Thursday, 8 December 2016


It's Christmastime!  ...and everyone is busy with preparations for the big day,  getting out the camping gear or preparing to travel to family gatherings etc.

SO, the BOM is the same for 

November, December and January

Head to the AHQ Homepage for the tutorial to make the two blocks

The blocks that have already arrived are fantastic!  Thank you to all those who've sent them.

To fit in with the Australiana theme, please use...

Green and gold fabrics
Fabrics with an Australiana print
Appliqué of Australian icons eg. kangaroo
Applique a printed fabric onto the Snowball block

Here are just a few of the blocks that have arrived, to inspire you



I love Jan Maree's saying..."they're a work of the HEART, not a work of art".  
Even if you are new to patchwork and quilting, we'd love to have your blocks to make 
quilts for our Aussie Heroes.  

The instructions make blocks that are oversized so they can be trimmed to 
the right size to make quilts.  
Please don't trim your blocks or tidy up the edges before sending.

I'm looking forward to receiving more of these blocks during December and January.
Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family 
from the AHQ family.

Sandy Corry

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wagga Christian College Defence Force Day

A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to be invited to take part in the Defence Force Day at the Wagga Christian College.  Children from Years 5 to 8 were exposed to various aspects of service life from drill, to PT and much more. Aussie Heroes was invited to come along to talk to the children about how we support our troops whilst on deployment.  I have each class a run down on what we do and why and then asked each student to decorate a square of calico.  

Some of the classes were instructed that their blocks would be going into a quilt with an air force theme, a navy theme or an army theme....

One class was given a tri service theme.... 

The children had the option of creating whatever they wanted...

Or they could trace around a template, we had aircraft, an anchor and Aussie animals.

I loved seeing how creative the children ended up being....

Sometimes they would sit down, stare blankly at their square and you would think that they were not going to do anything... but sooner or later.... they all got into it....

All of the blocks will be made up into quilts.   I am not sure where all of them will go but the first to be finished is a quilt made especially to hang in the hospital in Kabul where we have a contingent of Aussies working. 

Others will go to RAAF Base Wagga's Chaplaincy Centre... to the Joint Operations Command, to the Air Task Group and to HMAS Cerberus.

Wherever they go, the bright children's artwork and encouraging messages will be sure to put some smiles on faces...

I will share pictures of the resulting quilts as soon as I have them. One is going to be posted off this week in the hopes that it will get to Kabul before our current Aussie medical team comes home.

Great job kids. I hope you can all find your blocks. I think they look fabulous!

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

Jan-Maree  xx

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Grati-Tuesday 6 Dec 16

Some gorgeous messages tonight, including one that is extra special. One of Lynn's recipients was motivated to write to Lynn again and tell her how much her quilt still means to her..... just lovely.....

Lynn (and Arthur),
One year ago I was deployed overseas, trying to find the right words to express to you my gratitude for your very kind and generous gift of a quilt that you had made for me. I still find myself as appreciative of your kindness as I did when I received your parcel. I wanted to take the time to send you this email to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2017. I usually send out Christmas cards to the people I have been grateful to from the past year, however as I do not have a postal address for you, I hope this email will suffice.

Lastly, thank you again, Lynn, your kindness. I feel like I can't say it enough, but it truly will never be forgotten.

Wishing you and the family a happy and safe holiday period,

Kindest regards,



Hi Loma,

Thank you and your family for the lovely quilt, it is great and I am using it now as it is getting quite cool overnight. I have spent 20 years in the military both in the Army and Air Force. This is my second deployment to the Middle East in the last 2 years and this one is coming to an end. I will be home before Christmas to spend a well earned break with my family.  I have been married now for 24 years and have 5 children who are all adults now as my youngest is 18.  Once again thank you Loma for the time and thought in making this quilt. All the personnel that receive these gifts over here appreciate the effort everyone puts into these gifts and it makes the time over here easy knowing people back home care.

Yours Sincerely,


Hi Jean,

Thank you so much for all your efforts behind the laundry bags I received recently and also for the letter.

Happy to let you know I only just returned to work today from a two week holiday/break and they were all collected by people before I even went to lunch today. It really does put a smile on peoples faces over here and that is the special part of being the point of contact for Aussie Hero Quilts I get to see the excitement first hand :) 

Sending all my love and wishes.

Dear Joy H 

I wanted to say a huge thankyou for the amazing quilt you made an\d sent me. I was so touched by your gift and amazed at your skills. I'm lucky I can sew a button on!!  I hope your 2016 was well spent & that 2017 holds some amazing things for you. Your gift really brightened the end of my deployment & I'm looking forward to making my own cubby when I get home! Thank you 


Dear Thelma,

Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt & laundry bag!! They have brightened my room considerably.  You do get sick of the constant desert colours in Iraq so stepping into my room is a nice change of pace. The extra laundry bag is also a godsend, as now I can have one getting washed & the other being filled up with dirty clothes.

I thing they are both beautiful designs and also love the writing at the bottom (it’s a perfect size) the name on the side was a great addition too!!

Thanks again for the quilt  & laundry bag. Also the vegemite . I’m a big vegemite fan and as the mess is run by the U.S. it is rarely seen .
Thank you again, it has really brightened my room.

Hi Jacqui
No words will describe the appreciation of what I received today from you - an absolutely fabulous quilt to receive from a person I have never met but humbled by the fact you took the time to put this wonderful quilt together. I am sure you were challenged but I think you appreciated the fact we, as nurses, like to highlight our contribution to the ADF when appropriate. The Corp Badge means a lot to me and so do the other badges you put together really well. It has already been placed on top of my bed and hit FB page amongst my friends and family with a BIG thanks to "Jacqui S."
Your experiences from OR to the valuable work as a volunteer must be fascinating and as mentioned very rewarding with your OR skill set - what a wonderful thing for you to do in your retirement (sincerely well done to you!!)

The other soldiers have been receiving their quilts and as mine they have been outstanding and well appreciated by all thus far
I am in two minds about keeping this special quilt or having it mounted in our unit's mess as a reminder of my deployment and that we are appreciated by special people that we do matter - thank you Jacqui
Best wishes

Hi Nicole,

I just wanted to shoot you a quick email saying a big thank you for my beautiful Flamingo quilt- Jan-Maree just emailed me and told me that it was your first one.

I can't express my thanks for all your hard work and kind thoughts, I truly love it and can't wait until I get to show my kids when I get home.

I come from a long line of Military members, my Dad is a Vietnam Veteran, my husband is ex Army and my Mum makes quilts for Aussie Hero Quilt so my quilt is extra special- I wish that Aussie Hero Quilts was around back in my Grandparents and Dads day.

Please say a huge thank you to your dogs, cats and chooks for observing and to your 2 children for the photo duties.

It is an amazing job that you are doing, it brings a lot of joy to receive all the beautiful quilts and Laundry bags- knowing all the time and effort that has been put into them.

There are a lot of members that are serving over here that have it pretty tough so thank you.

Have a great Holiday season and thank you again.

P.S. I love the fabric on the back with the different birds and Flamingo- as well as the blue kangaroo one. Great fabric choices all around


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

Jan-Maree xxx

Monday, 5 December 2016

Requests 5 December 2016

Hi all
NOTE – if you receive this via email DO NOT try to reply to me via email. You need to use

For some of you who are waiting for the HMAS Arunta request list.. it is coming but I have to add all the names to my list and that takes time and at the moment, we have more urgent requests that need to be looked after anyway. I am also waiting for some info from the ship and can't proceed with a large number of requests till that info has been received.

No1.  This request is the top priority as he is in South Sudan and mail to that location is WOEFULLY slow and unpredictable.

No 3-14  All of these members are due home in February so we really need to get their quilts in the mail to them no later than 9 January.. so that means that, unlike some of the ones from 15 onwards, there is NO LEEWAY.  Even with this I will have to check to see how long mail is taking and when in February they are coming home to make sure we have enough time to get their quilts to them. If we can’t post to them whist they are deployed them we will post to their homes but they will need to cover the cost of postage and I will send you a pre-paid satchel so for these ones I will ask that you check with me when you are nearly ready to post. It would be great if you could look at these requests first to see if any appeal.

Post By Date
The post by date for the rest of the requests in this week’s list is 9 January.  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. 

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE copy the ENTIRE line if you wish to nominate for a quilt or laundry bag.  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.

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

Requests in pink are for girls.

Australian National Flag - you can buy panels at Spotlight – ask for them if you can’t find them.

United Nations Flag – I have and can send to you.

Rising Sun and other badges – ask me about them.

If they want some text and it is too much for you to applique I can get it embroidered and sent to you if you like to be sewn on the quilt or sewn into it.

Please think about what the request involves before you take it on. Google, ask questions, email me, make sure you can complete it to your satisfaction before you commit to it if possible please.

If there is more than one request on this list that you would be happy to do I suggest that you send me a list of requests and tell me how many you want to be allocated…. ie one of the following please….  There are always a few requests that everyone wants to do (and I can never pick them) so if the first one you ask for is taken then I can allocate another from your list if I have a list.

A quick note… even if you check the request list every week, please take the time to skim over this preamble.  I edit it to make it relevant every week and I know that many of you are not reading it by the questions I am being asked. It takes you just a minute or two to scan it but takes me considerably longer to read and answer the emails I receive ….. please give me a hand in this. Your assistance is appreciated.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers and happy stitching!

air force theme, maybe the roundel
Cronulls Sharks
Green and gold Southern Cross
Canberra Raiders with Navy White Ensign + South Sudan flag
emerald green and royal blue. Horse riding
STAR WARS, YODA, (the good guys rather than Darth Vader etc)
Hawthorn AFL team, Storm NRL team, TG 633.14 flag (really easy, ask to see a pic)
Fave colour: Orange NRL: NQ Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos, XXXX Maroons
Canadian Club (Alcoholic Beverage)
North Queensland Cowboys, Air Force Related
Blue, Black, Red
Incorporate Aust and UAE flags  With a small blue and white kangaroo somewhere (North Melb FC)Thank you. 
New beginnings, Wolves
Some camo Patterns as part of
the background.
JTF633 Emblem, Poppies
New Orleans Saints (American Football team, team colours are black and gold)
Huge Captain America fan
According to her 7 year old daughter her favourite colour is black. And she is also a personal trainer and really into running and endurance races.
Colours - navy and purple, polka dots, perhaps incorporate a small Australian Flag/RAAF emblem somewhere (maybe in a corner). Would like initials on the Laundry bag if possible (SJ)
Map of the world
Blues, Silver & Australia, Airforce related, Fishing, camping and 4WD ( I can send you a RAAF crest and you could include the motto and Roundel)
Blues and Red  Fishing, camping and 4WD 
NSW State of Origin / Parramatta NRL team
QLD State of Origin / Broncos NRL Team
Wonders of the World"
engineering structures (bridges, cranes, shiploaders etc), he
> also enjoys bush walks in Australia
Oktoberfest, german descent
works on KC30's, used to work on F1-11
Dark blue frame, light blue inner. E-7A Wedgetail in centre
Disney Princesses
ACT Brumbies Rugby, blue, yellow, white
Postman Pat, red, white, blue
Dark blue border with Wedgetail aircraft in centre
Spongebob Squarepants and friends
Red, white, black, Honda motorcycle Logo/Motorbikes (sportsbike)
Green, Gold, Australia Flag
OKRA E7 ROTO 9, desert, E7, SU-34
Star Wars, Lego, DR Who
Red, white, blue or Australian Flag
Weightlifting, Australia, Military
Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, Batman, Sky Landers
Anything Male-ish (E7 planes, fishing)
Dirt bikes, 4WD, Australian Flag
Adventure time cartoon
Disney Princesses
Aircraft/airforce blue, red and black ( I can send you a RAAF crest and you could include the motto and Roundel)
Triple J Radio logo