This blog is dedicated to encouraging people to make quilts and laundry bags to send to Aussie service men and women currently serving overseas and to express our gratitude for their service. We care about the people - not the politics or the mission.
Our quilts are not works of art, but works of the heart.
This week I'd like to introduce you to South Australia's very own Julie-Ann.....waves at Julie-Ann!
name is Julie-Ann and I live in Adelaide, SA. I have lived here for nearly 13
years. Before that we were in Broken Hill, mining town in NSW. Where I was
born, raised, married and had my two children.
is your occupation?
primary occupation is as carer to my husband of 33 years, who has had MS for
the past 17 years, he is wheelchair-bound. I also am a Check-out Chook for
Coles Supermarket; one to two shifts per week (gets me out of the house).
far to local shops and quilting shops?
shops are within ten minute drive (who walks anywhere, not me LOL). Nearest
quilting shop is Spotlight, well two actually, about 15-20 minute drive.
is nearer but only use if I run out of thread.
online quilt shop?
Keepsake quilting US and Missouri Star Quilt Daily Deal.
local quilt shop?
mainly from Spotlight, can’t afford the exclusive shops.
you got last fabric bargain?
like to scour the Op shops; I have 5 within 2 kms from home. Since starting
sewing for AHQ, I have bought sheets to make liners for LB’s, really cheap.
Also I look for animated quilt covers. But the best bargain I got was from
Goodwill. It was a bolt of shirt fabric, which I got for $20. Up to date I have
probably cut about 45 liners and probably only used 1/3.
you machine or hand stitch binding?
would normally hand sew, but the quilts I have made for AHQ I have machined.
Only because I think the quilts will be handled harder than normal.
long have been sewing for AHQ?
had to go back to my photos, and was surprised to learn that the first laundry
bags were done in July. I feel as if I have contributing longer, but then time
flys when you are having so much fun.
did you find out about us?
read an article in an Australian quilting magazine. It was a small article
pertaining to two Aussie women who were trying to supply quilts to overseas
troops. I e-mail both, but only Jan-Maree contacted me. And so the journey began.
you have any connection to the services?
Dad is a WW2 Veteran. He is 88 years old and still marches every Anzac Day,
Dawn Service and 11AM March (Broken Hill). I have the fondest memory from
childhood, of every Anzac Day, standing on a certain corner in the main street
of Broken Hill, and proudly watching my father march pass. Marching with his
mates, as though they were still on the parade ground from years before, then my
children experiencing the same thing years later, except he would wave to them
as he marched past.
are of the things you have sewn for AHQ?
date I have sent 6 quilts and 66 Laundry bags. I like making LB’s. I believe
the laundry bags are a necessity and quilts are a very pleasant bonus.
do you sew for AHQ?
ages, I have been wanting to sew for a worthwhile cause. And this appealed to
my sense of patriotism. We live in a great country, so why not support the men
and women who serve it.
Thank You I receive just strengthens my resolve to continue to sew for this
organization. The recipients are just blown away by the fact that a total
stranger would take the time to make something for someone they don’t know.
And Jan-Maree’s verve, spirit and support are
such an inspiration.