Another busy day here at HQ AHQ. Half of my regular team is away on holidays, or working or playing Grandma so we were short on numbers today but not short on enthusiasm and output. We layered quilts, Bridget quilted quilts (five I think today). Clarissa added the finishing touches to a number of quilts that are now ready to be posted. Joan sorted kits out for quilt tops to be sewn at Penrith on Saturday. Certainly enough to keep us out of mischief!
So busy, in fact that I nearly forgot to finish editing the post for tonight. Here tis... some lovely messages as usual....
Just thought I'd send you a quick email to say thank you for the absolutely incredible quilt that you made for me. I love it. We all love when these quilts arrive over here, it makes our days.
Again, thanks for your quilt and all the time you took to make it. It's something I'm definitely going to be keeping around for a very long time.
Best wishes and kind regards,
I received your parcel yesterday with my laundry bag and all my goodies - thank you so much! I love the laundry bag. I had the coffee with chocolate sprinkled on it this morning and I am everyone's favourite at work for bringing in the timtams.
I am in charge of the XXXXX Cell, for the Middle East Region. This is a mixed team of uniformed and Australian Public Service employees.
Not many people know that APS personnel deploy to the Middle East as well as ADF members in uniform. We work for Defence too, just wear civilian clothes! There are only 32 of us across the region, but we have core skills that are needed here and so we deploy alongside the uniformed personnel, working and living together for six months wherever we are assigned.
Our team is a great example of how Australians come together to get the job done, I have attached a photo of us all.
Back home I have a husband of nearly six months, (I deployed 3 months after we were married....) who has been wonderfully supportive. Between us we have three daughters. We also have two ratbag dogs, a harrier, and a beagle. I miss them all so much.
As you may have guessed, I am an older lady and don't really fit the picture of the Aussie soldier off on deployment - but as I said when I told my 80 yr old Mum when I was coming over here, I can't put a uniform on, but I can do this.
Your group gives us all so much pleasure, you wouldn't believe it! It is such a morale boost to receive these gifts of kindness from home, and to know that the Australian community is behind us and what we are trying to achieve.
So thank you so much again Kaye. I will have a cup of tea and a tim tam at morning tea, and think of you.
I have just received the fantastic quilt you made in the mail. You have really nailed the brief on this one, I love it!
My wife and I have just had our first child, hence the baby theme. The quilt will be perfect for her and a good way to start her Land Rover education too. At home I get around in an ex-army Land Rover 110 and we grew up doing beach and camping trips in dads old mustard coloured Series 3. I can remember some great holidays on Fraser island and you're right, it was certainly not the most comfortable ride (especially with four kids in tow).
Thanks again for the quilt, I really appreciate the time spent and detail put into making it. We all love getting packages from home and I know that these quilts become a treasured memento of the deployment for everyone who receives them.
I received your beautiful quilt and laundry bag recently and I am beyond grateful for your generosity and kind heart! You have brought so much joy to my trip.
I wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you and show you a photo of me with your beautiful work. The photo is taken in front of our Aussie block and the deck we proudly built just before Christmas.
I am nearing the end of my tour now, so I'm getting excited to head home! I won't tell you too much about myself here as I have written you a long letter :)
I am writing to you to let you know that I have received my quilt and laundry bag. They are absolutely amazing and your artwork and stitching is certainly above what I was expecting! It will be perfect at home either on our couch or as a cover for my little boy's bed (when he gets old enough).
I can't tell you enough how chuffed and appreciative I am to receive your work and I am so grateful for the effort and time you have put into it. I will take your suggestion about actually using the quilt for something purposeful rather than it becoming a precious prized possession! stuck away in a safe place...
It was interesting reading about your story and your family history... in particular your fathers service in the Vietnam War... I also appreciate your effort and support as a fellow wife of a Defence Member and making a difference through your quilt making (the design is so good, have to say this again)....thank you for being a part of Aussie Heroe's from me and my family... Panthers like Parra aren't having the best of years but there is always next year, but still along way to go yet...
By the way, this is my first parcel from anyone (I don't want my wife to fuss over me with parcels...) so thank you for that.
Not to much longer in the NT I'm sure and may even bump into you somewhere around the traps in the RAAF!
Feeling very supported, privileged and grateful.
Good Afternoon Clarissa,
Good afternoon Joy,
I am currently serving on HMAS Arunta, during its operation Manitou. I recently received you aussie hero quilt, and I just wanted to express my complete gratitude for such a kind favour, as well as tell you a little about my self. I am 22 years old, from a small town in South Australia, South of Adelaide. I grew up with my Grandparents, and I miss them a lot! My pa is Holden crazy, and every year would make me watch the Bathurst race, (even though I don't like it) but the quilt you made me sits on my bed's handrail and reminds me of him everyday! I am so very appreciative for you to have given me that little bit of home feeling! What yourself and everyone else at Aussie Heroes does for the morale of us sailors is unexplainable and everyone on board is so thankful!
Thank you again and I look forward to hearing from you!
I am 29 years old and serve onboard HMAS Arunta and I wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for Aussie Hero Quilt. It could not have come at a better time! We are currently participating in the Coalition effort to reduce the Gun/Drug smuggling by sea along the East Coast of Africa and the Middle Eastern Region known as Operation MANITOU.
We left our home port of Rockingham and are conducting various patrols in the area with respite port visits every 2-3 weeks. It was the cooler time of year for the first 5 months so the temperatures were quiet pleasant with the maximum around mid 20s each day. Since sailing from a maintenance period the infamous Middle Eastern heat has certainly turned up which is when my Aussie Hero quilt arrived! It was the perfect size/thickness to deal with those warm nights, it could not have been better timing. Again thank you so very much.
I think you did an amazing job making the quilt and I will be cherishing it as a memento for years to come.
Again thankyou for the quilt and letter, please pass on my gratitude to everyone who contributed, I will certainly cherish it for many years to come! I'm more than happy to answer any questions you might have and wish you all the best in the future.
Recently we gifted laundry bags to the entire crew of HMAS Choules as a thank you for their involvement in Operation Queensland assist. They have only just received them on returning home from another Operation. Here are some of their messages of gratitude.
I'd just like to say thank you for the laundry bag you sent and would like for you to pass on my sincere thanks to Maureen for making it. It means a lot to know that others are thinking of us while we are away.
Good Morning Darrel.
I am a Sailor in the Royal Australian Navy posted onboard the Amphibious Assault ship HMAS Choules. I want to express my sincere gratitude for the laundry bag that you made, it is beautiful and will serve me many many years. Things like this make such a massive difference to the morale of active and deployed defence members, I cant explain the joy that my shipmates had when we received these beautiful items from our command team, it has brought a smile to every one of us. The work these organisations do is wonderful, and I thank you again and hope you continue to be involved, it makes more of a difference than you will ever know. and for your information I got the one with the aircraft carriers on it, fantastic choice of fabric for Sailors!
With the very warmest of regards and appreciation
Thank you for the amazing laundry bag that you made during our time on Queensland Assist after Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The entire crew on board HMAS Choules appreciates the amazing laundry bags that you have made for us. Please keep up the amazing work as everyone in the Australian Defence Force truly appreciates the effort you make in acknowledging the work done by service men and women on operations in Australia and abroad.
Once again thank you, this means a lot to my crew and I.
Firstly, thank you for your wonderful gift - it WILL be greatly treasured and absolutely used (although I feel it's well and truly beyond the discourtesy of my dirty clothes though - it's beautiful. I think I may re-purpose it as a library bag for myself and my kids).
As for myself? I likewise live in Sydney with two children (7 and 11 respectively), and this is now my 5th ship - having sailed the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, the Persian gulf to Oman and Kuwait and the china seas to Philippines. It's been a big life in a very short time. The short time so far I have spent upon Choules has been an enormously positive experience, and I am very proud of my Ship for the assistance it has made to the people of Queensland during their difficult time.
Once again, thank you for what you and Aussie Hero Quilts are doing - gestures of kindness like this truly reflect the quality of the Aussie character.
Good afternoon Jan Maree,
I am writing to express my thanks for the hand made laundry bag (Courtesy of Kim) which I recently received after spending time on Op Queensland Assist. These bags look great and have been well received and are appreciated by all who recieved them.
Thanks again and best regards, .....
Till next time... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!