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Send encouraging cheer!   General Discussion

Started 1/21/21 by bornblesse2; 7654 views.

I often make them. I don't always use them. LOL!!! If it's a tiny corner (like <1.5") I'm not going to bother.



From: judyinohio


Thanks for the inspiration, Dee! I have rowdy fabrics, too.


From: Kim D. (KIMDIG)


Judy,  I'm sure you won't have a problem with taste testers!  lol


From: Kim D. (KIMDIG)


That block looks great Dee!  Artsy and different and if Suze likes it that's all that matters.  :)

Edited because I noticed Suze was spelled like Size..  Gotta love Spell check.  Not!

Dee that looks amazing! Yup I bet Suze will love it!


From: Judy (DJZMOM)


Your block is very cool with the modern, freeform style heart!

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Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


PSA for those of you who haven't mailed the heart blocks to Suze yet:

Background info: if you send a letter, you pay the First Class postage.  If can't bend or is kinda puffy, you pay a surcharge, as that kind of envelope is considered a "non-machineable envelope".  A regular letter can be **no more** than 6" wide, as that is the width of the slot that the envelopes go through.  It has to bend (as letters or correspondence does) because the item needs to go *around* a roller.   That's why there's a surcharge .. because it needs to be hand-cancelled or requires human intervention.

So, with that in mind, I had some scrapbooking dies that I was mailing.  Originally, I had taped the dies on a piece of cardboard and used a 6x9 envelope.  Well, the 6x9 envelope is really 6.5x9.5 ... just 1/2" too wide for the machine slot, so it automatically gets kicked up from "envelope" to "package", which means a whole lot MORE in postage.  Fortunately, after being educated on that, I was able to take it home, repackage the dies into a business envelope (still with a piece of cardboard so the dies wouldn't get bent) and I was able to pay the small surcharge (in addition to the First Class postage).  All was good.

Now, it's time for me to mail my blocks to Suze.  I went overboard and made 3 blocks (so, Suze .. you *should* have 3 blocks in that envelope!).   With us putting the 2" border on the heart block, makes it just ever so slightly too big for a #10 envelope, so I made my own envelope, making SURE it would fit through the machine slot.  (My envelope was 4"x10").  Yes, with the 3 blocks inside, it was kinda puffy, but I was expecting that and the resultant surcharge.

When I got to the PO window, I was asked what was inside?  A mask?     I should have said 'yes' and maybe the outcome would have been different.  But, I was honest and said it was fabric.   I was informed that **because it was so puffy** and it didn't contain correspondence, it no longer qualified for a letter but it was now considered a "package".  I did mention that there *was* a note inside (i.e. "correspondence")  and asked about the "non-machinable letter" but was told .. nope, didn't qualify.   I had to pay the **PACKAGE** postage rate, which is considerably higher than First Class postage.

Now, Suze, you are TOTALLY worth the postage :-)  but I was expecting to pay the surcharge amount not a whole couple of levels higher!   Maybe if I had mailed only ONE block?  Maybe if I had said "oh yeah, it's a face mask!" Maybe if it wasn't so puffy?  .. maybe that would have been different.

Therefore, heed my experience and make sure that your block qualifies for First Class postage only!  


From: bornblesse2


That’s neat!  Good job Dee!  And you can use what3 e4 color background you want, by the way..


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


don't be too impressed, I copied the heart from this book .  A quilting friend here gave me the book and the kit a few months ago (which I seriously doubt I'll ever do) but it was a good source of heart applique ideas.  I was more impressed that I figured out how to enlarge and shrink it to just the right size on my home printer. smile