Friday, 16 August 2019

Weekly Dispatches 16th August 2019


Hi to all our Aussie Hero Quilts supporters.
Our Country has experienced some extreme weather over the past week 
with heavy snowfalls, unusually low temperatures and bushfires!
Our best wishes to all those who are struggling with these conditions.
But...Aussie Hero volunteers continue making Quilts and Laundry Bags
in all conditions.  
Here are the ones that have been posted off in the past week.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who have participated in
making this happen.

Are you planning to attend the Annual Thank You Dinner in November?
Go to the end of this Post for the link to the booking site and 
secure your tickets.

This year so far we have sent off 1,701 quilts 
and that has brought our total since we started to more than 11,033 quilts.
We have also sent off 4,446 laundry bags,
bringing our total since we started 
to over 22,504 laundry bags



Blocks of the Month
Coffs Harbour Sewing Team


Anna C

Anna C

Anne H

Bev F

Bev F

Blocks of the Month
Coffs Harbour Sewing Team

Blocks of the Month
Coffs Harbour Sewing Team

Blocks of the Month
Coffs Harbour Sewing Team

Blocks of the Month
Coffs Harbour Sewing Team

Cath Hpr.

 Cath Hpr.

Cath Hpr.
Back

Cath Hpr.
Front

Di T

Gail

Gail

Jenny L

Jo R

Kaye G

Lynn
Quilted by Philomena

Narelle F

Robyn H

Ruth S

Sandy


Samantha B
Back

Samantha B
Front

Shirley D
Back

Shirley D
Front

Sue N

Susan S

Susan S

Susan S


Don't forget to order your tickets for the Annual Thank You weekend in Canberra.
I'm hoping to meet many of you there.

Please go HERE to order them.


Until next time,

Sandy

Thursday, 15 August 2019

BLOCK OF THE MONTH QUILTS

Hi everyone.
These quilts are all made by the Coffs Harbour Sewing Team using
the BLOCKS OF THE MONTH contributed by
The BOM Squad...a generous group of women, (yes, there are no men on my 
Spreadsheet), who respond to the Tutorial on the Blog each month.

THANK YOU
to every contributor.

At our last Sewing Day, we made a quilt for an Aussie Hero who asked for a 
helicopter with a person repelling from it.  Well, I knew that about 2 years ago, one of our
contributors sent 4 blocks made with a red spotted fabric and a beige coloured 
background with HELICOPTERS printed all over it.  
I put them aside in a zip lock bag, labelled, as I do in a plastic tub with many of 
these labelled bags full of specific subject prints...do I 
hear you laughing?  Mmmm...some of our Team members do that too!  I don't know why!

So when I saw that Request and started hunting around for embroideries, fabrics and
BOM's, there it was!  And they look fantastic in the quilt.  It's currently with
the Quilter and I don't have a picture to show but it will appear in Weekly Dispatches in 
the next couple of weeks.

BOM Squad, here are the quilts made over the last few weeks using
your blocks.   Thank you for helping to make these quilts.
 I hope you can find some that you contributed.

















Some lovely thank you letters have come back in response to
these quilts...so heartwarming.  I love that we can show
Aussie Heroes that we honour them, respect them and
thank them for their Service.

Until next time,

Sandy


The Mystery Quilt Group....

As a follow up to the recent post about the AMAB Chapel quilts (which you can see here) recently I thought you might like to know a little about the small group that put these lovely quilts together.

Introducing the Mystery Quilt Group.

History-wise I have no idea how they originally came together, or how long ago the idea was born, but Jan-Maree had this small group of ladies who would answer a call from her to make a couple of blocks each so that some extra requests could be covered.  

What I can tell you is that in the 6 or so months prior to Jan-Maree’s house fire she had asked me a few times to help her out by putting a few of the Mystery Group (MG) blocks sets together.  At the time of the fire it just seemed appropriate to offer to ‘run’ the MG for AHQ so that JM had one less thing to try to manage.  

This little group of AHQ volunteers are scattered around Australia in various cities and towns – some work, some are retired, some are on properties, some are carers and a couple have joined more recently due to being a friend of a current member, but they all like to make blocks from their stashes and post them to me to construct into quilts.  

Since becoming a ‘new’ group I have to tell you that we have been able to complete 71 quilts.

It works to such a simple plan.  Jan-Maree contacts me and gives me a couple of requests for the MG.  Sometimes she has ideas of appliques or badges that should be included but mostly she leaves it up to us. I put a rough plan together of what block to ask them for. In the early days we mostly did Large Star Blocks.


  An email goes out with the details, a block tutorial and colours required etc and each member lets me know how many they will be able to make.  It has got to a stage where I sometimes don’t tell them the exact block to use just the size I require and give them free choice as long as it meets my measurements.






 We really have developed a great little working team. Very often the choice of fabric used is so interesting and can change my original ‘thoughts’ and the end result is entirely different.  One of our members often does large and intricate machine embroidery blocks and that can change the original plan. 





Once all the blocks have been posted to me and I have them all together in the quilt top I then pass the top to another member of our group, who recently retired, and she quilts and binds them.  She has also put some great tutorials together for some new MG blocks ideas I had, that work to our MG size requirements and then, also, work with our Star Blocks.





I have to say… what a great move on my behalf……for me…..to offer to take over this group as I have to tell you that it has proved to be an enjoyable group, all of whom I now consider to be friends even though I have not met very many of them.  They might be my keyboard friends but I am delighted to have them to call on and chat to.  Thank you, MG. 

If anyone reading this is intersted in joining the Mystery Group please email Jan-Maree (friendsofahq@gmail.com) and she will pass your details on to me. 
  Lynn x x