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.
In October last year I posted a story about a special quilt we made for a soldier called Matthew Millhouse. Matthew was one of a group of soldiers who were the first Australians to be injured on deployment in Bagdad nearly 11 years ago. You can read the previous post here but to recap, Matthew received a concussion but once he came home it was clear that not all was as it should be. To cut a long story short, over a period of time it was determined that the brain injury that Matthew sustained had resulted in him being diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia.
We were asked to make a quilt for Matthew and given the tragic circumstances of his situation we made a special effort and made Matthew a memory quilt with photos of his family and friends on it with their names underneath. The photos were sorted by Katrina and Jenny D and Gale C made the quilt. I was privileged to present it to Matthew at a special lunch held in October last year.
I am so sad to have to share that Matthew Millhouse has lost his battle with dementia almost two years after his diagnosis. He went peacefully surrounded by family and is survived by his wife Terese and daughter, Eleanor.
Matthew and his beautiful wife Terese
Matthew and his mother Jenny.
Rest in peace Matthew. You will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with the Millhouse family, their friends and Matthew's brothers in arms.