IB♥L II: Give A Little

Thank you for being so patient.  Just over a year after launching the Iraqi Bundles of Love (IBOL) project, it’s time to to do it again.  Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s do IBOL II.

I’ll give you the details first — some of you, I’m told, are rather impatient and would rather just get to making more boxes.  But if you keep reading, I’ll tell you some of how this came to be.

IBOL II, like the original IBOL project last year, is intended to be a short-duration project.  And like last time, it’s intended to surge fabric and sewing (and knitting!) materials into Salah ad Din, in northern Iraq (where I was last year, too).  The general premise is the same.  Willing contributors can send a flat-rate box of sewing / quilting / knitting supplies, all bundled up.  Once it’s there, someone will open the box, pull out the fully-contained bundle, and hand it off (with others) for distribution in the SaD area.  The stated intent of this operation is to put sewing and quilting and knitting supplies into the hands of two types of recipients:  locals who desperately need such things, and local sewing co-ops and other small businesses who have received grants or loans (typically to purchase sewing machines, rent space, etc).

Like last time, there’s no press release, no announcement on Oprah, no guest appearance on the Colbert Report.  There will be blog posts, emails, some photos, some silliness, some IBOL kittehs, and — you can count on it — some ice cream.  Email your guild, call your sister — tell ’em it’s time to do this again.  IBOL is still going to work via word of mouth.

It’s a chance for all of us to go into our stashes — our fabric, our yarn, our needles, our thread — and find some stuff that we’re willing to share with our partners in Iraq.  No one expects you to empty your stash — it’s a chance to give a little.

Here’s the most important thing:  Packages for IBOL 2.1 (because I hope there will be a 2.2 and a 2.3!) need to be in the mail not later than 01 October (that’s a Friday).  Do you think you can do that?  In the mail, not later than 01 October.  That’s just over a month from now.  Click below to read more of the details.

How to get started:

1. Leave a comment on this site — anywhere on this site. I will email you a hearty thanks, and the mail address.  It’s an APO address, so it’s the same postal rate as mailing something to NY, NY.  No, it’s not the same address, so yes, you do need to contact me again about all this.

2. Go to the post office and get yourself one of the large, flat rate to APO boxes.  It’s a good sizes box, and it’s going to be $11.95 $12.50 (Thanks, Sis!) to mail — click here for details on how to order the boxes online (and pay the lowest shipping).  Word is, USPS will delivery the boxes to your door – if you don’t mind get a lot of boxes (bundles of 10 or 25 — go on, you know you want 10!) free of charge.

3. Form the box, tape one end close.  Put it on the floor or table.

4. Lay some ribbon (or similar) across the boxes across both axis – left to right, and front to back.  It should look like a + across the box.  This will tie your bundle close in the end.  Please remember to do this — it makes the bundle a success, and so much easier to hand off to someone.

5. Find a nice piece of fabric, large enough, and lay it into the box.  This is the outer layer of your bundle.  It can be one big piece, round or square, or two long and wide strips put into the box in the same manner as the ribbon.

6. Now, add the goodies.  Doing this right into the box, on top of this outer layer, means you should have a pretty good idea of just how full the box is.  Add a little, add a lot — add whatever you want.

7. Fold the outer layer over the top.

8. Bring those ribbons together on top.  Check and make sure all the goodies are secured inside the little bundle of love, and then tie it close.  Done right, it looks like this:

9. Tape the box sealed, fill out the address label.  Feel free to write a message on the outside of the box, or doodle the IBOL logo.  Now, grab your $11.95!

10.  Head to the post office, and send it on its way.

And now, to answer some of the questions I know will be asked.

Q:  What’s up with the random 01 October date for getting things into the mail?
A:  Well, winter is coming.  Transportation just plain gets more difficult in the winter.  Last year, the push was on to try and time things to coincide with Ramadan (which was blown away by the sheer volume from those who responded), but this year it makes more sense to try and get this done before the weather gets rough.

Q:  Wait — are you back in Iraq again?  Jeez, IBOL Guy — don’t you ever get a break?
A:  Fear not — I am safe and secure on Hawaii.  Oh, yeah — you read that right.  I’m living the good life on the island of Oahu, working too much, running too many miles, and soaking up the fun with my wife and kids.

Q: So, to whom is all this stuff going, then?
A:  Well, it’s going to a young lady named Nahed, who is part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in my old stomping grounds, Salah ad Din.  Nahed needs a nickname, I know – maybe IBOL Gal.  That’s IBOL 2.1 — if there’s an IBOL 2.2, it’ll be to Derik in Diyala, an Army guy who’s been told by his mother to “do IBOL” while he’s in Iraq this time.

Q:  Is it true that IBOL II is also known as IBOL 2: Electric Boogaloo?
A:  No.  No one has ever called it that.

Q:  OMG, IBOL is the best.  I’m totally going to tell everyone about it.
A:  Super.  Send them this URL (https://ibol.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/ibol-ii/) or the URL for this website (https://ibol.wordpress.com).  IBOL is also on Facebook — here.  Swing by, leave a comment, and join in the discussions.  By all means, take and send to me photos of your bundle making, your bundles, your kitteh, your ice cream adventures — I will try to post and share all that I can.  And if you’re savy to such things, there’s also the hash #iraqibundlesoflove (like this, on Flickr), or, just #IBOL.

Q:  I’m in Europe.  Can I still mail things to Ken in the Netherlands?
A:  Actually, no.  Ken (gasp!) retired, and has moved home to North Carolina.  I’d sure like to find someone who is in Europe, who’d be willing to do the same.  I’m working on it.

Q:  Do I really need a customs form?
A: Absolutely.  The link with details is here.  It’s a 2976-A, aka the big form.  It really doesn’t take very long to fill it out — it asks for details on the sender, recipient, and contents.  You can even fill it out online, here.

Q:  Oh, IBOL Guy – I’m so proud of you.
A:  Thanks, Mom.

Q:  Will there be more Super Secret Projects?
A: Oh, I certainly hope so.  Right now, I’m focused on not screwing this up, but if I can come up with some SSP’s, I will. Maybe, though, it’ll be something like this.

Q:  Wait — do you have permission to do this?  Last time you didn’t.
A: Absolutely not.  This is not in any way, shape or form condoned, or supported, or approved of by the US Government, US Military, Department of Defense, US Army, or anyone.

Q:  So, how are you defining success this time?
A:  I’ll settle for hundreds this time.  I have no expectation of another 3,445 bundles heading to Iraq this year.

Q:  So, what’s the connection to Quilts.com this year?
A:  Well, none.  The only link is that the wife and I might go to the International Quilt Festival in Houston in November.  Is anyone else even going to that this year?  It’s still a big deal, right?

Q:  Can I send jam?
A:  No!  No jam!  I’m not in Iraq, I’m not opening the boxes, I won’t be there to eat the jam!  No jam!

Q:  Is IBOL Kitteh amused?
A: No, IBOL Kitteh is not amused.  He has, though, walked all the way over, just to sit and face the other way and to ignore your emails.  Gee, thanks, IBOL Kitteh.

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326 Responses to “IB♥L II: Give A Little”

  1. Julia naoui Says:

    I love IBOL and can’t wait to send more boxes this time .

  2. Julia naoui Says:

    Can’t to do it again !

  3. Annie Says:

    I am ready to bundle some fabric and supplies! 😀

  4. DrMauri Collins Says:

    WHHOOOOHOOOOO!!!! I am delighted to be back on board with the IBOL crew – and I am amazed how much IBOL ready stuff has accumulated since last year!

    Count me and my family in!!!

  5. Mirthful Says:

    Oh, yes!

    If you manage to find an European contact, great, if not, just give me the “US” address.

  6. Maryann McEvoy Says:

    I’m already to pack the boxes. I just need the APO address. I’m happy you are doing this again.

    The Houston Show is still ” A Big Deal”. It’s the biggest show for quilters.

    Thanks for doing this again.

  7. Donna Schmidt Says:


  8. Mary Jane Says:

    IBOL II here we come!

  9. Deb Says:

    YAY! I’ve got some more stuff to send, although probably not (yet) enough for a whole bundle – but I’ll do what I can!

  10. Heidi Says:

    Yay! Need the new address please, for IBOL 2.1!

  11. Carol Says:

    Thanks for doing this again, and for sending me the address. Also blogged about it here:

  12. Elizabeth D Says:

    Yes, I want to do it again!! (Thanks, Carol, for the heads up). IBOL guy, please send me this year’s APO address.

  13. guinevere Says:

    Woo-hoo! You’re back! I want to send a package – please let me know where!
    (Don’t you love how a kitteh will follow you all through the house in order to ignore you?)

  14. Kate Smith Says:

    I’m in!

  15. suesue Says:

    thanks so much for organizing this again!! Please email the address at


  16. Jodi Says:

    What a great project! I’d love to contribute.

  17. Kate Says:

    Thank you for doing this again! I missed the mailing deadline last time and was hoping I’d get a second chance. Looking forward to it!

  18. Marie Says:

    Glad you’re doing this again, can’t wait to see what I clean out of my stash 🙂

  19. Marge Says:

    Here’s a suggestion, wear your IBOL T-shirt at Quilt Festival, see how many vendors are in the know and give you some stuff, hopefully, fingers crossed. Send me the address, I’ll start packing boxes right now!

  20. Jessica Says:

    count me in!

  21. Mary ann Says:

    Oh yea! This made my day, I had a lot of un last year and still have a few boxes from the bundle I picked up then. Off to hit my stash! Thanks to you both and a big welcome to IBOL Gal!

  22. Anne Says:

    Thank you – now I can send some stuff to someone it will really help. Please send me the address.

  23. Debbie B Says:

    I would like to participate!

    just2debbie2000 at yahoo dot com and thank you for this!

  24. Betsy Says:

    Yeah! Please send me the APO address. Thanks for doing this again. (I’m already looking forward to the next IBOL Sunday/sundae…)

  25. lorna Says:

    Yea! I am happy to participate again.
    Please email me the APO address.

  26. Karen King Says:

    Just found out about this and I can’t wait to help. Please send me the address. I’ve just ordered my boxes and checked on how to do the customs forms and know just what I’m going to send. So as soon as the boxes get here, I’ll fill them up and send out at least 3 or 4.

  27. jennifer Says:

    yippee!!! i’m so glad this is happening a second time around. i’m ready to put together another box (i happen to coincidently have an APO box taped up and sitting in my bedroom…waiting to be filled…).

    and both my hubby and i will be attending quilt festival in houston this year. if you do go, i would love to meet up for coffee or something!!

  28. Mercer Says:

    Count me in, too!

  29. Frank Says:

    I’ve got some stuff to send! Please send me the address to mail it to.

  30. Dot Says:

    I have fabric and yarn I’d love to share. Please send me the address.

  31. Chris Says:

    I would love to be part of this again!!!

  32. Betty Says:

    Like Kate mentioned in above message, I did not meet the deadline for the first IBOL. But I will make it this time since I received early notice, yeh!!! Sewing and knitting pieces are coming your way real soon.

  33. Bert in Rice, WA Says:

    Link below is a 404!

    “Send them this URL (https://ibol.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/ibol-ii) or…”

  34. obscure Says:

    I’m in! and very happy to be doing this again.

  35. Irene Says:

    I would love to help. This is something so worth doing. Count me in.

  36. Bonnie Says:

    I am ready, willing, and able to fill some boxes. ..just need the address.

  37. Kathleen Says:

    Count me in! Can you give us an idea of what is most needed and what (besides Jam) we should not send? Thanks!

  38. Ellen Says:

    Count me in! Thanks for organizing IBOL II. Please send me the address.

  39. lisa Says:

    yay for IBOL II!

  40. Heidi Says:

    I just need the APO address and my box will be on it’s way.

  41. Sally Says:

    What a great idea – please count me in.

  42. Gretchen Says:

    Please send me the address. Thank you so much for organizing this again!!!!

  43. anj Says:

    My fiber group is interested. Please send me the address. This is a really great!

  44. Megan Says:

    Yey, IBOL! Count me in! I don’t really have any stash left, since I’ve been participating in MYSDI (Multi-Year Stash Depletion Initiative). But this will give me a chance to GS! (That is, go shopping.) Whoo hoo, can’t wait. Thanks, IBOL Guy!

  45. Megan Says:

    Shoot, I entered my blog URL wrong on that last comment. Here it is again.

  46. Bridget Says:

    This is such a great idea, please send me the address. And I’ll be sure to add a plug on my blog as well!

  47. IBOL is back, baby! « Megan Von Bloggin Says:

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  48. mlegan Says:

    count me in.

  49. Erin Says:

    Ready to send a bundle – please send the address!

  50. DebbieS Says:

    I’d love to do this – please send me the address! Thanks!

  51. john in nc Says:

    should this be just soft goods?
    or are things like scissors needles etc good to send ?

  52. Hollie Says:

    I would love to participate!

  53. Elaine Says:

    Count me in…I’ve mailed to Quilts of Valor and Anysoldier, so this is just one more way to help.Just send on the APO

  54. Liz Tamiso Says:

    yippee – stashbusting and good will all at the same time. Count me in, and I’ll pass this on to our quilt guild newsletter editor too

  55. floribunda Says:

    I’d love to send another package or two… please send the APO address.

    Also, last time I think there were a few guidelines/suggestions about what not to send: fabric with people, etc. Could you repeat those?

  56. Linda Says:

    I would love to send some goodies – please let me know how.

  57. turtlegirl76 Says:

    I would love to participate. Please send me the mailing information.

  58. BeeKay Says:

    I’m in! Please send me the address. Thanks to you and to IBOL Gal for doing the work to make this happen.

  59. Bettyp Says:

    This is a great idea !! Please send me the address!!

  60. Bobbi Penniman Says:

    I’m thrilled to post a note as my Facebook status with a link to here.

    Happily, I have a few empty boxes that I can fill up again this year!

  61. Diane Says:

    I would love to have the address have many needles I would love to send for knitting.

  62. wintu nancy Says:

    Thank you for giving us a heads up on this happening again. I didn’t participate last time, and can’t wait to do it this time…what a good way to clean out some stuff.

  63. heidi Says:

    Hi! I thought I signed up with a post here earlier, but I don’t see it, so here is another one. Don’t want to miss it!

  64. Nanci Says:

    Can’t wait to get started pulling stash. Add me to the list for another round of fun.

  65. Your sister the cookie baker Says:

    Alas, my brother… postage went up to $12.50 for those boxes… also send me the address and sign me up.

  66. Theresa Lusty Says:

    yes, I would like the address. I have mucho stuff to send again. Love it!

  67. Holly Says:

    I can’t wait to do this AGAIN!!! Prepare our men & women in Iraq, do you know what’s coming?
    NOTE TO THE NEW ONES JOINING: I remember one woman sent yarn, but put it in a vacuum bag, air out & sent an amazing bundle for the buck!
    Let’s do it!

    • Holly Says:

      I’m in ‘moderation’, was it something I said? I sent 3 boxes last year & want to do more! Help me out! I’d love the address to continue our sharing. Holly

    • Holly Says:

      P.S. What I meant by ‘prepare our men & women, do you know what’s coming?’, was that Art thought he would be lucky to receive 250 bundles…, well you know how many he received.. over 3,500.
      Bravo to team IBOL II!

  68. ratty Says:

    send me the new APO!!

  69. Norah Says:

    SO happy to join in round 2. My mom and sis were one of the firsts to join IBOL last year and got me hooked too. Already have my boxes and looking forward to stuffing them!

  70. Mary Kirwin Says:

    I’m down. Sign me up!

  71. kristi Says:

    Happy to hear it’s back! Send along the info, and meanwhile I’ll get my boxes going.

  72. Diane Says:

    I’m in! I’ve got several bundles ready to go.
    (linked from GoKnitInYourHat, thanks Carol!).

  73. Carla Scruggs Says:

    Please send the address, I have a box almost ready! Good luck!

  74. Judy Cloe Says:

    This sounds like a good idea and something I would like to do. I have plenty of things in my stash I can send and relieve my guilty conscience for not using them myself.

  75. SheilaofDC Says:

    New to this project but happy to support it and looking forward to getting a bundle ready. Need address to send it bundle to.

  76. Eileen Says:

    What a great way to pass along stash. Please send me the address.

  77. sharon Says:

    I’d be happy to participate

  78. Arnie Blaylock Says:

    Please send address have searched the internet. Finally found a web site that stated I must post here and you will send me the address.

    I will put a box together

  79. Lee Says:

    Hey. I saw this and thought, ‘this is a great way to share my fabrics that were on their way to good will’ since I don’t work with them anymore. I would much rather send them somewhere where I know they will be put to good use.
    Yes, please, send me the address.
    Thanks for all you do!

  80. Holly Says:

    I’d love to do it again!!! I recall a woman last year got, 9lbs. was it (?), of yarn in the box by vacuum sealing it! Brillant!

  81. Diane Says:

    I can’t wait to do this again!

  82. Mary on Lake Pulaski Says:

    I’d be happy to help!

  83. DianeY Says:

    I’d love to participate again! My sewing room needs a cleanout anyway!

  84. Sharon Says:

    I’ll see what I’ve got

  85. Sarah Long Says:

    I’d love to help. Send an address. I got the wrong box. (the 10.50 I think) Do I really have to go back to the PO and get a different one, or will a package in this size be accepted just as gracefully as the slightly larger one?

  86. Christephi Says:

    I seem to accumulate stuff faster than I can get rid of it. Please send the address. Thanks!

  87. AileenF Says:

    So cool! Please send me the address. I’ll pass this along on Facebook.

  88. Marina McIntire Says:

    So glad to have this opportunity again!
    I’ll be gathering stuff together any minute now!

  89. Becky Says:

    I want to help – especially since it includes de-stashing, kittehs, ice cream and non-military sanctioned do-gooder rule breakin!!!!

    Thanks for doing this again. Missed out last time.

  90. Pat Waters Says:

    What a great way to clean out my stash for more fabric.

  91. Judy Says:

    I would love to send a box again this year.

  92. Melinda Says:

    Send me the address please.

  93. SoKnitpicky Says:

    Please send the address. Looking forward to it.

  94. quiltdivajulie Says:

    Hi, Art – I’m in (again). Please send me the address. THANKS!

  95. Joanne in WY Says:

    Can I send thread? Wrapped in fabric , of course!

  96. 2hippos Says:

    I’m excited to do it again!

  97. Sequana Says:

    Count me in. I, too, would like to see the list you used last time, since I’ve not seen this before. I don’t want to forget things that I have around.

  98. Cherie Says:

    Awesome!! I will pull some stuff together tonight. I ended up with enough for three boxes last time 🙂 I’m glad local co-ops will be included as recipients too. Thanks again, Art.

  99. Quilted Jonquil » Blog Archive » IBOL II Says:

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  100. Susan Zarzycki Says:

    I’m in again too! Please send me the address. Thanks for doing this again!

  101. Vicki W Says:

    I would like to do it this year. Please send me the address!


  102. Rosemary Coller Says:

    Send me info and I will alert others in my guild. Thanks. Quilters and knitters and crocheters are just wonderful.

  103. Nan Says:

    Yippy! Thanks IBOL guy. 🙂

  104. Martha Bush Says:

    Am excited to participate again this year. Send me the APO address.

  105. Erin @ A Prairie Home Says:

    I would love to participate this time!

  106. Tania Says:

    My church group would love to help Can you give us an idea of what is most needed and what (besides Jam) we should not send. Thanks

  107. Debbie Padora Says:

    I’m in! Never heard about this till now, wonderful idea. It’s great to help people help themselves. Please send the address. Thanks!

  108. Lynda Says:

    Please send me the address. Would polyester fleece be useful or not?

  109. Darcene Says:

    OH Yeah!!!! Count me in….anything to help bring peace to the world…..

  110. Dorothy Says:

    I’m planning to take the instructions to my guild meeting and provide boxes for others to use for their IBOLs. Thanks for doing this again, and please send me the address.

  111. Lori Says:

    I would like the address to mail a box to.

  112. Wendy Ng Says:

    I LOVE this, and participated last time. Let me post to my Facebook and send to my quilt group. Cheers, Thanks a lot IBOL guy!!! Please send me your address!

  113. jane m. Says:

    I’m excited to be able to participate this time! Thanks!!

  114. Kate Says:

    count me in – this sounds fun. I do care packages and when my daughter was deployed sent school supplies and stuffed animals – this is right up my alley! Please send address.

  115. farm gal Says:

    I would be honored to do this! Please send me info and address.

  116. Julie Says:

    Please count me in!

  117. diane cairns Says:

    i would like the address to mail the boxes to. thanks!!!

  118. Get Stitchy with Sarah Says:

    YAY! Woo hoo! I’m so happy this will happen again! Do you know anyone crazy enough to do this in Afghanistan too? If someone sent me fabric and yarn it would be hard to hate their country.

  119. Pam Matthews Says:

    I would love to participate! Send me the APO address and I’ll get a box (or 2) on their way!

  120. Kate C Says:

    Yay for the return of IBOL! Will eagerly await the new address… : )

  121. Holly Says:

    Address Please, I’m in!

  122. Gina Bufkin Says:

    Fantastic! Count me in.

  123. Karin Says:

    I can think of a couple of things to give, so if you figure out Europe, please let me know. I am German in Germany, so no APO cost saving for me…

  124. Diana Says:

    I should be able to get a box or two in the mail. already have the boxes-always keep some on hand.

  125. Robin Says:

    Welcome back IBOL Guy! I can’t wait to do this again. Please send the address. I assume little scraps (like for quilts) are still not as helpful? Big things, lots of green, and thread, thread, thread. Right?

  126. Janet Says:

    Please send me the address. Our family would like to be part of this! 🙂

  127. Pat Says:

    Please send me the address – I sent 4 boxes last year – have plenty more to send. Keep up the great work. Love it! We quilters need somewhere to donate excess stash.

  128. Lucy Look Says:

    I’m commenting to get the address. This is a lovely thing to do; your time is a real gift.

  129. Yvonne Hamilton Says:

    What a wonderful idea! Please send me the mailing address. I’m off to get a box at the post office this morning. Hmm. (thinking about my quilting room..) maybe two….

  130. Michele Blake Says:

    I am ready to do this again. Thank You for coordinating this again.
    IBOL is a great thing!!

  131. Angela d. Says:

    Please send me the address and I’ll get a bundle toghether. Thanks for the opportunity to help out.

  132. gail Norback Says:

    Please send me the address! There are several piles ready to go! 🙂 Thanks again for your efforts.

  133. Anne Says:

    I’m in! Can’t wait to get packing my bundle!

  134. gail Norback Says:

    Maybe contacting Bob at Superior Threads would be a good idea?

  135. Barb Says:

    Address, please! Just ordered 10 boxes for my quilt guild to fill!

  136. Linda Bryant Smith Says:

    OK I’m in…. I do lots of Quilts of Valor, but my stash also has fluffiness in other colors and can use this opportunity to slim down a bit..Is it OK to send a piece of lovely lightweight wool…
    Send me the address
    Linda B

  137. Linda Bryant Smith Says:

    Address please… I’m in, stash too fluffy, needs slimming down

  138. chelle Says:

    Add me to the list!

  139. Lori Jones Says:

    HI I am not sure how I got here but am glad I found it!!!
    I would love to help.
    please send me the address.
    this is my email:)– quiltingbug619@yahoo.com

  140. Rebecca Says:

    I am very excited about this! Just wandered here from The Modern Quilt Guild’s Chicago group. I desperately need to clean out my sewing supplies before I move on Oct first, so this is a great opportunity! Question… can you include fashion sewing fabric as well, or are you looking primarily for quilting supplies?

  141. Fayecq Says:

    Please add me to the list!

  142. IBOL Guy Says:

    @ROBIN, Big is still better. But really, if you’ve just got little, just send little.

  143. Esther Says:

    So good to hear this is happening. Just bought fabric that when I got home thought “Why did I feel I needed so much of that?”. Must have been a premonition.

  144. sharon Says:

    I’d like to participate! Please send me the address.

  145. Elizabeth Burris Says:

    Send me the go-to address!
    Fabulous idea.

  146. Ellen Says:

    Great project, please send me address!

  147. Mira Says:

    I would love to send bundles again! Thanks!

  148. Daria Says:

    Add me to the list. I can most likely get 2-3 boxes out.

  149. Helen Says:

    I’m ready to go shopping in my stash! Please send me the mailing address – Thank you for doing this again!

  150. Carleen Says:

    Thanks for doing this again. I can’t wait to get started with my bundle(s)!
    Please email me the new address.

  151. Sandee Prickett Says:

    Be glad to participate in this event. Send Address Thanks.

  152. Cindy Says:

    Please send me the APO address. I’d like to contribute.

  153. wenikitiki Says:

    I would LOVE to participate! Need to know if crochet hooks, new packages of sewing machine needles and trims are needed, wanted?!

  154. Cindy Grisdela Says:

    I’d like to have the address to help with your project. Thanks!

  155. Rebecca Says:

    APO address please…………..thanks.

  156. Dawn Says:

    i just went to my FB page and found out that IBOL2 is in the works! i want in on it again – please send me the address. my sewing room is getting so crowded i can barely turn around 😀

  157. Aunt Cindy Says:

    I have a lot of fabric from my husband’s grandma that I need to send somewhere. PERFECT! I already have a box from the PO, too. Plus, the nice ladies there love it when my kids run amok there. Win all around!

  158. Sara Schmidt Says:

    Oh yes!!!!! So glad to see you back!!! Count my Mom and me in again. Please send the address and we will get to packing. We missed you IBOL Guy!

  159. Shelly Says:

    You and your lovely wife ROCK!!
    Please send the address………xo

  160. Sue C Says:

    Count me in. I just need the address 🙂
    Thanks for doing this.

  161. Nicole Says:

    Please send me the address!

  162. Alice Hayden Says:

    Yippee! I’m in again. You guys are the BEST!

  163. Deb Peetz Says:

    This is wonderful. By helping them, you’re helping me.

  164. Tomi Says:

    I would like to contribute a bundle to the IBOL 2.1 effort.
    Quilters & Sewists Unite!

  165. Dawn Scuteri Says:

    I’m so glad I can help – will let my knitting group know about it, too. We also sew, and can really pack a bundle!

  166. carol Says:

    I would be happy to share and help. Please send the address.

  167. Karen Says:

    Wonderful project. Please send the address.

  168. Diane Says:

    I missed out last time and am excited to get in on this!

  169. Carol E. Says:

    Yes! Please send me the address.

  170. Tavish Says:

    Please send me the APO address and I will get busy preparing some bundles

  171. Sandy Bossler Says:

    Please send me the address so I can participate. Keep up the good work.

  172. Deborh Linsfewn Says:

    Send the new address, I’ll get some boxes ready. Really enjoyed it. I also got my work interested, Vicki, at Maricopa Quilt Co.

  173. Melissa Says:

    Please send me the address. It sounds like a wonderful way to show unity with our fellow world citizens.

  174. Tonie Peterson Says:

    Send me an address and I will find the list and pack a box.

  175. Anne Wilkins Says:

    I sent 2 boxes last time and have even more fabric to share. Send me the address.

  176. Barb Amorin Says:

    Yippee! Count me in for a couple of boxes.

  177. Larkie Says:

    what an awesome idea. would love to do this and also write about your endeavor at my blog. wish i could help you make the delivery in iraq!

  178. Martha B Says:

    Thanks for coordinating this again. I just moved my sewing room and had bags of fabric ready for goodwill. In the nick of time, I saw the announcement on FB. Thank you for doing this.

  179. Claire Arsenault Says:

    So glad you are doing this again. Can’t wait to go dig into my stash. Thanks.

  180. Marian Says:

    FABULOUS! Count me in for at least one box!

  181. Jane Briscoe Says:

    Please send the address for donations. Thanks.

  182. Wendy Says:

    I’m in! Please send me the APO address.

  183. Kathleen Says:

    Address please! I have some quilty friends who want to contribute. I have yarn.

  184. Valerie T Says:

    Glad you’re in Hawaii! Glad we get to do this again! Please send me the IBOL 2.0 APO mailing address!

  185. Janet K Says:

    My bundle is tied up in the box and ready to go. Ready to do the customs form. Please send address. And thanks for thinking of this and giving us the opportunity to help you.

  186. Ann C Says:

    Got my bundle in a box, just need that address and I’m off to the P.O.

  187. Pat Says:

    Please send me the address. I’d love to participate!

  188. emtdlb Says:

    Only have knitting items this time, can I send crochet hooks instead of knitting needles? I have extra hooks not needles, but will do what has to be done. Thanks for your time and enthusiam!

  189. Lisa Von Holt Says:

    I just learned about IBOL. Great idea. Please send me the address.

  190. Eileen Says:

    This is perfect as I’m clearing out and packing up for a move. I have many items I just don’t think need to be moved and would love to send them to someone who will find a good use for the items.

  191. Catie Says:

    I’ve forwarded this blog link to my guild, and hope for a good response. My bundle is ready to go!

  192. Mary Says:

    Please send me the address also. Thanks!

  193. Susan Says:

    Just heard about IBOL. Please send me the address, I know I have many things I can share. thanks

  194. lara Says:

    count me in. what a great project!

  195. IB♥L II | Larkie @ Large Says:

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  196. Stephanie Smagala Says:

    Hey Art, My kitteh and I are in! Dog may participate, too! Please send address!

  197. Marianna Says:

    Thanks for doing this again. I sent two boxes last year and thought I didn’t have any more to send–boy was I wrong! I’m off to the PO for a box and will await the address.

  198. Carolyn L. Says:

    Please send the IBOL address. I found out about this too late last year, but hopefully I can make up a box or two this year. Thanks so much.

  199. Susan Says:

    This sounds like a great project!! Where was I last year?

  200. Nancy Says:

    Hi, please send me the address. This is such a great idea…I am going to share it with my friends and family ! Thanks so much.

  201. Jill Eastlake Says:


    I’ve already packed a box! Please send me the address and I’ll ship the box out within the next couple of days. This is so freeing! Knowing that some of the “collection” which I don’t use will be used by someone is great.

    Thanks for doing this!


  202. Gale Says:

    Is there any info or pictures on what became of last years bundles? As in, do we know if they helped and how?

  203. IBOL 2 « Life is a B Movie Says:

    […] what? Fabirc, sewing items, yarn, knitting needles, etc. Well, visit IBOL Guy and read his blog. https://ibol.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/ibol-ii/ He can explain it better than I can. I will just tell you that it is a way to help women and I […]

  204. Jackie Says:

    I have my box ready to go! What a great idea to share my stash. Thanks

  205. Holly Says:

    Woohoo! I’m so excited that IBOL is here again. Please send me the address! Thanks.

  206. Lea Says:

    Just send me the address and I’ll get a package or two in the mail!

  207. Lynn Says:

    I’m in again this year. Please send me the address.

  208. Theresa Allen Says:

    What a great way to reduce my stash.
    Count me in.

  209. PJ Miles Says:

    Please send the address, I will share with my quilt groups.
    Thanks for the chance to help.

  210. Becky Fellows Says:

    I’d love to send some boxes!! Send address

  211. Janice Dallas Says:

    I’m interested. What materials are most useful? I have linen, cotton, wool, and polyesters. Fancy or plain materials? I’m not a quilter so don’t have that sort of fabric.

  212. Pam Pierpont Says:

    I have yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles I can send. Patterns too if there is a translator. Where do I send them?



  213. Bridget Says:

    I would like to participate. Thanks!

  214. Mary Marchand Says:

    Would like the address? Will share with my quilt groups.

  215. Ruth Mollack Says:

    I would really like to take part in this project. I have a lot of knitting supplies that are just sitting in a closet and would like to see them used. I also have a closet full of fabric the will not be used up in my lifetime and this sounds like a great way to see them put to good use. Please share the address so I can get started gathering these supplies.


  216. maggie bunch Says:

    Thank you for allowing us to help our sisters a world away.

  217. Alice H. Says:

    So is the weather about what it is in Florida? Should fabrics be light cottons, or heavier wool blends and polar fleece OK?

  218. Barbara Waldrip Says:

    would love to send a bundle. Please send me the address.

  219. Barb Krause Says:

    WOOHOO, IBOL II!! I haven’t looked you up in months and then check in within days of launch. Send me the address and I’ll get some boxes in the mail. Hey, for thread, maybe you could contact Superiorthreads.com? LOVE their thread.

    Thanks for letting us play again,

  220. Kelly Says:

    Please send us the info! We’d love to participate.

  221. Emily M Says:

    Sign me up! I’ll send a box and do more local rallying from the left coast…..
    Thanks bunches ibol guy!

  222. Janet Says:

    Thanks for organizing IBOL II. Please email me the address when you have a minute.

  223. Estela Says:

    Hi, I want to send some knitting supplies. Can you email the address. Thanks. Great idea!

  224. Lissy Says:

    Hey there. Thanks for organizing this. Can you please email me the address? Thanks so much.

  225. Laiane Says:

    I was to late to the party to join IBOL I, so I intend to contribute to IBOL II! I’m a knitter, and my husband sews. 🙂

  226. Ruth Prest Says:

    What a great project! Please send the address!
    Bless you!

  227. Susan Ramey Cleveland Says:

    Gathering fabrics for my box. Please send me the address. Thanks.

  228. Jane Kresge Says:

    Please let me know the address – would love to de=stash a bit! Thanks

  229. Dee Sulenski Says:

    Please send me the IBOL II address. I have a box ready to go! Thank you.
    Peace, Dee

  230. Katharine Tizzano Says:

    Just read about IBOL….wonderful! Ordered boxes today.
    Thanks for the opportunity to help and clean out my stash.
    Address, please. Thanks.

  231. Heidi Says:

    I’d love to participate! I’m looking forward to destashing some of my yarn and fabric to a great cause!!

  232. Nina Bell Says:

    My sister and I are very interested in sending a bundle or two and would like to have the address please.
    We learned of your project at our Block of the Month Club meeting at the Ben Franklin store in Monroe, Washinton.
    Good job!

  233. Jackie Joy Says:

    I would love to help out, and as editor of our ASG Chapter’s newsletter, would publish the information about IBOL 2.1 there.

    Please send addy.

  234. Virginia Says:

    Would like to contribute. Please send me the address. Lots of things I don’t need

  235. Diane Says:

    Please send address for IBOL. Great idea. Hope you are overwhelmed by the response.

  236. Jane Says:

    I’ll send stuff again! Glad to be involved once more.

  237. Betty G Says:

    Please send the address so I can contribute again.

  238. Annie Says:

    Whoo hoo…ready to participate again! Please send the IBOL 2.1 address.

  239. terry armstrong Says:

    I need an adress.. I did this last time and have lots to send again. I am the Arrowhead lady who got sick and did not meet up with you laat year and have a son in law who was in Iraq then Afag. right after you left last year.

  240. Deborah Hoyt Says:

    Hi, I have several boxes ready to go, just need an address.
    This is a wonderful idea to help others and help me reduce my stash!
    Better someone make use of the fabric than it just sits in my closet.

  241. Kay Valentine Says:

    OK, I’ve got my goodies all ready to go–please send me the address!…….Kay

  242. Carole Pikulski Says:

    Please send me the address to mail the packages so I can get them out this week. Thanks. What a wonderful way to use up things that would be thrown away. Carole

  243. Cathy Bremer Says:

    Please send me the address.

  244. Janett Rice Says:

    Count me in, too!

  245. Marisa Says:

    Could you send me the address, please? Thanks for organizing again!

  246. Anne Hilliard Says:

    Thank you so much for your service. I can’t wait to make some bundles and ship them out along with the packages that go to my son in Afghanistan. Address?

  247. Emi Yamasaki McLaughlin Says:

    This is such a great idea! Every crafter has stuff they are never gonna use, but just can’t stand to throw away. Please send me the address!

  248. Emi Yamasaki McLaughlin Says:

    Also, do they need notions like buttons and trim?

  249. Lisa Kay Says:

    Send me the address and I’ll send a package!

  250. Suzane Says:

    I’m in again! Please send the address… And the answer to the question… polar fleece ok or not really?

  251. meg o. Says:

    I’d like to contribute – this is a great idea. Thanks for coordinating it.

  252. Connie Akers Says:

    Send the address! Great project. Yes, Houston is still a big deal and I’ll be there for at least a quick run thru.

  253. Janet Taylor Says:

    Im in – send me the address. What an exciting project! What about fleece?

  254. nancy shimek Says:

    Please send me the address. Thanks for the info on a great project.

  255. Qwiltylady Says:

    I need the address. I put together 2 boxes of sewing supplies and my neighbor added a box of knitting supplies. I asked myself if I lost everything I owned what would I need and then I went to my sewing studio and gathered up what came to mind.

  256. Jacqui Says:

    I would love to send a bundle or two of yarn and knitting supplies! Can you please send me the address?

  257. Liz Nutter Says:

    I would like to have the address, please.

  258. Vivien Zepf Says:

    Would love to participate in IBOL II. Would you please send me the APO address? Thanks and thanks for doing this.

  259. Julie Down Says:

    Please send me the address. I have items to share. Thank you so much.

  260. charlotte ann dehgan Says:

    Hi! APO address please! Annie Dehgan

  261. Connie's Minis Says:

    Please send me the APO address; I would love to participate in this wonderful project!

  262. Jeanne Says:

    Please send me the APO address. The box is waiting.

  263. Katherine Says:

    thanks for doing this again.
    Please send me the addy.

  264. Linda McLaughlin Says:

    I’ve got a box ready to send.

  265. Ivory Says:

    Please send me the address. I saw a picture of one of my boxes delivered last year and it made me proud!

  266. Pat Moore Says:

    Please send the address, I’ve got stuff ready for a box.

  267. Sheree Says:

    I would love to hear some of the details about this. I just happened to stumble upon this web listing and I’m not aware of this program. I am very interested in making several bundle contributions. Send me a mailing address please. Thank you for your effort and caring for others.

  268. Susan Blexrud Says:

    Wonderful program. Please send address for mailing.

  269. Janice Says:

    Bring it on. Send me the address please!

  270. Carol McDowell Says:

    I’ve never heard of this before and it does make me a bit nervous but I’d like to know more and to be able to share info with my local quilt guild. Send me the address and anything else we need to know, please.

  271. Dee Hanlin Says:

    Would love to help, please send info.

  272. The Slapdash Sewist Says:

    I would love to participate. Any additional guidelines on what is most wanted would be appreciated–I’m not a knitter but have some novelty yarns I’d be happy to pass along but I don’t know if only wool yarn is really any use. I have plenty of fabric, though!

  273. Sally Says:

    I’m in! Please email me with the APO address, all too glad to do it again (and I have a mess of knitting needles to share this time!).

  274. Elaine Says:

    Please send me the address – I am cleaning up my sewing/knitting stuff and am happy to send it off to a great cause!

  275. Lorette Says:

    I’d love to participate too! Please send me the address.

  276. Karin Brewer Says:

    I would love to send a few packages again 🙂

  277. Char Says:

    I’m working on a bundle (or two). please send the address. thank you !

  278. Michele Says:

    Wow, seems I’m late to the game this year. I loved participating last year and still have some empty APO Priority boxes left over. Send me the information.
    Glad you’re home safe in Hawaii this year.

  279. L Harveston Says:

    I need the address for shipping. Thank you for all you do. My nephew served in Iraq and he and I loved the “special” boxes, especially the 42 which were sent at Christmas to his unit by a group of elementary students. Happiness all around!

  280. Teri Devine Says:

    Please send me the address. My local Nampa, ID quilting group is putting together some boxes.

  281. Patti Says:

    Please send the address for IBOL boxes…they’re packed and ready to mail. Thanks for the great idea and the hard work.

  282. Lia Says:

    So glad you are doing this again! I randomly was going through my bookmarks (I had bookmarked you from last year) and was surprised to find out about IBOL II! So glad I will be able to make the deadline!

  283. Lynette Savage Says:

    Please send me the mailing address – I got lots of thread and fabric from my sewing group this morning.

    Thank you,


  284. Melanie Says:

    I’d like to send a couple of bundles. Please send me the address. Thanks for doing this!

  285. HeatherB Says:

    This sounds great… Email me the info, I’d love to send a box!

  286. Heather Says:

    Only just found out about II.
    Are sewing machine needles helpful? If so, size?
    Any specifics for knitting materials?
    Bundles are being created. Also via Sew Mama Sew.
    Thank you.
    Please send mailing address and any additional required info for the customs form.
    Thank you.


    • IBOL Guy Says:

      Heather, needle size shouldn’t be an issue — what doesn’t work seems to be passed around. And knititng materials? More is better? Is that good advice?

  287. Martha K. Grant Says:

    Need APO address to send boxes–I’m delighted to participate in this again!

  288. Jackie McKenzie Says:

    Please send me the address for mailing the sewing supplies to Iraq and any additional information I may need. Thanks

  289. Pat Says:

    Thanks for doing this again. It’s such a win-win as I would not be going through my stuff and cleaning as well as I do for IBOL.

    Please send me the mailing address and my bundles will be out of here in time for the deadline.


  290. Hilda Bakke Says:

    Please send me the address. I would like to participate again this year. My sewing room always needs cleaning out and I need to purge to make room for new things in my life.

  291. joanell connolly Says:

    I would like to participate – will get my box today and an extra just for the heck of it. This was listed on FB, which is how I heard about it. I will repost –


  292. Amanda Ogle Says:

    I have a bundle ready to go!

  293. Peggi Yacovissi Says:

    Glad to help with this again when you send the address to me.

  294. Catherine Rose Says:

    I just missed IBOL last year, and am glad for the chance to participate this year!

    How about cotton scraps from quiltmaking ~ lots of color and variety… Yes or no?

  295. Patricia Gould Says:

    You can still send the box for $11.95 if you use USPS online service Click n Ship which is free to sign up for. You also get free delivery confirmation using Click n Ship and you don’t have to stand in line at the PO, just pop your pre-paid label on the box and give it to your carrier or set it on the counter at the PO.

  296. Magaroni Says:

    I’m putting together a bundle – please let me know where to send to. Thanks!

  297. nancy bauer Says:

    What a wonderful effort. Thanks. Please send the address and any other info I need. Thanks again.

  298. Kathryn Kempke Says:

    I would like to participate. Please send me the address.

    Do you want patterns too, or just fabrics, threads, etc.

  299. Kay Ellen Shores Says:

    This is a superb idea. I missed the first one, but happy to be a part of the 2nd. Send me the address and I’ll have a bundle in the mail prior to 10/1. Bless you!

  300. Vi Says:

    Please send me the address. I would like to participate. Thank you.

  301. Vicki B Says:

    I have tons of yarn around. Please send me an address and I’ll send some along!

  302. Raesha Says:

    Oh oh oh!!!! So much fun:) Please send me the address so I can get my box in the mail by Friday:) Thanks so much!!!

  303. Pam Knies Says:

    This is great. I just cleaned out my fabric closet and have things to send.

    It took me a while to see I had to email to get address.

    I will pass this on to Quilter friends.

    Thanks, Pam

  304. Betty T Says:

    I would like to contribute, please send info and address.

  305. Jackie Says:

    I am waiting for the address to mail my package. THANKS

  306. Bree Says:

    I’ve got all my stuff together for IBOL 2.0. All I need is the address!

  307. Ann Pugh Says:

    address please! I have several boxes ready to go.

    Happy to be participating again.

    Thanks for all you do.

    Ann Pugh

  308. Ann Collins Says:

    Hi, I am all set to mail a box Tues or Wed (Sept. 28 or 29). Please send address.


  309. Melinda Hope Says:

    I sent a box last year and will send at least one this year — upholstery fabric?

  310. wenikitiki Says:

    Bad me, lost the address, please send again!

  311. btownknitter Says:

    I just found out about this 2 minutes ago. I have yarn to send!

  312. Tami Says:

    Please send me the address. I know it’s close to the deadline, but I can have a package in the mail by Friday.

  313. wintu nancy Says:

    HELP! I have deleted your original email with the address for IBOL and my boxes are ready to go. Sure hope you get this and respond soon. Will be so sad if I miss this because I am a procrastinator!

  314. Historyweaver Says:

    Hello! I know it is last minute but I have a package to send out tomorrow! Thanks!

  315. Leslie Says:

    (3/25/11) I would like to contribute. Are there plans for an IBOL III? or a partner organization I should contact?

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