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    Congrats queenof2802 !!! You rock girl !!!
    Barb thanks for doing all this !!! I am having fun even though I am more of a lurker

    Hey-- if we started a "lurkers" club........would we talk to each other ???? Something to ponder !!!
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    I put my 50 2.5 squares together on a sheet of cardboard. I then warpped them in saranwrap and made sure the air was out of it. I put them in an envelope and took one to my local post office. I was told it would cost 86 cents to mail one. One reason is because of what is in it. She said since it was fabric it should not go through the machine, (which I agree with). Seems like some of us on the board get different answers from different post offices. I took these pictures the best I could to show how thin they are. Just wanted to let you all know. I am sure others will have different experiences.
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    I got the PM too.
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    Happy mail arrived today!! Got the surprize from the recent get to know us game.

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    20 batik 2.5 squares!! Just a small taste of what to come. LOVE THEM!! Thank you Barb.

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    Oh you lucky girl!!!!!

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    I have just recently become a lover of batik fabrics...enjoy....

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenof2802 View Post
    Happy mail arrived today!! Got the surprize from the recent get to know us game.

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    20 batik 2.5 squares!! Just a small taste of what to come. LOVE THEM!! Thank you Barb.

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    Was the envelope you used a business size? If it was, maybe it has to do with the dimensions of the envelope, too.
    Quote Originally Posted by sustraley View Post
    I put my 50 2.5 squares together on a sheet of cardboard. I then warpped them in saranwrap and made sure the air was out of it. I put them in an envelope and took one to my local post office. I was told it would cost 86 cents to mail one. One reason is because of what is in it. She said since it was fabric it should not go through the machine, (which I agree with). Seems like some of us on the board get different answers from different post offices. I took these pictures the best I could to show how thin they are. Just wanted to let you all know. I am sure others will have different experiences.

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    Legal size doesn't make a difference, but if an envelope is more than 1/4"full, it is considered a package, and costs more.

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    valentine sofa cover

    I finished ( a little late) my valentine sofa cover. I made the heart pillow in the picture last year......lots of buttons. I had to dye the buttons pink.
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    I still need to quilt it.........that will be soon. I have to make a baby quilt and of course it is PINK.......sorta sick of pink right now!

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    Love them barbbarakibler23.

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    Beautiful, Barb!

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    Barb! Love them! How do you dye buttons?
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    dying buttons is pretty easy just time consuming. you need to buy dye-rite following the instructions.
    I found that if the water is hot it seems to go a little quicker. I found this info of course on PINTEREST! Craft buttons in the packages from Michaels or Joann seem to work better than just white buttons you would find on a shirt. But you can dye any button. I did dye some grey ones also gave a really pretty mauve pink.

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    Sheri did you get the list of birthdays that I sent to you in a PM?

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    oh man did I just see that Sheri just posted a new swap for MAY DAY? Gonna go check it out.
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    OK yay me. I finally finished cutting out all 1500 squares, they are all packed in #10 envelopes along with the instructions and template for the 60 degree Braided Quilt pattern. So bring on the birthdays! I am ready to go.

    BTW if anyone is looking for a hand project to do, hand piecing the half hexagons for the braided quilt is a good one. I cut an extra strip of 2.5" fabric as I was cutting the candy squares. Each strip yielded about 10 half hexagons. I marked the 1/4 inch seam allowance on the wrong side of each piece and I am now working on the braids. I figure that I will need 5 braids, so 50 half hexagons per braid plus the sashing should give me a decent size lap quilt. We have competition this weekend for the the cheerleaders and my mom will be in the hospital for a week so this is a good take along project.

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    business size envelopes are considered first class mail..if the fabric & cardboad with the envelope weigh more that one ounce you have to pay for the extra weight...the thickness of the envelope has be within a certain size (I think it's .5") otherwise it won't go thru the machine that sorts the mail..AND it all depends on the clerk that is behind the counter taking care of you...I cut a piece of cereal box cardboard, placed 50 fabric pieces & the envelope on a digital scale and weighed it...it was over 1 oz...I did the same thing with another bundle of fabric (2.5"pieces)and it was under 1 oz..believe it or not..cardboard is heavy for it's size and the little bundles of "candy" are all different weights...I would eliminate the cardboard.

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    Do you think we need to worry about the envelope getting munched up in the machine w/ out the cardboard to stabilize it? I guess we will all be experts on what works and what doesn't after the year of birthdays
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    business size envelopes are considered first class mail..if the fabric & cardboad with the envelope weigh more that one ounce you have to pay for the extra weight...the thickness of the envelope has be within a certain size (I think it's .5") otherwise it won't go thru the machine that sorts the mail..AND it all depends on the clerk that is behind the counter taking care of you...I cut a piece of cereal box cardboard, placed 50 fabric pieces & the envelope on a digital scale and weighed it...it was over 1 oz...I did the same thing with another bundle of fabric (2.5"pieces)and it was under 1 oz..believe it or not..cardboard is heavy for it's size and the little bundles of "candy" are all different weights...I would eliminate the cardboard.

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    think I'm gonna need a picture for this ...please


    Quote Originally Posted by JNCT14 View Post
    OK yay me. I finally finished cutting out all 1500 squares, they are all packed in #10 envelopes along with the instructions and template for the 60 degree Braided Quilt pattern. So bring on the birthdays! I am ready to go.

    BTW if anyone is looking for a hand project to do, hand piecing the half hexagons for the braided quilt is a good one. I cut an extra strip of 2.5" fabric as I was cutting the candy squares. Each strip yielded about 10 half hexagons. I marked the 1/4 inch seam allowance on the wrong side of each piece and I am now working on the braids. I figure that I will need 5 braids, so 50 half hexagons per braid plus the sashing should give me a decent size lap quilt. We have competition this weekend for the the cheerleaders and my mom will be in the hospital for a week so this is a good take along project.

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    Ready for contest 2????

    here you go.............who am I?

    It is Monday night, my daughter and I are watching our favorite show Bones when all of a sudden I hear barking. I put my embroidery down, get on my pink coat and grab the red and black leashes to take Simon and Darwin for a walk.


    ok...PM me the answer and I will draw from the correct answers tomorrow at 9pm est.


    Barb

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    just a hint..........look through the answers from the previous questions and you will find out who I am.....

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    Half Hexagons update - here is a picture of an almost completed braid along with some of the half hexagons. I threw all of them in a bag and I just grab randomly. As I said, I am hand piecing the braids - this one (50 half hexagons, about 47 inches long) was made literally in 2 days while either watching TV at night with the DH or at basketball game when my DD was cheerleading.
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    Hi JNCT14, Oh I am so happy to see this braid technique...about 10 years ago I started doing english paper piecing making my own template from paper making the hexagon then cutting them in half...but never thought of doing them this way... I'm going to dig them out and reassemble them into strips...Oh Happy day!!!

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    Oh thats cool. I am guessing you might have a little more waste but since you already have the hexagons its a great reuse!
    For everyone else, try cutting a few 2.5" strips when its close to your birthday so you can try the template and technique. They are wicked fun to make!

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