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.
Before the thank you messages I have a few more medals to show you.....
Thank you to Major Jan Kelly who sent in this photo and wrote ...
"Australian Service Medal with SE Asia clasp for tour to Butterworth in 1983/4
Defence Force Service Medal with first Clasp for 20 years undetected crime, and
Australian Defence Medal awarded to me in 2006 just prior to discharging after 25 years in total."
I have told you about the Defence Force Service Medal and the Australian Defence Medal.
The Australian Service Medal recognises military and other service in prescribed peacekeeping and non-warlike operations. It was established on 13 September 1988 but is for service from February 1975.
The Governor General awards the Australian Service Medal on the recommendations of the Chief of Defence Force or their delegate. The medal is awarded with the clasp denoting the prescribed operation. Subsequent awards to the same person are made with an additional clasp.
This first one is for a quilt made by Donna P.
Hi Jan and the whole Aussie Hero Quilts team,
I received my quilt and other goodies. I was
absolutely blown away by my amazing quilt. I feel very honoured to have your
quilt keeping me warm at night.
The design was very well thought out, it gave me a
laugh too. I am not sure how you found out about all the things you put on the
quilt. You certainly picked me, it makes me smile looking at it.
I don’t think I know how to show my appreciation for
all the work you do. I can assure you that this quilt is now a treasured
possession and will stay with me on all my future deployments.
I will send a pic of myself with my quit soon.
so much for my Aussie Hero Quilt, I love it. Thankyou also for my laundry bag,
chocolate frogs and flavoured teas. My quilt is proudly displayed on my bed and
laundry bag hangs beautifully from my locker. A few of the crew received their
quilts at the same time; it was wonderful to see all the different designs. I
think mine was the nicest. I can't wait to show off my quilt and laundry
bag to my family and friends when I finally get home later this year. My AHQ
will have pride of place in my music room.
in Success have remained busy contributing to the international effort to
promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East. The
first patrol involved not only support for the replenishment responsibilities
of Task Force 53 but we have also been assisting with counter terrorism and
maritime security operations for Combined Task Force 150.
have had an extraordinary change to our ship's program. You will be aware that
this year marks the Centenary of Anzac (CoA). As such, HMAS Anzac has
been scheduled to represent Australia at Gallipoli and other CoA events. Other
emergent requirements have meant that HMAS Anzac will no longer be able
to attend activities she was scheduled to attend on the Greek Island of
Lemnos. Owing to the importance Australia places on these events, HMAS Success
has been retasked, at short notice, to take Anzac's place at the Lemnos
commemorative activities. I am extremely proud and excited to be part of this
once in life time event. The excitement of a Red Sea transit, the Suez canal
and unexpected Mediterranean port visits. On the other hand, the change to our
program will delay our return home by about two weeks.
are just some of the many things that Success and her crew have achieve
thus far on this long deployment, and there are many more to come. So the
extended patrol will come to an end: I will look back at it proudly, for the
moment though. I am looking forward to a break at our next port visit.
thank you so much for what you do. Aussie Quilts is a fantastic organisation.
The joy and happiness the crew share as we compare quilts is a heartwarming
sincerely wish you and your family the best in health and happiness.
I have been meaning to write this email for some time
- you probably gathered that I 'misplaced' your letter, hence trying to hunt it
down through Aussie Hero Quilts. Murphy's law - I found it this week.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you and your daughter
Amy for the quilt. I absolutely love the pattern - I have visited Japan and
love these kind of prints. Every night when returning to my cabin after 16
hours of work, having the quilt is a nice homely touch! It's something that I
will treasure once I return to Australia as well.
I am about a third of my way through the deployment,
it is certainly an interesting and challenging experience. Can be quite tiring,
but because regional dynamics in the Middle East are evolving quite quickly at
the moment, it makes for a very interesting role!
It sounds like you have a very busy and challenging
role - nursing work is something I very much admire, let alone an emergency
nurse. So thankyou for your service as well.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you and Amy know that I
love the quilt, and thankyou so much for sewing it. It is very much appreciated
Hi Joan and Robin
I wanted to say thanks so much for the laundry bag you
made! I love the pattern, and after a 16 hour working day having to do my
laundry is the last thing I feel like. Fortunately having the laundry bag makes
it a little bit brighter - and is obviously a huge help in a practical sense.
I hang it up in my room as well to make it a little
more lively, which is nice.
Hopefully you have had some nice weather in Sydney
over the past couple of months. We are about to go into a very hot summer, a
few of us were just commenting at lunch that we can feel a change in the air.
I've been told that it will get 50+ degrees around July - I'm not sure I will
mind so much about working such long days in air conditioning then!
Anyway, thanks again for the laundry bag - it is very
I would like to apologise for my late thank you,
things have been quite busy so firstly I'm sorry it has taken so long for me to
I realise now that my request seemed confusing when I
told the person what I would like she must have wrote it all together as one
idea. What I meant was
either a Disney princesses theme quilt or a 1950's pin
up theme one.... I couldn't decide what I liked better so I was going to leave
it up to you. haha
So I'm so sorry for the confusion But I would like to
say I think you made a good decision when making this quilt.... I LOVE IT!
It really surprised me at how well it all goes
together and the personal touch of adding a picture of your beautiful daughter
makes it all that more special.
I have always wanted to do a pin-up shoot and I may
organise something like that when I get home... I do modelling on the side as a
hobble and I love all things vintage.
I have just started making my outfits and costumes for
the photoshoots that I do and its a challenge but very fun, I love spending
time in the craft room that's one thing I miss being at sea.
Quilting has been something that I have always wanted
to learn I just don't have as much time as I would like to spend on it.
Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have
put into this quilt and the work you do definatly doesn't go unnoticed.
everyone is always so excited to get their quilts and laundry bags
and the personalised one make us all stand out in the
laundry so you never get someone else's washing by accident which is always
Anyway I must get back to it but thank you again for
the quilt and I hope you are doing well.
Dear Joan & Robin,
Greetings from Kabul,
Thank you for the thoughtful gift of the laundry bag,
although I am somewhat mystified by the fishing reference. I can’t say I’m keen
on the sport. I am, however impressed by the needlework. The attention to
detail such as the lining and name tag are impressive.
Thank you again for the gift. My colleagues have been
very pleased to receive these gestures and those who haven’t received them yet are waiting with great
My apologies it has taken so long to email you thanking
you for the thoughtful quilt you had made me from when I was overseas on
deployment... I hope this emails you well.
Whilst I was on deployment I did have some very cold
nights as my tour was over winter.
It was very useful and I relied upon this quilt to remind
me of the generosity of the people in Australia.
The quilt was one of the last things that were packed
with me to go home with because I actually used it.. And now that I am home
safe and sound I still use the quilt.
To sum it all up, I would like to thank you for your hard
work and your kindness to make an Aussie soldier a happy and proud Australian.
I am writing to inform you that I got my
Collingwood Quilt. I was overwhelmed, it was fantastic. You really made my day,
I cant tell you enough how much I appreciate it.
I have done tours of Afghanistan, Middle East,
East Timor, Solomon Islands and others and this is the first time someone has
sent me something and thanked me for my efforts. I really appreciate the time
and effort you put into the quilt, keep up the good work as it makes a
difference in many ways.
Small things I find is what makes you feel good such
and being clapped on Anzac day, people making you quilts ect. Everyone
sometimes needs a pat on the back.
You are making a difference, please send my
regards to your family and enjoy retirement you seem to have earned it.
I am terribly sorry for the delay in responding
and expressing my gratitude for the quilt.
I actually received it very soon after you must have posted it. It arrived
onboard on the 08 March while we were conducting a scheduled maintenance visit
Everyone in my cabin devoured your lollies (shouldn't have left them in plain
Favourites are definitely those jelly snakes and the marshmallow style bananas
you find in the party mixes.
The moment I have the chance to take a tactical nap during the day I will be
sure to put your quilt to good use.
All the best :)
Til next time..............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!