Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Grati-Tuesday 3 May

Hi All
some lovely messages tonight! 
Enjoy!
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Jan-Maree and Joy

The quilt and laundry bag arrived on ANZAC day, thank you very much for these and the goodies as well.

The designs for both are excellent, I am bit reluctant to use them as they are very nice.

I have attached a photo of myself with these items.

Regards

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Hello Joan and Robin,

Thank you for my laundry bag.
The Captain America laundry bag is great.
With my Ironman quilt, I have a whole Marvel superhero theme going on.
Thank you for the work you do through Aussie Hero Quilts.
Hope everything is going well.




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Hi Lisa,

I have spoken with Jan-Maree to inform her that my Quilt has arrived and I just wanted to email you to thank you.

I love the Quilt and love the work that you all do!

It’s very much appreciated and thank you for all your efforts, time and the great work you do.

Once again, thank you! It is great receiving these care packages and your time and efforts are truly appreciated in providing these for us. Words can’t describe how grateful I and others are for these gifts!

Once again, thank you for your time and efforts in arranging these gifts for us. We really appreciate the efforts and support from all Australians back at home.

Regards,
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Hi Maree, Nick, Bec, Matt and Tahlia,

I recently received my Aussie Hero Quilt, laundry bag and letter from you. It has been a little delayed getting through to me (your letter is dated 17 Oct 2015).

I just wanted to send you a quick reply to let you know that it has finally arrived and to say thank you for the time and effort that you put into making these quilts. I, like all of the boys over here, am extremely appreciative of the support that you and the other volunteers provide to deployed service members. Its nice to know that the sacrifices we make are appreciated by everyone back home.

I have been in the Army for 8 years now and this is my 2nd deployment overseas, after serving in Afghanistan a couple of years ago. 

I grew up on the NSW central coast and have been into surfing most of my life. I like the design of the quilt and it definitely adds some much needed colour to my room. My dad was really into surfing and I used to watch some of the older surfing videos with him growing up so I do recognise the tiki man. Most kids these days wouldn't recognise it at all.

I hope this email finds you and your family well.


Thanks again.
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AWESOME



Caroline



Thanks so much for the quilt and bag (and minties and tea)

Exceptionally happy with them both

In fact, when I received my email from Jan, I had an enormous smile on my face

As based on others that had received theirs, I couldn't wait to receive and see mine


Have I mentioned that they are AWESOME

I have been watching Doctor Who since I was in my teens
I didn't know if you had any idea of who or what he was?
I was actually interested to see what design you came up with

Don't think I have mentioned that they are AWESOME

Jan, could you also pass out to all the others that have made quilts and bags, that they have been AWESOME
The amount of work that has been put into making them is incredible
We are all truly thankful for them
They are a morale booster, for not only ourselves, but for the enitre ship

Thank you all

PS - AWESOME

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G’day Lynn,
I am writing to thank you for the Hero Quilt that you made for me, which I received yesterday.
I thought I’d tell you a bit more about myself, though from the quilt you made for me it would appear that you already have a pretty good idea. I was born in Darwin and lived there until I joined the Air Force. Since then I have lived all 
around Australia whilst completing my training. I am based in Katherine (3 hours south of Darwin), so I have somehow found my way back to the Territory. In my spare time I enjoy doing anything outdoors, from camping and fishing to scuba diving (although there’s not all that much around here).
I really do appreciate the time, effort and skill that has gone
into making this quilt for me, it is obvious how much thought you put into making it; and it is a nice reminder of the great people out there supporting us.
I know what you do is not well known in the community at large but I know within defence a lot of people talk about the quits and laundry bags they received whilst deployed. I for one will be telling everyone I speak to know about the great work you and AHQ do.
Once again thank you.
Kind Regards,
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From Butterworth

Gday Jeanne,
I am the lucky holder of the laundry bag that you created, the one with the Aussie flags alll over. The bag itself is much appreciated for its practicality, but more importantly for what it means. Compared to most of the trips we have on in recent times its not bad, only three months. However when we get back we will spend a lot more time away at various stages over the next couple of years. But no matter where you go around the world there's still no experience like walking through the gates and hearing the accent, we certainly are blessed. 
Your service as an nurse is also greatly greatly appreciated as it definately takes a certain kind of person to do that job. I had experience with the ER side side of your professon last year as tomorrow will mark 12 months to the day since I had multiple bypass surgery, and it is due to their dedication that I will be celebrating by running 5 km up Mt Penang in the morning.
All the best to you and yours loved ones
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Dear Joan and Robin. 

I have just picked up the gorgeous laundry bag covered in international flags. 
It has headed off with it's first load of washing to the lovely people that do that for me over here. 
I feel almost guilty that I don't have to wash my uniform myself ! 
I just wanted to let you know how lovely the bags are. 
I think I have ordered a quilt too. 
I will try and get a photo to you as soon as I can. 
Thanks once again !!!! 
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Dear Joan
My sincerest thanks for the wonderful gift you have given me. 
The laundry bag is not only useful but will long serve as a reminder of the
wonderful people at home who put their time and effort into supporting us while we leave our family and friends at home. It’s these small gestures that makes the distance more manageable, knowing there are people at home who are thinking of us and enriching our lives with their generosity of spirit.
I want you to know there is always a torrent of excitement when everyone knows that a gift from Aussie Hero quilts and Laundry bags arrives. It’s like watching a favourite TV show and you just can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings.
I picked up the rather meager mail bag today and our lovely postie, a young female Corporal apologized to me because she didn’t recall seeing anything for me. Imagine my delight when I not only found a parcel with my name on it, I instantly recognized it was from “ Aussies”
I almost felt bad for the others. I was quite selfish and hid my parcel on my bunk waiting for the moment I could relish opening it! 
The afternoon flew by because I was so busy but the anticipation built rapidly.
Let me say that I am delighted with your work and choice of material. Nothing makes an Aussie more proud than to show off the things that make us uniquely Australian. I once overheard a friendly foreigner being confused over why we get excited over things like a laundry bag. He could never be an Aussie because he didn’t understand. To me it signifies the spirit of giving and always reinforces the suitableness in the way we care.
Tomorrow I will share your work with the others. I know they are looking forward to seeing the bag as much as I have.
Thank you Joan, so much, for your time, effort and support. I will cherish this always. Bless you and your family.
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The following for a quilt made by Norma and quilted by Abbie's Long Arm Quilting in QLD 
and a laundry bag made by the WPH ladis.


Hi! 
I have officially received my Aussie hero quilt, and have to tell you that I'm exceptionally happy with what I've got!
 The end result exceeded my expectations and I have to say it's better than what I asked
for! The personalised laundry bag is great too! It just so happens to be
hanging filled with smelly socks etc as I write this email! 
A big, heartfelt thank you to you and the rest of the Aussie Hero Quilt team from myself and 
I'm sure everyone else loves their quilts too!  THANKS! 
Regards, 
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Good Morning Jackie

Hope you are well. It was so lovely to receive the quilt. I can't express in
words that how nice and beautiful it is. One of the best quilt I have seen. I
love it . Thank you so much for making it for me. I really appreciate it .
Congratulations on the new grandchildren . Take care and thank you so much. :-)
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Hey Jacqui, 

To start with I'd just like to say a BIG thankyou for
the quilt! It is absolutely stunning and everyone I show it to is quite
impressed with the amount of work that you have put in! I couldn't ask for a
better quilt, you have outdone yourself ! I was able to read the message
straight away. When we do our training before we join the fleet as
communicators we get morse code and flag recognition hammered into us for 6
months straight so they both become like a 2nd and 3rd language after a while. 

I showed the Signals Yeoman and to be honest I think
he was a little envious of the fact that I had the quilt and he didn't ! He
inspected the flags, the ship, the ensign and, just like the rest of ships
crew, was thoroughly impressed with the amount of effort that had been put in
to the design and the execution. I think its the best one on the ship by a
country mile! 

I tell you what, my face lit up like a kid at
Christmas when I received your parcel. Your kind words in your card and the
support you showed in what you wrote really warmed my heart. The card alone was
nice enough, and to get such an amazing quilt along with it  just made me
feel even more special... and there's some times when you're out here that you
need that, so thankyou. I cant imagine how long it took you to make that quilt
and the amount of your own time you gave up to make it but it is beautiful and
I really appreciate all the research that you put into it too ! All the flags
are correct, Darwin looks amazing with her side number 04, the ensign looks
crisp and the Navy logo with the operation name is just the icing on the cake !

I honestly can't thank you enough! 

P.S. Tim-Tams are worth their weight in gold on board
! I plan to have at least half for myself and maybe use the other half to pull
a few favours here and there when I'm in a tight spot on board! haha 

Warmest regards, 
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Jo H-S and Ian,

“I need to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your warm wishes and kind sentiment expressed in your Port Power hero quilt / laundry bag combo and the beautifully elegant letter penned to accompany them. As you can imagine, being this far from home, friends and family is difficult and any contact is welcomed with great joy and happiness. Your package finds me arriving back to my room after passing through immigration on our way back from a mission last night and before heading back into work this afternoon for planning of tomorrow's mission.
I saw the signatures when I opened up the quilt and immediately felt you should
know what it is we do. Our job is mostly to take control of the skies and direct the allied forces around the airspace to complete their individual missions. Having the Power senior leadership team sign the quilt means a little something extra to me with us essentially being the leadership team of the air war overhead this conflict.
I want to thank you again for your gift. My family have been Port Adelaide
supporters for generations and this quilt is already the envy of my sister and
father back home (I sent them pictures straight after opening it of
course) and I'm sure my kids will love it when I take it back to
Australia for them following deployment.”
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To Trevor and Sandy

I have received my new Washing Bag and I
absolutely love it! Your efforts and love is so very evident in your work, I am
truly grateful for the time and effort you put into it (a few of the boys are
very jealous, makes me put a smile on my face, as i hope it will for you). The
volunteer work Aussie Hero Quilts do, does not go unnoticed by us serving
members while on deployment. It brings a little bit of joy to us all knowing
that people from our country really care about what we are doing up here, and
we Thank You for that. 

Your story of Trevor and yourself really hit
home as my Mother is also the primary carer for my brother who had an accident
4 years ago. They write to me continually as well as send 'care packages' for a
bit of a morale booster. We are from XXXXX, we are lucky enough to
live right on the beach in a beautiful part of the world. 

Look forward to hearing back from you, 
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Hi Sandy, 

I received your laundry bag today, thank you very much indeed. 
I can honestly say, this laundry bag will get
well used over my six month deployment in the Middle East. 
I am a 29 year old RAAF member. We are preparing for a long hot summer and
gifts from home are always the best! 

Hope you and Trevor are doing well in the
beautiful Barossa Valley. I have been there many times and must say, I love it!
I'm a wine lover and I envy the access you must have to some wonderful cellar
doors. I also am an avid cyclist and have watch the Tour Down Under pass
through the lovely regions of the Barossa before and it's just great! 

Thank you once again for your hard work and
dedication and wish you and Trevor a happy an prosperous 2016. 

Kind regards, 
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Dear Sandy, today I received 3 lovely laundry bags that you made for our serving members over in
the Middle East. I'm pretty sure I have written to you before, but wish to again thank you for all your efforts 
in supporting our members deployed on Operations. 

It always fills our hearts with warmth to know people back in Australia think of us and care for us. 
I will pass on your wonderful laundry bags and encourage the members to write you back. 
Thanks again for you magnificent efforts! 
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Hi Sue,
I am just about to clock up 15 years in the Navy. I have partner at home whom I miss very much. I have a dog and I also have 2 very spoilt cats.
I have just received the gifts that you made and wanted to thank you very much! and wish you a very happy Mothers Day.
Regards
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Till next time .............................keep spreading the word and happy stitching
Jan-Maree  xx

Monday, 2 May 2016

Block of the Month - May 2016

Diamond Set Checkerboard


Colours are BLACK, WHITE and TEAL
The fabrics can be plain, tone-on-tone prints or printed fabrics with other colours.  However, the black should be obviously black, the teal mainly teal and the white mainly white.

This interesting block is simplified by a tricky way of adding the final half square triangles.

The blocks will be about 12.5 inch square from cut edge to cut edge.  Please don't be concerned if your blocks are not the exact size as I've allowed a little extra so the wonderful volunteers who join the blocks to make quilt tops, have a little extra for trimming back to a uniform exact size. 

Cut 2 strips of white fabric 2 1/8 inch wide by about 10 inch long
Cut 2 strips of teal fabric 2 1/8 inch wide by about 10 inch long
Join together as shown above and press all seams to one side
Cut 4 pieces  2 1/8 inch wide as shown above

Join 2 pieces as shown above.  The seams should "lock" together because they are pressed in opposite directions.  For extra accuracy pin each seam to make sure they meet neatly and also to make sure the seams lie flat.


Repeat and then join the 2 pieces together creating the checkerboard part of the block as shown.
Press all seams to one side.


Cut 2 black squares 8 3/8 x 8 3/8 inch        
Cut diagonally in half.  
*  This diagonal cut is on the bias of the fabric and so it can be a little "stretchey".  When positioning the triangle on the checkerboard block (next step), keep it flat while pinning and sewing and then it will behave nicely for you  :-)

Lay the block out ready for construction


Lay the first black triangle on one side of the checkerboard so that point of the triangle meets up with the centre seam AND the cut edges of both pieces lay together.  Pin and sew together.


Repeat this process for the second triangle on the OPPOSITE  side of the checkerboard.


Press the seam allowances into the black triangles.


Place the third triangle over the checkerboard with right sides together, and with the point of the triangle meeting the centre seam of the checkerboard.  The cut edges should lay together.  Pin and sew the whole length of the black triangle. 


Repeat the above process for the fourth triangle.  The excess corners of the first and second triangles can be trimmed but it is not necessary.  Finally, press the seam allowances of the last 2 triangles into the black triangles.


THANK YOU for your participation in the Block of the Month project

Please send completed blocks to
Caroline Gunn
PO Box 3079
St Mary's South   NSW   2760

A note to those making the quilt tops...
These blocks should be 12.5 x 12.5 inch with seams.
Trim blocks back to 12 x 12 inch resulting in 11.5 x 11.5 inch blocks when sewn together.
28 blocks will create a quilt 46 x 80.5 inches - allowing for quilt to reduce with quilting.
This month, there is only one possible layout but isn't it a beautiful quilt!
 

Happy quilting in the merry month of May.  
Until next time, Sandy.







Friday, 29 April 2016

STOP PRESS - UPDATE ON THE CENTENARY QUILT!!!

I know a number of you were very disappointed to know that the ANZAC Centenary Quilt that we made last year was not initially going to go on display in the War Memorial.  We were delighted when the War Memorial decided to display it for a few months from September last year til the end of February this year and I know that many of you made the effort to go and see it. 


Well I have great news! 

DRUM ROLL PLEASE


I have been advised that the Centenary Quilt will by included in the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience (SACE) which is the flagship community event of the Australian Government's ANZAC Centenary national programme.    The SACE has travelled Australia since September 2015 and will finish in Sydney in April 2017.  


The Quilt will be displayed in the fini frame as per the arrangement during its display in the Memorial's galleries. It will be included in the Tour from Toowoomba from the 17th to the 23rd of May.   It will be installed at each event depending on the layout of the exhibition within the venue.


Further information on the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience can be found on the website: http://www.spiritofanzac.gov.au/

A listing of the tour can also be found on the site:  http://www.spiritofanzac.gov.au/plan-your-experience.



 The SACE has already been to parts of the country but the locations it is yet to visit include....

Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Port Augusta, Geelong, Sydney, Newcastle, Orange and Darwin.

That might not be all around the country but it certainly increases the opportunity for many of you to go and see it. 

Go online, check out the locations and make your bookings to go and see it.... oh and the rest of the SACE!

Til next time.....................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!
Jan-Maree xx

Weekly Dispatches 29 April 16

What a bumper week we have had this week. Enjoy the show and tell. There are some good ones there... as always....


So far for 2016 we have sent off 1092 laundry bags 

which brings us to a total of  8912 since we started...

and...

We have also sent 517 quilts 

bringing our total since we started to over 5762 quilts.

Clarissa










Di T 


Dianne R 


Gwenda









Heather B 


Irene


Jenny and Lisa N 



Jenny W 



A group effort by Jan-Maree, Kerri, the WPH ladies and quilted and bound by Bev and Geoff. 


Joan 






Joan H 


Julie Ann 
















Kaye G  


Kel S


Kim A


Lisa K 










Lynn and Lisa N 



Lynda A


Lynn and Belinda


Lynn and Lisa N 


Lynn and Lisa N 


Lynn and Lisa N 


Lynn and Tess J 


Merle


Michelle Mck



Raelyne B 


Joy and Lisa N 


Sue J 


WPH and Lisa N 




WPH and Belinda


April  



Bev U 








Bridget






Carol W 


Ruth P 



Awesome work ladies and gents.

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