Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Today's Win.....

I was hoping to get the weekly gratitude post up today but have been waylaid by various things that have come up.... taking delivery of my kitchenware for starters and dealing with an electrician repairing and replacing faultly lights and powerpoints at our new home. Let's just say I am erring on the side of caution at the moment. 

Today's good news though is that my defence medals have been returned to me.... and thank goodness they were still in their original metal boxes as I do not thing they would have survived otherwise.

My Australian Defence Medal had the closest shave, the plastic base it was sitting in was significantly damaged and had started to shrink but the ribbons and medals remain untouched! 

My Defence Force Service Medal suffered a similar fate and survived also.

One really good case for the Honours and Awards to continue to be sent out in Metal cases.  It made a difference. 

I am off to sort through some kitchenware.  Please bear with me, I will get back to regular posts as soon as I can.

Till next time....... check your smoke detectors and practice your fire drills,

Jan-Maree xx

Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday..... not back to normal but I see light at the end of the tunnel....

No time to do the Weekly Dispatches tonight but I hope to have a post up next Friday. 

Still not managing to keep up with emails but doing better every day.   Hope to be back to about 50% AHQ strength next week...no promises, but that is the goal. My  focus, as far as AHQ is concerned, is to spend next week reconstructing the request list and the quilter mailing list.   If you have not yet emailed Lisa with your contact details please do so as soon as you can as that would be a big help.

 We are in much better shape than I thought we would be with thanks to Lisa K and Jess T.  

The exhibitions at Government House and the Craft and Quilt Fair seem to be going very well. 

Stephanie and 

Joan were present and correct today at Government House and 

And were there when Di G and Jeanette G showed up to check it out.... Di was thrilled to see her block in one of the chapel quilts. 

Bridget (in first pic) and Bev U represented us all at the Craft and Quilt Fair today, with Pam providing some relief in the afternoon and Clarissa attending as well.   Rachel from Penrith Sewing Days (and friend, sorry I don't have your name) stopped by to say hello.

New Aussie Hero Quilts, Bob J, with Gail S visiting the Aussie Heroes booth staffed by Bev U today. 

Can't wait to head into the Craft and Quilt Fair on Sunday. Hope you see some of you there.

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

Jan-Maree  xx

One more sleep.......

One more sleep and we will be in our new (temporary) home and we are all keen to bring it on.  
Tomorrow is flat pack day.  Just a few pieces to be assembled, beds, chairs, sofa bed, shelving.  Here is hoping that at the end of the day we have furniture and a pile of cardboard to show for it.

Our two girls come home to us tomorrow.  Huge thanks to Jacqui who has been spoiling them rotten but we are all going to be so glad to be back together again.  

The fire investigators have not given up their investigations as yet.  They are headed back to the house to see what they can determine.  They have been asked to provide access to a house that can be used in a TV special on Fire Prevention and asked for my permission.  Of course I said yes as if anything can save another family from experiencing what we have experienced then that will be a blessing.

It sounds as though everyone is enjoying the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair. I am hearing lots of lovely stories.  Make sure you head along and say hi to our ladies.  I can't thank all the ladies who have looked after our booth enough, including Cath and Gail who set it up and Clarissa who got it all up and running in my stead.  I am afraid of forgetting someone so I won't mention all the ladies who have been at the booth this time... but you know who you are and I am so grateful.

I will be at the Show on Sunday and I can't wait to see it all in person and to say hello to lots of people who have been sending me messages of support.  You can't imagine how important it has all been/

No Weekly Dispatches post this week, no time to edit it and put it together. If you have posted off a quilt and have yet to send me the details or a photo please hang on till Monday and then send them. It will be easier for me to keep up with them.

How are you going with our suggestions for how to help while we get back up and running.  Is there enough for everyone to be able to do something of you want to?  I have tried to keep it simple.  Hope it works for you.

Till next time........ thanks for your support.... and happy stitching!  I hope to be stitching again soon too,

Jan-Maree  xxx

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Government House Exhibition and the Craft and Quilt Fair....

Woo Hoo, huge huge thanks to Clarissa for spear-heading the display at Government House and also at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair.  Both events could not have gone ahead without her organisational efforts. She flew to Melbourne on Monday but was in the city at Government House helping to set up the display there first.  

She was assisted by Val, Lynn and Arthur, shown here with His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), is the 38th Governor of New South Wales. 

The quilts will be on display at Government House NSW till Sunday 3 July.  My goal is to get in there on the 3rd so that I can pull the display down and bring it home. 

From to today til Sunday.....

As if a display at Government House is not enough... we are also at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair.  The booth was set up yesterday and the Fair runs until Sunday the 26th. Big thanks to all the ladies who are taking it in turns to run the show.  I don't have all the names so please excuse me for not naming them all but please, if you go to the Show, take the time to stop in and say hello.   Without every one of these awesome ladies we would not have a presence at the show. 

Huge, Huge thanks to Gail and Cath for setting the booth up in my absence.   You ladies are awesome!!!  and the booth looks wonderful.  Get along and say hello.. 

and for you quilters..... Cath is not only a quilter but one of our recipients who has stepped in to fill the breach and she will be at the show today.

Huge thanks also to the team from Expertise Events. They have gone out of their way to help us out, giving us a space, facilitating our presence there behind the scenes in ways I do not have time to explain and even printing a contact list and brochures.    If you see anyone from Expertise at the Show please tell them we think they are awesome!

So grateful we saved the chapel quilts!!!

I am back to answering emails but for a very limited amount of time every day so please bear with me. I will take a while to catch up.   I currently have 160 emails to answer.... I will get to them so please be patient.

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

Jan-Maree  xx

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


Hi all

quick email.... if you are a new AHQ quilter and have received my email for new quilters please can you send it back to me to save me having to draft it all over again.

Many thanks


Monday, 20 June 2016

Wonderful Support from HMAS Darwin....

I wanted to publish this last night but had to wait to be able to upload the photo........

Sorry it has taken me so long to share this but as I have said, it has been a struggle to keep up with everything. Last night, Sunday, was the first night I spent madly catching up on email. At the time of writing this only 230 emails to go.  Please be patient. 

Time for some wonderful happy mail though......

I received this message from the Captain of HMAS Darwin and I can't tell you how it warmed my heart. 



I hope today has brought some hope after yesterdays terrible event.  We on Darwin saw the Daily Telegraph article in which there is a photo of you holding the framed photo from HMAS Darwin, from the last deployment up here.

We can never replace that, however today, all our ships company who have received a Quilt or Laundry Bag from you and your team, got out and had another photo taken for you, attached below.  We will, present you a framed version when we get home, but our team wanted to let you know they fully support you in your time of need.

In addition to the photo, we will be arranging to send your in excess of $6500, which the fantastic ships company that I have the pleasure to serve with, have donated, for you to use and re-establish Aussie Hero Quilts and the wonderful work you do.  

Anything we can do, please call/email.  Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Most of you have probably heard that the crew of HMAS Darwin suffered  their own tragic loss with the death of one of their own whilst in port in Muscat Oman you can read about it here

The Captain on HMAS Darwin has invited all those who sent quilts or laundry bags to his crew to attend their Welcome Home Ceremony on the wharf when the day comes.  A few quilters were a little worried that we might be intruding given the fact that they will be grieving one of their own. I emailed the captain to make sure he still felt it was appropriate for us to attend.

Here is his response in part....

We would still love to have you and the quilters there, even more so!  You are part of our 'family' and we would want you there.


If you are intending to attend on the day please can you email me with the names of those who will be attending and the rego details for your car if appropriate. 

Til next time...............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree  xx

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Calling all Quilters.......

Hi all

Lisa K is set up and ready to start collating the list of volunteer quilters and laundry bag makers for Aussie Heroes. If you sew for us in any way, even if you are one of our volunteer quilters, can you please email Lisa on the following address  


And provide her with the following information:

First Name,   Last Name,   Email,   Postal address,  phone number/s.

Anyone who is new to Aussie Heroes please also send Lisa your details,   Eventually we will refine the list somewhat but for now we will put everyone on the same list. 

Many thanks for your support and assistance.