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Thread: Shipping Quilts

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    Shipping Quilts

    I gather a lot of people ship their quilts all over the country, either to quilters or the recipient. Here in Canada postage is brutal. So the smaller the package the better.
    My sister took 3 full sized quilts back to BC in a regular suit case along with all her original stuff. We packed them into a vacuum bag we bought at the dollar store. They compressed down to less than two inches. We had to open it once though, to check they were alright. The trick was to fold them down to the correct dimensions. I have been taught to fold and store my quilts folded on the diagonal so there are no fold lines set into them.
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    What a great idea. I've never used the vacuum bags but now I will.

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    That is just brilliant. I always thought those bags were very expensive. Never thought to look at the $ store.

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    It would never had occurred to me to fold quilts on the diagonal.

    How much difference in weight is there after compressing the quilt? I get that if there is less packaging materials, the overall weight would be less.

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    Great idea, Thanks for sharing I would not have thought of that

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    i didn't know you could get those at the dollar store. thanks.
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    I would not trust the postal system with any quilts. I did ship 5 by U.P.S. and they made it there just fine. Otherwise I give to local people.
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    I've used those bags a long time ago...when they were expencive. Haven't used them ina while.
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    Well! Aren't you clever? Innovative thinking.

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    Great idea. Our rates keep going up but I know that Canada's rates are worse.

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    I ship quilts all the time to family members through USPS. I always get a tracking number on the package and a return receipt requested. That way they have to sign for the package. The post office is much more careful with things that having a tracking number or need a receipt signed. I've been fortunate and have not ever had a package get lost.
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    Glad that it all worked out so well for you! Now, what I'm curious about is that with all the compression, how were they for wrinkles/creases? And after how many hours?

    Now good luck to Sis, on $ale$ for you!
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    I always use the USPS and never UPS, Ups tends to leave stuff out of doors in the snow or rain, even when they have instructions not to.

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    Thanks for the info - good ideas.

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    Weight would be the same - but sometimes shipping rates are based upon the dimensions of the box as well. This would be a great solution for packing them in a suitcase to carry along.

    Cheers, K

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    My friend uses the vacuum bags all the time. Nice to know you can buy them at the dollar store.

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    You can always buy insurance from the post office also but it is not cheap. UPS gives free insurance. I have gotten some packages from UPS that look like they were ran over with a truck.
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