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    I went to the PO today to get the box and was also told that to Spain it would be $37.00 to mail, though was not given a weight limit. Has anyone mailed anything yet and what was the cost? If an envelope is cheaper, I will do that, but honestly, I can not afford $37.00 at this time. Henry, have you mailed yours yet?
    Izy, sorry I got your hopes up. I was sending full pieces too, not just scraps.

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    Beachlady - PLEEEEASE don't worry, I understand it is costly. I appreciate your effort so send my gratitude and thanks to you anyway for thinking and wanting to partake. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachlady
    I went to the PO today to get the box and was also told that to Spain it would be $37.00 to mail, though was not given a weight limit. Has anyone mailed anything yet and what was the cost? If an envelope is cheaper, I will do that, but honestly, I can not afford $37.00 at this time. Henry, have you mailed yours yet?
    Izy, sorry I got your hopes up. I was sending full pieces too, not just scraps.
    We were mailing out some One Rate Boxes. I just happened to ask about mailing to Spain. If you look on the ORB, it states that max is 20 pounds. PO man showed me that. So, if you can pack 20 pounds into one of those....believe me, I am trying....you'd get your moneys worth, especially if you sent the SAME size box, but just being a plain box, it would be $85! ! Insane!! Didn't ask about envelopes tho.
    I'm hoping to get this sent out within the next day or two. Have some other packages that I have promised that didn't get posted because hubby "forgot" to get them from my room and didn't tell me until we were almost at the PO. Wouldn't be so bad....PO is only 15 miles away, but it takes 40 min to get there because the roads here are so bad and I wasn't about to turn around and get them and then drive all the way back.

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    I sent a postal service padded envelope with several good sized pieces of fabric, mailing out of North Carolina. Total cost for envelope and postage was $18.85.

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    That sounds better Calico. I checked out UPS and for a 20lb box they only wanted 298.00 to Spain!! Maybe I'll fly over with a suitcase full of fabric!!! I know some Spanish. So we can use a padded envelope, not the flat rate envelope and get a better price. Will check that out.

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    well, I will inquire on Wedesday, when I get off of work. The rate calculator states that 1 lb can be sent for around $10.00. The calculator table showed the dame dollar amount for box or envelope. If that is correct, I will mail of 1lb. Thats about the most I can afford this payday. The fabric is plentiful (closet full) but the dollars or not.
    Henry have you mailed any yet? Since you are just a few miles form me, I was wondering if the web site calculator was correct.

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    I also went to the PO to get a flat rate box. The cost would be $38.00!! So I told a flat rate envelope for $11.00 BUT I can hardly squeeze 2 yds. of fabric in it. Not worth sending 2 yds. for $11.00. Didn't think to check out regular mail (padded envelope) but usually that is more expensive. Can't wait to hear what you all find out.

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    Izy please retype you entire address with zip code in place I need to know that I am sending it to the right address. One of your responses confussed me. I have stuff that I am sure you all would use and might try to do a once a month thing for a while, that way it's not to expensive for me and u all will have something to look forward too. I cann't imagine not having fabric available to me -Do u use old clothing to make quilts? Guess u have to be very creative. thanks, and hope to start something good for all of you sewbusy

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    Sewbusy - We will all be 'so' busy sewing if you keep us supplied in this way - fantastic!!

    My address again to clarify:-

    Casa la Joya,
    Apartado de correos 609,
    29740 Torre Del Mar,
    Malaga,
    Spain.



    Note: post code is included (29740)

    Muchas gracias por su ayudar!! (many thanks for your help!!) :D :D

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    Folks!!

    All the members of the Periana Stitchers Patchwork Group, would like me to send their utmost gratitude and sincere thanks for all of forum members who are donating time, energy, money....oh and FABRIC to our group.

    EVERYONE was totally dumbfounded by your open-hearted generosity!!

    WE ALL TAKE OUR 'HATS OF MANY SHADES' OFF TO YOU ALL!!

    It gives me no end of pleasure to be part of this forum, may our friendship long continue.....muchas gracias :D

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    Well.... you might need to add an addition to the guild building :):) We'll do a drive for building supplies next week... my son-in-law is a manager of a Home Depot :):) And he loves me alot.... not sure if we can mail nails and hammers internationally....

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    Cathy, Why continue the 'drive' and hire a bus and pay us all a visit!!

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    Izy - I'm curious - can't you order fabric off the internet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by annmarie
    Izy - I'm curious - can't you order fabric off the internet?
    Sure she can order off the internet, but very few sites will ship overseas and even some won't ship to Alaska/Hawaii/Guam and Puerto Rico, even tho they ARE part of the US.
    Plus, shipping rates from companies that WILL ship, charge an arm, leg and your first born for something that costs as little as $5.00....they want $10.00 for shipping.
    So, if there are those willing here to help others out by sending some scraps, fat quarters or whatever else they really aren't using, why not?
    It's a great idea!
    I, for one, am all for it.
    I live on Guam. We have Ben Franklin here and fabric prices start at $7/yard for the SAME stuff you buy at Walmart for $3/yard. There isn't alot of variety either. They have 5 banquet tables of fabric and that is it!
    So, I have to either get in touch with friends in the states and ask them to find me some pretty fabric....I sometimes e-mail them pictures of what I am looking for and mail them a check to cover costs.
    I shop online and PAY TONS for shipping, and also wait weeks and weeks for something to arrive. It's the US Postal System here and I am still waiting on a package that was sent PRIORITY MAIL 3 weeks ago!
    So, in retrospect....
    Yes, she can order online, but if people out of the goodness of their hearts want to help her out or ANYONE for that matter, why not?

    **disclaimer.....I don't mean to sound b****y

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    You don't sound b.........
    Thanks for the explanation. I was not aware of that.

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    I reread it after I posted it and it did come across a little bi***y to me, but sometimes when explaining something, things get screwed up in the internet transit.
    I'm just grateful there are people out there that are willing to help others out. I know exactly how it is to be on a "deserted" island and not have anything that you are used to having.

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    Tirhni, thanks for explaining in my absence. You are right of course on all counts.

    BUT ALSO last year after only a few weeks of registering with pay pal and going onto ebay....I was the unfortunate victim of identity fraud....they managed to take over 1000 pounds, they increased my overdraft, managed to get cash back so had my PIN number etc. before my bank picked up on this, I was unaware as for ease of registering with ebay U.K. I used my account from the U.K.....

    It took quite a few weeks and lots of expensive phone calls, backwards and forward to the U.K., needless to say I cancelled my paypal and haven't touched ebay since, my account details were renewed etc. and it was probably just bad luck, but it sure has put me off internet shopping. :cry:

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    I understand about ebay. Have been "taken" by a few on there. I do, however, use another account and before I buy anything with that account, I make sure I have no more than $5 OVER what the purchase is. It's not connected to any other accounts, so I'm safe with that. So, now I only buy internet from places I can trust and ebay is not one of them.

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    Izy I am new to this area of the board and am so very curious about the the maner in which you make quilts without having easy access to fabric. What do you use as batting? or are you able to purchase it. If not what do u use? Is sewing materials such as thread and needles easy to buy and is it only fabric that is in short supply where you are? Please forgive me if I am being rude I just love knowing more about different cultures. Thank you sewbusy

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    Hi sewbusy, it's lovely to be able to share our new life with you all.

    The spanish ladies DO sew, but just not patchwork, so regular needles and threads (Guttermans) are available. We have one shop which does import from Clover but everything is sssoooo expensive and seeing as most of our members are retired and on a tight budget, we have to be resourceful!!

    As a group what we tend to do, is when anyone is returning to the U.K. we make sure they go with a long list......no short notice vacations allowed, we all need plenty of time to check what we are short off AND they are not allowed to pack too many clothes that way they bring back as much as possible!! (not too good for me last week as it was freezing - good job my mum is the same size as me, I just borrow a few things from her tee hee!!)

    Even when I return to Manchester where my family live, believe it or not we do not have one single quilting shop anywhere nearby....city centre, masses of shops......quilting just not popular there. Southern England has alot more interest. Guess I will have to make my family up sticks down south eh????

    When we approached the one local shop, as a group, she very kindly negotiated a price for a full roll of batting, but it is only polyester, and 80cm wide - which meant on my 100 x 100 quilt (first one) I have had to join it very carefully) just as well it doesn't get very cold here as it is very thin too lol!!

    I managed to find some other batting, which is supposed to be for upholstery, and in fairness I have used it in my wall hangings and it seems quite good. I don't think you could use if for a bed quilt as it is quite stiff.

    Basically by hook and by crook, we all support one another, and share what ever we can as a group, magazines are another frustration, although one of our ladies has subscribed to an australian magazine as she very kindly lets us borrow them.

    Now may I ask you a question.....lol???

    Do you find that when you do buy fabric via the internet the quality and colour is as you expected, as the little amount I received through ebay, that was supposed to be quality fabric, left me alittle disappointed. Plus its very hard to gauge colour don't you think. You can't beat seeing and feeling it first lol!!!

    When I went back to the U.K., due to the lack of fabric, I search through the local charity shops, and bought quite a few mens shirts, skirts etc., and cut them up, discarding all the collars and cuffs etc., and added them to my stash. One of our ladies has made several beautiful quilts all from second hand clothing!!

    Okay, does that help you understand a little bit more of living in Spain and quilting...????lol!!


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    yes Izy thank you so much for sharing. As for internet shopping, I have never purchased any fabric online. I am just the old fashioned kind of gal that has to see, touch and smell the stuff before I would be comfortable spending my money on it. Yet I order thread from a company half way across the US online. Maybe I will be brave enough to do that someday, just risk and see how it turn out. Many of the people on the board have been very successful with their purchases online. I am packing the flat rate box and am very surprised that it is nearly full and no where near the 20 lb limit. Thank you again your friend sewbusy

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    OMG sewbusy!! You are from the same mold as me.....I JUST love the smell of fabric, stroking it, smelling it I can spend ages before I am sure its for me.....I used to be the same about books as a child, I would spend as much time sniffing the newness of it as much as reading it... am I mad or what???? ooops wasn't implying you were lol!!

    BUT seriously I agree, you can't go wrong if you can get up close and check it out, alot of fabric in my experience contains alot of starch, and after washing....well I am sure an experienced stitcher like yourself already knows.

    Great talking with you all, long may it go on......and on.......and on...... :lol: :lol:

    I really can't thank you personally enough, I can guess how much time, effort and cost that you are putting in to this gesture to me... a stranger thousands of miles away.....what more can I say????? :D :D

    Please include your personal address, so that in some way I can return this huge favour!!
    :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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    Yes Izy that does help me understand a bit more, I am so spoiled with the avaiblibality of fabric here. It is difficult for me to comprehend not having a ton of fabric in my way and always looking for more. Guess that is why it's called an addiction. Anyway just to let u know I have been one busy lady today I prepared the box of flat rate for your gang and delivered it to the post office. It is offically mailed, but don't run out tomorrow or maybe next month to get it. I was told 4 days to the border, and than we have no control after that, So I guess when you get it we will know a little more what to expect. Please don't feel compelled to do something for me other than say thank you right here on this board. I did include an address but not to get something in return just in case the address is damaged so it can get to you or be returned to me for asecond try. It is your's now and what you do witlh it is your decision. I just hope that some of it will be useable for your projects.
    I am just happy to help out fellow quilters. your friend sew busy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbusy
    yes Izy thank you so much for sharing. As for internet shopping, I have never purchased any fabric online. I am just the old fashioned kind of gal that has to see, touch and smell the stuff before I would be comfortable spending my money on it. Yet I order thread from a company half way across the US online. Maybe I will be brave enough to do that someday, just risk and see how it turn out. Many of the people on the board have been very successful with their purchases online. I am packing the flat rate box and am very surprised that it is nearly full and no where near the 20 lb limit. Thank you again your friend sewbusy
    OMG Sewbusy...I understand what you mean about the one rate box. I packed one of the square ones, then tried to figure out HOW I could get more room in it. I repacked it and found MORE room to load up MORE stuff in it. Couldn't believe how much I could "cram" in there! Might be at the 20 pound limit, not sure. Hoping to get it out, along with the other things I need to mail tomorrow. Will make sure I have a spare box with me in case they DO say it's overweight. :)

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    Izy...
    Do I just write the addy like you have it?
    No other name on it other than Casa La Joya??

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