Thank you so much for the quilt. I absolutely love it and it's exactly what I had in mind when I requested one.
Thanks also for the note. Your family has certainly done this country proud with all the Service provided.
I have no history of family service. I was born in Sri Lanka, and emigrated when I was five years old with my family. I studied oceanography at Sydney University and ran into a primary school teacher of mine who said the Navy would use my degree and that was it. I hit 30 years at the end of May, something that I never thought of when I joined up, but in all honesty I can say I have enjoyed pretty much every minute of my career.
This is me looking pretty pleased with my quilt.
Once again, thanks you so much for this beautiful quilt. All the best in your Grey Nomad adventures. Stay safe
permission to publish photo Anne Horner
Thank you very much for the quilt you’ve sent over, and the post cards with it, funny enough I’m from XXXX which is roughly a hour and a half from Palm Cove and is quite easily my favourite beach in Cairns. If your ever there again pop into the ‘Chill cafe’ on the corner as soon as you drive in to the esplanade at Palm Cove, they do a wicked breakfast.. The quilt was great addition to my quite bland room and always reminded me of home.
Id like to get down to South Australia one day, Ive heard nothing but good words about it plus I wouldn’t mind getting out and tasting some of them great SA wines I’ve heard about.
Its a humbling feeling knowing that we have people like yourself back in Aus that go so far out of there way to support our troops, everybody I’ve talked to that have received a quilt is proud to show it off. So thank you again for everything you have done and continue to do, I’m proud to see the Aussie spirit has made its way over here.
Have a safe and enjoyable year,
Keep up the amazing work!
Good morning Caroline L
I'm so happy you got the opportunity to represent Aussie Quilts at HQJOC for ANZAC day, that surely would have been a memorable experience, though you may have been intimidated I'm sure everyone was looking back at you knowing that you are the real hero, to go out of your way to hand make quilts for Australian service men and women is truly admirable. I was lucky enough to represent the ADF in Jordan for ANZAC day where I was apart of the dawn service catafalque party. It was probably the highlight of my career, the service was held at the Citadel (where Hercules was) . I was fortunate to also get to see Petra the next day with two of my work colleagues
I had a laugh when reading your card because I actually did find a bit of dog hair on my quilt, which made it extra special to know that you probably had your dogs along side you when making the quilt.
Thank you to you Ma'am and all the family for your support from the other side of the world. I hope this email finds you all well and healthy.
Lots of Love,
Thank you thank you thank you!! From the bottom of my heart for my beautiful quilt! It is absolutely perfect and so so beautiful - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!!!!
I've put a little note in the post for you so hopefully it gets there soon, but I'm sure you can imagine how slow the post is out here sometimes :)
Thank you again, you have made one happy girl in the Middle East.
Definitely happy for you to share it! The email I wrote Cheryl was a fair bit shorter than the letter that I put in the post - although it was quite difficult to properly put into words how happy that quilt and the laundry bag from Sal, made me!
AHQ is a fantastic initiative, thank you for the cheer and joy that you bring to our lives. The care that your team shows for us, strangers essentially, is just phenomenal.
My father and my grandfather both served and there was no one to send them beautiful quilts but you and your team do display such generosity and kindness in your quilts and laundry bags, it's absolutely beyond words.
As I said to Cheryl in my letter, at 22 this is probably not where I saw myself (now I can't imagine being anywhere else) but something as simple as a quilt with the same pink tones as my childhood room at my parent's house really does make me feel a little closer to home!
I love serving my country and I love my quilt.
Thank you again for everything that you and your team do!
Dear Anne R,
I am currently serving in the Middle East Area of Operations. I’m 35 years old, originally from Geelong in Victoria and I enlisted in the Australian Army almost 7 years ago. I am a member of the Royal Australian Signals Corps.
I have had some amazing experiences whilst over here and I am looking forward to getting home to my family later this year. I am honoured to be an ADF member and to be able write back to you today. I wanted you to know how much I appreciate all the care and effort you’ve gone to. This is my second deployment to the Middle East but the first time I have received a quilt. I really enjoyed reading your letter and reading you and your husbands thoughts on what the colours and design symbolise, I see both sky and ocean. Receiving your quilt was a real morale boost for me and will be a treasured memento for my time I have served on operations and will stay with me where ever I am posted to throughout Australia. The generosity shown by you and the Australian public has been outstanding and it really makes me feel proud knowing the community back home is so supportive of us.
When I have some spare time I will send you some photos of me and your quilt in the Middle East.
I hope that you have a wonderful 2018 and thank you once again for all your support.
I wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you very much for my quilt; it arrived through the post today. The design was exactly what I was after. I can see and feel the attention to detail that has gone into making the quilt and I really appreciate the hard work. I will crank down my air conditioning a couple of notches tonight so that I can use it. I am extremely grateful and touched that you have put so much effort to make my day / week / remainder of my tour.
I also really appreciate your lovely letter. I will reply tomorrow, but post can take four weeks to get back to Australia (I think the postie walks it back). The tea and TimTams were also superb. My close knit team of coalition officers looks forward to our weekly morning tea based around TimTams. I was down to my last packet, so we now have next week taken care of!
I will try and send you a picture of me (smiling/squinting) and my quilt as a small token of my appreciation.
Good morning Jan-Maree and Lynn,
I am happy to report that my quilt arrived this week at my deployed location.
I'd like to express my sincere thanks for the quality of the quilt and the colour choices. They are spot on and it now has a nice place on my bed.
AHQ's is doing an exceptional job of providing this service to deployed members and I'm sure I can speak on every members behalf when I say 'thank you'. I know how much thought and passion goes into these (as my mum has started helping with AHQ's as well) so to see the finished product was great.
Lastly, keep up the good work. It does make a difference to morale and knowing that people back home can do such great work - just for us.
Dear Hilary T
Hi Cathie (and family), Thankyou so very much for my amazing quilt. It is absolutely perfect, and I am amazed that you took such a broad brief about poppies and created something that is so beautiful. Everyone I have shown it to here has commented on how lovely it is.
I have been trying to send through a photo of myself and the quilt here, but have been having some email issues, so I thought I would send you this email to thank you, and send those photos when I eventually resolve the email issues.
Thankyou also for the lovely photo of yourself and your family. I have that pinned up on the wall in my office. It was lovely to see your extended family, and hear about your retriever trials. I hope your grandchildren will be happy that this particular quilt is now being lovingly cared for by an an airwoman, (rather than a soldier)
Please also thank Denise for sponsoring this quilt. It was very kind of her to make a donation to this worthy cause, and I am very thankful for her sponsorship. Please pass my regards on to her, and let her know that I am sorry for her loss.
Thankyou again for the work you do to support all of us.
All the best,
Firstly I wanted to say a big thank you, your Laundry Bag was not expected when I first came into Country, but lovely to receive.
I have been in the Australian Regular Army for over 22 years.
I feel very honoured and privileged to have served my Country for so long.
I am currently deployed to the Middle East Region as the Logistics Planner for the Australian Headquarters.
I was born and bred in a small town in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria.
I have 2 beautiful children; 10 and 7 and a wonderful husband Matthew, who is currently at home caring for our gorgeous children.
We also have a dog named Kaylee; she is a Bordoodle (Miniature Poodle X Border Collie) and she is a gorgeous, affectionate, loving, active 2 year old.
I am six Generations Army
I loved reading about your family and life in general, I am a people person and love hearing about the history, experiences and lives of others. This is my first and last 6 month deployment as I have been a Mum for the last 10 years raising the kids. I have stayed full-time Army, but my husband is away for 8-9 months every year and one of us had to take a back seat, so that was me. No regrets though as I have raised, so far, 2 very loving independent gorgeous Children. I also figure that the Army will not be on my death bed when I die, but hopefully I will be surrounded by my family. I have spent the last 2 years doing Uni part-time and at the end of last year applied for my Teacher Registration..... So yes I am a Primary School Teacher and that is something that I think I may want to do when I retire.
Anyway, back to the Laundry Bag. The colours and design are very much on point for me. Being military I like order and clean lines and it definitely fits that perfectly.
I love the cool..... colours and they make me smile when I look at it. Funny enough, I actually do not like swimming in the Ocean, but love to look at it and listen to it and the colours always blow my mind as they are ever changing.
I have been meaning to get one of my family to send me over a relaxation CD of Ocean Sounds. It would be really handy to have considering we live in a communal environment and I am a light sleeper. It sounds like a great idea to get your students to contribute to the design and manufacture of future bags; and I am sure they will get a kick out of receiving correspondence from members of the Australian Defence Force to say Thank you.
In closing thank you again for caring enough to design and make my laundry bag
Phew! Such a lot.
Well done making it to the end.
Till next time... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!