It looks like my Aussie Hero Email list might also have taken a hit with the computer crashing and there are some names missing off it that I thought should be on there so I sent a test message out to all on the list. If you got the message you can ignore it coz it means that you are on the email list and all is hunky-dory. If you didn't get the test message and should be on the list please let me know. Additionally if you are new and want to be on the Aussie Hero Volunteers list please let me know.
Now on with the Quilts of the Week!
First up let me introduce you to Lauren! She is TEN years old and has just made her first laundry bag! Well done Lauren!! You should be very proud of yourself! Not just for making a laundry bag but for giving up your time to make something for someone you don't know. You have no idea how much it will mean to the soldier, sailor or airman who receives it.
No prizes for guessing who is receiving two of these laundry bags!
And I can't say too much but this laundry bag is heading to a very suitable recipient!
This next lovely is a BOM quilt - blocks put together by Judith and quilted by Paul and Paula. This is one of my favourites as it is really cheery in person.
Amanda got her very first AH quilt in the mail today and is all set to start her next one!
Debra S completed the next two quilts and laundry bags.
And can I tell you how nice it is to actually have the quilter in the pic as well for a change.
Blogger just did not want me to rotate this so I am sorry if you are sitting there with your head on the side!
Need to expand the fabric for the back of your quilt? Here is one nifty way!
The quilt tops were made by Marlene in Tassie and sent to Stephanie for finishing as part of the heartstrings project.
Love that leafy pattern!
The Winners of the Australia Day Laundry Bag Challenge.
I never identify serving members for any reason on the blog so I can't tell you who the judge was but suffice to say he and his helpers from 7RAR deserve a great big thank you for taking the time to deliberate over all the wonderful laundry bags that you submitted.
I am SO GLAD I didn't have to choose.
So, without further delay - here is what he said.
Firstly, we were really impressed with Kiwi Karen's huge contribution and we especially liked the ones with the 7 RAR pigs.
Our Adjutant also spotted the one at the very bottom of the page from Marg and said he would happily find a home for it!
And now to the results....
In 3rd place, we picked Louise's 3 bags
we loved the Australian flags, the banksia flowers (hope that is what they are!), and the detail that has gone into making them.
In 2nd place, we chose Debra S's bag with the Australian flag on the front and the ships on the back. Each of us wear an Australian flag on the sleeves of our uniform, reminding us who we are and what we represent. The ships remind us of how many of our ancestors got to Australia - we'll go home by air at the end of this but for many Australian soldiers, a ship was what carried them to and from past wars.
In first place,
(Drum roll please)
we would like to thank Gail for her bag.
It's got a bit of everything. The colours are of the desert here and the sky at home.
The kangaroo is also worn on our sleeve. Plenty of us will be looking forward to a bit of fishing when we get back and the whole thing is just so recognizably Australian, we couldn't ignore it.
Hope those choices don't cause any rows on your blog. All of your contributors are fantastic and whether or not they get an 'Australia Day' prize, we all appreciate what they do for us.
So congratulations to all the winners, Louise, Debra S and Gail. And also to those that received a special mention, Kiwi Karen and Marg.
There will be prizes but as well as being rewarded for your wonderful laundry bags you will also be rewarded for your patience as you have to wait for the prizes to arrive from Afghanistan! As soon as they arrive I will let you know and put them in the mail to you.
Congratulations everyone! As my 7RAR friend said "you are all equally worth" and I think you are all winners every time you sit down to sew for Aussie Heroes to give something special to someone you do not know.
Til next time...............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!
turns out Caroline is not the only one who has never noticed my sign off either LOL
Noami confessed up as well. Got to admit that made me laugh!