thanks for posting these. just a heads up for those using the military address: customs have been asking to inspect packages labeled 'fabric'...just a big hassel. and it takes longer. the post lady here told me to start labeling customs forms as 'quilts' instead. just a fyi.
I asked my husband about this, since he does a LOT of international shipping at work. He says to make sure you mark that it is a gift. We figured the "value" of a quilt block (12" square at $4/yd, which is the wholesale price of most fabric) to be $0.36, to help in calculating the retail value that they will ask for on the form. I have sent fabric to Europe before, and the post office here told me to state that it was "100% cotton quilting fabric". I did so, and the package got to it's destination without any problems. But it was not to an APO address, so I don't know if that makes a difference.
I wouldn't worry about the boxes being inspected...customs selects at random what they are going to look into. They don't do it in the post office...it happens somewhere along the route so it is really no big deal. As long as you are not sending something illegal you (and I)will be fine. It is just quilt blocks, NO Worries!