Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Happy Mail 20th June 2018

These Blocks of the Month have arrived in my mailbox over the last few days.
So much colour!  So beautiful!  They are going to make great quilts for our Aussie Heroes.

If you would like to make some of the June BOM - Red and White Split Square Blocks, 
please go here for the Tutorial.

If making a quilt for an Aussie Hero by yourself seems like too big a task, 
then sewing Blocks of the Month is a great way to 
participate in making quilts for them.  
The Coffs Harbour Team just love designing and creating quilts that meet 
their Requests, and the Blocks help us to make the quilts quickly.

A huge THANK YOU to those who regularly sew BOM and also make 
quilts...such generous people.

Enjoy these blocks.

Elaine H


Linda L #1


Linda L #2


Linda L #3



Milton Quilters #1



Milton Quilters #2



Bronwyn W



Cassandra P



Stay warm as the temperatures plummet in this Great South Land.

Until next time,

Sandy

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

An Invitation to visit to Victoria Barracks in Melbourne ......




Simpson Barracks tour for Aussie Hero Quilters, Laundry Bag makers, embroiderers, etc!

The Aussie Heroes tour to Simpson Barracks at Watsonia (Melbourne) is on Wednesday, 4 July, (that’s only 2 weeks away) and there are a few spots still available!  So, if you would like to come along but haven’t yet put your name down, please email Nicole W (wilsons@bigpond.net.au).  

Padre Mark Dunn has organised a great visit for us, with morning tea, tours of the museum and Barracks environs, lunch, as well as the opportunity to meet a few recipients!  Don’t forget, if you are coming by train and need a lift from a station, let us know.  Caroline and I will do our best to help.   

Other Aussie Hero sewists who are attending have also offered transport help, so we’re sure to find a way to get you there (and home again!).  Don’t miss this great opportunity to gain an insight into Barracks life for our service personnel, and an understanding of the value of what we do for our serving Aussies.  Look forward to seeing you there!



Mail Call.....


Good morning, 
 

An email I received this morning from one of our lovely long term contributors prompted me to look at the issue of how we handle out incoming mail.  We receive quite a lot of mail as you can imagine. I collect the mail a couple of times a week and thankfully Bridget often collects it on sewing days and brings it with her.

In most cases we wait til a sewing day to open the mail and sort it. That is easier for me because I then have helpers to hold up the laundry bags, quilt tops, blocks etc so that photos can be taken of everything that comes in in the hope that I can identify who made what in the coming months when laundry bags or quilts are sent out.  I could not possibly do this on my own. 


Often times I ask someone to write a thank you letter to the sender to let them know that their parcel has arrived but this is not always feasible given the volume of mail we receive.   Even though we have been going for more than six years I still do the vast majority of the administration myself and there are only so many hours in the day. 

If there are any volunteers out there who would like to come to my home on a regular basis to help with the admin that would be great but so far we have not found anyone keen enough to commit to doing this regularly. 


In the mean time I recognise that some of you would like to know your parcels have arrived safe and sound with me and would also like to know when your quilts and/or bags have been sent off. So here is my suggestion.  Hopefully this will make it easier for me to keep up and reassuring for you to know that your parcel has arrived safely at HQ AHQ.  

If you would like to know that your parcel has arrived safe and sound please include a Stamped Self Addressed Postcard.   Stamped is important as all postage comes out of the donated funds and those are limited.   With each postcard costing $1 it adds up quickly.  Self addressed is important as that saves me the need to search for your address. You might prefer an email but that is something I would have to do and I don't always have time. If we have postcards then I should be able to delegate the responsibility of writing you a quick postcard confirming receipt of your parcel to someone else. 


Now to what happens to your items once they get here.   Laundry bags are stockpiled until I have enough to send them off or pass them on. This year we have given laundry bags to HMAS Farncomb, HMAS Rankin, HMAS Success, HMAS Sirius and I am currently stock-piling more for HMAS Success and HMAS Canberra.   If you put a letter inside your laundry bag when you send it to me then that will stay with the bag and will go to the recipient.  You may or may not hear back from your eventual recipient but I am sure you understand with the numbers I am dealing with, that it is just too hard for me to tell everyone where their bags are going to and when.  I hope you understand.

As far as quilt and quilt tops are concerned, we try really hard to keep track of them. We photograph every quilt/top that arrives. We then print the photo and write the name of the maker (and when/if appropriate the quilter) on the photo and file the two together. When one is used the photo is referred to when I write the covering letter and then the name of the maker/s is recorded in my spreadsheet against the name of the recipient.   I just do not have the capacity to let the quilter know that the quilt is being sent off I am afraid. 

As as example, I currently have over 40 quilts sitting in boxes on my lounge (lucky my boys have moved out) to go to a specific group and I need to write a covering letter for each one before they go. In that covering letter is the name of the person who made the quilt.  If I receive any feedback I always try to pass it on to the quilter when I have time. 

Please understand that I regularly work day and night to keep up with the admin and I really cannot add in any more hours.   We love the "random" quilts and laundry bags that come here and they all find good homes but the work involved in letting you know where they go to is beyond what I can manage in spite of the best will in the world.   Hopefully if you receive a postcard from one of us, letting you know your quilt/top/bags have arrived that will reassure you that your hard work is appreciated. 

This is an issue that has concerned me for sometime but hopefully the postcard system will improve our communication for the future. 

As always thank you so much for your support.  We really could not do what we do without you. The forty or so people that are about to receive quilts from my sofa would otherwise miss out so you really are making a difference. 

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

Jan-Maree xx

Monday, 18 June 2018

Aussie Hero Quilts Request 18 June 18


Hi all 

PRIORITY QUILTS

Numbers 2 is the priority requests this week and it needs to be in the mail no later than 2 July.  Can anyone please help?

Post by Date for other quilts

The post by date for ALL items on this list is 23 July 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.

 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.

LOTS of requests want the Coat of Arms.. I can have this sent to you….
OTHER INCLUSIONS
Australian National Flag - you can buy panels at Spotlight – ask for them if you can’t find them.
Coat of Arms, Rising Sun, RAAF Crest, Navy Crest, Coat of Arms 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 


Aussie theme with initials ( have a few of these)
M
LB
1
Australian coat of arms (which I can send you) in white with a dark blue background
M
LB
1
 Illiwarra Hawks (basketball team) theme
M
LB
1
Canberra Raiders Rugby League (the colours will do)
M
LB
1
"OUTDOORS/SEA/SUNSETS/BEACH Must be posted 2 Jul
BLUE/PURPLE/AQUA"
F
Q
2
Union Jack, and Australian flag.   With "RAOC" and"RAAOC" Corps colours are Red Blue Red, Apples and cider with black and white
M
Q
3
NRL Team - North Queensland Cowboys – with name, PM keys and deployment details included. (can have personal details embroidered)                                     
M
B
4
Australian Flag, rising sun ( I can send you one), Outdoors, shooting theme,

Q
5
Penrith Panthers (NRL Team)
M
B
6
Melbourne Storm (NRL)
M
Q
7
Royal Australian Corps of Transport (RACT) Corps colours of blue, red and white and Corps motto "Par Oneri"
M
B
8
Boxing Kangaroo with FSE and Raeme colours  (Royal blue, red and golden yellow)
M
Q
9
VB logo with Bunnings warehouse snag
M
Q
10
RAEME corp flag. Royal blue on top third, yellow middle third and red bottom third. RAEME Corp badge (which I can send you) in the middle with the Artificers badge (I can send you one) underneath
M
Q
11
Wallabies (Rugby).
M
Q
12
Australian/Iraq theme
M
Q
13
Large RAAF ensign in center with camel, fighter jet and UAE flag above or below.
M
Q
14
Fighter Jets
M
B
15
rising sun or coat of arms on it ( I can send you both) and have my childrens names
M
Q
16
portaloos and chicken wings
M
Q
17
RAAF Crest and the TG Taji Boomerang/Fern Crest preferably on a AUS camouflage background ( can send you some)
M
B
18
his initials TSM, the rising sun, Australian flag- and possibly the Intelligence corps logo (I can print this for you) or the Operation OKRA logo.
M
B
19
Australian animals, Australian natives. Australian map or flag, NZ Flag and Iraq Flag. Task Group Taji VII. Quilt colour - anything colourful/happy colours.
F
Q
20
Australian Coat of Arms (dark blue background and white/silver like the Air Force WOFF rank), with The Ode of Remembrance and some poppies  Thank you
M
B
21
Australian Coat of Arms (in blue and white), with The Ode of Remembrance.  Can I also please have a Australian and a Dutch flag at the bottom
M
B
22
RAAF ensign and RAAF crest - Blue quilt with a white border. 2x FA18 silhouettes
M
B
23
Aqua blue colours. Australian Coat of Arms. Middle East Region
F
B
24
Main picture of a soldiers silhouette playing the last post (bugle) or a soldier leaning on a rifle.
F
Q
25
ANZAC / RAAF themed with
"OP ACCORDIAN - EAOU-3
MER 2018" somewhere. Thank you so much!
M
B
26
Something to mark my time in the UAE would be most appreciated. Perhaps some camels/sunset. The text 'EAOU-3 17 Apr - 31 Oct 18' would be excellent if possible. I like bright colours also. Thank you.
M
B
27
Navy Blue background with the RAAF Ensign at the top and a picture of Dubai at the bottom. Also at the bottom, the text 'EAOU-3 (17 Apr - 31 Oct 18)'. Thank you.
M
B
28
Dubai theme with Australian Flag please. Thank you.
F
Q
29
black and tan Doberman (Name of dog: Buttercup) and a chocolate point rag doll cat (Name of Cat: Bear) -they are my pets in Australia, can email photos if requested
F
Q
30
Australian Coat of Arms (in blue and white), with The Ode of Remembrance alongside/under please.
M
B
31
My two nephews with their names at the top. 1.Jxxxx: 4yrs old loves sharks/boat/fishing colours Blue/Green. Has pet chickens. 2.Rxxx: 2yrs old. Loves monkeys and safari theme. Loves Red/Yellow/Green colours. And eating fruit. Love Aunty Jxx 2018
F
Q
32
Australian Coat of Arms (in blue and gold)
M
Q
33
White blanket with picture of Cat (can provide if that is an option) and Milo as the name (home pet)
M
Q
34
The Australian Defence Force Emblem, with an ANZAC Soldier standing on one side and a current generation soldier on the other. Decorated with poppies and the quote "Remember The Fallen" please.
M
B
35
Husqvana Motocross Racing (easy logo if you google it)
M
Q
36
Boxing kangaroo, Sydney Roosters, NSW Bluews
M
B
37
Boxing kangaroo, broncos and Maroons
M
B
38
Two Anzac Soldiers in the trenches watching the sun rising in the background and with poppies around.
M
B
39
A quilt that has the motto "You'll Never Walk Alone"in red writing. A red border around the quilt with a white background.
M
Q
40
RAAF Crest (I can send you one) and a C130 silhouette
M
LB
41
Random
M
Q
42
I have 2 daughter, so anything with their names would be appreciated. I like Red, Blue and Purple. I’m also a huge Harry Potter fan!!
F
B
43
working dog theme. Dark grey, black, navy blue and maroon.
M
B
44
RAAF roundel with a dark grey background.
M
B
45
Australian Coat of Arms. Blue colour
F
Q
46
Australian flag
M
Q
47
Australian flag
F
Q
48
Australian flag
M
Q
49
RAAF crest  with a sky blue background
M
Q
50
Australian coat of arms in white with a dark blue background
M
Q
51
RAAF roundel with a grey background
M
Q
52
a picture of a deer on it. Ideally with a forest as the background.
M
B
53
RAAF Ensign
M
Q
54
Sporty theme with Aussie flag
M
Q
55
Shades of aqua blue, black kittens & champagne. Can I please have the initials AH somewhere and reference to EAOU-3 LSF
F
B
56
Autism jigsaw (google it), shapes of blue, baby groot ( I can print one for you… google it), wonderwomen and avengers. Can I please have initials SP somewhere and reference EAOU-3 LSF.
F
B
57
Manchester United Logo, Cronulla Sharks Logo, Aussie Flag, Subaru Logo. Letters ARC on top edge and EAOU-3 on bottom edge if possible.
M
Q
58
Can I please have initials DE somewhere and reference EAOU-3 LSF.
M
B
59
 Batman (The Dark Knight) theme or
M
B
60