Thank you very much for having me ladies, thank you for lunch and thank you for the great assortment of laundry bags you made for us.
And now for this week's messages from recipients.
Hello Jan, Lynn and Wendy!
Many many apologies for the delayed reply, it has been very hectic since I returned home from deployment, as my Husband and I are in the process right now of relocating from NSW to the NT.
I would like to thank all the lovely ladies who contributed to the making of my amazing quilt and laundry bag, especially the amount of intricate and very unique details which were the most amazing representation of our Wedding. I gave the quilt to my Husband as a gift when I returned home and he thinks it is an amazing piece of artwork! We are both eternally grateful for this amazing service you all selflessly provide to serving members. Words cannot convey the joy, happiness and comfort the quilts and laundry bags provide whilst we are away from our loved ones back home. The quilts and laundry bags brighten any room space and are definitely a statement piece that lay proudly across our beds. I only used my laundry bag to collect collect washing, as I felt it was an insult to place dirty washing into them! They hold an amazing amount of washing and make a laborious task much more enjoyable.
Michael and I wanted to meet you before we left NSW, however time crept away from us once we found out we were moving North and unfortunately it was not achieved. Please let me know if you ever visit up North, as we would love to personally thank you.
Please find attached two pictures of me in front of the tent I lived in. The colour contrast in those two pictures alone show how much your quilts and laundry bags certainly do brighten our rooms and lives whilst deployed!
Please pass this email onto both Wendy and Lynn F and the quilter
I look forward to meeting you one day in the future.
. Your letter has found me in good spirits as the time for me and my work mates to return home is close. We return on the 31 March. Thank you very much for the laundry bag that I received today, it is GREAT
I am also 50 years young :) but I have a wife and 2 grown boys at home. Our sons are 27 and 25.
I wanted to reply to your letter and your kind gift of the laundry bag with heart felt feelings as it reminds all of the people away that we are in the hearts and minds of not only our loved ones but other people who we don't even know.
Please thank your husband and sons for giving you permission to make my bag and know that it will be proudly showed off every time I use it over here and also on other deployments.
Once again thanks and I hope that you and yours are and will always be happy and healthy.
Any time you are travelling north please drop in and say hello.
Thank you so much for the quilt! It's fantastic and I love it.
I can't wait to get back into the surf! I find myself thinking about it a lot. It's strange that the things you miss the most over here are not the things you expected (except for family of course).
I would have hand written a response but I figured you've waited long enough for a reply. I really appreciate the effort that went into the quilt. And who doesn't love getting mail?
Hope all is well back home.
Hi Joan and Robin,
I would like to say a very big thank you for the laundry bag. I do apologise for taking a while to respond as I did receive it a few weeks ago.
I have provided a photo for you. Let me know if you would like another.
I am very pleased with and appreciate the personal touch by including my initials. I showed my daughters on skype and they thought it was fantastic.
I have seen many people receive quilts and laundry bags during my time here and the smiles and pleasure it brings is truly uplifting for all.
Thank you for your continued support to an organisation that delivers a real value to ADF members.
Thank you sooo much for the wonderful quilt, which I received last week. What a beautiful morale booster you have sent me. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts and creativity with me here in the Middle East.
The colours are beautiful and the anchor is a beautiful reminder that even during this deployment ashore I belong to Navy.
I heard from my Navy colleague currently at sea, how much of a morale booster all the quilts and laundry bags are to our sailors who often spend many days at sea until they stop in the next port.
I hope you receive much reward from sharing your hobby so generously.
With every blessing on you and your family,
Thankyou heaps and heaps for the fantastic quilt you have made for me.
I can only imagine how hard it was to make/source all the flags and material designs to match my wishes.
It is a fantastic the support that you and all your co-helpers do for us and words can't express enough our appreciation of your efforts but thank you very much for the very kind gesture that you have made.
To receive packages from Australia is very comforting; knowing that you are being thought of and supported. I really enjoyed reading your card so I thought I would tell you a little bit about what we are doing.
Whilst it is hard being away from family and friends, especially at Christmas, we have very good support here and activities planned that allow us to look after each other and keep morale high.
On behalf of the Airmen and women deployed with the Air Task Group and Combat Support Unit, thank you for your continued support.
I recently received an Aussie hero quilt from you. The North Queensland Cowboys one. You did a great job by the way. When I first opened it I originally though it was a moustache but then I realised exactly what it was. Well done.
It was actually really nice to receive something like that. The Tim Tams are being put to very good use and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your letter. It added quite a personal touch to the gift.
So you've made 14 quilts now? That's quite a lot. I'm surprised you can find the time with your little one at home and the dog running amuck.
I've been away for quite a while now, since mid December actually so I'm definitely looking forward to going home in the coming weeks.
I hope your keeping well to.
Thank you so much for the quilt.
Ron and Cathie, I thank you for your generosity and support. Whilst deployed here, I will take every opportunity to give something back to others as you have done for me, both as a Soldier and as a proud recipient of a wonderful and original Aussie hero Quilt and laundry bag.
The following letter is from the Commanding Officer of HMAS Wollongong who recently received a batch of laundry bags made by Su J.
I think she likes it! Love that smile!
These two gorgeous girls combined their efforts and had photos taken together.
Julie Ann made one quilt (Roosters) and laundry bag (Warratahs) , Steph D made the other bag and Pam M made the other quilt (Four leaf Clover)
And for the four leaf clover quilt (by Pam M) and bag (by Stephanie D)....
Good Morning Pam H,
I received my quilt the other day and I would like to let you know how much I love it and appreciate the time and effort that went in to making this for me.
The design is amazing and a great reflection of the growth that myself and my family have achieved through my deployment. The roots are representation for me of my family's support and my favourite part is the love heart at the base of the tree.
I will cherish this always and it is such a special memento of my time spent over the last 7 months.
Dear Melina, Gemma and Phoebe,
Thank you so much for the laundry bag, picture and package of goodies.
We have been away from home (Sydney) since 30 Dec, so Phoebe's picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks was great to show me what I missed.
It sometimes takes a while for mail to reach us, so apologies if you may have been thinking your kind gesture had been forgotten, it certainly had not.
The bag is lovely, too good to be used as a laundry bag, I might use it as a cushion cover or a pillow case!
We have spent a lot of time at sea, I managed to have 3 days off recently in XXXXX, which was nice to have a break, as I often work between 13 and 16 hours per day 7 days per week when we are on these sorts of operations.
Once again, thanks very much for the effort, time and thought that you put in. It is very much appreciated.
The following laundry bag was made by Joan and she received a lovely letter (already published) and this photo. I contacted the recipient to request permission to publish the photo and this was her response...
I am more than happy to have my photo published on the blog, what you all do is amazing and the gratitude I have can not be said in one letter. Thank-you so much for my beautiful quilt and laundry bag. They will both hold a special place in my heart forever :)
Hello Lynn S and Don,
Just wanted to let you know I have received the quilt and laundry bag you have made for me.
I am yet to take photos to forward on. The ship has a designated photo day where everyone gets a photo with their quilt to pass on to the quilters.
I also wanted to say how thankful and impressed I am with the ironman quilt.
After I had requested for an ironman theme I had no idea how it would turn out.
I love how it looks like an old school arcade character. It really makes it unique.
Thank you again for the support you give through Aussie Hero Quilts.
Till next time...................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!