And an especially cheery welcome to all the new facebook followers! Over 1250 now! Who'd have thought it would happen!
Just a point from the post the other night about laundry bags. What I was trying to say (and I don't think I quite managed it) was that from now on you might need to check and see if a laundry bag is needed with every quilt. I will be trying to arrange laundry bags for everyone as soon as possible so they don't spend months looking for their laundry while they wait for their quilt. So, if you want to make a laundry bag to match the quilt you might like to check with me first to see if one is needed. Hope that makes things a little clearer.
Oh, and with so many quilters with so many individual personal preferences you will need to remind me if you like to make laundry bags or not as I just can't remember who does what......and please don't suggest I start a list/table or spreadsheet to help me remember, i have MORE than enough lists, tables and spreadsheets as it is! LOL
To me emails like the above are just about as good as the thank you messages. When someone says we are bringing joy or smiles or morale boosts to those serving in our name it just makes my day! I know I am totally one-eyed and hopefully biased but I really cannot imagine getting as much satisfaction from sewing for anyone else.
The following is a message that I received from the Chaplain on Newcastle yesterday. As you know quilts have started to arrive and it seems they have been so well received.
Quilts are arriving as you know and the response I have observed has been exceptional. Even the "crusty" types are quite taken by the care and quality of the quilts and the thought that has gone into their requests. Please pass on a big thank you from me as it has brightened peoples' days and in the words of the movie The Castle, "these quilts are going straight to the pool room!" It has been nice to see people showing off their quilts and Laundry bags but even more exciting is the response to the letter received with them. I think there might be some pen pals formed out of this which is nice. Any way thanks again and rest assured that the efforts of your team are bearing much fruit onboard HMAS Newcastle.
I would love to know how many made it so far but at least we have heard from three recipients. The reason we have not heard from more is probably very much due to the fact that their mail delivery coincided with a very pleasant port trip and they would be making the most of that.
Please don't forget to let me know if you hear that your quilt or laundry bag has been received so that I can record it accordingly and remember it is also great to share the thank you messages (you know I will delete all the personal stuff)
And now for something completely different - another quilter's recipe.
This time from one of our Laundry Bag Sewing Queens, Joan.
Thanks Joan. I might have to try that while I have both my boys home for the holidays
Don't forget to share your quick and easy recipes so that we can all spend more time sewing and less time in the kitchen - unless of course you want to spend time in the kitchen, in which case, can you cook for me too please?
The following list of ladies have sent something off this week and if you have also, but do not appear on this list, please let me know.
Note - the Old Bags and the Dag have completed their first quilt but as they are such a special group I am not posting their quilt pic until their recipient has received it as someone is likely to see it and tell him if he doesn't see it himself! You will just have to wait but trust me! It is a classic Aussie Quilt!
I don't like doing posts without pictures so thought I would share some of the upcoming footy themed quilts - these are examples of how you can make simple but effective team quilts.
The first three were sewn by Louise and went on to be quilted by Stephanie T
This one was sewn by Carolyn M and I added the applique and it was quilted by Stephanie T.
Well that is it for me tonight. I am off to pack some quilts for posting.
Till next time................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!