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Old 07-02-2012, 09:08 PM
 
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I'm flying back east for a wedding, and a high school graduation celebration, and I need to carry back 2 large quilts. I check my bags, and I have a great nylon parachute type material duffel that I can fit these two quilts in easily, then roll it up tight and toss it in my suitcase.

Is this sort of material okay for checking? After all the work I put into these two quilts, I'd hate for them to messed up -- and doing carry on isn't going to work -- these are heavy and bulky, and I have to transfer planes.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:10 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Will they work, Yes, Recommonded No
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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My wife ships large art quilts around the world, for shows and to deliver to customers as commissioned work.
She uses long, skinny golf club 'boxes' that our pro shop is tossing: she rolls them gently into the tube box, ships them UPS or FedEx or, even by USPS.
For really big bed quilts she uses any rectangular shipping carton that works...never a problem in shipping or, arrival condition.
I agree with flyonpa: I would ship rather than pack and check, if practical.
GL, mD
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:50 AM
 
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As a quilter myself, I would never take them on a plane unless I HAD to... If you ship FedEx, your quilts will be tracable insured. And it would most likley cost about the same as the extra baggage charge.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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As a quilter myself, I would never take them on a plane unless I HAD to... If you ship FedEx, your quilts will be tracable insured. And it would most likley cost about the same as the extra baggage charge.
Ditto. Ship it.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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I'm flying back east for a wedding, and a high school graduation celebration, and I need to carry back 2 large quilts. I check my bags, and I have a great nylon parachute type material duffel that I can fit these two quilts in easily, then roll it up tight and toss it in my suitcase.

Is this sort of material okay for checking? After all the work I put into these two quilts, I'd hate for them to messed up -- and doing carry on isn't going to work -- these are heavy and bulky, and I have to transfer planes.
If they're quality nylon bags. I've traveled extensively with them. My m.o. was buying books ... and I'd transfer all of my clothing from my suitcase into the duffel and put the books in the suitcase. I've never had them be a problem. No rips, etc. Lots of scuff marks, etc., so I know they got rough handling. But no tears. Not even the handles.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:49 AM
 
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As a quilter myself, I would never take them on a plane unless I HAD to... If you ship FedEx, your quilts will be tracable insured. And it would most likley cost about the same as the extra baggage charge.
Well -- I get two free bags.... and shipping these things is EXPENSIVE.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:04 AM
 
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If its in a suitcase, what's the problem?
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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What I have done few times, Is I used a suitcase set, (was a set of 3) each one fits inside the other.
Would pack med sized one inside the larger one, then check the both of them on out bound flight. then put the med one inside the large one and just check 1 for the return.

Since it sounds like you are on Southwest, so get two hard cases and check them both, both ways.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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If its in a suitcase, what's the problem?
Sorry -- I wasn't clear -- I would take the quilts in the parachute bag, then when I gave them to the kids (one high school grad and one wedding!) I could roll up the empty parachute bag and toss it in my case....
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