Friday, 15 January 2021

Weekly Dispatches - 15th January 2021

                         Have a fabulous day and enjoy the read!! 

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This year so far we have sent off 42 quilts 
and that has brought our total since we started to 12847

We have also sent off 94 laundry bags, bringing our total since we started to over 29777 laundry bags.

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Jan-Maree

Bev C

Bev C

Bev C

Bev F

Bev F

Melissa L - Back and Front

Melissa L

Clarissa

Clarissa

Clarissa

Clarissa

Toni F

Toni F

Toni F

Joy H

Joy H

Lisa N

Lisa N

Lyn K

Lyn K

Sheena B

Shirley D

Beverly U

Beverly U

Diann N

Diann N

Diann N

Anne M

Anne H, embroidery by Inge C

Pennie T

Sue N

Sue N


Sue-Ellen S - Back and Front

Sue-Ellen S

Tamsin O

Abbey, Tom and Kath M Quilted by Judith W

Carolyn M

Gail M

Jenny P

Jenny P

Sewn by Lynn F, some blocks by MQG and quilted by Wendy F

Sue N

Another wonderful collection of creative and thoughtful designs. All of these beautiful creations are making their way to their new home as we speak. I do hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did!!

Till Next Week

Happy Sewing Everyone!!!



















































Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Grati-Tuesday 12th January 2021

                                                                           Happy Tuesday Friends

I've started back at work after a great break off, and now I'm ready for another (hopefully) short break, and wrapping up the last blog for a little while from me.. Catherine has been a trooper training up our new girls, which will be an incredible help for back up support, and I have the blessing of being able to write to you all and check-in.

So tell me, how was your break? Did you have one? Are you planning anything exciting for the weeks and months ahead!?! I need some inspiration for things to do when I have some time on my hands for when my contract ends in a few months.. Providing of course, we are in a state of 'normality'... 

Well enough of my ramblings for this week.. I look forward to hearing what has been keeping you busy lately, or what you have coming up that you'll be looking forward to.

Enjoy the read :)

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Good Morning Clarissa,

I apologise that it's taken me this long to send you an email. A nice downpour of rain and a hole in my rooms roof basically wiped out my laptop and mobile for the last month of my deployment but since getting back to Australia, I've been able to replace them while I sit in Quarantine. 

I wanted to thank you so much for the laundry bag that you put your time and effort into make for me! I really appreciate it and like it so much that I can't bring myself to put anything dirty in it. Instead, I use it as my 'clean uniform' bag and place my neatly folded uniforms in it.

Also, I wanted to say a lot of us really do look forward to the parcels that come to us from home while we are deployed. We're not always in the nicest of places and things like the laundry bags and quilts go such a long way to bring us excitement and enjoyment, helping us to look past whatever we are in and turn what could be potentially a trying time into something nice.

A little about myself; I am 30 years old and have been a surveyor in the Australian Defence Force (Army) for almost 7 years now. I currently live with my wife in NSW. For 8 years, my wife has been a teacher and currently looks after grade one students. We originally lived/grew up in Victoria. After enlisting we moved to QLD for  a few years and now been living in NSW since 2019. We're looking at purchasing a house in the outer suburbs of Victoria to eventually move into permanently after the ADF career has run its course.

With COVID running rampant this year, it has been extremely difficult and I sincerely hope that you and your family haven't been affected too badly by it. My parents are in their early 70's and have had to significantly change how they live to make sure they don't catch it or pass it onto others. 2020 hasn't been a great year, here's hoping 2021 will make up for it!

Again, thank you so much for what you have done for me. My wife and I sincerely appreciate it, and wish you and your family all the best for the future.

Kindest Regards.

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Good Morning Susan,

First of all I would love to say thank you so much for my laundry bag. I am so in love with it! 

I just wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

I would really like to write you a letter so I will be sending you one soon. 

Thank you again and enjoy the holidays.

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Hi there

My son is in the Navy and received your laundry bag on his last deployment to Asia. He has just arrived home for a short visit for Christmas. 

He has shown me the bag and your letter. I think it's amazing what you do for the ADF. Our biggest thanks for everything you do. 

It means so much to him and our family, that people do these amazing things to boost their spirit.

Thank you from all of us in Tasmania.

All out love and hope you had a Merry Christmas.

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Hi Ellen,

Thank you so much for the quilt! I really appreciate the time you've spent putting it together and for all the other ADF members you have sewn quilts for previously. It really makes a difference knowing people back at home are thinking of ADF members deployed overseas.

A little about myself; I enlisted in 2011 in the Australian Army and was based mainly along the East Coast of Australia for most of my career. I've been deployed to Middle East four times. Definitely kept me busy over the years. I discharged at end of 2017, however continued serving in the reserves in Victoria and ended up deploying for my second time to the Middle East this year (which worked out well since Covid really did a number on Victoria, and I got out just before the full lockdown took effect). My grandfather and two great uncles all served in WW2 with one of them getting shot down over Germany and becoming a POW.

I hope your 2020 was positive and you were able to spend it still seeing your family and friends!

Once again, I just wanted to say thanks for the quilt and your continued support to deployed ADF members. I actually had no idea about Aussie Hero Quilts until my forth deployment. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Stay safe during the holiday period.

Regards.

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Hey Heather,

I was the lucky recipient of one of your beautiful quilts over here in the Middle East!

I just wanted to write to you to first say a big THANK YOU for my quilt. The quilt sits on the end of my bed to brighten up my room. 

I'm glad my quilt request appealed to you. I thought someone might find the combination of blue and pineapples a bit strange. Did you know pineapples are the symbol for friendship? This is why I like them.  I value my friends very highly and I only have a handful of very close friends that I have met throughout my adventures both in high school and after.

It has been a tough year but I think we will make it through the other end and appreciate the freedoms we have a little more. I am looking forward to what 2021 has to bring as are a lot of people I think!!

So a little about me; I am a Logistics Officer in RAAF. I have been in for nearly 3 years and at my 3 year mark I will be promoted from Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant. That happens early next year while I am still over in the Middle East. So that is pretty cool. Before I left home I was posted in NSW, which was my first and only posting. When I get home mid next year, I will be relocating to Queensland to start a new posting and move in with my partner. We met while we were posted apart, so I am finally getting to move in with him and his two lovely boys. I can't wait for us all to be together in the same location!

I grew up in NSW and my family still live in the area. 

Heather, thank you again for your kind words and generosity. It means the world to us over here to know that the Australian public appreciate what we do to protect our nation. Australia is such a beautiful place and we want to ensure it remains that way. 

I will be sure to spend time over the phone with my loved ones on Christmas Day and I hope you get to spend some quality time with your loved ones over Christmas and New Years too.

Warmest Regards and Happiest of Wishes.

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Good Afternoon Georgina,

Firstly, I would like to say thank you for the package. The quilt is amazing, it's wonderful knowing your family had such input into making it.

I apologise for not responding to your letter sooner, it was quite a busy time for us. Thankfully, I am back home now. It was my 3rd deployment and I was based in the Middle East. I had previously deployed here in 2007 and 2013.

My position is a Quartermaster - I manage equipment (weapons, vehicles, communications equipment etc), freight, and distribution of supplies for the troops that I am attached to.

I am from QLD originally, and most of my family are there. However, I am currently living in NSW with my partner. We have an amazing little apartment on the beach, and I am very excited to get back to it.

Thanks again for the package and letter, we really appreciate the work and effort that goes into everything you do.

I hope you are safe and well and enjoy a great Christmas with your family.

Kind Regards.
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Dear Jenny,

Thank you so much for my laundry bag. I absolutely love it. It definitely brightens up my day.

A little about myself; I live in NSW. I am a Loadmaster on C130 Hercules. I have been in the RAAF for two years now, but before this I was a Kindergarten teacher in Queensland. Never in a million years I thought I'd be doing this, but I love it very much.

Makes me appreciate home a lot more. I have been here for a few months, only a few to go.

Wishing you a bright, beautiful bucket full of happiness and joy.

Kind Regards.
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Good Afternoon Bridget,

I am emailing to say thanks heaps for the Aussie Hero Quilt with the sharks on it! We all really appreciate you and your family for taking the time out of your day to make these awesome quilts and laundry bags for us!

I know this year has been wild due to COVID and it has brought us comfort to have just a nice quilt to brighten our rooms.

Apologies for the late email, it was a very busy deployment. While I make my way home, I thought it would be a good time to email my thanks. I am looking forward to spending time with my family.

Thanks again.
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Thank you Georgina for the blanket. 

It has my favourite dinosaur on it. My favourite dinosaur is Velociraptor. This is my favourite blanket because it reminds me of my dad.

We hope you and your family have had a very merry Christmas. xx
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Dear Georgina,

Thank you so much for the effort and detail you and your family put into planning and making this blanket.

It was so nice to read your personal story and it resonated with me.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
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Good Evening Ellen,

I received one of your beautiful laundry bags.

I'm 19 from New South Wales and joined the Navy this year. The transition coming straight from school has been challenging to say the least however this year considering everything that's been happening has been by far one of the best years of my life.

I'm working over Christmas and unfortunately won't be seeing my family much at all which is a bummer but I'm very lucky to be helping on the COVID-19 Operation this year, so I'd like to thank you for the laundry bag it was a very nice surprise.

I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and keep doing what you do as it puts a smile on everyone's face.

Kind Regards.
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Good Evening Ruth,

I was recently the lucky recipient of a laundry bag you made. I would just like to thank you for the time and effort you put into making it. It was nice to receive something from home and hear your reasoning for getting involved with Aussie Hero Quilts. It definitely lifted spirits!

I apologise for not emailing you sooner, but as you can imagine, time got away from me while overseas. The laundry bag has already been put to good use and will continue to be once I'm home. 

I hope you and your family are well in these difficult time and that you are able to enjoy a Happy New Year.

Kind Regards.
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Hi Robyn,

Thank you so much for taking the time to create a wonderful Welsh-themed laundry bag for me. Your accompanying letter was absolutely fantastic to read too!

I was born in the UK and grew up there before moving to Australia at 15. I go back every 5-6 years and love seeing old friends and my large extended family. Despite growing up there, I still take a drive and see all the tourist attractions. I was planning on going back mid next year but I doubt long haul flights will be back to normal by then.

My parents have always lived in Queensland since being here. I've been in the Air Force for 19 years. My 20th anniversary will be whilst deployed here in the Middle East early next year.

Thank you for such a fantastic laundry bag. It's already in use and has been a great talking point with some of the Brits and ex-pats here at our camp.

Regards.
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Hi Shirley,

I'm 26 years old and I am a heavy vehicle mechanic in the Air Force. I was deployed to Western Australia for just over 2 months guarding a quarantine hotel for Operation COVID-19 Assist.

I was very lucky and grateful to receive one of the laundry bags you made whilst I was there, I was very appreciative of the effort that you put into make those for us.

Sorry for the late email, life has been pretty hectic. I'm finally home and it's so nice. It's my first time home all year! My family are doing well and I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe.

Once again, thank you again for the laundry bag. 

Hope you have a great 2021!
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Dear Sue,

I hang your quilt that you made me on my wall with the greatest pride. I reflect back on the impact it has on my life. 

It has gotten me through some tough times and I am so grateful for it everyday.

Thank you very much and all the best to you.
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Dear Sue and family,

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I hope that 2021 is a much better year for you all. My deepest thoughts are all with you all.

Best wishes.

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Good Afternoon Everyone,

A big thank you for the laundry bag. I received as part of Operation COVID Assist. It has uplifted the spirit of my peers as it did for me. It is great to know people are thinking of you when so many of us are separated from our loved ones.

Please keep up the good work - it is greatly appreciated.

Made by Dianne.

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Don't forget to like, comment and share away, the wider we spread our message, the more wonderful work and happy recipients we can be apart of their journey.

Have a fabulous week

Alex :)

Monday, 11 January 2021

Request List 11 January 2021

11 January 2021  Request List 

Good morning and wishing everyone a fab week; maybe some sewing for  an Aussie Hero deployed on or across the high seas?  Whatever your plans are for this week I’m sending a huge hand of thanks to everyone reading this  - for your support of Aussie Heroes and for your support and interest in our deployed troops  - it is all so much appreciated.

There may be a delay responding to your emails today.....I have a work commitment first thing  but will get on to replies ASAP when back at my desk.

Cheers for now,

Clarissa

Essential info and weekly updates .....

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.

A reminder , when  you are ready to post  the quilt or laundry bag you’ve created, please use the PMKeyS number given you in any correspondence with the admin team.  This helps the volunteer admin team keep a track of what’s been sent etc.  The PMKeyS number is included in the address details we supply for your recipient e.g.  the 7 digit number in red below. Also,  please use the Aussie Heroes P O Box address on your parcel in the event the parcel is Returned to Sender -  the PO Box is a safe place in the event of  any mishaps with postage. 

Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags)

PO Box 248, Cherrybrook,

NSW 2126

 

CPL Wanda Quilt 8765432
TG 3456
AFPO XX
ADF
Sydney NSW 2890

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

 Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags)

PO Box 248

Cherrybrook  NSW 2126

 

 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. 

Clarissa, Alex, Courtney, Lisa, Kylie, Catherine and Jan-Maree

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

Priority Quilts  

Requests 2 – 9  are our priority items this week and needs to be in the mail by  February 4th or even earlier if you can manage - thank you!!!   Can you help with these?     THANK YOU!!!!! 
 
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 21 February 2021!!!!  please or earlier.  If you cannot make that date, please let me know.   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. 
 
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…  
 
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....Just email friendsofahq@gmail.com 

 

DON'T FORGET I CAN SEND YOU BADGES AND CRESTS TO PIECE IN OR APPLIQUE AND CAN GET TEXT EMBROIDERED.
http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/information-post-for-those-that-sew-for.html


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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......Cut squares 5 1/2” and 3 1/4”. Each block will need 9 x 5 1/2” and 8 x 3 1/4” squares. Finished block size Is therefore about 15” square finished.
2. Pin wheels using reds and blues - cut 6 1/2 inch squares 3. 12 inch Log cabins
using greens and creams

Instructions and pictures >> http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com/p/tutorials-quilts-n-blocks.html


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Our troops are still heading out on duty for this task of national importance: 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.


M

LB

2

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


M

Q

3

Aus flag, Military working dogs


M

LB

4

Military Dog Handler silhouette , poppies, blue over a black background with 'OP ACCORDION 2018, 2020-21' appliquéd


M

Q

5

Motorcycle road racing and fan of MOTOGP Would love anything that ties in my service, family and motorcycling. Also love spending time with family 4wding and camping.


M

Q

6

Camouflage army style


M

LB

7

Forest Gump, Bubba Gump Shrimp Bag - Machine Guns


F

Q

10

RAAF Chaplain,  landscape rather than portrait orientation,
Mostly blue, with some light green and white, but without planes, equipment etc. (A nod to tri-service without being too military) - can supply the TriService crest
Small yellow or gold stars (and/or a Southern cross)


F

Q

8

Submarines, gym, video games


M

Q

11

Australian Army Nurse, RAANC emblem (We can print for you), scarlet and grey


F

B

9

Boxing, Bundy bear, the beach, black and purple


M

Q

12

Quilt - Dragon Ball Z (Anime)

Laundry Bag - Witcher (Anime)


M

B

13

Quilt - Grim Reaper


M

B

14

Little Mermaid, Moana, Disney


M

Q

15

Outback, Country, Horses


M

Q

16

Q: Detroit Redwings (NHL Ice Hockey)
LB: Detroit Redwings (NHL Ice Hockey) (We have the silhouette for you to use)


M

B

17

Red, White and Blue (Light and dark shades) and beach theme


F

B

18

Aus flag, RAAF theme / crest (We can send you one), please appliqué the text EAOU8


F

Q

19

ANZAC theme, 303 rifle, A southern cross, Melbourne Storm NRL, Carlton AFL. Rising Sun (We can send you an embroidered crest)


M

Q

20

Muscle Cars, Blue, 69 Camaro car


M

Q

21

Cricket - Perth Scorchers


M

Q

22

Leo Messi, Barcelona Football Club - Soccer


M

Q

23

World War 2 Theme



M

B

24

Sydney Roosters NRL


M

Q

25

Quilt: New England Patriots


M

Q

26

Nordic, viking, Ocean


M

B

27

Blackhawk Helicopter/ military Theme


M

Q

28

Australian Flag & Southern Cross


M

B

29

Australian Flag, crest , Red


M

Q

30

Tasmania Flag, crest , Red


M

Q

31

Samurai LB Race cars


M

B

32

Sydney Roosters NRL 


M

Q

33

Adventure


M

Q

34

Australian ADF/Iraq


M

Q

35

Australian ADF/Iraq


M

Q

36

Black German Shepherd Dog Theme

 

LB Fitness, Arnie Schwarzenegger


M

B

37

St George Illawarra NRL


M

Q

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Western Bulldogs Premiers 2021


M

Q

39

Liverpool Football Club


M

B

40

Middle East theme


M

Q

41

Queensland State of Origin NRL theme / ANZAC Theme


M

Q

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Queensland State of Origin NRL Theme


M

Q

43

Quilt Pomeranian dogs LB Blue – snowboarding


M

B

44

Royal Australian Engineer Corps badge (We can send you one), construction (machinery, hammer etc). Red and blue colours for RAE Corps and include the Australian flag. Thank you.


M

B

45

Aus Flag, White Ensign, Embroidered patch,
Navy blue and green. I enjoy the outdoors and travelling

whenever I can. I am a mine warfare specialist (the sea type!).


F

Q

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RAEME (Red, yellow and blue)  and Rising Sun , army theme (we can send you embroidered crests)


M

Q

47

Emu Export


M

Q

48

Bluey cartoons


M

Q

49

Turquoise, Black, Purple


M

B

50

Navy (Anchors, sailor jerry etc) + Softball. Blue, Black and Silver


M

B

51

Any colours. Outline of Hungarian Pointer (Vizsla) dog would be fantastic.


M

B

52

Surfing, Gym/fitness, Rugby Union- fav team – Waikato Chiefs (NZ)

M

B

53

LB - Aussie flag, RAAF theme

For the quilt, I would love some sort of beachy/surf vibes with neutral colours, like white, cream, blue and orange. Something that gives you a nice afternoon sunset vibe.
M B 54