Thursday, 27 April 2017

Even little things will make a difference.... #yessheserved

Last week I raised the issue of female veterans being questioned about their medals... are they wearing them on the correct side, did they earn them etc... 

Tonight I received this email from one of my quilters who served and whose husband is also a veteran. 

"I read your  blog with interest tonight.(I read it every night😊)
I am so glad you had a wonderful  day even though it was very emotional as always.
I did mention we were in XXX this year as XXX was doing the key note speech.
I have never  before been questioned why I wasn't wearing my medal on the other side of my chest. I have been asked what it represented and had lovely responses  when I have explained.

This year I had a middle aged woman ask an ex army (female) veteran and myself why we didn't have our medal on the other  sides of our coats. We both  explained why and she was quite happy with our  explanation.
I found I was more surprised by her question as her father  is a veteran  and also  the President  of the XXX RSL.

Before my husband commenced his speech he commented he would like to do something different before he began his address . 
He told the audience  of the discrimination our female veterans faced when wearing their medals, the percentage that are in the armed services and where  they are serving.
He then asked any female that was wearing medals on the left side of her breast to stand so everyone could acknowledge  her  service. 
There were only 2 of us and the applause  was deafening.
Even though my service was just over 50 years ago and totally different  than the service today I felt so very proud to stand and say I have served my country.
Very emotional  but oh so proud. 

Just thought you would like to know we are trying to get the message out there  way down here in the  sticks.☺"

Thank you so much! This was a lovely simple gesture and though there were only two female veterans there if only one person walked away enlightened then that is an achievement.

Till next time ....... keep spreading the word....   #yessheserved

Jan-Maree xx




Wednesday, 26 April 2017

So how did you go this year?

As ANZAC Day has been and gone for another year here is a little wrap up of my last couple of days and a little bit of a rant that I just need to let out.

Some traditions speak of duty and service, and some of mateship and friends. 

These items have become part of my ANZAC Day routine.   My medals of course,  which I wear with incredible pride for the expected reasons but also because this set was given to me by Alex and Kirsty  (Lone Pine Medals) without me needing to ask after the fire damaged my first set of duplicates.  My Aussie Hero Badge which should require no explanation in this forum.  A poppy given to me by Cath, a recipient who became a quilter who became a close and valued friend, and finally a poppy scarf (survived the fire) which was given to me by Sandy, an army mum whose 19 year old received one of our first quilts in 2012.  They have eaten at my table and Sandy has become a wonderful friend and a great supporter of Aussie Heroes and we wear matching scarves wherever we are for ANZAC Day each year. 
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I will preface the rest of this post by saying that I have just arrived home and am very tired and more than a little emotional.   I left on Monday afternoon and drove to HMAS Creswell where I stayed with my friend, the base chaplain, to attend the dawn service on Tuesday morning. 

Given that it was Monday, the day the request list goes out and the busiest day of the week for me,  I arrived at Creswell in time to go out and grab some dinner before settling down to answer several hours of emails.  Anyone who is kind enough to offer me hospitality knows that I am a rather anti-social guest as I cannot sit around and chat but must keep Aussie Heroes running and that means answering emails. 

It was around 11pm when I got to bed and 4am that I had to be up.  

The Dawn Service at HMAS Creswell is beautifully located with a backdrop of the rising sun over the water.  Yesterday mornng we were blessed with a beautiful array of colous as the sun rose that wonderfully complimented the service.


Prior to the commencement of the actual service several midshipmen read various appropriate passages and poems that really did set the scene for what was to come beautifully.   The service itself was very special and as you would expect had a few nautical touches that you might not see elsewhere. 


Following the service the chaplain and I joined others for a bacon and egg roll breakfast. 

I had some more time to answer emails and then headed off to Nowra to meet up with a recipient, a very special lady who actually bought me a new sewing machine following the fire that destroyed my home.  It was wonderful to meet face to face, to be able to thank her but also to be able to talk at length about her service and her overseas deployment.  It is an opportunity that I am rarely afforded and I cherish.  We actually talked so long and hard that I am finding it difficult to have long conversations today comfortably... and no doubt my husband is regretting not being home to take advantage of that! 

Following our very long lunch I had about an hour at home to catch up on emails again before heading out to have dinner with another recipient family.   Mel, the wife, came into contact with me when her husband deployed on HMAS Darwin in 2014 and we met several times before the ship came home.  I met her husband on the wharf but I don't think I have seen either of them since that day, though we have kept in touch via email.  In the intervening years Mel and her husband have had an absolutely GORGEOUS cherubic son and last night was a wonderful opportunity to meet him and catch up with his parents.  

After dinner I had to make a concerted effort to catch up on the days' worth of emails but finally made it to bed around 1030.

Up again around 7am this morning, showered, packed closed off the laptop, final chat to my gracious host, the chaplain and then on the road to my last catch up.  This time with one of my favourite legends, nearly 40 years service and more stories than the local library if he could be pursuaded to tell them.   A past recipient who quietly keeps note of what we do and is always there for support, advice and feedback when I need it. Again a great chance to touch base in person.  

The last leg of the trip seemed to take forever especially as I was trying to beat a storm that was threatening.  At last I made it to the PO, collected the backlog of parcels and headed home to two very, very glad to see me pups. 

It was a wonderful couple of days away. It is always great to get out from my desk and meet recipients face to face, even ones I have met before, and especially ones I am meeting for the first time.   

The best thing that happened yesterday though, related to something that someone did who I did not see in person, and it had nothing to do with me, but it absolutely made my day.   When scrolling through the myriad of photos on facebook last night, checking out everyone's ANZAC Day photo, I spotted the photo of a very special friend of mine, someone I have only known for a few months but they are such a special soul that I like to think we have a special connection.  This person has PTSD. I have to be careful how much I say as I do not want to identify them.  What is important is that they had no intention of going out in public yesterday, let alone donning the uniform and medals and heading out to commemorate ANZAC Day with their mates.  So last night, when I spotted that photo on Facebook it moved me to tears as I know how hard it would have been for them to be there at that time and I was so happy and so proud of them.

Okay, so now hopefully you get the picture, tonight I am tired and I am emotional - ANZAC Day will do that to you.... but this is where things are probably not as you expect. 


I am emotional because at least one of my friends made it through ANZAC Day much better than they expected.   Actually that is more than one but I can't say anymore about the others... they know who they are...   That is happy stuff though.  


What also has me emotional, and more than a little angry to be quite honest, is the realization that quite a number of veterans are having ANZAC Day spoiled for them by the actions of others. 

For a few days before ANZAC Day there was a small flurry of conversation in the media about the number of times serving members, often females, but also some males, are questioned about the medals they were wearing.   


I can understand members of the public showing an interest and asking politely what each medal means.   If that happens I think it is the responsibility of the serving member to politely and patiently explain what each medal signifies.  We all play a role in educating the public.  True, there was a time when it may have been considered impolite to ask what each medal represents but I am sure most people don't mind being asked politely.



What I find gob-smacking is how often I am being told or I am reading, that females have been queried, that fact that younger males are also having to justify their service, and the manner in which the questioning is done. .   



One of my male friends was fresh home from deployment last Remembrance Day and was questioned about the validity of his medals by two Vietnam Veterans.   Last ANZAC Day he was also questioned on his way into the march. 


I belong to a few closed facebook pages, and I will not betray the trust demonstrated in allowing me to join those groups by quoting people, but reading comments on more than one of those pages today had me in tears.  Comment after comment from veterans, indeed mostly but not exclusively women, explaining how their ANZAC Day was ruined by arrogant and ignorant questioning/ 

What I also find particularly disappointing is the comments from those who feel undervalued because they did not have the opportunity to deploy, or perhaps their deployment was not as "important" or "real" as someone else's. 

I can't believe how many veterans have stories to relate of being told they are wearing their medals on the wrong side, or they could not possibly have earned them all..... but what saddens me most is that often these comments come from other veterans, or widows of veterans... people who really should know better.  I have read stories of people being poked in the chest, or being told to take their medals off. Often not polite inquiries but downright rudeness or arrogance and I am so disappointed.   Sometimes it is older veterans who are pointing the finger, sometimes it is younger veterans.

A couple of people I discussed this with felt that maybe the occurrence of fake veterans had made people more vigilant.  If that is the case then before you challenge someone, make sure you know what you are talking about. 
I understand that some pathetic soul wearing medals that they have not earned is offensive and upsetting but those people are nowhere near as important as those who have served, many of whom do it tough on ANZAC Day as it is. 
I personally, would rather see ten "fake" veterans be left in peace to wear their illegitimate medals than see one veteran, who may have struggled to put on his medals that day, or struggled to even leave his home, be questioned to the point where he/she nolonger feels it is worth the effort to wear their medals, or worse, will spend the next ANZAC Day behind closed doors.
One legitimate veteran is worth a hundred pathetic fakes don't you think?

I hate to think what sort of impact that sort of attitude would have had on my friend, or on any of the many, many veterans who find getting out there on ANZAC Day difficult enough as it is.
So, as the heading of this post goes....
How did you go this year?

Did the media campaign make a difference in your experience?  Was this year any better or worse than last year for you.   I suspect that the incidence of people being challenged will not have reduced significantly as the media campaign did not really have time to build but I hope I am wrong. 
I would love to hear/read your stories so if you are inclined, please leave a comment or send me an email to friendsofAHQ@gmail.com

This issue is not going to go away if we do not talk about it. 

I suspect that if you follow this blog or this facebook page then you are not likely to be guilty of such arrogance or ignorance.  Most people who follow this page support our defence and our veterans. I guess I am asking you to be aware there is a problem and do what you can to overcome it. 
Let's all take care of each other. Let those who are able do something to support, care for and lift up those who can't. Let's hope that 12 months can make a difference and next year's ANZAC Day will see some necessary changes for the better.


Finally, If you wore the uniform, if you wear it now, then you are part of my defence family and I am grateful for your service and even more so, eternally grateful for the support you have given me.  I have more pride in you than I am able to show.


Until next time.... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree xxx



Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Grati-Tuesday 25 April

Before anything else, I hope everyone had a good day today.  

ANZAC Day is an important day to remember all those brave souls who have served and sacrificed in the past but I strongly believe that we should also, on this day, be thankful and appreciative of those who serve us today, wherever they are.  I think we also need to think of those who have paid a price for their service in one way or another. 

We are a lucky country, but a lot of that luck has come through the efforts of others. 

Freedom does not come free. 

Lest We Forget.



As I explained earlier over the weekend, I may not have reliable internet tonight so I am writing this in advance.  If all goes to plan I will have attended the Dawn Service at one of my old bases, HMAS Creswell.  I am also hoping to catch up with one of our recipients around lunch time and another at dinner time. I will be driving back from Creswell on Wednesday and will be back on deck answering emails as soon as I can once I get home. 

Till then, enjoy these messages
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Hi Robyn,

I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to write this email, sometimes life gets away from you, you know?

In July last year, while in a hot, far flung part of the world, I received a package in the mail. I did not recognise the return address but I could tell it was going to be something special. It was lucky I has a second to duck away to open it, as I think there might have been a bit of Australian dust in the box that got into my eye.

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for your incredible gift. Receiving such a beautiful quilt made me feel incredibly lucky.

Even though it's been a while, I just wanted to send my sincere thanks. I don't have the words to express how much your beautiful creation meant to me. I've attached a photo of the quilt on my bed, where it brightened my space and brought a smile to my face every time I saw it.

Many thanks, and best wishes.




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Good morning Sue,
Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt you made made and sent me. I've used it every day (as it gets cold at night even in our accommodation)
I apologise that I have not sent you a reply message earlier, I went to sea on ARUNTA for a month for training and when I got back I misplaced everything while unpacking.
I have had a great time whilst deployed in XXXXX.  
However, even though I've loved experiencing the culture of the Middle East I am so excited to get home next week to my family.
I 'recently' got married (June last year) so I am looking forward to getting home to my husband (and our puppy- well dog now).
Thank you again so much for the time, effort and love you put into making this quilt for me, I really appreciate it.
I hope you and your family (cats and all) are doing fine as well and arn't affected by the crazy weather.

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Anne H

My son recently spent 6 months in the Middle East. During that time he received a lovely quilt from you, and later a laundry bag. He was thrilled and sent me a photo straight away. I attended a "Show @ Tell" quilt show recently and we talked about your lovely gesture. This was his second tour of duty and your thoughtful action reminded him that people still care. Regards 
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 Hi Jean,

Just a quick not to say thank you for the laundry bag you kindly made for me.
I received your letter and thought it only right to drop a line back to you personally to thank you.  I am currently serving in XXXX and will be here for a while.
Everything you do for us is really appreciated; the small things matter so much when we are away from our family.

I do not know if you follow rugby, but I am the only Rabbits and Dragons fan, so for number 1,  I am really pleased to have the laundry bag and 2, I took some stick when the boys and girls saw what you had made me.

I am also an animal lover, with 2 dogs (daughter has grown up and flown the nest) and if I let the wife loose I am sure we would have a house full of cats, dogs, fish and any other number of domesticated pets.

Again, many thanks for thinking of us all
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Dear Jan-Maree,

Can I firstly apologise for my apparent tardiness. You were kind enough earlier this year to make me a personalised laundry bag and send that along with Minties and a lovely letter to be waiting for my arrival in the Middle East. I have just arrived and received the parcel, and to say I was surprised is an understatement. 

The laundry bag you made truly is a piece of art encapsulating aspects of my life as a proud member of the Australian Army wearing the Rising Sun, as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and as an engineer. I feel honoured that you went to such effort to research a bit about me and then personally take the time to make the bag. 

The work that you do is amazing and truly appreciated. Please accept the sincere thanks of a deployed serviceman. 
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Hello Robyn,

I am currently deployed in Egypt on an Operation called Mazurka. Recently I received the Hawks Quilt you made for me and previous to that I got your washing bag. Words cannot express how appreciative I am of the work you have done on the Quilt and Bag. You are both generous and talented and I love them both. I can't tell you how much things like this lift the morale of everyone over here. As I am sure you can imagine sometimes we feel disconnected and forgotten about when it comes to Australia as a whole but people like you who do this work lift our spirits immeasurably.

I'm sure this was completed some time ago but I have only just received it due to the issues with mail we have here. I am currently using the Quilt but when I get home I have a 7 year old boy who loves the Hawks and he will be so excited to get the Quilt. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for giving up your time and putting in the effort to do this. You are a wonderful person and your work is greatly appreciated. 

Warmest regards,
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Good evening Sue,

Thank you so much for taking the time to make my quilt and laundry bag! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the fantastic work you do! I absolutely loved them both! The detail in the quilt and the research you did into the theme/ colours did not go unnoticed (honestly I wouldn't mind having an orange uniform but my boss probably not so much)... you really went above and beyond!!

I was already over the moon having received the quilt and laundry bag, then when I saw all the other goodies you included I felt very spoiled. I am a bit of a sucker for sweets.

You seem like a very kind and thoughtful lady and I am very lucky to have received these awesome gifts from you. 
Once again, thank you!


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Dear Karen,

 Thank you very much for the Aussie Hero Quilt (and other assorted goodies). It arrived here on 19 Apr 17 and was opened to the sound of many gasps and much applause.
 The impact that the Aussie Hero Quilts initiative has on soldiers, sailors and airmen here in theatre is palpable and a sincere envy of all other nations.
 It is widely understood that the Australian Government looks after its serving personnel better than any other nation. It is however on the efforts of people like yourself that we feel truly blessed.
Prior to joining the Army I was a high school mathematics and physics teacher on the Gold Coast; hence my request for a quilt with a solar system theme. I intend to share the quilt with my children, who are starting to get very interested in such things.
 Thank you once again for your support, and please know that you have provided the XXXXX family something that will be treasured for more than a life-time.
 Kind regards 
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Hi Raeleen,

Thank you very much for the Aussie Hero Quilt.  It surpassed my expectations of what I would get when I asked for a Hawks themed one.  I cannot wait to get home and get to a match (in the cold of course) and see all the envious looks I get wrapped up nice and warm and in my team colours....

Life is generally good over here, however as I type this it is pouring with rain and we are having some amazing thunder storms.  The weather is due to start getting warmer!...

Thank you also for the Tim Tams, they are always a welcome treat and for the Easter eggs too.  I am trying to stay off the chocolate so they will get shared around.  The AFL magazine is perfect timing as I am still building my Dream Team so the information will come in very handy....

Please pass on my thanks to Jan-Maree and all the quilting ladies, I think you do an amazing job.  We are all very humbled by what you do but are pleased that there are people other than our families thinking about us and what we are doing.
Best Wishes
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Hi Ruth,

Thanks very much for my laundry back that I received today.
I appreciate your effort, it must have been hard making a St.kilda one.
I look forward to using my new bag :)
Thanks for your support!

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Good morning Rita,

Thank you Very much for the quilt and letter. I absolutely love it. It's exactly what I wanted.
Sending the Aussie quilts to defence members whilst on deployment is greatly appreciated. I think it's wonderful you do this for us.

The Middle East is very hot at the moment. Our deployment so far has been pretty good. 
The quilt will come back with me and will go on my couch as a blanket! 


It's fantastic to have a piece of home with us whilst we are away and receiving such a thoughtful gift makes our day! Keep up the fantastic work and once again thank you so much!
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Hi Joan,

Apologies it has taken me a while to send you this email. I received a laundry bag from you at around Christmas time while I am deployed.

Firstly, thankyou for the laundry bag. It has been very handy for doing the washing here, and it has also been nice to add a bit of colour around the place!

I hope you had a good Christmas and 2017 is going well for you and your family so far.

Once again, thanks for the work that you and Aussie Heroes do for those of us who are deployed. I can assure you that it is much appreciated by all.

All the best,

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Jan-Maree,

I have received my AHQ quilt and I must admit that I am very happy with it. :)
I shall endeavour to take a photo of myself and the quilt and send it to you.
I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to yourself and all of your wonderful volunteers.
The continued hard-work and dedication that you all ooze is truly impressive.
I know that the receipt of these bespoke laundry bags and quilts do wonders for deployed members morale.
We all eagerly await the drop of the weekly dispatch Facebook notices in the hope of seeing our items.
Thank-you from one extremely happy and morale boosted Airman.

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Hmmm looks like I will have to be extra vigilant to make sure obvious pics don't go up till the quilts and bags have been received....but I do love the fact that the troops check out the blog and hope to get a sneak peek.
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Good afternoon Bridget,

I am the Executive Officer of HMAS Waller and grateful recipient of your laundry bag.  Thank you very much to you and the other members of Aussie Hero Quilts.  The life and surroundings of a submarine are very (and necessarily) sterile and having a little burst of colour in our very limited personal space is very comforting and reminds us why we do the jobs we do.  Being a submariner is a unique vocation and is very much centred around providing a service to our country.  Submariners are often considered a little "special" in our make up because many people cannot fathom living the life we do, away from our family and friends for months at a time with absolutely no contact (no email or phones underwater!) with the exception of the chance ( just a possibility) that our family is able to send us a 26 letter telegram style message once a week (maybe - as communication opportunities are often very limited).

We are a small proud community and the team I lead is very special to me and having gestures such as the Laundry bags (called Dhobey Bags in the Navy- don't ask me why) have a real impact on my team, as we provide the strategic deterrent in support of the defence of Australia.

Once again thank you to you and your group and best wishes to you and your family.  My best wishes go to your daughter post HSC and your son if he decides to get a mechanical apprenticeship (the Navy always needs mechanics or Marine Technicians as we call them!)  Please also give your cheeky poodle a pat from the crew of Waller.

All the best,

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Just pause for a moment and what you would say in a message of 26 letters to a loved one.... I suspect our submariners become masters of brevity.

Thank you for your service guys and girls of the Silent Service.
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Dear Robyn,

I am writing this to say thank you for the quilt, laundry bag and goodies you sent (in time for ANZAC Day). It is always good to hear from home and to get mail. I couldn't believe how good the quilt and laundry bag turned out, and how thoughtful the letters you wrote were. It is difficult being away from home but people like you make me proud to do this job, we are so lucky to live in a place like Australia.

I am 21 years old, I joined the army when I was 18. I was born in Adelaide. My parents and my two brothers live 20 minutes away closer to the city. Your farm sounds great, I would love to own a decent bit of land one day.

I hope you and your family are well, I will be thinking of you on ANZAC day. Thank you again for the quilt and laundry bag, they are fantastic and I will cherish them for years to come.

Thank you and keep up the great work!





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Hello Carol,

Thank you very much for the quilt you sent me... and the wonderful treats!!

It is a very kind gesture and I am very thankful for it, the morale it brings to us is amazing. You wouldn't believe how much it can brighten our day by receiving a quilt in the mail, and the treats certainly are a bonus! Whenever someone receives a package from the Aussie Hero Quilts we are always eager to see what design they got, even the boys get excited!!

I am 23 years old. I have been in the Army for 2 years. My job there is a Unit Quartermaster. I work in the Warehouse and supply our troops with whatever equipment they need.  My partner is also in the Army, and he is deployed to Iraq at the moment doing similar work but he left a few months earlier than me. 

We are 3 months into our deployment, with a few more to go. I am already eager to get back to the comforts of home, and all the luxuries. But small gestures like yours are very helpful at keeping the spirits high and moods up, so once again I thank you for taking the time and effort to make my day.


Kind Regards,
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Hi Sharon,

Thank you so much from you and your family for the wonderful gifts that I received it was the best suprise out here I have gotten yet.

Haha with the request of pineapple that's a army term for receiving the crap jobs or the tasks that no one wants to do, haha receiving pineapples. My whole army career has involved many pineapples haha.

Thank your children for me as well I had so much fun with my roommates reading their letters haha I had the biggest smile the whole time.

This is my first deployment and it's definitely made me grow up a lot. I am enjoying it, but it makes you miss the little things at home especially just how clean australia is haha. Only another 4 months to go but who is counting haha.
The job of making quilts brings smiles to all the soldiers out here. We compared and mine has definitely been the best so far hah.

Thank you again and I hope you have a few beers for us on ANZAC Day.

Thank you.

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Hello Julie-Ann

Firstly thank you so much for the laundry bag, mugrugs and treats they are great!! It arrived to me on Easter Sunday so well done on the timing for that.

Wow, quite a lot to keep you busy as well as find time to do such a nice thing for all of us here overseas. Its niceties like this from people like yourself who make it that little bit easier for everyone here.

My mum (Jenny) has actually been making the same things for AHQ for about three years now. She seems to enjoy doing it and is always telling me about the different people she gets emails back from.

I will definitely still be here for ANZAC day as I am the only XXXXXXX in Afghanistan I have been working very long days making up bayonets and flagpoles for ANZAC day on top of my normal job. So as excited as I am to have my first ANZAC day deployed, I also can't wait for it too be over so I can get some decent sleep.

Thank again for the gifts, much appreciated

Regards,
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Till next time....... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!


Jan-Maree xxx

We will remember them.............

This ANZAC Day I will honour all our military heroes, past and present, as well as their loved ones, those who stood behind them and those who stood beside them.  My thoughts will also be with those who are home, but still have a battle to win. 

This is for all of those who will commemorate ANZAC Day away from Australia this year.




Lest We Forget.

JMxx


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Requests 24 April 2017

Hi all

Reminder.... I am away from lunch time Monday to lunch time Wednesday and internet might be a bit sporadic I am 

NOTE – if you are checking the request list from the blog and if you receive the blog via email DO NOT try to reply to me via that email.  It will not work. You need to use friendsofAHQ@gmail.com

A quick note… even if you check the request list every week, please take the time to skim over this preamble.  I edit it to make it relevant every week and I know that many of you are not reading it by the questions I am being asked. It takes you just a minute or two to scan it but takes me considerably longer to read and answer the emails I receive ….. please give me a hand in this. Your assistance is appreciated.

A Short List 

My goodness, the shortest list we have ever had on Aussie Heroes tonight I think.  Fear not though, there are more requests coming. We are just more up to date that I think we have ever been before. 


PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE copy the ENTIRE line if you wish to nominate for a quilt or laundry bag.  
For example….

Marvel Theme. Ironman
M
LB
1


This is really important to make sure that neither you nor I copy the wrong number which could lead to me giving you the wrong details for specific request.  If you find it hard to copy and paste please copy the line out as follows…   Marvel Theme. Ironman  M  LB  1

Decoding Column three

B=both quilt and laundry bag (feel free to nominate to JUST do the laundry bag if you wish)
Q= just a quilt
LB = just a laundry bag


Post By Date

The post by date for all items on this request list is 29 May please.

PLEASE note the date and let me know if you have any problems getting your quilt/LB away on time. In fact, if you are going to be late posting it please let me know BEFORE you post it.  Also, if this time frame is too tight for you, there are options, just email me to discuss.

If there is more than one request on this list that you would be happy to do I suggest that you send me a list of requests and tell me how many you want to be allocated…. ie one of the following please….  There are always a few requests that everyone wants to do (and I can never pick them) so if the first one you ask for is taken then I can allocate another from your list if I have a list.
  
NOTE- please read this bit…. It might make some of the request easier for you…
Australian National Flag - you can buy panels at Spotlight – ask for them if you can’t find them.
Rising Sun and other badges – ask me about them, I can often send you some to include if your request needs them.

If they want some text and it is too much for you to applique I can get it embroidered and sent to you if you like to be sewn on the quilt or sewn into it.
I can help you with football colours and logos of teams etc. Just ask me. Most of the logos are simple or you can just add team names if you want to … team colours are enough also.
Please think about what the request involves before you take it on. Google, ask questions, email me, make sure you can complete it to your satisfaction before you commit to it if possible please.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree


Aussie Flag
M
LB
1
Hawthorn FC and Navy themed.
M
LB
1
Would like the HQJTF 633 kangaroo silhouette with poppies
F
LB
1
ANZAC themed please
M
LB
1
Ironman triathon for washing bag (not the superhero!)
F
LB
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VB themed laundry bag
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poppies and RAAF theme (RAAF crest which I can send you or a Roundel)
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FAMILY, Wife and kids (I have their names) FOOTBALL TEAMS, AFL - BOMBERS, SWANS NRL RAIDERS, BULLDOGS
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QUEENSLAND STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE
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CANBERRA RAIDERS RUGBY TEAM, BEER LABELS, AUSTRALIA FLAG
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Australian flag, Afghan flag/colours  with bushmaster  "FPE - 7 2017"
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May I have a maroon quilt with a RAR (skippy badge in gold), an Ausrtralian flag, "AFG 2017 FPE 7" Afghanistan flag/colours
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Lego, Batman and Joker theme, "AFGHANISTAN FPE 7 2017"  Australian flag,  Australian Army Rising Sun badge
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he would love anything superheroes (as in batman/joker/iron man/green lantern..any of those 🙂).
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Space theme, black sky with stars, Aurora Australis, maybe with some Corgi dogs floating through space.  Essendon Bombers also
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SYDNEY FC, PENRITH PANTHERS, SYDNEY SWANS, RAAF
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Navy Blue, Orange, Travel, Bushwalking, Hiking
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NFL New England Patriots, F1 Red Bull racing - (daniel Riccardo's car) and the military lol. His favourite colour is blue.
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Maroon and Gold and Navy.
Brisbane Broncos.
Love my family who put up with my time away from home (name avbl) and our 2 family pets Angel (White Maltese) and Scruffy (Black Maltese).
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 Blue and Black, Yellow and Green: Joint Movements Wagon wheel (simple, ask JM), RAAF Ensign, Aussie Flag , initals on laundry bag and quilt please (JLJ)
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medicine and am studying physiotherapy at the moment. I love all things anatomy and physiology, not a  girly girl.  Home has touches of grey and yellow.
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ANZAC theme please
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He loves the Essendon Bombers OR our two dogs George and Ruby - photos of dogs avbl OR blue for the RAAF
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Purple colour with schnauzer dogs
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Parramatta Eels themed quilt
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Military Themed Army
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Military Themed - Army
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Melbourne Storm NRL, Aboriginal Art
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4WD - TOYOTA, Camper Trailer - TRACKABOUT, Aussie Flag, Blue,
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Favourite Colours: Olive Green, Brown, Orange, Blue
Theme: Either Teapots & Teacups OR  Bookshelves with Books
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Brisbane Broncos Theme please
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A simple Jelly roll type quilt with EAOU-1
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With the shape of Australia on it please
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 I would love one with Camel silhouettes/Arabian nights & bright colours (purples/reds etc)
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blue and green, rainbows, Lego and superheros. I'm not a girly girl so nothing feminine please.
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Bright Colours
Disney, Harry Potter"
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two Westhighland White Terriers, one Burmese Cat, Hawthorn Football Club, QLD Rugby League State of Origin, Australian flag, Female Chief Petty Officer (or Navy female sailor) figure or just a Royal Australian Navy detail.  Many thanks.
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Colours - Neutral, black, light blue Theme - Aztec pattern
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nature / beach theme.  Sunrise, water etc would all be lovely - or Daisy's are another option (my nickname as a child)  Initials SAH please.
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Explosives-RAAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal, St Barbara (Patron Saint of Explosives Personnel), RAAF aircraft with Explosive Ordnance loaded (I have pictures you can use and a copy of the relevant badge if you want them)
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 I would like something with a poppy if I could because I'm here for ANZAC day and it means a lot to me. If I could get a Camel that would also be cool. I'm a RAAFie so some blue if I can. But don't go crazy as I said I would just be so honoured to get a quilt and laundry bag.
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Blue and Red, Newcastle Knights
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AFL Essendon Bombers Red and Black
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