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.
It looks like this did not publish last week as I thought it had but it was brought my my attention by one of my quilters so here it is now... enjoy. .....
am writing to thank you for the lovely personalised quilt you made for me. It
really blew me away to receive this in the post along with your letter. I must
apologise though for taking so long to reply to you. I did receive it a couple
of months back and have been meaning to reply ever since, but somehow work kept
getting in the way.
am currently serving in South Sudan with the United Nations. I am part of a
group of 20 Australian Defence Force personnel working here.
is also something quite funny I have to tell you.....the blackhawk picture you
put on the quilt, well I believe that was actually me flying that blackhawk
in front of a waterfall in East Timor many years back!!! I have the same
photo. How funny you would find that picture of me for my quilt!!
sign off by saying once again, thank you so much for you kindness in
volunteering for Aussie Heroes and making me the quilt. It means a lot me and
my fellow colleagues that there are people like you back home who are thinking
about those of us in the far flung places of the world.
First of all THANK-YOU! I can’t
tell you how much I appreciate the lovely care package and the laundry bag.
It is almost as if you knew me before
making the care package, all of the colours are my favourite and everything in
the package was exactly what I needed. Your letter was very touching; the
fact that you take time out of your busy life to put together such detailed and
personal care packages for Deployed ADF members admirable. I bet your son
is very proud of your contribution, and it is evident that you are extremely
proud of the sacrifices that he has made, I hope he is recovered well and
enjoying his life firm on Aussie soil.
Once again, thank you Cath, I am so
It is such a joy watching everyone
receive their quilts and washing bags so eagerly. It is the highlight of
everyone’s weeks here as it brings so much excitement into our trip. Your
hard work and effort does not go unnoticed.
Words cannot express how this quilt made
me feel, I had a very emotional week and when the quilt arrived it just brought
tears to my eyes and warmed my heart more than you could ever imagine.
This quilt had exceeded every
expectation, everybody that has seen it loves it!! My room is so much brighter, the
colours and the detail are so amazing.
This is everything I am; I love the
1950’s style. The pink and grey are the colours I have in my lounge back
home, so this will take pride and place in the lounge for years to come.
I try and sew a bit at home, but I’ll
never be as creative as you. The quilts and laundry bags that the
troops receive from all the Aussie Hero Quilts volunteers are appreciated more
than anyone could imagine.
I would like to thank you with all my
Thank you so very much for the amazing
quilt you sent me – I absolutely love it, and am so grateful. It has far
exceeded any expectations I had, and I’m so grateful for the thought, time and
effort you and the Aussie Heroes sewing team in Coff’s Harbour have put into
making the quilt, thank you.
Aussie Hero Quilts is an amazing
organisation and I can’t fathom the amount of ladies Jan-Maree must have around
Australia who make the laundry bags and quilts, there must be so many of you!
It’s very humbling to know that you spend time to make our lives a little
easier. The quilt has certainly brightened my room and makes it feel a
little more like home
I am married with two kids, my son 4 and my daughter is 2. They’ve both had Birthdays
while I’ve been deployed. I miss them very much and am very excited to
home next week on holidays to see them. We are planning on having a
holiday and going camping, which will be lovely. I’ve enjoyed my time here, but I am
looking forward to going home also. Can’t say I will miss the weather
here, it’s very hot!
Thank you again so much for the quilt, I
am so grateful. Please pass on my sincere thanks to the ladies in your
Dear Jenny W
Thank you so much for the laundry bag! I absolutely love it!
It is almost too nice to do my washing in but I will at least be able to tell
which laundry is mine now.
I appreciate the
effort & timeyou have taken to
create this for me & the many other serving members over the past two
I am a Lieutenant in the Australian Army & as you
already know, belong to the Corps of RAEME. I have been in the Army 6 years
& have now had the chance to deploy to Iraq this year as my first deployment. I am currently doing
a variety of logistic roles & am having a great time with a lot of new
experiences. I am missing my friends & family back home very much so packages like yours keep me grounded &
thinking of everyone back in Australia that is supporting the work we do here.
I joined the military straight out of High School & have
made some amazing lifelong friends in my short career & experienced so much
in such a short time. I can add receiving my first laundry bag hand made for me to that list
of memories I will hold close forever.
Your efforts & thoughts are so important to the deployed
members, they all talk & share their laundry bag & blanket designs with
each other & we all love the love work you all do.
From all the deployed Men & Women, I thank you
Thank you so much for the laundry bag you made for me. I received
it in on our RCB rotation in Butterworth, Malaysia. I always use it for my
laundry and was used rigorously over the 3 months in Malaysia. It's great that
you have a fun hobby and love making laundry bags and quilts. You remind me a
lot of my mum who loves making quilts also,
Thank you very much for your support and know that you definitely
make a difference with the laundry bags, quilts and especially the thoughtful
letter that comes with them.
What a beautiful
piece of art and thank you for your time and patience for creating this
quilt for me. The selfless hours, not only in discovering the background of the
person you are creating this for, but your heartfelt time in creating such a
warm and timeless piece for which I will cherish and one day pass on to my
I love the rising
sun in the centre as a reminder for which I served with pride, it is truly Australian.
This quilt will take pride of place in my home.
I have had the
honour of representing Australia in a number of sporting fields in
international competitions throughout the world but this Invictus Team would
remain as the highlight of my sporting career not only for the events for
which I am competing but for the people who I have met along this journey.
Getting to know
their individual stories, both during and after serving, and seeing how these
game have enriched them, like your quilts, to help them find a new and
rewarding lease of life to be able to be themselves in an environment where
they don't feel judged as the outside world judges.
Being part of
this and to help the younger vets back on track is a great reward in
I watch them with pride
in their achievements and developments moving from strength to strength their
faces becoming brighter with every step no matter how slow.
In closing again
I with to thank you and wish for you and your family health, happiness and most
of all peace.
Yours in Invictus
you so much for the quilt you made for me, it is incredible!! Wow! I can’t
thank you enough for your effort and the quality of your work. I have shown
many of my RAEME mates over here (and sent pictures back home to others) they are
all envious. I will treasure it forever and it will always be a special
reminder of my time over here and of the appreciation from home for what I
gifts such as your quilt and the laundry bag that I received from Rhonda (which
I’m now using it as a pillow case), makes it all worth it to know that people at home support us and
appreciate our sacrifice, it really means a lot to all of us here and makes the
separation from home that little bit easier.
thanks for your effort Lynn and that of Keryn’s and Jan Maree and the Hero
Quilt organisation, it is a great initiative and a wonderful service that is provided
for of us here.
have just returned from my Rest Out of Country Leave, where I got to spend
nearly 2 weeks back home with my family. When I got back to the deployment, it
was fantastic to find your quilt waiting for me; it was a nice surprise to
return to. I chose to email you instead of writing a letter, as with the delays
in the mail over here I wanted to let you know as soon as I could that I had received
your quilt, as I reckon that it would have been another few of weeks had I sent
you a letter you. Additionally, I also wanted to send you a picture of it in place.
thanks again Lynn, it truly is an amazing quilt and its arrival is quite
timely, as although the days over here are still quite warm, the nights are
getting cool - a sign that it won’t be long before it starts getting pretty
chilly, as winter sets in.
again thank you for the quilt, it is really appreciated.
Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for my beautiful laundry
bag and very thoughtful card, I cried my eyes out when I read it.
I really enjoyed reading your story about how you came to
volunteering with Aussie Heros, thank you for taking to time to support and
thank those who are serving our country.
I’m thrilled to be part of the Invictus Games Public Affairs
team. It has been so rewarding
sharing the competitors stories and I’m looking forward to sharing the events
with the world as they unfold. They are already winners in my eyes!
Please know that I’m already using your gift regularly and
will continue on my deployment in Feb 2020.
Many blessing to you and your family.
You should be really proud knowing your time and creativity
filled my heart with pride and absolute joy.
Have a lovely weekend
What a wonderful
surprise it was when I opened my parcel to find such beautiful pieces, the quilt
and laundry bag.
The time and
workmanship is heart warming and wonderful with a fair amount of yourself in
each stitch you sew. In looking at the design it is truly unique having the
centre piece the rising sun with the rowing emblem as well, depicting my sport.
The Aboriginal design is very close to home as my partner is from Victorian
tribe, Yorta Yorta, with the vibrant colours gives this bag an uplifting
In times past
mothers and daughters would sit and hand sew keeping the family unit with a
strong base for which we, as a society, seem to have lost, but knowing what you
ladies do and having your daughter helping in this is truly wonderful keeping
that bond we need.
addressed us at a training camp in Sydney telling your story and advising us of
what you wonderful people are doing for us brought a warm and enlightening
feeling across the whole team as if to say we are here for you and you are not
forgotten. These quilts and laundry bags mean more to a lot of people, in a
quiet and very personal way.
In closing again
thank you to you, your daughter and those band of wonderful people who spend so
much time in making the men and women for our defence force feel a little bit
of home is never more than an arm length away for your selfless efforts
Yours in Invictus
I love the washing bag
and of course the other goodies.
A little about myself I have been in the Army
for 25 years, I have been in 3 different Corps within the Army: Infantry
Armoured Corps Transport
This is my 4 deployment
Many thanks ......
Just letting you know I have received my Essendon Bombers Laundry Bag yesterday. And I'm so in love with it you did an amazing job and its put a massive smile on my face, this is my sixth deployment and my first ever experience with Aussie hero quilts and I can honestly say getting a personalised laundry bag and a package from someone whom I've never met is a humbling experience.
You are a beautiful person to take time out of your day and do this for me, and I and all the serviceman over here would like to say thankyou.
Good Afternoon Jean
Thank you so much for the Laundry bag, its lovely! It looks just like the things my grandma used to make. When you see the other ladies from the Sewing club in Coffs Harbour tell them thank you from the Aussie team in XXXXX
Good Afternoon Sandy
Thank you for the Quilt it looks incredible! Please give my thanks to Jean, Di and Lynne for their input into the quilt as well. It reminds me of the things my Grandma used to make. Please say hello and thank you to all of the ladies at the teaching studio for myself and all the Aussies here in XXXX.
Please accept these very small gifts as a token of my appreciation for your kindness in making my quilt.
It keeps my otherwise stark room feeling that bit more homely and boosts my morale on a daily basis.
Thank you so, so very much! .......
Thank you so much for making the quilt and laundry bag, It is
absolutely fantastic! The detail that you have put into it is amazing, I'm lost
Everyone here thanks you all for making quilts for us all!
Thank you for your time you absolute Aussie legends!!!
..... What a great bunch of thank you messages. Till next time... keep spreading the word and happy stitching! Jan-Maree xx