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Thread: Boom 11- See Changes - Sign-ups OPEN through 12/10

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    Joan, Just came back from the post office and when I brought them an envelope for mailing and requested tracking, they immediately said I needed to send Priority for $5.60. I asked about other options and was told Priority was the only choice. I questioned that, mentioning your comments about the mail you send, and he and his co-worker looked at me like I had two heads! LOL. A discussion ensued and certified mail was brought out as an option for guaranteeing delivery but not for tracking purposes. Now mind you, these are two postal workers who've been there for years, not newbies. So, I'm at a loss. I'll review the USPS website and will let everyone know if I discover something. Anyone with more info about the free tracking, PLEASE pm me. Thanks! As for the responsibility, I'm comfortable with it. I know myself well enough to know that I'll take care of your F8s and blocks better than my own. Besides, in for a penny, in for a pound...
    Quote Originally Posted by joanelizbay View Post
    Janice I am amazed that someone would want all that responsibility but am SO glad you stepped up and agreed to get Boom 11 going! I sent you my information for 2 small FAST or l large FAST group.
    I just called my post master here in little Fayette Mo...He said the size of my envelopes and the fact I bring them into the PO to have them weighed gets me free tracking. If you just dropped them in the outside box or put your own stamps on them there wouldnt be a tracking number but since they have to process it they DO provide free tracking, you might have to ask them for it.... I can mail the same envelope, same weight in Boonville Mo and they charge more postage and dont like to mess with them..thank God for small towns!

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    I understand completely and that's a shame you didn't receive your blocks and there's absolutely no excuse for it. A benefit of trying to keep mailing costs down for all is that by me acting as the "clearing house" I can monitor who sends and who doesn't. Anyone not sending F8s within a reasonable amount of time would probably have to be dropped right from the start. I know it might sound harsh, but if the participant cannot make the first deadline, it's my opinion they'd be even more lax with the second, the block construction and mailing. Of course, someone could send F8s and then not make any blocks but they won't be receiving their blocks back until they make good, barring death or catastrophic illness. Anyway, thanks for the input. It's what I'm looking for.
    Quote Originally Posted by cherrio View Post
    the rules don't bother me. There is however that thing about-each time I join a swap there is ALWAYS someone (5 in my last boom swap) that never sent blocks to me. ad if that were to hold up the swap for everyone else waiting to sew-it's inconsiderate, and not your fault, but irritating as heck. good save on the postage but I won't be joining this one. too much going on right now

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    This is a BIG change...not getting squisshies in the mail and being forced to track a 65cent envelope! My po does give a free tracking numb on each one I send and this is my 7th Boom swap. I am sorry some people have not received their blocks...I have never had that experience! Its all been good...I have to think about this a little more. Not sure I like the idea at all. Is there any chance of staying traditional and just changing the ONE rule that tracking is required? That seems so simple! I love that you defined a F8 for some people...I have received those tiny, little pieces of fabric that were 9 x whatever, and they are no fun to work with! Thank you for that!

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    Hi missgigglewings, Glad you like the F8 rule. I understand the problem with no "squishies" but it cannot be helped. And yes, lots of people have been missing blocks and that's not right. I hope to cut that down although it will never be eliminated. The tracking issue was explained in post #7 but no, we cannot go back to the traditional way of mailing (I asked before I posted the sign-up) and this is why: mailings in any swap on this board REQUIRE tracking between participants. Apparently, this swap flew under the radar for years but this hosting change has changed that. Basically, if I don't agree to insist on tracking, I will not be supported in the host role, and I'd venture to say, neither will the next person. Those have been the rules for years, but previous Booms ignored them. (Check out the first post in every Boom 10 group. It refers members to the rules dated Dec 2010.) That we ignored them in previous Booms doesn't change the fact that they exist and we're being told to comply. QB's house, QB's rules. I hope you'll give it some thought and join us. I appreciate your feedback whatever your choice. Thanks. [QUOTE=missgigglewings;6417064]This is a BIG change...not getting squisshies in the mail and being forced to track a 65cent envelope! My po does give a free tracking numb on each one I send and this is my 7th Boom swap.

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    Just an fyi, I will be unavailable early this evening through Sat night. I'll respond to sign-up emails upon my return on Sunday. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janice McC View Post
    Joan, Just came back from the post office and when I brought them an envelope for mailing and requested tracking, they immediately said I needed to send Priority for $5.60. I asked about other options and was told Priority was the only choice. I questioned that, mentioning your comments about the mail you send, and he and his co-worker looked at me like I had two heads! LOL. A discussion ensued and certified mail was brought out as an option for guaranteeing delivery but not for tracking purposes. Now mind you, these are two postal workers who've been there for years, not newbies. So, I'm at a loss. I'll review the USPS website and will let everyone know if I discover something. Anyone with more info about the free tracking, PLEASE pm me. Thanks! As for the responsibility, I'm comfortable with it. I know myself well enough to know that I'll take care of your F8s and blocks better than my own. Besides, in for a penny, in for a pound...
    Delivery Confirmation (tracking) is available with First Class Parcel (package). Here is a link, if you want to print the page out and show it to your post office (been there, done that!):

    http://about.usps.com/publications/p...pub370_005.htm

    ... First-Class Mail parcel, Priority Mail item, or Package Services (Parcel Post®, Media Mail®, Library Mail, or Bound Printed Matter) parcel.
    I'm pretty sure the envelope has to be at least 1/4" thick to qualify for First Class Parcel, but if that's the case, just poke a couple of cotton balls in the envelope to thicken it up, if need be. Also, you can get the tracking sticker as they mention on their website, but if you print the postage online (I use PayPal), you get a significant discount on the tracking.

    I couldn't find anything about free tracking being available for First Class Letter on the USPS website. Granted, their website reads like stereo instructions. It doesn't help matters that some post offices seem to operate differently than others, with their own interpretation of the USPS regulations. (When I first started selling on eBay back in 1998, I can't tell you the number of times I had to print out the rates from the USPS website, in order to show it to the post office clerk. They always tried to charge too much, not because they were being greedy but because they weren't familiar with the different classes of mail. Those were "fun" times. Anyway ... )

    What about international folks? I don't think tracking is widely available for international letters, or if it is, I imagine it's very expensive. If they can't get tracking, does this mean they can't join the swap?

    I'll wait to see how everything works out before making a decision. Trying to wrap my head around all this.
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    FWIW -- I just mailed a fq (in another swap). It was sent first class from illinois to texas. I was automatically given a tracking number. Total cost was $2.07.

    I am thinking about doing this swap. I did one other boom about a year ago. It was fun. Not sure if I have enough time to get them all done.
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    Do not care for the new rules, loved getting squishes so I will be skipping playing I think .. sad it was such a fun swap .. hope Patrice reads through all these postings. Your having all the eggs in one basket is a horrible idea. Swap leaders for each group better idea as well.. then only so many are in one place at any time. Post office mistakes happen. Rather it have happened on a one on one game plan.. only losing one block at any given time. This way the entire swap of blocks could be lost and that is no way acceptable all that time and energy.. no. I get the reasoning but it doesn't work for me ENJOY YOUR SWAPPING!
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    Getting squishies IS fun! But not getting them when you should, is just NOT fun! I am that lady in the grey area, I can always see both sides to an issue. Not getting squishies sucks. But the reasoning that "all in one place is dangerous" really is not reasonable. It is like people who won't fly because they are afraid the plane will crash; yet they drive/ride in their car every day. The odds are sooooo much greater due to the frequency, but the planes get more attention cause of the numbers involved. I haven't done a boom for a couple of years, but I am thinking of joining this one. If we post pictures, and I like the idea of requiring posting, we can enjoy it that way. Even if you can't post pictures, maybe that could be worked out, as well! I am not so sure about the individual groups, only because some groups ared more active and others are not so much, if you are an active member put in an inactive group, that can be a downer, too. Swapping is fun, change, not so much! I think we should give it a try. Who knows, we may be pleasantly surprised!! Thanks for going through all the work to be our hostess.
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    My 2 cents worth.....Can hardly believe that I am saying this but I have no problem with sending all my fabric to 1 person and then getting them all back at once from each one of you, sewing them and then sending and receiving again. I really believe that this would weed out the ones that don't mail their fabric in the first place or never mail your finished block back. Time will tell I guess. As for pics, we normally posted when we received a block, I see nothing wrong of posting pics as the blocks are made. We all get to see what everyone is making for each one of us and can look forward to receiving them. A good share of us have been in these swaps for a very long time, let's give it a try just once. If it fails then the board will know it and have to make some changes for the next one and you never know it may be a whole lot easier this way and certainly way cheaper on postage for all of us and especially for the international people. That being said to me it's worth a try at least once, fast groups here I come!

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    Very well said, Jaba. I applaude you. I feel the same way. I love getting squishies too, BUT......sending your fabric out, receiving someone elses' fabric, making them a finished block and sending it back to them, and then never hearing from them again....Now that is the pits! They have your fabric AND their finished block, and you have nothing. At least this way, if they don't send back finished blocks, they don't get finished blocks. Maybe their finished blocks could be donated for charity quilts. That way, some good would come of it anyway.
    I've used the free tyvek "Priority Envelopes" for mailing a number of blocks in some swaps and tracking comes free at my post office. This way, my postage costs would be much less.
    I'm with Jaba on this one. Let's give it a try before we say no. For me, the friendship and the fun of swapping overcomes any reservations of something new.

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    Very good idea about donating for charity if that would happen and they'd be in one place. Hadn't thought of that but it's perfect. I'd even volunteer to furnish the backing and quilt them if they were for charity.

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    Would the time start from when the fabric leaves the host. Like everyone else I don't care for the new rules at all and am on the fence about joining again but trying to keep an open mind.

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    I have read all the thought out and reasoned responses. I think I will join again for my second Boom. I agree getting squishies in the mail is fun and we all ooh and ahh over everyone's blocks. BUT - I am missing two blocks from the last Boom and I absolutely believe this will be the best way to get back finoshed blocks and unused fabric. This is a huge plus in my book. I'll give it a shot this round. Thanks Janice for taking on all this extra work for us.
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    Booms are fun so I am going to enjoy the swap and my old self is just going to adjust! Can't wait to start as I have my material picked out and ready to prewash!

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    This is my first Bomerang Swap, so I have no past experience to reflect on and respect others who do. It sounds like those who are "in" are committed to making it a positive experience. Looking forward to being part of this group. I requested the 16 member, slow-paced group and will do my part to make it fun!

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    Bee Beatty- you're going to love doing the boom. I enjoy so much seeing everyone's fabrics and then deciding which block pattern will make them shine. Sometimes you just pet the F8s for a few days until they tell you what they want to be. You'll get back blocks that you would never have thought to make for yourself.
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    Thank you Libster for the post. Looking forward to the new quilting friends. Can't wait to see all the fabrics and make blocks!

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    I have been in 2 boom swaps. The first swap I received all the blocks and this swap I am still waiting on 3. Not sure when they were suppose to be back so am still hopeful they will come. I am not a person who likes change, but I am going to sign up again and am sure everything will work out fine. Reasons to sign up in mho is: the swap is a great way to work with others fabrics, which can be a challenge, so much fun getting squishes in the mail (which won't happen this time), a great way to challenge yourself in making something you wouldn't try otherwise and so fun to see what other people do with your fabric. With the holidays here, I am signing up for a slow group. It is nice I am retired so have extra time to work on the blocks. Let the fun begin.

    Question: What is the time frame for the F8's to be to you and the finished blocks be due back to you?
    Last edited by Jannie; 11-22-2013 at 08:55 PM.

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    Jannie you have 3 weeks to mail your F8's to Janice once you get your names. Then you have 2 or 4 months to make your blocks and mail them back to her. The actual dates depends on when the boom is closed. Janice said she would be gone this week end so she will answer your question when she gets back I'm sure. If you have time now, just start cutting your fabric and packaging then all you'll have to do is put a name on each one. There's usually 16 or so in a group so you can start with that.

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    Jannie - to add on to what Jaba just said, if you have certain colors you'd like to see or are going to use the blocks for something specific (like, granddaughter or husband or something), a lot of us tend to type out a short note to put in with the F8. I can usually get 5-6 on a page and then cut them down & put them in the baggies along with the fabric. It seems like a lot of work but it helps the people working on your fabric later to know what you want without having to get back on the QB and search and hunt to see if you had any special requests or information about the blocks/quilts.
    Mischief Managed.

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    FYI

    the Quiltmaker's 100 blocks vol. 8 is now available. I picked mine up at Joann's today along with a ton of fabric that was on sale.

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    Jaba...now I have questions, imagine that! LOL When I get the names of my group or groups and send them to Janice should I wrap each one in a baggie or clear wrap with each members name on it and a short note so she wont have to or would it better to send them all unwrapped with the names on them in a Priority envelope so she doesn't have to unwrap them all and put them in another envelope to mail out to us? That seems like a LOT of work for her..Since we've never done it this way before we better all be on the same page to help her out! OldCatLady, I saw that magazine last week but had already ordered it (still haven't received it) but it looks interesting! I have all the other volumns
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    Joan, I was planning to baggie-up my fabric and then (since I'm in more than 1 group) put them all into one big baggie for each group.
    Mischief Managed.

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    Sounds like a fun project. Can't wait to get started

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