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.
Well tomorrrow I am off to Adelaide for two nights so will be on the "road" for three days effectively. I am looking forward to catching up with quilters and recipients at dinner on Wednesday night and Thursday night. I am also looking forward to visiting 7RAR on Thursday. It might mean I am a bit slower answering emails. Please bear with me.
For tonight, enjoy the great messages we have received this week.
Good Afternoon Joy
It is with great pleasure that I am writing to inform you
that I received your wonderful quilt and laundry bag. It gave me such joy to
receive such an amazing package. The quilt is amazing and I absolutely love it!
Thank you so much.
Your children and grandkids are very lucky to have someone who makes them such wonderful garments. I have shown the blanket to all my work
colleagues who have been very impressed by the quality and detail of
The quilt has not only brought me some much needed joy, but
a slice of home which will keep me going for the rest of the deployment. I will
cherish this blanket and continue to use it on my upcoming rotations. The work
you have done is outstanding and we all look forward to seeing more of your
Thank you so much for all your efforts and contributions.
Ps. I took the blanket for a trip on one of our flights (the crew loved it!).
Thank you for your kind support to Aussie Heros and
making a laundry bag of the highest quality. I have many members here in the
headquarters where your laundry bag has been a talking point - They all want
I think it wonderful that your family is growing as
there is nothing more important in life than family and health.
I hope you had a very merry Christmas, happy New Year
and that you have a fantastic Australia Day.
From all of us here in the Middle East Area of
Operations, thank you for your kind support.
Ps. Apologies that a return email took so long, there
has been a delay in the mail getting to members in the Middle East.
Hi Bev & Geoff,
I hope you have had a great Australia Day with plenty of
good food, drink and entertainment.
Thank you both so much for the fantastic quilt you made
for me; the day it arrived was the coldest day of winter so far, and I have
slept under it for the last 3 days since it arrived.
Our Australia Day has been a fairly quiet day so far.
Later on this afternoon we will be having a
work barbecue and sporty, with maybe a beer or two to celebrate the day.
Our work here is very busy but rewarding, and we are all
still of the opinion that we are helping to make a difference, having said
that, I am looking forward to getting home. This is my
third deployment to the Middle East with the Australian Air Force, having
previously served 20 years with the UK RAF.
Thank you so much again for the quilt, and I know my crew
and work mates really appreciate the support from people back in Australia.
I am very excited to report that my beautiful
Aussie Hero Quilt and Laundry bag arrived yesterday, on Australia Day.
The quilter, Susan P has done an amazing job!!! The Australian desert scene
is absolutely stunning!!!
I also received a lovely letter from Susan which
I will reply to (via snail mail) in the very near future.
Thanks again for the incredibly generous work
you and your team do to keep us going over here. It really makes a big
Good Afternoon Julie-Ann
Today I received the
laundry bag you kindly made for me. I would like to say thank-you for the kind
words and treats you sent along with it, the kind gesture is greatly
appreciated from all of us here.
wanted to say thanks for my laundry bag. We received them coming home from
deployment. It is good to have some colour in my cabin apart from the blue and
grey of navy gear.
not at sea I live near Rockingham WA and my wife and dog live in our house in Tasmania which is
where I spend my leave (which is like gold to me). I am into cycling as well
and like doing triathlons where I can. Being on a submarine makes this
difficult but I know it is something I will get back to in the future.
wish you and your family health and happiness. All the best with your sewing.
You made a beautiful quilt for my husband who is currently
I wanted to email
you to say thank you. The quilt and laundry bag are absolutely beautiful.
I know that he has been enjoying having the quilt on his bed. It was
such a surprise when he sent me the photos and a copy of your letter. The
time that you have spend creating something so wonderful for someone you don't
know is amazing. It meant the world to both J and myself. I
happened to be with my grandparents at my Mum's when he sent the photos
through and we all ended up in tears. It touched us all so much.
Christmas is definitely a little bit harder when a member of the family is
deployed but knowing that there are people out there thinking about and
appreciating our Defence members makes it all a little easier.
Again, I just
wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtfulness.
It truly means so much and the world is a better place for having people
like you in it.
I hope that 2017
brings you and your family love, joy, peace and happiness.
I am currently serving in the Middle East with the RAAF and received a laundry
bag that you made. I found your note and wanted to email to say Thank you very
much, I have already put it to good use. The Kuranda Tropical North Queensland
print on it is fantastic, and a daily reminder of home.
Many thanks again and best wishes to you and your family,
I am an Able Seaman in the royal
Australian Navy, and I want you to know how sorry I am for how long it took me
to thank you and your son Trevor for the amazing laundry bag I received during
my deployment the first half of this year.
deployment was a long and hard 7 months and the support and generosity that
people like yourselves show us means so much. It is comforting to know that
people, other than our immediate family, care for and appreciate what we were
doing. I've spent most of my life in Newcastle NSW and joined the Navy when I
was 19. Since then I’ve seen a lot of the world but nothing compares to this
amazing country we live in. I hope that you and your son continue making
laundry bags and quilts for Aussies deployed overseas as I know from experience
the joy and pride they bring us for serving our country. I wish you and your
son all the best and again thank you for the amazing laundry bag I received it
is something I will hold onto and cherish forever.
Hey Bev F,
I recently received the quilt and
laundry bag you made me. I would like to say the biggest thank-you for both.
They are absolutely amazing and exactly what I wanted ! It bought the biggest
smile to my face when I received the package! Thanks for all you hard efforts I
can tell you it's greatly appreciated !
I received your
AHQ Quilt this week and wanted to write you and say a very warm thank you for
taking the time to make it for me. The colours look really sharp and together
with the laundry bag I have also received, really add some character to my
room! It's a great support initiative for troops serving overseas and has been
one of the most pleasant surprises to my time spent on deployment thus far.
Thank you as well for the letter, what a small world!
once again for making such a lovely quilt.
Dear Lisa N
have just received the quilt that you made for me. It is one of the most thoughtful
and fabulous gifts that I have ever received. You are such a talented woman
Lisa. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
now nearing the end of my six month deployment here. I am so fortunate to have been given this wonderful opportunity to represent our wonderful country and I am longing to see an
Aussie blue sky again.
again, I want to sincerely thank you for the gorgeous, amazing, fantastic
not thank you enough Lisa. You will be forever in my heart. All my love to you
and your family. Forever your friend,
Good afternoon Susan,
I am the lucky
recipient of the incredible Aussie Hero Quilt and Laundry Bag you lovingly
created for me.
I will send you a thank you card, but just
couldn't stand the thought of you having to wait up to 6 weeks for my card to
arrive without receiving any gratitude from me.
The Quilt you created is absolutely beautiful.
The Australian flora and fauna scene is a wonderful depiction of the country I
know and love.
Take care and God Bless.
Till next time..... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!