, really!)

Anyway, here's the last of the sneak peeks:










I finally figured out how to print mailing labels from my spreadsheet (except it wouldn't do one for Glen, for some reason...)  and I'll get everything packaged up and mailed out on Monday or Tuesday.  Oil up those sewing machines!

Julie