Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Grati-Tuesday 24th November 2020

How is your week treating you friends? Hope it has been a happy and safe week for you so far.

I am swimming in work and not much play lately but the break to Christmas is on the near horizon so I don't mind so much :)

Enough of my ramble, have a lovely afternoon, sit back, and enjoy the read.. Don't forget to leave a comment, like or share away on facebook. It keeps our message and support flowing :) Alex


From the Facebook Page;

I would like to say a big Thank you to Raylene, who so kindly sewed me a quilt. Thank you so much, I am very pleased. 

Thank you for all of your great work team.


Hello Jan-Maree,

I would like to extend a very humble and heartfelt thank you to Aussie Hero Quilts for the much appreciated and now loved quilt presented to me recently. I was completely blown away by the Quilt and could not believe all the silent workings in the background!

Please extend my deepest thanks to Kerri for quilt embroideries and to Bridget for the quilted effort and the logistics of sending this out.

I was not aware of Aussie Hero Quilts, but after being educated by yourself and Lieutenant, I think it is an absolutely wonderful support measure and mechanism for Military staff.

Thank you for your thoughts I certainly take comfort in being armed with this quilt for the future.

Thank you again, and please extend my gratitude to your fantastic team.

Kind Regards.


Hi Clarissa,

I received my laundry bag today and love it. I love the colours and the design, thank you so much for all your hard work.

Thank you for your lovely letter, you are truly wonderful spending your spare time making quilts and laundry bags for serving members. These little treasures make our rooms homely and having personalised laundry bags is a lovely addition, and makes finding your laundry easier in a very busy laundry.

A little about me - I have been in the RAAF for 31 years, first as a Supplier then Clerk and now Nurse. I have a husband and 2 beautiful daughters. My husband works for Defence as a public servant. We have been married for 28 years and enjoy hiking, caravanning and traveling.

My eldest daughter is a paramedic. I haven't seen her for over a year due to COVID and now my deployment. That is probably the only negative about being deployed, not seeing your family.

My youngest daughter completed her degree last year but is instead following her dream of dancing. I have two beautiful small dogs who are getting old (15 & 12) who love to sleep and lounge around.

This deployment came at very short notice for me (less than 2 weeks) but it has been fantastic so far.  I was discharging from the RAAF this year but this has been delayed due to this deployment, I am now discharging next year. I will remain an active member of the Reserves and work on casual basis. One day I would like to be a member of the RSL and do some Advocacy work for them. I would like to give back to the Defence Community any way I can.

That's about it from me. I hope you and the family keep well and remain COVID free.

Take care, and thank you once again.


Dear Marianne and WPH Ladies,

I want to thank you for the lovely quilt, not just from me, but also on behalf of other fellow serving members currently serving on missions at the moment. Gifts and presents, especially from strangers are always welcome reminders that people back home are thinking of us.

I am glad I could share my hobbies with you all, and it means a lot to receive something that you ladies have put so much love and effort into.

I will appreciate and cherish this quilt for years to come. It will remind me of my time on deployment as well as the kindness of strangers across Australia.

You are wonderful human beings and you make me proud to serve. 

Kind Regards.


Dear Sue,

Thank you so much for my beautiful quilt. 

It is wonderful to receive such an amazing gift from someone who appreciates what we do. I've spent a total of 9 years at sea over my 15 year career with the last 3 years straight, on patrol boats while planning my wedding.

Thank you again, I love my quilt.

Best wishes


Good Evening Rita,

I've been in the Navy since last year. I joined as a linguist and will be learning Mandarin next year.

I've just joined OP COVID19 for a rotation working at the hotels and so far, I have really enjoyed working with people from the other services.

A lot of my family members have been in the Navy including my parents, all 4 of my uncles and my pop.

Thank you again, for the laundry bag; my current one was falling apart. 

Kind Regards.


Dear Jenny,

I serve in the Australian Army and would like to thank you for your generosity in making this incredible laundry bag. 

I was recently deployed to help with the Covid pandemic for a few months and am now deployed to Northern Territory for Oceanic security operations. Your laundry bag has carried that sense of community and all of us here appreciate it. Your time and effort is greatly valued here.

Covid has certainly been an interesting curveball for 2020, however the Australian community all looks out for one another, and will be able to strive in any situation. I hope you and your family are safe.

Once again, thank you so much for your efforts and generous gift. Thoughts to you and your family.

Kind Regards.


Dear Bridget,

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you for using your own time to produce such a great Hero quilt.

A little about myself; I joined the military when I was 17, and am now 33. Deployed overseas nearly half the amount of time I have been enlisted.

I have a lovely wife, who is a teacher and an 8 year old son.They have done it tougher than me.

Again, thank you very much for the Hero Quilt.

It did put a smile on my face when I received it.



G'day Clarissa,

I just wanted to send a thank you to yourself and Paula, for the amazing quilt and laundry bag I received whilst here in Africa. Both are now being used every day, and very much appreciated.

A little bit about myself; I live in New South Wales (when not in Africa) with my wife. I'm originally from Victoria and have come to really enjoy NSW once I knew the places to go and see! My wife lived most of her life in NSW. We're big fans of Scuba Diving, Four wheel driving and heading to the beach.

Thank you again for the great items, and go the wallabies! 



Good Afternoon Chris,

I received your beautiful laundry bag during my deployment from COVID Assist.

I'm married with 2 boys aged 15 and 11. I have been with my wife since 1997 and got married in 2005. My family life is mostly around the boys ten pin bowling comps, rifle shooting, camping, kayaking and going for walks.

My wife and I both come from Queensland and we finally got posted back there. I joined the RAAF as a supplier in 2005. In 2010, I changed career and started a plumbing apprenticeship through the Army school of trades. I was the 2nd group of RAAF personnel to complete this type of apprenticeship. I posted back to Qld in 2014. Since joining as a plumber I have been away a lot on exercises. I have built houses for Indigenous Australian's in Northern Territory, in Asia to build accommodation for their Army and supplied running water to hospital and village. I deployed overseas in 2017 for 7 months and now to the borders.

Thank you for your support with these quilts and it does mean a lot to us, when we get something like this.



Hello Thelma,

I would like to thank you very much for the amount of effort and detail you put into 'Skinny Fat Balls'. It brings such joy that you wonderful people do this for us. I love the name that you chose.

We have been confined to base for the entire deployment, and whilst trying not to go stir crazy, we try to look for every opportunity of normality that we can. Over here I am the Maintenance Lead for the Wedge Tail (Think Commercial passenger plane with a surfboard on top). It has been a unique experience and one that I will never forget.

My time here is almost up and I am enjoying that I get to go home soon. 

All the very best and thanks from the bottom of my heart.


G'day Catherine,

Dad received his 30 year quilt today. Needless to say, he loved it and was even a little emotional. 

Thanks so much to Joy and Inge for their incredible work. To Jan-Maree, and the rest of the community for their tireless commitment to the defence community. 

Warmest Regards


Inge and Raeleen,

I have received my quilt and am very happy.

Thank you so much.


Hello Rita,

Thank you so much for the Dobie bag (that's what we call laundry bags), and especially the note. I will take this everywhere I go, I didn't have a nice one like this until now.

I have been in the Royal Australian Navy for over a year and a half now, most of that was just training though. My role is an electronic technician, we operate and maintain all the navigational and communications equipment onboard vessels. We also look after all the medium calibre weapons as well like missiles, torpedos and big gun on the front. The weapons side of it all is my speciality, so I guess I get the best and most fun job of all.

I have been on Operation COVID Assist for a short time in NSW and love helping people. That is one of the many reasons I enlisted in the ADF, to be able to help the community and those in need. I am on this task force for another six weeks, then I get rotated out with others. I was supposed to go to Victoria around March for COVID Assist but I never got utilised, I guess I was needed elsewhere.

I am originally from Queensland, and grew up there my whole life. I am 28 years old and have always wanted to join the Defence Force in one way or another, I just joined a little late really. I have had several family members in Defence, not the ADF but over in the UK as that is where my parents are from. So I am proud to be the first in my family to join the ADF.

Your family should all be proud of what you are doing for us, it's not just a laundry bag to us, it's also the thought that someone has put effort into it and supports us. I know I am grateful for what you are doing. 

The pattern stood out to me, and I loved it from the moment I saw it. I have always wanted to go to the mountains in the USA. I have been to a few states but I think I will definitely explore more of the USA on my next vacation (once everything settles down around the world that is).

Thank you so much for your efforts, as even the little things like this brings smiles to our face. I remember looking around the room, when we got given these and grown men were acting like little kids at Christmas. It was funny to see so please keep up your support. It is greeted by open arms here in the ADF.



Good Afternoon Hilary,

I was recently given one of your hand made laundry bags and wanted to write and say thank you, as well as tell you a bit more about myself.

My fiance, has been in the RAAF for 10 years now, he finally convinced me to join last year and I have just graduated recruits.

He was deployed to UAE in 2014 where he received his own laundry bag. I remember how, when we spoke, he was so excited about receiving it, to me what was a plain everyday item, albeit handmade. I know it meant a lot to have a personal gift from someone unknown, who put time and effort, care and thought into making it.

During my recruit training, he was deployed on his second stint of COVID19 Assist. This is where he selected the laundry bag you made, specifically for me. I am a huge fan of the band the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and my bag is a wonderful mix of bright red, yellow, orange and green vegetables. Chillis, tomatoes, capsicums and carrots. I love it!

I also want to mention that I have a connection with US. I went on University exchange and travelled around mostly the north, for about 3 weeks. We did a loop driving visiting geological sites and mines, and many amazing places. I loved my time there and it is one of the places I would love to travel to again.

My fiance is about to post back whilst I complete my training, and he will be taking his laundry bag with him, as he still does on every exercise / deployment that he goes on. I look forward to taking my new laundry bag with me, wherever my career may take me in the future.

Thank you once again, your time, skill and effort are much appreciated. I'm even going to attempt to sew my name onto the square!

Kind Regards.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Request List 23 November 2020

Request List 23 November 2020

Good morning,  Hello!  Oh my goodness, what a list – so much variety and choice to consider. Can you take on a quilt or laundry bag request this week? 

Any queries you might have, please don’t hesitate to contact via the AHQ email as per usual with any queries and we will assist you from there.  We may not know the answer but it will be our pleasure to research and get back to you.  You may find your query is answered by me or perhaps Alex, Catherine, Courtney or Lisa. We will be ‘on duty’ in rotation.  I do wish however to bring to your attention the link to info regarding posting off your laundry bag or quilt  - click here for up-to-date info > http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com/p/posting-information.html.  If you have a quilt underway but are concerned you may not complete it by the ‘post by’ date, please let me know;  an adjustment may be available. Don’t forget to take a photo of your completed craft, email to AHQ with the name and PMKeyS of the recipient and we can include  in the Weekly Dispatches blog and also add to the tally of quilts and laundry bags sent off to the troops.

If you are using a AHQ supplied prepaid satchel please kindly use the AHQ address as the Return / From address on the reverse and also please hold on to the Tracking number – we’ve experienced mail delays lately (haven’t we all?) and having the Tracking number is very reassuring to keep an eye on the parcel’s progress in arriving at its destination.

Don’t forget, if you look at today’s Request List and need help choosing, please feel free to get in touch to discuss, we will be ready to reply and offer guidance by email. Our goal is to help you find a request that you will be comfortable with doing. If you need a crest etc  we may be able to post  embroideries / printed fabric images or email some of these to you. Helpful info may be gleaned here  http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/information-post-for-those-that-sew-for.html    I look forward to seeing the photos of completed quilts and LBs when they are ready to post off.

As aforementioned I will respond to your emails when you respond to select a quilt or laundry bag to sew.  But please don’t delay, make your selection, send your email through, say “Hi”  and let me know what you’d like to sew this week.

Wishing everyone a super week of sewing. 

Working with Alex, Courtney, Lisa, Kylie, Catherine and Jan-Maree...and the team  of other wonderful  AHQ volunteers.

P.P.S.  Don't forget to check out AHQ on the Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter 

Priority Quilts 

Requests  1, 2, 3, 4, 48 and 49  are our priority items this week and need to be in the mail by  20 December or even earlier if you can manage - thank you!!!   Can you help with these?    Covid Assist laundry bags are still in demand for  troops on duty with tasks  including  border protection, hotel quarantine and testing.  A new addition to the list this week is one for some Blocks – really useful for the urgent requests sewn by the Garage Girls  - thanks goes to the beautiful block creators who can whizz up some of these.

You may be aware of postal delays holding up timely delivery of mail.  Despite that problem, the post by date for all items on this list is 3 January (my my 2021 already!!!! ) please or earlier .  If you cannot make that date,  please let me know.    I realise this is New Year’s Eve  week .  Do reach out if you have any timing issues and we’ll resolve one way or the other.
PLEASE note the date and let me know if you have any problems getting your quilt/LB away on time. In fact, if you are going to be late posting it please let me know BEFORE you post it.  Also, if this time frame is too tight for you, there are options, just email me to discuss, thank you.
FOR ANY NEW VOLUNTEERS – please email me....Let’s have an email chat about how we can guide / assist you and a huge welcome to the AHQ team J
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE copy the ENTIRE line if you wish to nominate for a quilt or laundry bag. 
For example….
Marvel Theme. Ironman     M       LB      1

This is really important to make sure that neither you nor I copy the wrong number which could lead to me giving you the wrong details for specific request.  If you find it hard to copy and paste, please copy the line out as follows…  
Decoding The Columns
The first column is the theme or preferences requested.
The second column indicates the gender of the recipient.
The third column is as follows.
B=both quilt and laundry bag (feel  free to nominate to JUST do the laundry bag if you wish)
Q= just a quilt
LB = just a laundry bag
F= female
M= male
Please let the Admin crew know if you have any other questions.


Can you make a block or two? Wanted: For urgent requests.... 1.Star blocks
in blues with white points - cut 5 1/2 inch squares and 3 1/4 inch squares
2. Pin wheels using reds and blues - cut 6 1/2 inch squares 3. Log cabins
using greens and creams
Covid Assist:    WE NEED MASCULINE OR GENDER NEUTRAL PLEASE .....When you are ready to post please contact me friendsofAHQ@gmail.com for dispatch instructions: You may need to post these at your own expense - thank you.MLB0
Green, camo, Red Kangaroo, Winnie the Pooh

Light green which goes really well with black and I have love of Motorbikes, cricket and AFL. I look forward to seeing your creation and thank you very much for the work you do.

Fav colours - black and purple. RAE Electrician. I have two amazing dogs that are my world. One German Short Haired Pointer and Kelpie. Royal Australian Engineers crest, tradie Electrician theme, emb patch please .

Black and green style (dark and simple), RAEME crest (can send you an emb crest), Australian flag

Pretty feminine colours - pinks/turquiose/silver or gold. Maltese/shitszu. Deployment details on patch please

Dark/navy blue, Geelong Cats AFL team. Otherwise, I'm interested in pretty much anything related to space, science fiction, Star Wars.
I look forward to what you create, thank you for this service.

May I please request a bright colourful pattern Moroccan themed Quilt and laundry bag. Thank you very much.

LB Blue + STAR WARS with a  Rising Sun

Martial arts (Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai, weight lifting), Belgium shepherd dog, Rising Sun, blue and red, beach and mountains

Regmt crests on quilt (I can send you these) .....& poppies - Red and black colours. horse racing, American college football (Auburn University team), Black cats, BBQ.

 Quilt - RAAF theme (RAAF crest/Super Hornets) or Giant Aus Flag or Southern Cross

LB - sunflower inside /beach theme outside/camel with surname 

Quilt - Aussie/UAE theme with poppy/camel

LB - UAE flag and AUS flag/Camel with Initials
Quilt - Lego/Army/Poppies/Camels theme
LB - thistles and shamrocks (celtic theme)
Quilt - thistles and shamrocks and stags (celtic theme)

LB - Poppies and Camel, black theme, surname RASIGs Quilt - The word "xxxxx" with poppies and camel

Quilt - Aussie/Poppy/Camel theme with surnameFQ16
LB - Puppies/Pugs with name Quilt - surprise me :)

LB & Quilt - ANZAC/Rising Sun/Aus Flag/Poppies theme/Soldier silhouette

LB - Winter mountains with poppies name: "xxx" Quilt - Sunflowers, camels, "TF 12 Nov 2020 - May 2021"

LB - Camels and Rising Sun, soldier silhouette and "TF12 ROT II" and "Nov 2020 - May 2021"

LB - RAEME Logo (We can supply you with one) on corps flag (blue, yellow, red) with "initials " Quilt - Giant Aus Flag or Giant Boxing Kangaroo and southern cross

LB and Quilt - Mandala with "C"


Aus flag, RAEME crest, Rising Sun, NSOCC and compass points ..... Concept plan has been emailed us.

ANZAC, desert sunset, Australian Lighthorse and ASLAV vehicle silhouettes, Armoured Corps badge, Rising Sun Badge. Boxing Kangaroo I would also like to get my name and three deployments listed: (We can supply an embroidery patch) Thank you.

Blue, RAAF theme (We can send you a RAAF crest) . 

Blue, Aus flag, RAAF Military aircraft (We can send you a RAAF crest)

Quilt - ANZAC theme with Rising Sun (We can send you a crest) 


Quilt: ANZAC theme, Aus Flag , Boxing Kangaroo, Rising Sun and RAEME Corps Badge and details (We can send you embroidered patches)


Quilt: Middle East theme with Aus flag, Boxing Kangaroo, RAEME Crest(we can send you embroidery patches)

Quilt: Middle East theme with Australian Flag, Rising Sun, Boxing Kangaroo, RAEME CORPS emblem (We can send you embroidery patches)

My favourite colour is blue, particularly light blues and turquoise.
I have always lived near the sea and I love the ocean.
I also love skiing and snowy mountains.
Perhaps my quilt could incorporate some snowy mountains and the night sky and some ocean waves

Blue, Australian Flag and RAAF crest (We can send you one).
fishing, camping and anything outdoors in the bush.
I have a black greyhound.
Thank you very much.
I love the beach and Australian animals, so maybe some animal playing on the beach would be amazing. My name on quilt please. Thank you very much!MB34
Bright coloured sunset (Blue, Purple, Pink, Orange etc). Bright Batik Fabrics. Silhouettes of Dubai Skyline (famous buildings such as Burj Khalifa, Atlantis Hotel, Burj Al Arab, a Camel, Sand Dunes. Blue back of quilt please if possible.

Laundry Bag- Art and travelling
Would like a soccer quilt, with Croatia, Soccerroos, Adelaide United, Chelesea and Arsenal Soccer teams/colours on it. The same with my laundry bag, thanksFB36
Quilt - RAEME colours (Blue, Yellow, Red) , Rising sun, boxing kangaroo and Australian flag and my service details + "MER 2020-2021". Laundry bag go wild, favourite colour is blue, I race Yamaha r6 for PMD racing team, my race number is xxx , have some fun with the design.MB37
Ocean and sunsets/rises. I love whales and dolphins. I like pastel colours, blue, purple, pink, green ect. May I please have my initials in a light colour :) Thank you very much and I look forward to seeing what you come up with :)FB38
Sky blue / colour of the ocean and I love spending my time going to the beach/ ocean and watching the sunset, nature and waterfalls. I am also in love with painting. Could I please have some shells on both my quilt and laundry and initials in white please. Have some fun with the design . Thank you!FB39
Star Wars/Mandalorian/Outer Space themed Quilt. Laundry bag to be Middle Eastern/UAE themed, Dubai, camels, sand dunes etc. I'll be happy with any colours or patterns. Thank you!FB40
Army/RAAF/RAE Red and Pale Blue colours, service crests (we can send you embroidered patches). A laundry bag to match would be fantastic.
Thank you for this and for your support!
RAAF fire truck, Military aircraft, Applique the text EAOU8, Aus flagFQ42
ANZAC theme, 303 rifle, A southern cross, Melbourne Storm NRL, Carlton AFL. Rising Sun (We can send you an embroidered crest)MQ43
favourite colour blue, hiking, camping, reading and watching most sports, with ‘airforce’ themeMB44
This Quilt will be for my Daughter, Fav colours are (blue and turquoise) with a Koala, Australian Flag . Service details with OP Accordion 2020-2021. Daughter's name. Laundry bag blue/turquoise. THANK YOU :-)FQ45
ANZAC theme (ANZAC panel) with name and PMKeyS on QMB46
Helicopters, Surfboards, MedicalMQ47
Boxing, Bundy bear, the beach, black and purpleMQ50
Gym, skate boaarding, swimming, sunsets, blueFB51
Hunting, country, Bundy, blueMQ52
Tropical plants, trees, palmsFQ53
Chef's utensils - knives, pots, pans, chef hat - dark coloursMB54
Dark colours - dark blue, purpleMB55
Sunflowers, bees, dogs, sunset, yellow, orange, greenFQ56
Motor bikes, fishing, scuba diving, blue, silver, goldMB57
Coconut trees, the beach, blueFB58
Submarines, gym, video gamesMQ59
Beach, Footy, Golf Canberra Raiders, Geelong Cats AFLMQ60
Ocean blue, roses, beach, dogsMB61
Nautical, Cats, Hello Kitty, GreenFB62
Dogs, tropical, beach, orange, White, yellowMQ63
Something global + RAN CrestMQ64
Rising Sun + details, RAAT (Can send an emb crest) Transport themeMQ65
INtell corps crest (can send a emb crest) - Tudor Rose - fav colour purpleFQ66
Poppies + RAAF and RAN Crests (We can send you the crests)MQ67
RAE crest, Red and Blue themed East Timor, 17 construction squadron badge (Easy to applique- we can send u a pic)MQ68
Queensland, Follow the Titans (Footy), love gothic dragons, RAAF crestMQ69
RAAF crest and/or 1CCS crest (can send you a crest) . Green and grey, Dinosaurs, grandson's nameFQ70
Rising Sun, Catering Corps, Parramatta Eels, East Timor, AfghanistanMQ71
Armoured Corps RAAOC, Catering CorpsMQ72
RAAF crest, + medicalMQ73

Navy Crest and cruise theme in blue colours if possible please.FQ75
Nature-based concept, Rising Sun, greys and greensMQ76
aviation, air traffic control, blues, purples or dogs that would be greatMQ77
Port Adelaide Power fan, (black white and teal) cricket, Star WarsMQ78
RAN, travel and Golden retrievers,FQ79
RAAF Crest Sky blue backgroundMQ80
rep touch football for Air Force Warriors,
loves Surfing and the beach,
maltese shitzu, RAAF crest , Aus Flag
maltese shitzu, music,
sunshine, holidays
Aus flag , RAAF crest,
Sound of Music is my favourite movie.
Neutral colours please - pastel blue, or green.
Submarines, Skull & Crossbones, White EnsignMQ83
Marvel ComicsMQ84
Submarine pirate, "DBF" appliqued , Black, White and Yellow pleaseMQ85
Star TrekMQ87
Traditional quilt - not Yellow or OrangeMQ88
Perth Wildcats, BasketballMQ89
The WigglesMQ90
Scuba DivingMQ92
Formula 1MQ93
Aussie flag , white on black backgroundFB94
Hamptons theme (think beige and white stripes, sail boats, shells)FQ95