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.
For some reason Blogger is playing funny games, as it does from time to time, and is changing the font colours.... all the text should be black.... just bear with it if it is not. That aside, some great messages coming through at the moment, enjoy! .....
I was extremely pleased to receive my Aussie
Hero Quilt in the mail a short time ago. Again, I have to say it is a
beautiful piece of work and something I shall always appreciate long after I
have left the Middle East and returned to Australia.
My colleagues and family also loved the
creativity and workmanship in the quilt and the laundry bag and I can confirm
that both are now in use !
I did wish to send my thanks to Joy C and
Bridget and of course yourself for attaching the Hang Glider to the quilt.
As a proud Aussie, I love the truly Australian theme over the entire
quilt and as I have mentioned before, the hang glider which shows the long time
passion I have had with the sport.
While I appreciate immensely the quilt and
laundry bag the great folks at Aussie Hero Quilts have made me, I do also want
to acknowledge my wonderful wife and daughter in particular as
having been great supports for me being able to serve in this capacity. I
know I have made their lives at home just that little more difficult by my
Thanks again for these great items (and the treats
Keep up this great work !!
Good Evening Jean,
I am writing this to thank you for the laundry bag you
recently made for myself.
I wanted to express my gratitude for the effort you have
placed into this item and that it turned out better than I expected.
I enjoyed the creativity you placed into the Punisher skull
and the colour scheme of the bag overall. It has a special place now within my
Items such as this do bring a smile to the face of myself
and the other members of the Task Group. People such as yourself and the other
volunteers who put their time and effort into these quality items are
As for myself, I have a wife and two young boys back home.
I'm sure I'll lose this laundry bag to the boys when I get home, they always
love getting hold of anything from dad's work. I have already lost two bush
hats and multiple shirts to them over the years.
I enjoyed reading the brief blurb about yourself and your
love of travel, I hope you get to do more of that in the future. It is
something, I myself, have not done enough of as yet, but will do in the years
Once again, thank you very much and I hope you continue to
provide items to Aussie Heroes because I'm certain they'll be as appreciated as
mine was from you.
Firstly, I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to
write this email! I was hoping to send a photo of me with your lovely laundry
bag but alas the wifi has not been kind at sending a photo to my email account!
I'll get there!!
Thank you so much for the laundry bag you have
made, and the treats and toiletries you kindly sent as well as your letter! It
was great to read a bit about yourself and your family, and learn about someone
who spent their time creating such a wonderful gift. I can tell you that the
quilts and laundry bags certainly make everyone quite happy and excited!!! We
all quite proudly show ours to each other.
It was so thoughtful of you! I thought you might
like to know that the chocolate honeycomb in particular cheered quite a few
people up as we crushed it up and put it in icecream and had a family dessert
in the wardroom!
It's certainly super hot over here now - often
well above 40 degrees. It's my first proper deployment so has certainly already
been a massive learning curve for me, and quite challenging emotionally at
times! I feel like I'm settling into a routine now though which is a relief.
Again, thank you very much for your kind
thoughts and parcel.
I am writing to thank you for the
wonderful laundry bag and quilt that you made.
They are truly magnificent and the
thought and care put into them are very much appreciated, not only by myself and Australian
colleagues, but all the international members to whom I have shown them to working in the United Nations Mission in
South Sudan. I have taken the opportunity to educate team members on some aspects of Australian Military
History. This has included the delights of ANZAC biscuits and quilts and laundry bags made by fellow
Australians. This historical legacy to which you have contributed also
helps influence at the strategic level when
working with people from other nations. Personnel from other nations are
in awe of the national approach taken by
Australians, and I was very proud in being able to show the quilt and provide the historical background to
it. My American colleagues were very pleased to see their flag!
A little bit about myself: This is
my first deployment with the United Nations. I am finding it both very rewarding and challenging. I work
as a Staff Officer within the Joint Operations Centre where a lot of reporting from around South Sudan
arrives and immediate coordination occurs. Although I have previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is
the first time I have been in a position to receive a quilt – and it was well worth the wait. Once again,
thank you for your kind gift. It finds a thankful soldier, a new home and
to a fellow Victorian.
Please thank your children for the
thought that went into the treats. They were very much appreciated and were also shared with my co-workers.
Kindest regards, many thanks and best
Firstly, Thank you very much for the laundry bag and lovely card. I immediately
recognised the strawberry thief staring up at me. The boys think I'm crazy for
requesting something classical. My wife and I have a bed curtain in
the exact same design. So the laundry bag in now a little something to remind
me of home.
I have another few months of my tour, due to return
home in November. It'll be the wet season in Darwin when I return, and I look
forward to walking my dog 'Winston' during the thunderstorms. He's a British
Bulldog - so will enjoy the cool weather the storms bring. He was a tiny puppy
that comfortably fit in one arm when I left for Afghanistan.
Once again, thank you for support and the lovely package. I'll be sure to
forward a picture of me with the Laundry Bag to hero quilts.
OK so I did not understand the "strawberry thief' reference above myself either. This was a William Morris request and apparently "strawberry thief" refers to some of the fabric used. :-)
Sorry it has taken me so long to thank you for
the Venture Brothers laundry bag, it literally came the day before I left for
my pre wedding honey moon. That was pretty lucky actually as I had forgotten to
pack one and my fiancée and I were on a two week bus tour of Europe. Once I
flew back in there were a few more issues as people had gotten sick and we
ended up in transit for a few days before we were allowed back to the camp so
my work was plenty piled up for me and just got on top of it a few days ago. We
are starting to get ready to begin handing over to our replacements, so very
much on the down hill slope now.
I'm glad you enjoyed making it, I am absolutely
thrilled with it especially as I have gotten a few of my mates into the show
but after I sent the requests off. They were all pretty jealous when I showed
them. I recognised the look of the fraying as I grew up with a mother who is a
quilter / patch worker, she joined Aussie Hero Quilts a few years ago and
occasionally gets me to explain terms to her so she can be as close to what
I have two dogs at home in Adelaide, a female
English Staffy named Ruby and a Darwin special rescue dog named Wolfgang. He is
definitely part Wolfhound and part Shar Pei but we are not sure what else, they
are both around 5 years old but we are not too sure with him as he was
mistreated before we adopted him. Not too long after getting home my fiancée and I will be getting married. We started planning years ago when we got
engaged but as always defence has its own ideas on how our lives are going to
play out. When we got to Adelaide we really started seriously planning, and as
I found out a few days ago, the DJ we hired is actually the father of one of
the guys that is over here with me.
I will endeavour to send you a photo of me with
the laundry bag soonish, but if I haven't been able to I will definitely send
one once I am home.
And again thank you so much for the laundry bag
even if it was a bit out of the normal.
Firstly, my apologies for
taking so long to reply with a photo and my thanks! Things got a wee bit
hectic as we came to the end of deployment and I just plumb ran out of time!
The effort you have gone to on
my quilt and laundry bag meant the absolute world to me. There were many oohs and aahs at the detail and
It means an awful lot to the
guys and girls when quilts and goodies arrive, pretty much a major highlight of
Again, my apologies and my
thanks for the thoughts of yourself and all the quilters during our time
away. It means the world!
I received your laundry bag today during my training as a RAAF Chaplain.
It was very touching to receive your note and to see the love and skill you put into making the bag.
The colours are just right and the planes take me back to my childhood!
It was pictures like that of planes that started a long journey that finds me here learning how to care for members of the Australian Defence Force.
I understand how your cousin’s daughter felt when she received hers. I felt loved and appreciated.
It will always remind me of the great work Aussie Heroes does and I think one day I’ll have the joy of passing on bags to deployed members.
I’ll treasure my bag and it will always travel with me. I’ve already sent a photo of it to my three teenage children (two girls, one boy) and they think it’s fantastic!
I’ve attached a photo for you.
Thanks again very much!
I’m writing to say Thank You for the Hero Quilt and Laundry Bag. You did an amazing job and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
I'm blown away by the quality. You’re work is really good and I love the Kangaroo-Silver Fern crossover. It’s the perfect personalised touch for a Kiwi-Australian like me.
I’m glad that my request could have a greater significance to you considering your husband is also a New Zealander and thank you for choosing to do mine as your first Aussie Hero Quilt.
I apologise that I’m unable to send a photo. I received it yesterday and as I’m about to depart on some overseas leave in the morning, I didn’t get the chance to get a photo with it. However I wanted to get this email to you as before I left to thank you and to let you know that the work you do does make a difference and provides a huge morale boost to deployed Australians across the theatre of operations.
Even though the Quilt arrives towards the end of my deployment, it will be treasured for years to come and will be of much use during Canberra’s cold winters when I return.
Good Morning Ladies,
Thanks you for the time and effort you put in to create the beautiful quilt that I have laying on my bed today.
I appreciate everything you do to support our soldiers within the deployed environment to keep the morale high and add a splash of home to our living spaces.
The Quilt that I received from you both has brought me a copious amounts of joy and appreciation, also to know that there is support not only within our immediate families but beyond the bond of blood. It is satisfying to know that we are in the thoughts of all Australian citizens.
Once again Thank you for your hard work and dedication to all of us over here and I hope you continue to create such beautiful master pieces and receive thanks from all the soldiers you have touched.
Thank you for the Laundry Bag you made. My son will
appreciate it when he is a bit older. He is 7 months
old. I`m a
Carlton supporter in the AFL so I haven`t had much to cheer about for a while.
A little bit about myself. I will have been in the
Navy now for 8 years come October. I hold the rank of Leading Seaman and I`m a
Marine Technician. So basically a mechanic on the ship.This is my third trip up
to the Middle East.
Once again thank you very much for the laundry bag.
I am a Reserve Chaplain withe the RAAF. I come from Victoria and have a wife and three kids (the youngest is in her late
today , I was given a wonderful present which was a beautifully made laundry
bag which you made.
just wanted to say a sincere thank you to you for this gift.
presently in the middle of a course and was missing my wife and kids
desperately but getting this gift today provided that wonderful positive end to
the day which I needed so much.
again for your kindness, your gift of sewing and your willingness to encourage
Thank you so much for my gorgeous laundry bag.
Your handiwork is incredible!
As I embark on this new journey as a chaplain it's a great
encouragement to know that I am joining a long tradition of serving chaplains
and also joining a new family who show others the love of Jesus in such special
and concrete ways.
Thank you so much!
With love in Christ.
can I say.....it's a masterpiece!
the quilt and the ANZAC Biscuits arrived during the week. When I opened the box
and saw the quilt I was amazed. So much detail and so many personal memories
contained within it.
I pass on my appreciation and admiration to yourself and the team. The quilt is
something that will not only serve me well in Iraq, but which I will cherish
for years to come.
I received your quilt in the
post today and wanted to say a very grateful thank you. It's absolutely
brilliant! I can't believe how well you nailed my idea!
I really like to watch
jellyfish swim about and just find it really relaxing and the quilt really
captures that so thanks! It'll help me relax and wind down here.
I'm a bit afraid to use it
and the laundry bag actually, I can see they're well sewn and hardy and it's
not that I just don't want anyone to nick it from the laundry! I might
just hang it up so it looks nice on my wall!
I think these quilts and
laundry bags for us as we deploy is absolutely wonderful, It's an honour to
serve our country and do these jobs, and it's a reward in itself to be chosen
to deploy. But to know that people back home, people who don't even know us
except for our names on a bit of paper respect what we do so that they are
willing to use their spare time to make us such wonderful gifts, to make our
deployment just that little bit better is fantastic, and i can't thank you
This quilt will be kept for
many many years as a fond reminder of my deployment and your kindness
Once again thank you
Thanks heaps! I so happy with
the quilt and bag!
imagine how thrilled I was to see your quilt arrive last weekend. I was even
more thrilled when I opened the box. It is amazing - and so is the Laundry bag.
It could not have been more perfect. Your card and treats were also very
welcome - thank you.I have attached a photo of the quilt on my bed here on
deployment. You may be able to tell that on my walls I have some seaside
photos. I am a keen photographer and before I left home I chose a couple of my
favourite shots, enlarged them, laminated them and placed them on my walls
here. So the quilt adds beautifully to the theme.
Thank you so
much for your contribution to the Australian mission - it certainly means the
world to me and I know the latest Aus medical team to arrive here are currently
placing their orders now - most enthusiastically after seeing my quilt!
I received the laundry bag last week, Thanks heaps! I really
like it. I wasn't too sure about the design when I put my request in, as long
as it had the red kangaroo I would have been happy, but am glad you mixed it up
with the main bag material.
I am deployed until the end of the year, missing my daughter and wife heaps, my daughter still gets excited to see me on skype
and calls out for me sometimes which is nice.
I really appreciate your efforts and time that you put in to
make these for us.
All the best,
..... Till next time.... keep spreading the word and happy stitching! Jan-Maree xx