Last week I had the pleasure of presenting the Captain of HMAS Success with his quilt made by Irene. It has been finished just before the last days of being able to post and the Captain decided that it was safer to wait till he got home to give it to him.... then came leave, and work and so on..... so Friday it was. He loved it Irene and you will be hearing from him.
GDay Joan and Robin,
I am a recipient of one of your lovely laundry bags.
I would like to thank you for your time and effort that goes into making these wonderful items.
I received my Coca Cola designed bag on 25th July. It was a great surprise to receive this bag.
A bit about the person you did all this work for.
I joined the navy straight from school. In my 23 years I have done over 19 years in sea going positions, firstly on Destroyer Escorts, then on Patrol boats and Landing Craft. Most of the patrol time was north of Darwin but some patrols took me south of Tasmania and around to Adelaide. This is my second run to the MER on a Frigate. First time was on HMAS Melbourne and we spent Christmas Day in Aqaba, Jordan. I must admit I am looking forward to getting home for a couple of months before my girlfriend heads off on her upcoming MER deployment.
Once again, Thank you very much for your kindness
Thank you so much for the quilt you made for me. I received it a few days ago and I love it. The colours that you used are exactly what I was hoping for.
I have already been using it while I am in my room at nights as my room mate has the air conditioner on very cold and it really makes my room a lot brighter and homely.
I work as part of the Air Load Team which means we load and unload cargo and passenger aircraft. We have been deployed since the beginning of April and still have another two and a half months before we come home. I have enjoyed my time over here, although it is very hot which can be hard to deal with at times.
Thank you again for my quilt, I will be very proud to take it home and have it on display in my house.
I hope you are well.
Thank you very much for the laundry bag you and Gail made for me, its great. Its funny how little bits of Australiana themed items reminds me of home.
I've been over in the Middle east now for around 4 months and only have a couple to go. Its been a rewarding experience myself, although definitely missing home.
I'm based in Darwin back in Australia with the Air Force. I have a wife and 18 month old daughter at home and I miss them to pieces. My daughter has already changed so much from when I left. I worry she won't recognise me, but maybe I'm catastrophising. My wife reckons she points at photos of me and says dada. She's cute as a button. But deployments are a rewarding experience in itself and the hard parts seem to get less hard with time, especially looking back many years on.
Thanks again for thinking of us, and making us these items. My mum and sister are keen quilters and I know how much time and money is invested into every one of them. Really means a lot. And I'll definitely enjoy the goodies too!
Please pass my thanks onto everyone who assisted.
Thank you so much for your hard work and for taking the time to make a laundry bag for a total stranger. I have been deployed a number of times now through out the world (this is my third deployment in the Gulf) and received various care packages (especially nice during Xmas) from different community groups. Your son will definitely come to appreciate the effort you have gone to once he starts going away and receives a surprise from at total stranger thanking him for his work. (I can imagine you are very proud of him). This however is the first time I have ever received my own personalised laundry bag , so once again thank you very much. And yes I do like motorcycles, I have had them since I was 13 and currently have a 2008 Harley Davidson FXDB and a 1942 Harley Davidson WLA (WW2 military model). If you're yawning at this information I will understand.
A little bit about myself is; I have served for over 17 years now, completing a 7 year stint then getting out for 7 years only to return and clock up another 10. My wife says the secret to our successful marriage is the amount of time I spend at sea! Last year my family was living interstate and I saw them for a total of 50 days due to work. I had actually just moved them down to where I work and was crash posted at short notice to this Ship and subsequent deployment. So this year I have seen them for at maybe 20 days .
Every department onboard likes to claim the others are just passengers and without them there is no reason to be out here. Our motto comes down to the good old catch cry of " We put warheads on foreheads" sorry tacky military humour there.
So once again thank you very much for taking the time to make the laundry bag and send my "diabetes pack".
Learning how to sew has been one of the most enjoyable skills I have ever learnt and also very rewarding. If I can get my skills up to an acceptable level (!!!) I'd love to make laundry bags for Aussie Hero Quilts... It may take me a few years to get my quilting skills together.. How you did mine so quickly blows my mind! It would take me months to quilt anything remotely like your work, with a lot of help too!
Thank you so much for the laundry bag you made for me. I received it a few days ago and absolutely love it. When I asked for something to do with the 100th Anniversary of Anzac Day, I had no idea what would come back, but what you did is amazing!! I am so happy with it and everyone I have showed is very jealous of it. It is so special for me to have that now and be able to remember this special time we were deployed over.
I have always been envious of people with personalised laundry bags when I go to the laundry, but am now proud to be one of them!!
Thank you for telling me a little about yourself and also for the lollies you put in the parcel. Aussie Hero Quilts is a great organisation and they are so appreciated over here while we're deployed. I think what you do is wonderful and it certainly puts a smile on our faces. I can understand why you get no sewing done when you have your grandson for the day! My sister has had a baby while I have been away and I can not wait to get home and spend lots of time with him. I went home to meet him and also help my sister out as he was born nine weeks early, so it has been hard being away from them.
I work as part of the Air Load Team which means we load and unload cargo and passenger aircraft. We have been deployed since the beginning of April and still have another two and a half months before we come home. I have enjoyed my time over here, although it is very hot which can be hard to deal with at times. I am glad we will be home before Christmas as I love spending my holidays in Adelaide with my family.
Thank you again for the amazing laundry bag you made for me, I can't tell you how much it means to me.
I hope you are well.
Thank you very much for the laundry bag I received from a random parcel that turned up at our hospital. The one I took with me was starting to get holes so I received the new one at a good time. It was also nice to read your letter and find out about Aussie Hero Quilts. I had not heard of you before this. Thanks so much also to Bernina for their support.
This is my first deployment to the MER. It is very hot, dry and dusty here. it is fairly repetative working every day but we break up the week with various social things.
Good luck to you and AHQ into the future. The work you do is much appreciated by everyone here.
I am currently deployed to Iraq - specifically TAJI. I am writing to say a very big thank you to all your wonderful Quilters across Australia for the quilts that they recently sent across for the Aussies here, it brought many a smile to the faces here.
They were looked at and compared and now I see lots of colourful laundry bags making their way back and forth across to the laundry. It's true that the kind gestures of strangers sometimes have a huge impact on morale, and this was definitely the case here.
The quilters are truly talented and their efforts, pride and joy in making something for our troops is greatly appreciated. Please pass on to all who have up their time to make these for us. Of course it goes without saying to express our thanks to Greg Alexander (from Bernina) and his team in supporting this great "Aussie Quilts" group.
My mum is a quilter and she made me a wonderful quilt to bring across with me, and I am so grateful for it. Mum also makes Quilts for charity - childrens' hospitals, Starlight Foundation and Variety for kids. I know how excited she gets when she has finished a quilt to be sent with others, so I can only imagine the pride with which you quilters make these laundry bags for us.
I would also like to thank you for your support of all the troops wherever we are serving across the world, and for your thoughtfulness.
Till next time..............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!