Sending them off

I packaged and sent two quilts off to exhibitions yesterday with a huge sigh of relief, praying that the USPS would not screw up. Packing them up was no picnic and it sent me into high anxiety.
Usually I send my large quilts on huge rolls that I get from Uline. No problem- I  wrap them in archival free paper or muslin, and slip them into cloth sleeves that I have for each quilt. That goes into plastic and then the whole affair is dropped into a monster tube. I have the process down pat.

Inserting air pockets at every fold line
But for the Color Improvisations 2 exhibit in Germany we were asked to not pack these in rolls but to send them in cartons. That sent me into a tizzy finding the right size box 9 24 x 36 x 6, looking for plastic sleeves, and most of all figuring out how to fold a quilt so it would not show creases.
There are lots of tutorials for that online- all guiding you against folding with or against the grain, rather folding on the bias. The very best set of directions that I found was in Machine Quilting Unlimited in the January 2012 issue. But what does one do when everything is on the bias- and every strip in a different direction.
Acid free issue paper to protect the quilt from plastic
I opted to fold my quilt in thirds and then in quarters- and it all fit nicely into my box. But I did one thing a bit differently. I stuffed each crease with those plastic air bags that one finds in any package delivered today. By putting a row of these at every crease I was able to get a rounded area instead of a knife edge. I have no idea if it will work. I guess I will just have to keep my fingers and toes crossed that i do not get to the exhibit in Germany with 3 horizontal and 4 vertical creases going up and down the piece.
Once the piece was folded I wrapped it in acid free paper and inserted it into a clear jumbo baggie.
Now all I have to worry about is if the USPS holds up its part of the bargain.
My quilt sandwich is ready to be put into an XXL ziploc bag.

I inserted the ziploc into the box and surrounded it with bubble wrap.
By cutting up a second box I was able to create an extra 24 x 36 panel for the top and bottom as well as 6" panels around each side. 
Couple of additions. I bought my boxes at Staples.com- 10 for $44.
 Free shipping. I actually ordered all my packing supplies from them and they were the cheapest and had a very wide variety of sizes.
I mailed these using Global Express through USPS for $92 for 5-8 day delivery.

Also this just in from artist Heide Stoll-Weber:

By the way, I read your blog. Don't worry too much about creases in your quilts - when we met with Ginie in Falera she promised that every piece will be unpacked immediately after arrival and stored fully spread out on a flat surface so that it can rest and any folds from transportation will release. They also, of course need them to be flat and without creases for professional photography which will be taken probably in late November when all the 50 pieces have finally arrived.

Big sigh of relief and thanks to Heide for letting us know.