Monday, 25 May 2015

Messages from AQC

G'day.  In preparation for the Australasian Quilt Convention that we attended just before ANZAC Day Lynn made up around 200 simple blocks with Calico centres and scrappy borders.  I can't remember whose idea this was but given the response these will become standard issue when we attend a quilt show from now on I think. 

We carried these to Melbourne and set them out of the tables. As people stopped to talk to us we asked them if they wanted to write a message for the troops so that it could later be incorporated into a quilt.  In the end every one of those two hundred blocks was completed.  

Sue O'D who had been in Melbourne with us took some home to make up into quilts.  This week I received the quilts that she made. 

 Don't they look great.  The only problem is that you can't read the messages in these photos so I have taken some close ups of some of the best for you.

So that is two quilt's worth. I still have blocks left.  Is anyone interested in making up a quilt or two from these blocks?

I have enough blocks left for one quilt on point and 5 straight.  The blocks will need to be alternated with plain squares of other pieced squares.  How you put them together is entirely up to the quilter.  Once complete you will be able to send them off.  

Personally, I think these quilts need to go where all can see them and enjoy them and I am thinking of liaising with various contacts in each of the areas we send to in order to see if each location, Kabul, Kandahar, South Sudan, Iraq etc would like to have a quilt to hang in a communal area.  What do you think?  Please let me know if you have any objections to this plan.

Cheers for now

Till, next time...................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!


  1. Wonderful to see the signed blocks...I think it is a great idea to hang them in a communal area....everyone in that place then gets to enjoy them.

  2. Hanging in a communal area would, I think, give a lift to those serving and let them know they are so appreciated.

  3. The signed blocks look so friendly and caring, they should be shared with groups.

  4. I can help to make one quilt Jan-Maree, if you want to send me some blocks, Sue A.

  5. Hi Jan- Maree,
    A communal area to hang the quilt is an inspired idea! How soon would you want the quilt. Will be home in three weeks, happy to take one the personalised blocks...