Sandy received the following thank you for the two quilts that she and her group decorated for the Jacinda Baker Ward in the hospital in Iraq. The quilt tops came from the North of the Yarra Quilt Group and Sandy and her team added to them.
Dear Caroline and Sue,
I am writing to you from the Middle East Region to thank you for the amazing quilt I received in the mail today.
I am, as I'm sure all soldiers are here, very grateful for the support we receive from back home. It is very comforting knowing that there are people
like yourselves willing to go out of your way to improve our conditions and morale.
Hello Jean and thank you so much for what you
have done, this laundry bag was better than I could have asked for!. It is so good I didn't want to use it for dirty clothes
so I have begun using it as my pillow cover.
What you have done will never be forgotten and it means a lot to me that you do this, the design, colour, everything was amazing and it really does mean a lot. I wish you, your husband and your fur baby the best.
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for the quilt that recently arrived!
It was certainly much appreciated, and it is nice to know that people back in Australia are thinking of us – it definitely helps make it feel like the job we are doing is worthwhile.
I particularly like the dark colour scheme of the quilt, and I will make sure that I have enough room in my baggage so I can take it home and use it there too!
I grew up in South West Victoria and my parents still live there. They have told me just how cold this past winter was – it was almost the exact opposite over here for summer! The weather was so hot it actually wasn’t funny. One day the temp topped out at 63 degrees! I can certainly understand your decision to only visit your son in Abu Dhabi in February.
Don’t worry though – we have much needed aircon in our accommodation, but they don’t really cool the rooms until late at night. However, I often wake up now around 2 or 3am and pull the quilt up around me, as it is easier than getting up to change the temp!
Anyway, I am glad that you enjoy making these quilts, and you can rest assured that everyone who receives one is grateful.
Once again, thank you so much for your thoughtful gift!
I'm writing back to say thank you so much for what you have done. People say its the little things that make a difference but to me this quilt is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. I loved reading your letter and learning about your family, the quilt itself is better than I could have asked for. The colour, pictures and the way its put together just beautiful.
I wanted you to know that what you have done is very appreciated and I hope the best for you and your family in the future.
Thank you so much for the quilt. I absolutely love it, you did a fantastic job! I was so excited when I received it in the mail, it made my week. Sorry it took so long to email you though.
I hope all is well with you and your family and again I would just like to thank you for all your hard work and support. It really means the world to us.
I hope you are well!
Thanks so much for your amazing Laundry bag. You have done an amazing job,
incorporating the ANZAC theme was a great idea, it looks to good to be used as a laundry bag!!
I am blown away by Aussie hero quilts and laundry bags, the work that everyone puts in to delivering all the deployed members such quality items is phenomenal.
We are very lucky to have people such as yourself continually giving your time to put a big smile on our faces while we are away!
These items make such a big difference to many of the deployed members!
Thanks again for the amazing laundry bag and letter I will send you some pictures once I return home
Keep up the amazing job you all do!
Thank you so much for the amazing quilt - it was so much better than I could have imagined! It was so perfect - there reminding me of home, and remains perfect now reminding me of my time over there.I had a great time - met some amazing people who will remain life long friends and saw amazing places with some interesting medicine thrown in.
Firstly thanks very much for the quilt that you made. It is quite simply amazing and I can tell that you put a lot of time, effort and thought into it. I am a big fan of Game of Thrones and I love that you put the symbols of the main houses onto the quilt. I like pretty much everything about it but I also like the little helicopters (ours is bigger). My role in the navy is as an ATA which is an aircraft maintainer, and I work on Seahawks (which are similar to Blackhawks, but more specialised for ships).
The courthouse on the card reminds me of XXXX which is where my Aunt and Uncle live. Funnily enough I think that my aunt quilts for Aussie heroes as well.
The deployment is going well for HMAS Melbourne so far and I have been to a few different countries since leaving Australia. We stopped in Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Bahrain spending a few days at each to have some R&R. I have enjoyed these ports and I have experienced much variety of culture and some very chaotic traffic, particularly during the Colombo (Sri Lanka) visit.
Once again, thanks so much for the quilt and lovely letter that you sent, you are a hero too. The biscuits and lollies were appreciated very much as well, and promptly consumed.
I arrived home from work earlier this week to find the Aussie Hero quilt that you had made waiting for me. I'm guessing when you receive the requests and not knowing the person, it would be difficult to be sure what the person is looking for. The quilt you have made is perfect and I couldn't have wished for anything more.
I enjoyed reading your letter and the story of how you came to sew for Aussie Hero Quilts. It is comforting to know that people at home are aware of what the Australian Defence Force does and are appreciative of our efforts. I know that friends that I was deployed with all appreciated the quilts that they received and they brought a little boost to morale when away from home and loved ones for an extended period.
I can't thank you enough for the time that you have devoted to making the quilt. Jan-Maree tells me that you have made quite a few, so thank you for all your efforts and the time that you devote to putting them together.
Thank you for taking the time to make my quilt. Best wishes to you and your family.
Till next time...............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!