Happy New Year!
I cannot believe where we have come in the last 12 months.
To see how far we have come in one year go this is the post from 1 Jan 2012 and have a laugh!!! As many people have said to me, from little things big things come!
Tess from South Australia made the suggestion that I do some historical posts - i.e. look back over what we have done in the past and given that we have a lot of members who have joined in recent months that is probably a good idea. So, standby to receive.
2013 is going to be a big, big year.
I feel it in my bones, though that could just be my arthritis!
I have lots of plans but I know that lots will happen that I am not planning for as well.
A New Frontier
I wasn't planning to expand into another operation but I received an email just over a month ago from a Warrant Officer who had seen these, saw what we were doing and asked if it were possible for the contingent he was part of to be included. Once I learned more about the conditions under which this wonderful group of around 20 people lived and worked I knew I had to say yes.
Watch this space as I have received a wealth of information and photos from this group and am in the process of putting a post together for you that will leave you in no doubt also that we should be supporting them.
From ANZAC to TOOWOOMBA
Continuing on in the theme of what is to come this year I met with the Chaplain for the ship that is currently on its way to take over from HMAS ANZAC chasing pirates and keeping the seas free in the Middle East. We will do things slightly differently with HMAS TOOWOOMBA. This time we will take requests for laundry bags and there will be no quota for quilts. We will start a waiting list and just work out way through it. I never made a big thing of it on the blog but in the end we sent over 75 quilts and well over a 100 laundry bag to HMAS ANZAC without a struggle and without having to say no to anyone else anywhere on Op Slipper and I expect we can do the same. I expect to hear from the chaplain in the next few days or so, and we will start the ball rolling.
Penrith Sewing Day
Penrith Sewing Days are back starting at 10am on Sunday the 13th. Please let me know if you are planning to come so I can keep an eye on the numbers. We do not have unlimited space so I need to make sure that everyone can fit and I need to bring enough to keep you all occupied! And I will! I have plans!
AHQ 2012 Challenge Block
Now that Christmas is over and the New Year is almost apon us I thought I would remind those of you who attended the dinner in Sydney about your Challenge Blocks! I have received blocks from three of you. No photos till the Reveal Day on 4 February. Please have all blocks to me by 1 Feb. Anyone else who wants to join in Caroline is all ready to go with fabric to send out - please send her a stamped self addressed envelope so she can forward the fabric and instructions to you ASAP - email me or Caroline firstname.lastname@example.org for her address.
The last for the Year
Can't finish off the year without showing you the last of the quilts and laundry bags to hit the road for 2012
YAY! I am loving having more sewing time. This gorgeous selection of fabrics was a bunch of samples donated by XLN - thanks guys! Love those colours! And what do you do when you put one kangaroo on sideways? Simple - add three more and noone will know -well, now you know, but you aren't going to tell anyone are you?
Melissa managed to squeeze in just a few more laundry bags!
And Beth sent of this gorgeous pink quilt
Julie Ann managed a couple more laundry bags and I was amazed to see that I had sent her two names with the same initials - at first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me!
Rita managed one more quilt and laundry bag too.
Roberta send off this gorgeous quilt. I really love the wavy quilting. So perfect for this theme.
Terry brings up the rear with a great quilt - might have to copy this pattern and
a bunch of laundry bags.
including one featuring Pigs! Wonder who this is going to!
Change that - Liz scraped in with five more laundry bags! Just had to have the last word! LOL
957 quilts and 1379 laundry bags to Year's end!!
And now to some reason to really celebrate this year - the thank you messages that we all love to read. These two young ladies made a pact to keep their parcels from Nancy till Christmas Day - such will power!
Carolynne waited ages till we could get the address for this fellow so that she could send her red and green quilt to a Rabbitoes fan (NSW football team if you don't know). Finally the address was passed and the quilt received. This is the message and photo received by the lady who finally got us the address.
I am a high risk searcher, which means me and my team search with metal detector for bombs in the road, which funnily enough I enjoy. This is my second tour to Afghanistan doing the same job.
For Kylie from her recipient's partner
I had contact with XXXX on Christmas day and he said he was thrilled to receive the quilt :)
He said he loved it and it was amazing!Thank you so much! I hope to get a picture of XXXX with the quilt :)
And now this is a special one. Earlier this year we sent around 30 quilts to the Special Ops Task Group without knowing who they were going to specifically. We are not able to do that any more though I would in a heart beat if I had a contact (HINT HINT!!!) We never heard who most of the quilts ended up with but I was told that they went to those that were doing a good job or those that were injured.
That was until I received this email late last night - and it just made my week!!!
My fiancée is currently serving in Afghanistan.. About 2 months ago, he was injured and shrapnel ended up in his knee.. It was only a minor injury but it scared me to death when I got the call! It's a 7 month deployment and he was able to come last month for a 10 day holiday. During this time, he showed me the quilt which was given to him when he was injured..
I wrote back and asked if it would be possible to see a pic of the quilt so that I could track down the quilter and pass on the message specifically to her. Here is the response
I am sure that 2013 is going to be a great year!