Monday, 31 December 2018

The Final Weekly Dispatches for 2018....... Here's to a Happy New Year

Well it has been a big year. 

As 2018 comes to a close there is just time to look back over what we have achieved this year and in the last seven or so years....

This year alone we have sent off 1345 quilts and that has brought our total for the year to more than 10135 quilts since we started. 

We have also sent off 3549 laundry bags, bringing our total since we started to over 20,148 laundry bags.

I am still a little blown away by the fact that we have reached such big milestones....

more than 10000 quilts and 
more than 20000 laundry bags

Huge well done to all of those wonderful volunteers who have contributed to these amazing totals. You are the best. 

We also managed to deliver our biggest batch of laundry bags ever this year when we took 1065 laundry bags to HMAS Adelaide prior to her deployment on APEC Assist. 

 It has been a year to be proud of and a contribution that has made a difference to our serving men and women all over the world, from South Sudan and the Sinai, to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as our patrol boats and submarines and our riflemen in Malaysia! 

We have looked after the families of those who have lost their lives due to their service and have given quilts to those who have been injured as a result of their service... and we have given quilts to those who have been struggling for one reason or another and who needed to know that their service is appreciated and that we care.

Once again, a huge well done to all of our volunteers. You all make a difference, regardless of how many quilts or laundry bags you sew... one or more than one, it does not matter!

To round out the year, here is the last Weekly Dispatches post for this year. Enjoy the pics, take a break and then let's see what we can achieve in 2019.

Happy New Year everyone!

 Bev C 


Bev C 

 Bev C

 Bev F 

 Melissa L

 Melissa L 


 Rosemary G 

Rosemary G

 Sally 

Sally 

See you next year.....

Jan-Maree xxx 

Final Request List for 2018.......


Hi all

I know it is New Year’s Eve but just like Christmas Eve, I have some people who sew their most at this time as well as some who are too flat out with family to even think about sewing so here is the list for those that want something to do…..

Please, please, please read this preamble each week as the info does change. I am receiving a lot of questions from people who have not read this info so you would make it easier for me too if you took a few minutes to read it.

The post by date for ALL items on this list is 4 February  please.  

ONLY ONE URGENT QUILT…..
Thankfully only ONE this week….. Quilt number 2 needs to be completed and in the mail by about the 28th of January so there is no flexibility with completion dates. Can you please help??

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.

 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…  

The first column is the theme or preferences requested.
The second column indicated the gender of the recipient.
The third column is as follows.

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
F= female
M= male

The last column with the number is a simple registration number for me to use… it is only relevant for this week only and will change if the request is still on the list next week. Once you have received the recipient’s details you will need to use those to refer to the recipient from then on if need be.

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.
  
If you don’t understand what people are asking for or where to get some of the bits and pieces then please ask me but the following might also be helpful.

Australian National Flag - you can buy panels at Spotlight – ask for them if you can’t find them.
Afghanistan flag – I can send you one.
Rising Sun, RAAF Crest, Navy Crest, Coat of Arms, RAEME 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 may be able to get it embroidered and sent to you to be sewn on the quilt or sewn into it.  Just let me know what words you want, what colour fabric and what colour thread… keep it simple please.   Also include your address in the email to save me time please.
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

Jan-Maree


He likes the Rabbitohs, hunting and fishing, VB and anything Artillery related and his favorite colour is green (army green the kids tell me haha).
M
LB
1
medical corps (RAAMC), Aussie flag  and Iraq flag
F
LB
1
Liverpool Football Club
M
LB
1
4x4 theme with Skippy badge(I can send you a skippy badge)
M
B
2
Grey/Black, Brisbane Lions (AFL), West End Draught
M
Q
3
Sky Grey, Weightlifting, Super Heroes, Reading
M
Q
4
Island Paradise, Fighter Jets
M
Q
5
Daft punk, Snowboarding and Richmond AFL
M
Q
6
Victoria bitter,1970 Dodge Challenger (purple), Russian blue cat
M
B
7
Black/Purple, DC Villian Joke, Deadpool
F
Q
8
Fallout 4 (video game
M
B
9
Emu Export, Halo (video game), West coast Eagles
M
B
10
Navy Blue, Red, Yellow/Gold, Adelaide Crows Adelaide 36ers, Kids names
M
Q
11
Green, Red, Blue, Cowboys, GWS, Bagpipes, Kids names (2)
M
B
12
Gold Coast Titans
M
Q
13
Geelong Cats (AFL) Gold  Coast Titans (NRL)  My Pet English Staffy named EMJAY, 
M
Q
14
Gold coast titans NRL Team
M
Q
15
BOXING KAGAROO, PARACHUTES/WINGS, THE NORSE GOD THOR AND POPPIES - I will need to confirn which wings but can probably have them embroidered.
M
Q
16
 Anything Aussie military (army)
M
Q
17
Beach themed with a boxing Kangaroo and two names written on it.
M
B
18
boxing kangaroo, smoking a cigar and para wings brevet, poppies and rising sun - - I will need to confirm which wings but can probably have them embroidered
M
Q
19
Bob the builder with Dizzy, Lofty, Scoop, Muck, Tiny, Two-Tonne & Roley
F
Q
20
Maroon, Yellow, White, Navy Blue, QLD Maroons, Brisbane Broncos.
M
Q
21
Maroon, Yellow, Red, Blue. Cricket, NRL- Broncos, Cars. Kids names -
M
Q
22
Navy Blue/Silver - Melbourne Victory FC, Red/White - Arsenal FC
M
B
23
It's 2014 HSV VF Maloo in white, maybe on dark Gray background.
M
B
24
I'm interested in all sports: Horse Racing, New Zealand Warriors - NRL, Port Adelaide -AFL and Tottenham Hotspurs - EPL. Anything along these lines is appreciated. Thank you for your support.
M
Q
25
I love RAEME (The Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) and have a lot of pride in my corps, our corps flag (blue, yellow and red) or corps emblem would be appreciated. ( can send you the crest)  Thank you for your generosity, we appreciate it!
M
Q
26
I am an Ammunition Technical Officer from the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps.  (easy to applique)  I am proud of my trade, and we have a specific emblem granted to our trade and would appreciate the emblem on both a laundry bag and quilt. My preferred colours scarlet and Royal Blue Number 16.
M
B
27
Arabic theme and poppies
F
Q
28
Royal Australian Corps of Transport symbol (I can print for you) and big trucks. 
F
Q
29
I am interested in Yugi Oh, Pokemon, Samurai Pizza Cats and Dragon Ball Z. Can you please add the words 'Master of Games' somewhere on the quilt as well.
M
B
30
North Queensland Cowboys NRL Team themed.  
M
Q
31
I am interested for the quilt in having my Corps badge (RAAOC) sewn on ( I can send you one), utilizing the Corps identification colours (three vertical scarlet/royal blue/scarlet bands of equal thickness), the Australian Flag, a Bathurst/motor racing theme (Holden supporter) and AFL Richmond Tigers.
M
Q
32
Is it possible to have a quilt with an M1A1 ABRAMS Tank, with "M1" under it as that is a nickname. Thank you so much.
M
B
33
"I love Powerlifting, Latin Dancing, Corgis, Ragdoll Cats, smiley faces, snow tipped mountains, hiking and nature.
My favourite colours are cookie monster blue and aqua green.
F
B
34
aviation/aircraft (majority of my careeer involved the C-130), cricket, motorsport (holden fan), marvel films & family. My favourite colour is blue. I understand you must get some complex requests and more than happy with something as simple as the RAAF roundel or Australian flag / Southern cross.
M
Q
35
Cowboys (NRL), Russel Coight
M
B
36
MotoCross, Beach
M
Q
37
POGUE FITNESS (I can print the picture for you
M
B
38
Nursing Corps badge, grey and scarlet, army theme
F
B
39
my boys and I love Marvel . Our family loves our sport in particular the sport that the boys play: Soccer, AFL, Basketball and Cricket   Thank you for the wonderful work that you do!
F
Q
40
One half with RAAF Crest/theme and other half with rising sun/Army theme
M
B
41
ANZAC
M
Q
42
Australian Flag, UN Flag (can send you one), South Sudan flag easy to applique) , blue
M
Q
43
MEDEVAC DUSTOFF (photos avbl for inspiration)
AUS/IRAQ/AFG
HH60/C130
M
B
44
The quilt will be a gift to my newborn daughter: Baby Pink/mint green/grey/white, safari animal theme, initials or full name inscribed somewhere on the quilt 
M
Q
45
shades of blue in triangles. Initials  on laundry bag please.
F
B
46
Black/silver/gold/red/pink, hobbies: shopping,dancing,music. Any pattern or theme
F
B
47
Dark colours with a Australian theme, flags, barbells, 'evac boys' written somewhere on it
M
B
48
Mint green/aqua/teal etc. Patchwork or one centre colour with another colour border. Med Corps badge and initials AMH on quilt and bag if possible please. I also love cats so happy for some cat prints too.
F
B
49
Snowy norwegien fjord landscape with alaskan malumute forefront. Black Border
M
B
50
Australian Animal themed - quilt and laundry bag. Preferably baby pink colour theme
F
B
51
Any pattern and colour scheme for a 5 year old girl
M
B
52
RAAMC Corps bade, hobbies and interests: fruit and veg, medical equipment/theme eg stethescope
F
B
53
"TGT-VIII 2018, EVAC," at the top with team names listed (I can have embroidered for you.  Australian flag. Red writing on black background please
M
B
54
soft blues, purples and pinks (soft colours). Themes - medical (RAAMC), dogs.
F
Q
55
AFL - Richmond Tigers, Cricket, medical/hospital/paramedical, gym and fitness
M
B
56
Australian Flag, The word ANZAC, 2/14  or RAAC badge, any light horse imagery, rising sun, 'Evac boyz' in white. red/brown/black
M
B
57
Red Cross, white and navy blue theme
M
B
58
Favourite Colour Blue, German Shepherd Dogs,
M
B
59
Desert with a camel and scattered red and purple poppies
F
Q
60
RAEME Flag, Australian Flag, Army
M
B
61
Green & Gold. Request Australian Beer Brands (Carlton Draught, Victoria Bitter, Tooheys,  Crown Lager, West End Draught, Hahn Super Dry, XXXX, Coopers, Cascade, James Squire).
M
Q
62
Irish theme with a large leprechaun with my last name in large writing under it.
M
B
63
Lots of colour and patterns, something to represent Australia, something to represent UAE (camels, sand dunes, sunset), First name on one edge (Chelsea).
F
B
64
Warrant Officer Disciplanary Crest (in blue and white), with The Ode of Remembrance alongside/under on one side please.
M
B
65
anything air force, medical, or Christian. But I'm not fussy, so whatever is easy.
M
B
66
RAAF Ensign with SGT Rank, Mechanical Equipment Operations and Maintenance Section (MEOMS) AMAB/ADAB Please Incorperate a picture of a Scorpion                                    Dates Oct 18 - May 19
M
B
67
RAAF Ensign,Writing with Mechanical Equipment Operations and Maintenance Section MEOMS -  AMAB/ADAB Please incorerate a picture of a Scorpion/Spanners           Dates Oct 18 - May 19
M
B
68
RAAF Ensign, TEXT: Mechanical Equipment Operations and Maintenance Section (MEOMS) AMAB/ADAB Please Incorperate a picture of a C-130 dropping Scorpions on a field of poppies                                             Dates Oct 18 - May 19
M
B
69
RAAF Ensign, TEXT: Mechanical Equipment Operations and Maintenance Section (MEOMS) AMAB/ADAB Please Incorperate a picture of a C-130/C-17                                            Dates Oct 18 - May 19
M
B
70