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.
How did everyone survive the storm on the weekend on the east coast of Australia. I hope that noone sustained too much damage. I know some of you have been without power at least. Hope things are resolved soon. For now, here are some great thank you messages to enjoy. .....
One for Nancy
To my Quilter,
I've received your
gift and I am stoked. It is so much more than I was hoping for.
My team and I and everyone else onboard Darwin
is in awe of the generosity of people like yourself at AHQ. The selfless effort
you give brings an injection of happiness and pride to all the lucky
recipients, often at times when it is difficult to see the big picture after a
particularly hard patrol. Thank you for that gift.
People spend days talking about their various
designs and the thought and effort put into each quilt and bag. Believe me when
I say that no one is ungrateful.
The Dive silhouette on mine is spot on and the
patterns are amazing. I am expecting my first child a few weeks after I get
back and this gem is going to feature in so many baby photos Ill make sure it
gets the press it deserves.
Thank you again for this awesome quilt and all
the best in your endeavours.
Good afternoon Su,
My quilt has arrived. What can I say? You have
really done an outstanding job for me and I am the envy of all the other
ex-Pommie soldiers around here. They have offered to buy it and threatened to
steal it. Your idea of including the history of the Union Jack was particularly
ingenious and sets it off nicely.
We generally try to rotate through the quilts on
the walls so that others can see what the quilters are able to do and mine has
taken pride of place outside the cash office here so that it gets maximum
exposure and I will retrieve it for myself in a few weeks.
One again, thanks for your efforts which are
greatly appreciated and for the goodies which you enclosed ( I am afraid they
did not last long!).
I would like to pass on my absolute gratitude for the
lovely quilt you have sent me. I can tell by the quality that it has been made
with love and dedication. This effort that you ladies have put in is not lost
on me. I believe time is very precious as we all have very little of it in the
long run, and for your ladies to give the gift of time to us is very much
appreciated. Especially to produce such a fine quilt.
I don’t receive a lot of mail and I have to say that this
was a most welcome surprise as was the laundry bag. The lollies didn't last
long and neither did the tim tams. My waist line is furious. (jokes) The
laundry bag is also a welcome addition, as I can now stop using my pillow case
as a washing bag. I have sent a separate thanks to Bridget for my laundry bag.
So please pass on my thanks to Julie and Bob, Stephanie T
who also did a terrific job and to Cindy for the badges which in truth mean a
great deal to us, especially the boys from our Company. Cheri from Tasmania
must also be thanked too for all the badges and her herculean effort, and of
course yourself Jan-Maree for organising all of this. Like I said earlier, from
my perspective and as someone who has been in over 11 years and only really gets cereal
and magazines in the mail, this means an awful lot. I wish you all the best in
making these quilts and know that you really are making a difference to
Kindest regards to you, the ladies and your family,
Thank you to your organisation for your wonderful work. I received my quilt
Could you please also pass on my thanks to April W who made it for me.
I did post a picture on facebook etc but was unable to tag her in it.
A big thank you to everyone involved.
Dear Joan & Robin
Thank you very much for my French bulldog laundry bag! I
am absolutely in with with it.
I have my laundry bag hanging from the rails at the end
of my bunk bed. It brightens my day when I wake up and see it.
I am a dog lover, I have a male American Staffy called
Dante and he is my world. The laundry bag reminds me of him which brings a
smile to my face!
I cannot thank you both enough for the kindness and
generosity that you do for all of us deployed. It makes things a little bit
easier knowing that we have support outside from our own families.
Dear Diann N
I just received one of your laundry bags whilst on training deployment in Malaysia.
And I have to say I was so surprised that such an organization existed and absolutely delighted as to what you had all sent us.
When I got my hands on one I was much impressed, the quality of yours and the other laundry bags were fantastic, we could all not believe that someone put so much effort into something for us diggers. Everyone was so chuffed. and the letters really topped it all off. I don't think I have ever had anyone say they appreciate my service and it was one of the nicest things, especially after working the last 29 days straight. We rarely get praise. Everything in our line of work is either the minimum standard or not good enough. You can never seem to do really well in the eyes of our trainers hahaha. I guess it keeps us on our toes to always strive to be better.
Anyway, your laundry bag is currently on my bunk bed filled with clean clothes acting as a pillow.
I will try and take photos of it and everyone else's bags in use.
Thankyou so much for your time and contribution, you made a sapper in a far away country very happy. I look forward to using and looking after you bag for years to come.
With great appreciation
Joan & Robin,
Thank you very much for my laundry bag. It is really nice to receive a gift that someone has spent so much time on. I like the fabric it reminds me of the books my Mum read to me as a child.
I am currently serving in the RAAF on my first deployment to the MER. I am an Air Combat Officer who flies on a large RAAF aircraft.
Thank you for your support
Good Morning/ Afternoon Jan-Maree
I'd like to thank you and your team for putting together the Hero Quilt for me. Me and the boys had quite a good laugh due to it being covered in pineapples. Hopefully as you have served you know meaning of the "Pineapples" we receive at work. I didn't know we could have picked a theme, I blame XXXX haha. But now I have it, Funniest Blanket Ever!!
Can you please pass on my thanks to all the ladies who put it together.
Hopefully all the lads have sent an email back to you guys to thank you for your efforts. Its all the little things like this that make our rotations that little bit easier.
Good evening Jan-Maree
I had an absolutely wonderful day today, I received a laundry bag which was made by your group. I was really touched by the care and thought that went into it, seeing the use of roses blended with the military theme was just beautiful. And to also have my initials sewn in amongst the roses too, was just lovely. Thank you so much for turning a hard day for me, into a very happy one.
I hope you have a great night, thank you so much.
G'day Julie Ann,
I am writing to thank you for making the laundry bag that I now have in my possession. I am the Company Sergeant Major for Rifle Company Butterworth here in Malaysia, we arrived here one month ago and have been training out in the jungle for pretty much all of that time with the Malaysian Army.
Again thank you very much and to all others who take time to keep us in their thoughts.
Just letting you know that the quilt and laundry bag arrived to me in Afghanistan safely yesterday and it was a most welcome boost of morale!
Clare certainly did an amazing job, my theme was "Pokemon" and I was astounded at the amount of detail in the characters she chose. Especially considering each character was hand-stitched, I'm no quilting expert or anything but it definitely seemed like a lot of effort had gone into making it. For that I am extremely grateful, seeing it always brings a smile to my face, something which your organisation is quite effective at!
I am the Chaplain on board HMAS Darwin and yesterday I received a dozen of your wonderful hand crafted laundry bags. We are in the last couple of months of our deployment but a number of new young trainee sailors joined us at the half way mark. I will distribute these laundry bags to these trainees who will very much appreciate them.
I read your email with a big smile. I too asked about 9 months ago " who are AHQ". Like you I found out and so began my journey with many many caring individuals who take the time to bless our sailors and officers. When you are away for 7 months on a ship, laundry is a hassle. We have about 7 machines and dryers for 230 people. Finding a spare time when is not in use is always a challenge. But to go down the laundry and see the array of colourful hand crafted bags - always lifts on's day.
I am so pleased that your group enjoyed your day of sewing. The old idea that in the giving we receive is certainly true. So pleased you achieved your life goal of your very own " sweat shop" - and delighted that the event was filled with much laughter, love and food!
You may have come across this news story in the press in the last few days. Please realise that your support Ann, and the support of your sweat shop does so much to support our mission.
Wanted to thank you personally for the laundry bag you sent me. It looks
fantastic and I absolutely love it. You guys and doing a magnificent job making
these. Keep it going. They are greatly appreciated by all personnel who receive
them. I have attached a photo. Thanks again
afternoon Sandy and Trevor,
I am currently overseas and have received the laundry bag
would like to express my gratitude for the bag and goodies you have sent. It is
an item which I often overlook so I am appreciative of the fact that
I now have a place for my dirty clothes, as opposed to being placed in a
pile on the floor or in a locker. I particularly like the illustrations on the
bag (very indicative of Australia).
see that you live in the wine and fine food region of SA? I have never been to
the Barossa valley myself but imagine it to be populated by vineyards, farms
again I would like to say thank you and hope that you are both in as good
health as possible.
I just received my quilt to go with my laundry bag made by
Beverly U. Thank you so much to the ladies at Penrith and to Tess who did the
final quilting. I understand that whilst the ladies out at Penrith may not be
Parramatta supporters they still did an amazing job and I couldn't be happier
with the colours.
Thank you for the service provided by all the ladies, (especially
the Penrith team, Tess and Beverly in my case) you have no idea how much it
lifts the spirits of the deployed men and women over here when we receive
something from your team (PS- thanks for the chocolates as well).
Keep up the amazing work that you are doing and rest assured that
it is having a direct impact on our wellbeing whilst we are deployed. It's
great to know that people back in Aus have our backs.
I'd like to thank you for making the laundry bag
that I have received, mine is one with tools over it and it says "fix
it", I grabbed that one due to my technical rate/qualification within the
Navy. I've been in the Navy for a little over 4 years, in which I spent a year
in category training and recruit school and for approximately 2.75 years I have
been a 'sea-going sailor'. A bit over two years of that has been onboard ACPB's
and some time also on HMAS Perth.
Your laundry bag ended up on the Armidale Class
Patrol Boat (ACPB)- HMAS Bathurst. The ACPB's are working horse of the
fleet, we have been for many years-often going un-recognised and un-noticed. To
put it into perspective. When we arrived back in Australia last fortnight
(Saturday 21st May), the boat had spent approximetly 10 days (not consecutive)
in our home port (Darwin) for the year!!! With the program offering some
respite towards the end of the year, its still going to be a full on year with approximately 9 or so months away from home port for the year. A large portion
of this being on Deployment/Exercises.
Your small gesture of thanks is greatly
appreciated and will be forever remembered, I'm sure I'll have the laundry bag
for years to come.
It's a good feeling to have an everyday
Australian, whom I do not know, put in the time and effort to create such a
Keep on crafting and sewing
With much thanks,
Dear Becca and Mark,
Thank you so much for the laundry bag! I was completely amazed
when I opened the box and pulled out the laundry bag, the quality is fantastic
and I absolutely love the design, I'm hesitant to actually use it as a laundry
bag now because I feel it is too precious to get dirty!
Thanks again for the package, Aussie Heroes Quilts is an amazing
organisation and definitely lifts the spirits of everyone over here, I
have shared your Tim Tams with my colleagues as they are always a favourite for
everyone when someone receives them in a package.
I would like to start by saying thank you for the
lovely gifts that you took out of your time to make for me it is very much
I am currently posted to the 9th Force Support
Battalion located in Ipswich QLD, I reside there with my current partner and
our two little boys aged 3,2. After four months of being deployed I am about to
proceed on ROCL, which we all look forward to as it allows us to see and spend
time with loved ones for a short time prior to redeploying for a while. Over all, the time away can be hard for us, however I feel that the families have it the
hardest, not knowing as there is really no information that we are able to
share with them. But overall they are working all the time with kids, maintaining
houses and so on, without the work that our partners put in I don't believe
that the men and women that are deployed could achieve the things they do.
Wish you and your family all the best for the future.
Thank you for my wash bag, I love it. I’m recently 30, I had my 30th
over here in Afghanistan, so as you can imagine it was not that
exciting. Ha ha – 10 days ago.
Well thanks again Jenny, I hope all is
I am writing you to
let you know that I received the outstanding quilt that you made for me.I can't wait to
utilise it when I'm watching the footy at home on a cold winters day.It is great to get
surprises in the mail when you aren't expecting anything.I truly want to thank
you for all the hard work you must put in just to put a smile on the faces of
those who are deployed.
Once again Thank you.
I'd like to
personally thank you for taking the time to make my quilt. I received it and
it's perfect! Thank you very, very much. Your work is really appreciated.
It is kind
hearted people such as yourself that really make our time over here in the
Middle East a lot more bearable.
I love that
saying "Every Day Is A Classroom". That is excellent. I will have to
remember that. I laughed
at your comment regarding the Kawasaki logo, and I really have to tell you -
you got it perfect ! I love it !!
again your work is honestly so appreciated and I can say that a group of us
have now received our laundry bags and quilts and we are amazed at the level of
detail and care you guys put into them.
wish to thank you again, and please pass on my extended thanks to Tess in
Victoria for the finishing touches. Amazing work.
I would like to
thank you and your team of lovely ladies for all the work you do for our
deployed Sailors, Solders and Airman.
A bit about my self, I am a forth generation Sailor.
My father served for over 20 years until he passed in 2009, During his career
he served in the UN, in peace missions that is supported by your cause. My
brother, served and deployed receiving one of your quilts. My wife is currently
serving and deployed only 2 years ago receiving one of your quilts. My sister
in law will be on the ship that relieve us up here, and she will no doubt love
the quilt she receives.
You and the ladies that work with you have
reached though my family, the quilts we receive warm our hearts and remind us
that the sacrifices made are not only appreciated by our loved ones but by the
greater Australian community. That is a feeling that will never leave me.
Thank you again,
I don’t consider myself a word-smith,
but can usually hold my own in most situations.
I guess it’s taken me a little while
longer than I planned to respond to you because I have been quite literally
lost for words.
So if I repeat myself or my thoughts are
a little jumbled, it’s because I’m looking for the best way to convey my
deepest gratitude and my sincerest thanks for a truly
I have many fond memories looking back
over my career and many dust collections on my shelves back home, but rest assured, this is by far my
favourite and will take pride of place in my home AND on my story list. Already I’ve spoken to a number of
people here showing off your beautiful work and telling all and sundry about
how (and where) I met your daughter. It really
is a small world!
As soon as I started reading your
letter, I saw your surname and thought, I’ve only met 1 or 2 people with that
surname. As I read your first 2 sentences and saw
your daughter's name, I knew straight away who she was and by proxy you were her Mum.
She probably won’t remember me but please
pass on my warmest regards and thanks for her thoughtful collaboration. Rest assured I am using this
I love it and also show it off, but I’ll always use it as well. I thought this design would be difficult
and rest assured, your skill and passion far exceeded my thoughts when I first
wrote to Aussie Heroes.
When my parcel arrived I was very busy
and I waited until I had a break before opening the box. The anticipation was excruciating, the
results AMAZING! I think everyone else was as excited as me.
Thank you SO much! Words cannot
express what I feel.
One day I hope to thank you in person.
best wishes to you and your family
Dear Aussie Quilts,
LETTER OF APPRECIATION
– HS RED CREW LAUNDRY BAGS
1. On behalf of the Officers and
Ships Company of Hydrographic Survey (HS) Red Crew,
I would like to express my sincere
appreciation for the laundry bags, commonly known
as dobby bags in Navy lingo, your team
thoughtfully and selflessly created for our
Crew and those who are deployed
throughout the world.
2. HS Red Crew has recently been
embarked on Her Majesty Australian Ship
(HMAS) Melville which is one of
two Leeuwin Class Hydrographic Survey Ships
based out of Cairns. The two ships
are rotationally manned by three crews,
HS Red, HS White and HS Blue Crew.
The Ship has a crew of 65 personnel on average,
however this can surge up to 76
personnel when personnel under training are embarked to
undertake on the job training and gain
further experience. Through having the Ship manned
by the three rotation Crew, this enables
the Ships to carry out its core function of collecting
Hydrographic data essential to enabling
safe navigation in Australian Waters.
3. The members of HS Red Crew
recently conducted an 11 week survey deployment to the
North West Shelf of Western Australia to
carry out Hydrographic Instruction 585 in vicinity of
Camden Sound, WA. The area in
which we were operating proved a very challenging environment due to the extreme tidal range, at times
in excess of 10 meters which is one of the largest in the world.
4. Throughout the deployment
personnel conducted a variety of activities in the remote area along the pristine Kimberly coastline
including undertaking a Boat Camp where the Ship deployed two Survey Motor Boats (SMB) and their Crews
for extended periods of time where the SMB would survey the sea floor and
gather up to date information to assist with maintaining the currency of commercial charts. In
addition, a Tide Camp was deployed for a six day period where the members were required to camp on an
isolated beach with minimal comforts usually afforded onboard the Ship to erect tidal
infrastructure and monitor the movement of the tide to assist with improving the accuracy of commercial
5. While deployed we were lucky
enough to also conduct a port visit to Singapore where
HS Red Crew were involved in the Anzac
Day commemorations at Kranji War Cemetery in support of the Australian High Commission in
Singapore. The Ship’s Company thoroughly enjoyed their time in Singapore and enjoyed the opportunity to
participate in a Dawn Service in an international port.
6. Some members of the Crew have
received laundry bags from your organisation in previous deployments and they use them regularly
while at sea. Your generous gifts were gratefully received by all members of the Crew on return
from the Survey Deployment.
Thank you for your continued support and
we look forward to embracing our dobby bag on
our next deployment towards the end of
Commanding Officer HS Red Crew
I was lucky
enough to receive one of your quilts.
I absolutely LOVE it. I would like
to say a massive Thank You!
It is something I will treasure for the
rest of my life.
We all appreciate the work that everyone
does at Aussie Hero Quilts, and wait eagerly to see each other’s quilts.
It definitely makes a big difference.
Well thank you again for the hard work
you put into my quilt.
It is so special to me and has not come
off my bed since receiving it.
I received your beautiful
work on my Family Tree Quilt. I absolutely love my quilt. Jan-Maree has given
me some ideas on how to mount the quilt for my bedroom. If it's ok, I would
love to send you a photo once I have the quilt mounted.
I cannot thank you enough on the wonderful work
that you do to make and send such beautiful laundry bags and quilts.
The smiles I have seen when the members of the TG (Task Group) received them just makes my
I have really enjoyed my time in TAJI providing
administration support to the members of the TG and a little sad to say goodbye
to over 400 pers. It has been a wonderful experience to work alongside our NZ
Defence Force personnel and being part of the ANZAC spirit.
I wish you all the best, and again, thank you
for your thoughts and the gorgeous quilt that I will always cherish.
All the best.
I received the quilt and laundry bag that you
guys sent me. They are awesome. I really love them. I am going to give the
quilt to my son who is nearly 10 months old and the bag to my daughter who is a little over two because the bag is too nice to put my dirty
clothes in. Once again Thank you guys for what you do for us. It brightens
the day when we get mail and especially for the guys that don't have family to
send them things.
Thank you very much for my quilt I love it.
As you know this is my second time around on
Darwin and I could not say how much your and the other volunteers support
means too us from the care package's i have received from one lady to the
surprise quilt i received putting a big smile on my face. I know that myself
and all the girls in my mess look forward to the mail coming to see what you
and your volunteers have sent it makes those days so special with everyone
showing off their quilts.
Thank you so much
Good Morning Jan,
Thank you very much for my Quilt and Laundry
bag, I received it in our last port. I showed my son over skype
and he was more than excited to see "His" gifts.
Please know that your quilt will be cherished by
my son for years to come, and surely his little brother as well for the Cars
I hope you continue to do the great work that
you do, as it really does brighten our days to receive such heartfelt quilts.
Once I return to Australia i will send you a Photo of the quilt, my son has already told me how he plans to show you all of his trains with the quilt.
Again thank you so much,
Till next time..... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!