Happy Birthday Ruth! Hope you have had a lovely day and have been spoilt rotten by your friends and family!
Oh and enjoy your trip - you lucky thing!
Loads of messages to share with you all today.
This first one is rather special, and as I don't name personnel or their positions, I can not tell you who it is from but suffice to say that this gentleman is in a senior position and we have sent quilts and laundry bags to many of his troops.
and some of you also received some gorgeous thank you messages.
Hello Annette and Lynne,
Today, I received your quilt as a result of my contact with Jan, Aussie Hero Quilts. I am very grateful to receive such a item of dedicated skill and thought. It certainly has brought a smile to my face, and will certainly be put to good use. It is humbling to accept such a gift of gratitude from Australia.
Thank you very much, it will be used extensively whilst here. It is clearly evident by the quality, that you have placed a great deal of effort in making it. The quilt has brought dramatic colour to an otherwise drab room. I know that retiring to my room now will be far more enjoyable after the long days.
I know of several soldiers, sailor and airmen (and women) that have received a Hero Quilt. Each of them speak very highly of the initiative and of each quilt.
Again, thank you for your thoughts and gift.
You made me the St George laundry bag
I would like to say thank you very much for the laundry bag.
I really appreciate it. Say thank you to your family for their help in making the bag for me.
Thank you again
Good Morning Joan &Rob,
I thank you very much for the laundry bag. It has certainly brightened my room somewhat and made me the envy of many during washing times.. These little displays of love and support go along way in helping our people know they are thought.
Your ministry is having a great and positive impact.
Hi Sue N,
Just to let you know that I received another box with four laundry bags in it earlier this week, and that I've distributed them to those in the TG (task group) who still don't have one (there can't be many now!) I'm guessing there are a few Toy Story fans out there as when I set your bags out in a central area for people to help themselves, it isn't too long before they are lifted!
Again, many thanks for your very kind gesture: it is always much appreciated.
Hi Jeann (and Jan-Maree),
I have just received your gorgeous quilt. What a lovely piece of work and it has brightened up my morning at work!! The colours are fantastic and I loved the fluoro koalas on the back :) Also, the laundry bag is wonderful - thank you so much for personalising it with my initials - I'll never lose my washing again!!
It is such a lovely gesture that you dedicate your time and efforts to produce these quilts. As someone who can barely sew on a button, it amazes me and will be something I can take home and keep forever.
If you are able, please also thank Dorothy who made the hour glass blocks for my quilt and anyone else you know that contributed in some way.
We work with great people over here and we are looked after quite well, but it's still such an amazingly warm feeling to receive packages from Australia, particularly as after being here awhile, I can feel like 'home' is just a figment of my imagination. It also doesn't help that within a few weeks of coming here, you start calling your room 'home'!!
I have attached a photo of myself (on the right) and my colleague (whose quilt was made by Maddy) with our Aussie Hero Quilts. He received his not long ago and we now both have them on our beds here - it really helps to personalise your space.
Hello Rita M,
My name is XXX- I am one of the 7 RAR TG members who works over in Afghanistan.
I am writing to thank you for you wall quilt you made the TG. We really appreciate you taking the time out of your life to make us something special, we appreciate your support and kind words of supporting what we stand for. The flying pigs are especially cute - I love the final touches you put on there.
Below is myself (on the left) and XXXX holding up your wall hanging, we are locating a spot today for it to be placed.
The work you ladies with Jan-Maree do is always noticed, whether its having light banter on who has the best laundry bag, or showing off the quilts you ladies make for us. We really adore the support you ladies show us.
Thank you for being your caring selves.
Have a lovely day
And one of my favourite messages came from someone who had received their own quilt and requested two for two others. I emailed her to let her know that the third quilt was on the way and received an email saying thank you and how excited the recipient was and then I received this email.
XXXX received her quilt a few days ago too and loved it. I found it (and mine!) on one of your blog posts last night. There are some gorgeous quilts being made and I cannot believe how many have been made so far this year! Amazing effort. I know you hear this all the time but we are so blessed to have people like you and your quilters to create such beautiful things for us over here. Enjoy your weekend!
Well, whether you think of Sunday as the beginning of your week or the end of your week I think this is a good way to start or finish any week .
All the best for the coming week everyone!
Keep spreading the word and happy stitching!