Last night I called for Aussie Star blocks for Wounded Warrior Quilts. As you can imagine, noone would understand the value of these quilts more than a Wounded Warrior and perhaps his wife. Well our own wounded warrior. Garry, has just come home from another hospital visit for his 18th surgery since the accident in Afghanistan and this photo was taken of him with his Wounded Warrior Quilt in hospital. Note his laundry bag hanging up too.
"This month Aussie Heroes are asking people to make blocks for Wounded Warrior Quilts for it they are needed. (I hope they aren't needed) They are made up and in country for any soldiers wounded to receive straight away. They have a distinct Aussie theme. I would love to make some blocks.
I am asking one thing.
Could all my friends please go to Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags)Facebook page and like it, for everyone of my friends that like the page I will make a block."
Way to go Katrina!
Another short note before you get to read some really special thank you messages.....
I have had a lot of questions about PM keys.
What are they?
They are the seven digit number that starts with 8 that you will receive when you receive the address for your recipient. For example ....
8765432 CPL Wanda Quilt
Sydney NSW 2890
Hope that clears it up.
So many gorgeous thank you messages but this one really touched me.
Today I received my quilt and I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is absolutely lovely and I will treasure it always. I would also like to thank Julie Ann, Stephanie T and Helen for their contributions in making this quilt. I am so proud to be serving my country and in my 26 years of being in the Air Force I actually feel as if I am contributing with all I am. You are doing something that brings us a little bit more of feeling at home which I treasure every day.
I am lying happily underneath my new u-beaut quilt!
You have done a brilliant job on the quilt as it makes me smile every morning and evening. I actually enjoy making my bed in the morning cos I get to see the two Sandtroopers glaring up at me with their dark soul-less eyes! I love it! When I got it the other day and unboxed it, it received admiring looks and comments from my section mates and others in our workplace.
Thanks again for your beautiful quilt, I am humbled by your care and effort. Thank you too for the lollies (shared amongst team) and the puzzle books...good for long Hercules flight rides!
All the best Tracey and I hope things are well for you and family
Well I must attend to matters, but may I thank you once again for the wonderful gift. A veritable weapon in the never-ending war against dirty laundry and, more importantly, a lovely show of support.
I would like to pass on my most sincere thanks for the beautifully crafted quilt I have just received.
Thank you for your effort, it is very much appreciated. You should be very proud of your quilting achievements.
I'm 35 yrs, and have been in the Navy since I was 17.
This would be my third MEAO deployment (2001,2003 ,& 2015), but this is the first time I have received a quilt from Aussie Hero Quilts.
I live with my husband and we have the most beautiful two year old darling little girl (I could be slightly biased)
With the photos that my husband has been sending, I think she will be a little lady when I get home. She has grown so much.
Good evening Heather,
I am emailing to let you know that the quilt you made for me arrived today. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you must have put into it; I absolutely love it. After I had filled in the application I realised how mismatched my interests were colour scheme wise. Was a bit worried about how it would be melded together. You've done a fantastic job. Hope it wasn't too painful having to make up another team's colours though :P
Thanks for the goodies too, much appreciated.
Hope all is well with you back in Aus.
What a lovely fellow this is. It has been a long time since I have been called Ma'am but I appreciate the courtesy.
Good Morning Ma'am,
I just wanted to let you know that I received a care package from AHQ today containing a quilt and a laundry bag. Both were very well made and were accompanied by a two page letter from the sender which I really enjoyed reading (I'm going to write back shortly). I think your charity does a great job raising the moral of those of us serving away from home I know there was a lot of excitement (and maybe a little showing off) when the mail arrived.
Thank you and all your volunteers for the work you do.
I would like to thank you for the time and effort you put into making my quilt. It really made my day when I received it. The tim tams and chocolate were a nice touch too!
I took my quilt home during my leave break to show my kids. My son (far left in the attached photo) claimed it as his from the moment he saw it. He asked me if he could look after it for me until I come home. How could I argue with that face. I am told it is his pride and joy and sleeps with it every night.
My wife who took the photo, has probably had the hardest job of the two of us the last 5 months, but she has done a fantastic job by herself. Superwoman. She is a secondary teacher, while I think that is enough she has almost completed studying her masters of guidance and counselling masters of education.
So thank you for not only putting a smile on my face, but for making my family smile too. I think it is a really beautiful thing you guys do with the quilts. All the soldiers love them and are very grateful.
Honesty I am blown away, one that someone would do this for me and two at the amazing quilt and laundry bag that you have done. It is unbelievable and I am so excited to receive such a wonderful gift. It is very comforting that someone at home would think of us like this and show there gratitude in such a way. I have been doing this job for quite some time and this thought is just a fantastic thing. The timing was also fantastic as I just had my birthday at sea and to come alongside and receive this in the mail is very exciting.
My Aunty is actually a very avid quilter and travels to the shows that you have described, I am sure that she is probably going to the Rockampton show and will make sure she visits yours and Jan-Maree's display, her name is XXXXX and she lives in XXXX but loves to travel around to craft and quilt shows.
Sounds like you love what you do very much, I know what that is like, our job is very fulfilling and rewarding and am very proud doing what I do.
Anyway, I just wanted to quickly drop you a thankyou email and pass on my gratitude.
Thankyou and please keep doing this,
it is a wonderful thought for people that don't get thanked enough, especially those personnel ashore on the ground,
I wanted to email you and let you know that I am so grateful for my quilt and laundry bag.
I am lucky enough to see the work that you do in a few ways:
firstly: the amazing quilt you made for my fiance when he was deployed. It means a lot as a spouse at home to organise something for your partner that they will cherish. We are getting that quilt framed as it is one of our most prized possessions.
secondly: being a clerk I send off a few requests and every member that has received one has come running in my office "Check this out, They have done such a great job" The smile and gratitude on their faces is something indescribable.
Thirdly: My amazing quilt and laundry bag. Funny enough I got them when I returned from ROCTFA was perfect timing! I had the dreaded post ROCTFA blues and lots of laundry. It really lifted my spirits and I absolutely love them.
I just wanted you to know that your work is very much appreciated over here.
You are all so talented each and every quilt I have seen has been spectacular
Thank-you to you
Just want to stay a big thank you for sending me the awesome laundry bag. It's an awesome design and it comes in very handy here.
All the soldiers here appreciate what you guys at AHQ do for us. it's always good to know that we have a lot of support from you guys back at home.
I wish you and your family all the best for the future......
I have just received my Laundry Bag today. Thank you very much for the time and effort that you and your team put into the making of these fantastic items. These items just make the day for all those who are and have been deployed. Your teams efforts do not go unnoticed over here.
Please pass on my thanks to all who assist in this morale building endeavour, that you and your team perform.
And I get the sheer pleasure of letting them know - usually before they read their e-mails - that their quilt is on the way.
It's all just VERY SPECIAL!!”
Till next time.................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!