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    I'm getting ready to send my first quilt to a LA. What would you suggest is the best way to mail it? Insured? Delivery Confirmation? How should I package it?

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    I would use UPS - first $100 of insurance is free, tracking is free.

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    Yes, I would do everything in my power to keep it safe all the way around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I would use UPS - first $100 of insurance is free, tracking is free.
    Should I use their packaging? Or my own?

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    ask the long arm quilter how she or he suggests you do it too.

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    be sure to wrap in plastic bag

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    be sure to wrap in plastic bag
    Great idea!!

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    Always insure and have delivery confirmation. The plastic bag is a very good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    Always insure and have delivery confirmation. The plastic bag is a very good idea.
    How much should I insure it for?

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    it is also suggested you indicate it is "textiles" and not quilt. the word quilt is a flag for thieves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    Always insure and have delivery confirmation. The plastic bag is a very good idea.
    How much should I insure it for?
    that is up to you - how much do you think it is worth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    Always insure and have delivery confirmation. The plastic bag is a very good idea.
    How much should I insure it for?
    that is up to you - how much do you think it is worth?
    How do I put a value on blood, sweat, & tears? lol

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    I don't think the insurance company would want to reimburse for handwork, so I would calculate a generous amount of yardage for the quilt and multiply that by a good quality price-per-yard for fabric, and add in the batting and thread costs. That way you can account for the materials in the quilt. Maybe take some photos and measurements to back up your calculations.

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    Put your name and address inside the box, too. Just in case something happens to the outer wrapping.

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    Your labor is not insured so take the advice of the others about costs of materials etc.
    And definitely put in plastic!

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    think about putting it in one of those space bags. They don't keep their seal long term but for mailing they would be perfect. You can pick them up in the laundry section ( ironing boards etc) at WalMart. Thats what I would do.. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I would use UPS - first $100 of insurance is free, tracking is free.
    Should I use their packaging? Or my own?
    I'd use their packaging. It doesn't add much to the cost and it's pretty sturdy. I always use UPS (mostly because I like my UPS guy...he's so helpful) and have never had a problem with things getting where they're going in good shape. Do be sure and put your address info inside the plastic bag with the quilt stuff.

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    I think the only way to get reimbursed for your blood, sweat and tears is to get the quilt top appraised before you send it and appraised again after it is quilted. Other wise it is for the value of the fabric, thread, other supplies :(

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    Can you get it appraised?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I think the only way to get reimbursed for your blood, sweat and tears is to get the quilt top appraised before you send it and appraised again after it is quilted. Other wise it is for the value of the fabric, thread, other supplies :(
    I was just thinking about this today!!!! I want to get my quilts appraised after they are made. I wonder how to go about doing this?

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    i send quilts through the mail all the time...i use the mail...it is alot less expensive than ups.
    i use priority flat rate box, and insurance...my post-master let me know insurance AND delivery confirmation is not necessary...you can track with the insurance slip.
    i package the quilt in a plastic bag, with an index card with my address and the address where it is going...sealed into bag...sealed into box. i've never had a problem with any flat rate box with insurance arriving where it should exactly when it should...when you drop by the p.o. to mail it they will (you may have to ask..i don't) tell you exactly what day it will be delivered.

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