Wednesday, 23 April 2014

ANZAC Day Laundry Bag Challenge - the Reveal.

WOW!! 

Well at last it is time to reveal the entries in this year's ANZAC Day Laundry Bag Challenge and what awesome entries we have.   I don't want to bias the judge by commenting on any of the bags so I am just going to list them under the name of the creator. It will be up to the Judge, my contact in Kabul, to select the first second and third place.   I will be forwarding a copy of this post off to her so that she can make her decision but I don't expect an answer till after ANZAC Day at some point so I will keep you posted.  

So, now sit back and enjoy the parade of laundry bags!

Chelly 1


Chelly 2


Chelly 3


Joan 1 (front)


Joan (back)


Joan 2


Joan 3


Julie Ann - Front and Back


Katrina


Kim M 1 (Front) 


Kim M 1 (back)


Kim M 2


Liz J


Lorraine


Louise

 Mary


Pennie 1


Pennie 2


Pennie 3


Pennie 4


Pennie 5


Pennie 6


Pennie 7



Rita M 1


Rita M 2


Rita M 3


Steph N


Sue P


What an awesome bunch of bags! 

Till next time .............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!  JMxx

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Grati-Tuesday

Hi all,
 I hope you all have had a Happy Easter.  
Sit back and enjoy some lovely happy pictures and some great messages.  

First up four happy recipients..with quilts made by (from left to right) Nancy, Lynn/Belinda, Nancy and Leanne.



Another happy fellow with a quilt made by Nancy





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Katherine,
I just wanted to write to you and pass my sincere appreciation for the quilt that I received in the mail a couple of days back.  My Wife and I were talking about buying a quilt for our daughters bed when she moves from her cot shortly, and thought the hero quilts program was the perfect way to do it.
I genuinely appreciate the effort you have gone to and love the design which have you used. It will certainly take pride of place in the XXXXX household in the future.
Again many thanks for your efforts and consideration, it is truly appreciated, 

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Hello all,
            I am currently deployed in Camp Baker, Kandahar Afghanistan. I have been in the Air Force for 25 years this November and have had a great career in the defence force. This is currently my fourth deployment and my second time in Afghanistan.

Having deployed previously I found it awesome for the support and amazing things the people of Australia do for us members serving overseas. That said, nothing pleased me more then receiving a parcel today 18 Apr, Good Friday with a laundry bag created by a member of this group. The work that has gone into making this item and the stunning design matched my current posting area perfectly. I am currently based at RAAF Base Darwin in the Northern Territory and found the aboriginal painting on the bag was such a refreshing and homely thing to receive. I was so happy to receive this gift That I proudly showed it off to all the members of my team.
I would like to express my gratitude to Pennie from S.A. Who made the bag for me and as I can see by your letter you must be an amazing person to do the work you do and also still care for others.
Once again from every member of the defence force who have received a gift from this group we are truly appreciative and also cannot express our gratitude for the well wishes and the support we receive. Every one of your members should be congratulated on the beautiful work they do and the comfort they bring. 
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Hi Norma and Nancy,
I just wanted to write and say thank you so very much for the beautiful quilt you made me. It is stunning and something I will treasure forever! Makes my little corner here a bit more homely so thank you!  
I hope you both have a very Happy Easter and take care! 
Many thanks again for brightening my day and my room with the beautiful quilt!
Kindest regards


..... 


Hi Su, thank you so much for the lovely laundry bag. It's great  to receive a gift now and then. I'll put it to good use and after I've deployed I'll give it to my son.


Thank you so much,


Kind Regards,
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Hello Gale and Jenny,


I am just writing to thank you very much for my AMAZING quilt! I received it in the mail yesterday and I absolutely LOVE it! You really made my day :) :)  It's on my bed and has brightened my room up. It's my birthday on Sunday so it was so nice to receive it before then :)  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the work you both put into making my quilt, it really does mean a lot.

I hope you are both well and have a lovely weekend, and I cannot thank you enough for what you both do for those of us deployed overseas - it's things like sending us quilts and laundry bags that really help when you are homesick and missing your family and friends and make the time over here more bearable... 


Warmest wishes

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Hi I got my quilt and am very thankful to Jill S.  She did an amazing job.






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Dear Ed

It is with great pleasure and appreciation that I write to thank you for the considerable time, effort and thought that has gone into the crafting of such an exquisite quilt and laundry bag. The theme for both the quilt and the laundry bag is ideal as both I and my wife are avid animal lovers, especially of the Canine variety, generally the larger the better. 

Naturally, when the Padre advertised that a quilt for a dog lover was available, I snapped it up quickly as I knew that both my wife and I would get use out of it over the years to come. The embossed text of “Constant Companions” is amazingly apt as any one who has owned a Great Dane can tell you that they adore being with the pack and are like a constant shadow for affection and other rewards. The only problem is they do not understand that they are too big for lap dogs and you generally will give up at least one of your couches for them.
 I think that the quilt will also find duty on the home couch during the winter months as well as on upcoming future deployments, and the Laundry Bag will no doubt get no end of use on this deployment as well.
Finally, I would like to express how grateful I am in receiving one of your elaborate creations, as it is reassuring to know that people back home are considerate of the crew of HMAS Darwin as we continue to serve the Nation’s interests, so once again, thank you.

Yours Sincerely,
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Dear Sue.
Firstly thank you very much for the laundry bag it is fantastic exactly what I needed. It is a blue lined check one with Mickey Mouse lining.
 We all appreciate all of the hard work that you and all the sewers do in making the bags and quilts for all the service personal.  I think it is amazing that you take time out of your day to do this.
 I have a friend who quilts and I will be telling her about this and hopefully she will become a volunteer.

Again thank you
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Dear Sue N,
Thankyou so much for your support & kind gift. Being away from family & loved ones, it is nice to receive packages that remind us of home. I am coming up to the 1/2 way mark in my tour and I am counting down the days until I am reunited with my wife and three girls ages 8, 2 and 4 months.
Once again thankyou for your support.
Regards

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Hi Evelyn,

How are you?

I happened to receive one of your gorgeous quilts :) thankyou so much for it, it really is what I wanted. I know I was a little broad with what I wanted, but I knew I wanted something blue and I thought it might be easier for you to go with whatever you liked. I have it pride and place on my bed and am using your laundry as well.
I have attached a picture of me with my quilt, for you to see. Once again thankyou so so much for the time and effort you have put into it, its keeping me extra warm on cold nights! 



Dear Joan & Robin,
I wanted to write to say thank you for the laundry bag. It arrived on the perfect day - my birthday!
I really appreciate all the effort that you have gone to for me (someone you have never met.) It is heartening to know that you have sent me a gift and also your best wishes for my deployment.

I have five month left on my deployment - so the laundry bag will definitely be put to good use. I will also be able to use it on my next sea posting.

Thank you again for your kind gift and thoughts

Warm regards,
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Dear Jan,

I received my quilt the other day from Coral W. Unfortunately there was no details included in the parcel for how I could pass on my thanks to her. Could you please pass my thanks to her. The quilt has made my small little space on my bed feel more like home. The detail in the quilt is superb. I particularly like the large 'QUEENSLANDER' across the top. It has cause a few friendly wars within the Wardroom. Once again thank you to Coral and all of your team for making these excellent tokens of support. They are boosting moral throughout the ship and making our time away from our loved ones seem not so bad.

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I shared part of this on Facebook over the weekend but here is the rest of the letter - or at least the portion I am comfortable with sharing.

Dear Julie,



I am currently serving overseas with the Australian Army, which I’m sure you are already aware. I am writing to thank you for the meticulously crafted Geelong AFL themed laundry bag and the treats I received recently.  Thank you so much a fantastic surprise to receive a gift. Thank you for your time and effort you have put into making this laundry bag for me. You personally have gone above and beyond in bringing some extra joy and happiness for me whilst serving away from home and my family. 

It is absolutely amazing and overwhelming the support that we receive from the Aussie Heroes Quilts. I know that I, as well as the troops are very excited to receive gifts such as these and are often overwhelmed by the gestures of individuals like yourself.  These gifts are gratefully received by all who are lucky enough to find one addressed to them. It is fantastic to see that we are still thought of while serving overseas.

I wish I could say more to show my appreciation for the time, effort and additional thought you have put into making me this wonderful laundry bag. Your efforts, along with all the other contributors to Aussie Hero Quilts is doing so much good work for Australian sons and daughters serving so far away from home. Hopefully you can take pride in knowing that you have directly improved the morale of an Australian soldier. 


It is an honour and privilege to deploy overseas to help Afghanistan become a safer place, and aid in the maintenance of security for Australia.  It’s particularly encouraging to know that the work our troops are doing is recognised and appreciated by fellow Australians like yourself. 

Again, thank you for your generous gift and words of support. 
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Dear Jan-Maree and Rachel, 



I received my quilt today - it is beautiful! I love the choices of fabric and the pattern and everything. Thank you so much! I have cc'd my mother in on this e-mail as she doesn't quilt but does have an undying passion for fabric that has occasionally seen her playing with "fat quarters"....

Thank you sooooo much! 



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From the wife of a recipient for a quilt made by Angela.

He loves it.  Thank you so much!

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Hi Jan-Maree,
I received both the quilt and laundry bag in the mail.  A big thank you to you and your volunteers for all the amazing work you do in providing us with a few comforts that go a long way to making us feel more at home here.  I really appreciate the kind thoughts and also enjoyed reading the letters that came with the bag and quilt (and lollies and hand cream)  The colours of both are just perfect and they will truly treasured keepsakes.   Thank you again so much and please pass on my thanks and appreciation to all involved in the organisation.



Hi Jan,


I have received my Aussie hero quilt. Its so much better than I thought it would be. Rita M has obviously put in a great deal of effort to make something so nice and such good quality. I especially liked the personal touch of the picture with my daughter and also a great picture of our HMAS Darwin on  the other side. I have been trying to arrange for the ship's photographer to take a picture of me with my quilt in front of the helicopter I maintain but due to operational commitments have not had a chance as yet. If it doesn't happen soon I will send one of the ones I've taken myself and email it to you when we are alongside because the WIFI on the ship is too slow. I really appreciate my quilt and also the kind letter Rita sent with it. I will send another email with a photo soon.


Could you please forward this to Rita  M (Thanks Granny Apples) 

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Dear Liz J


I am writing to thankyou for your homemade Australian laundry bag, and very fitting it had the Australian flag. The Chaplain onboard receives a number of these precious parcels and gifts them to Ship's company, along with the Aussie Hero Quilts, and everyone onboard is much appreciative when they arrive. I note the date was from a fair time ago, November 2013, so these gifts must take time to be distributed. The wait is very much worth it. 

I received your laundry bag this past week from a mail delivery we had from a brief port visit we conducted in Tanzania, Africa. A long way from home, and a long way for your kind gift to travel. Our deployment onboard HMAS Darwin, an Adelaide Class Frigate, will last just over 6 months. We departed Sydney on the 19 January 2014 and the deployment will see us in a variety of locations conducting many different roles. 

Once again thankyou for your gift and words of support. These gifts do represent, in a real way, that we are supported and thought of, and I appreciate your kind words and time in making my deployment that much better


Till next time.............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!  JMxx

Friday, 18 April 2014

Stay safe and well this Easter folks!


No matter where you are and what you are doing, please stay safe!  
Be especially careful on the roads!

JMxx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Weekly Dispatches - a little earlier than normal

Weekly Dispatches are coming to you a little early this week due to Easter.  I am taking a couple of days off from Blogging over the Easter Break.

ANZAC Day Laundry Bag Challenge

Don't forget I have I have decided to extend the deadline.  If you wish to enter a laundry bag into the ANZAC Day Challenge then you must have all photos in to me by midnight Monday the 21 of April.   Don't worry about your timezone.  As long as your laundry bag photo is in my email inbox when I wake up on Tuesday the 22nd you will be fine. 

 Also don't forget Easter is a good time to cut blue sporty stars for Harold if you can.  
Even one is worth doing.

It might be a short week this week but we still managed to get a good number of parcels in the mail.  I had a lovely email from the chaplain on HMAS Darwin last night and he said that they had received a lot of laundry bags and quilts. He said he got to see most of them and they were amazing - there are a lot of very happy people on board.   My favourite part of his email is this 

"I have to got to tell you the racks and even the laundry looks so much brighter and happier with all the quilt work of you wonderful team around the ship, as opposed to our standard blue Donna covers and mesh laundry bags.  Thanks so much for that."

And now for this week's tally.


230 quilts and 424 laundry bags for 2014.  

2640 quilts and 4199 laundry bags in total.

Anne B



Carmel


Cath



Chelly



Debbie





This quilt top was made by Lynn from donated blocks and Stephanie T quilted this one - she added a map of Australia in the middle of it with watery lines around it!


I need help with the next two quilts as I am not sure who made the tops. I really am getting better at recording these but I am still catching up on some.  AND I have learned not to guess as I invariably get it wrong!  I am also trying to remember to record who quilted the quilts so please bear with me if I get that wrong. 


I think this quilt top was made by Sue N (SA)  and quilted by Stephanie T


I know this one was made by Gale R



Ilma made this one 


and the matching bag.



Jo R completed this one also with matching bag




Katrina made this striking Tigers quilt top (just so happens that she and her husband are serious fans!!)  
Hilary quilted it - love this pattern.



Katrina also made a matching bag. 



Liz J


Lorraine







Top by Lynn ad quilted by Stephanie T



Maree



Pennie



These little pinwheels were sent to Pennie by Carolyn E M who had them leftover from making the stars for the Carlton Mystery Quilt and Pennie has put them to good use. 




Rita M



and the back


And of course, a double sided 


Matching laundry bag


Robyn B


Sue P
Love the dog tag label!



Stephanie D can always be counted on for some novel laundry bags





And great scrap quilts!  It is just as well Stephanie sends these off from Perth as does not send them to me first as log cabin is one of my favourite blocks and a scrap quilt to boot! Gorgeous!



Su




And I love this - Caroline, our Deputy Nut has even got her mum, Susan, sewing for us now.  Great job Sue!!!
Sue G






Till next time.......I hope you all have a safe and happy Easter.  I will be thinking of all of those who are not with their loved ones this Easter, whether you be families and friends at home here or loved ones deployed, there are many of us who will be holding you in our thoughts and our hearts this Easter.  

Stay safe and well...........keep spreading the word and happy stitching!  JMxx