Friday, 18 January 2019

Weekly Dispatches 18 January Version 3


Having a few technical glitches with the blog today.  Apparently, for some reason, the weekly dispatches is over-writing the previous posts instead of pushing them further down the page.... no idea why! Seeing if I can fix it.
If this does not work I will have to assume it is a Blogger Glitch and hope they correct it.

If you can't see it Click on this link for a better look. 
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Hi to everyone in the Aussie Hero's Family
Well Christmas and new year celebrations are a distant memory and we are already well into 2019!  I'm hoping that you all had a fabulous time with friends and family.
To those who were serving throughout the festive season, I trust that you had time and method to make contact with your families.  We are all very proud of you.

This year alone we have sent off 40 quilts and that has brought our total for the year to more than 10175 quilts since we started.


We have also sent off 32 laundry bags,
bringing our total since we started to over 20,180 laundry bags.
  
Just to remind you, I have placed the names underneath the respected photo.

 Ashleigh

 Bridget

  Bridget

  Bridget

  Bridget

  Bridget

 Cath Hpr

 Jacqui P

 Janis K

 Joy H 

 Lorraine

 Melissa L

 Pennie T

 Ruth S 

 Ruth S 

 Ruth S 

 Ruth S 

Sue N 

What a great start to 2019!
We have Australia Day coming up.  I can tell you it is an important date in the Australian Calendar of those serving overseas.  I hope you have all got some special plans to celebrate in your own way, no matter how simple they may be.
We are looking forward to a fantastic 2019.

See you round like a rissole. 
Shelley.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

HMAS Ballarat Video - Quilt made by Pennie T

Another awesome thank you video from HMAS Ballarat.. this time for a quilt made by Pennie!

BZ HMAS Ballarat and BZ Pennie!



HMAS Ballarat Video No 1 - Quilt made by Jenny N from WA

Here is a first... HMAS Ballarat are going to try and send us videos when the quilts and laundry bags arrive. Don't underestimate how much effort this requires so how very special is that!

Here is the first one!

Thank you Jenny N from your HMAS Ballarat Sailor!!


Gratitude Post 16 January 2019

G'day all, 

I am now back in Sydney after my trip to Brisbane and back. What a fabulous time I had, staying with, meeting and catching up with quilters and recipients every day. 

I couldn't believe it when I bumped into the lovely Nikki, co-Captain of the Aussie Invictus Games Team last year, at the first rest stop I made. 


Everywhere I went I was made so welcome - it was just wonderful.



I am sorry that I did not remember to take photos of everyone I met and stayed with, including the lovely Linda and Jamie from WoundedWarriors4WoundedWarriors but here are some of the people I caught up with along the way.  


Leigh and his gorgeous family were my hosts in Brisbane for two nights, including the Saturday when my husband joined me. The last time I saw them little Joshua (the youngest) was just months old and when Leigh first contacted me in 2012 his little Bella was also just months old.  I feel like I have watched the children grow up. 

On the Saturday night in Brisbane, mother of one of our Fallen Warriors, Susie Chuck and her partner, David, hosted a dinner for recipients and quilters. It was a beautiful night, great food and of course, great company. 


Debra S has been sewing for us since 2012 but this was the first time she has been able to get along to one of our functions as she is a busy mum from regional Queensland. 


Many of you will recognise the legendary Peter Rudland, Co-Captain of our 2017 Invictus Games Team and competitor in the 2018 Team.  With us is Jorja who I have also known since 2012 but never had the chance to meet. Jorja was kind enough to put me up on the Sunday night and it was great to actually be able to share time together. 


Janelle received a quilt in South Sudan in 2015 (I think) and again, we have been in touch ever since but never had the chance to meet. 

 This is Sharon, ex-Air Traffic Controller from my era and also a recipient, Michelle who is one of our RAAF Chaplains and of course, Janelle again. 

Paul on the right is Debra S's husband.  Shane, on the left, returned early from deployment in AMAB to go straight into hospital for chemo.  His wife Bec, contacted me and Donna J made him a quilt that went with him to and from hospital and kept him warm at home.  These days Shane is thankfully in remission and getting on with his life!

Bec, Shane's wife, is on the left, Heather in the middle is a quilter and that is Debra S again. 

Kate was there with her partner.   Cathie J and Norma are both quilters, both of whom were delighted to be able to make it to an Aussie Heroes function. 

This is a special family group. Mum, Tanya, is with (from the left) Mitch, Fionn and Baily. Some of you might remember that Baily was one of our speakers on the Friday night in Canberra last November.  Dad, Ben, could not be there was he works in Sydney courtesy of military postings but then he has Christmas lunch at my table so did not miss out entirely.  Both Tanya and Ben are recipients. 

The lovely Andrew has been really keen to get to one of our functions but has been posted to the North West of WA... a posting to Brisbane finally made it possible... YAY!



Unfortunately this is the only photo I have of Peter and I with the gorgeous Susie, our hostess for the night. 



And last but not least, I spent my final night in Coffs Harbour with Joanne H and her husband Kim.  I arrived in the afternoon just in time to enjoy some afternoon tea with some of the Coffs Harbour ladies and one HMAS Ballarat mum!  

I hope you don't mind me hijacking the Gratitude Post to share some of the pics from my trip but I thought you would like to put some faces to some names. I am just sorry that none of us thought to take pictures of the Coffs Harbour Group! 

Now on with the normal messages... 
Enjoy!
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Good Evening Ellen,

Many thanks for you excellent work with the laundry bag, it really is appreciated. It is quite humbling to receive your generosity, it is evident that a considerable amount of work went into making the bag.
I really believe that Aussie hero quilts is a great initiative and I applaud you for your efforts.
I did enjoy reading about your families long history with the ADF and the service that they provided to the Australian public.
I’m currently in the middle of my deployment, which I have enjoyed, however it can be difficult on a personal note.
I will endeavour to forward a picture shortly.

My very best wishes for the rest of the festive season.  
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Dear Ashleigh and Bridget,

My name is Tylar, I was very lucky to have received a quilt (pineapples and palm tree) and laundry bag (flamingo’s) from you both. It was honestly the best Christmas present (sorry mum)! I truly appreciate the effort you put into making them and I will cherish them both. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Ashleigh, I can’t believe how young you are to be so talented and doing such a beautiful thing for Australia Defence Members. I’m 23 and inspired by your ability to create a quilt – slightly jealous too! 

Bridget, my mother-in-law is very much like yourself. She retired a few years now and besides travelling around Australia, she loves making quilts for family and friends. She recently entered a competition in Bunbury WA and came 1st place for her quilt and 2nd place for her Teddy bear. She absolutely loves the quilt and laundry bag too! I’ve told her about Aussie Quilt Hero’s so I think she may be in contact to assist in future as two of her children are in the Navy.

I can’t convey in words just how appreciative and happy I am. I’ve never owned a quilt before and I honestly didn’t think much of them before now! When I received my quilt I was so excited, like a kid who received her favourite toy. They were honestly my favourite Christmas present! I took photos and sent them to my family and friends back home and I was showing both the quilt and laundry bag off to all of my ship mates. All of the girls in my sleeping quarters absolutely loved them too! I am so chuffed with how amazing they look and I plan on passing my quilt down to my children one day.

I hope you both had a lovely Christmas and a smashing New Year.


Look forward to hearing from you.
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Hello Shirley! 


I hope this email finds you well 😊

I'd like to send a huge 'thank you' to you for the excellent quilt and laundry bag, i am very pleased with them and i greatly appreciate your efforts! The photo's turned out better then expected and your creative design is eye catching! My partner is very pleased as well, the challenge will be keeping the fur-babies off the quilt now..

I too have been bitten by the white xmas bug! Unfortunately we didn't get any snow in Dec, but we've got a nice drop now and thanks to our boss here we still managed to have a very nice and enjoyable xmas period considering where we are. 

I do miss my little fambam over here, it has been different this time being away for the whole xmas period and missing all the family catchups and events etc but i'm almost done and on the home run now and thanks to you i have an excellent memento of this particular deployment.

The quilt has brightened my day, as they do for every deployed person who is fortunate enough to receive one. I/we appreciate the work you and the Aussie Hero team does for us, thank you again! 


Kind Regards,
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Dear Gail,


I am a Logistics Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and the lucky recipient of the beautiful quilt you created.

Your design is so much more incredible than I could have envisioned. I think you nailed the mountains and I love how you incorporated the geometric patterns. It is something that is going to take pride of place on my couch when I get home and it will be an incredible memento from my first deployment.

Thank you for the work you do with Aussie Hero Quilts. It may seem like a small thing but it is a little piece of home that provides a lot of comfort. There is always a lot of excitement when people receive the care packages with their custom made quilts.

Hopefully we can catch up someday over a coffee/tea.

Thank you once again for the time and effort you put into making my quilt.

Also Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you have a fantastic end to 2018 and a great start to 2019.
All the best,
......

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

Jan-Maree xx

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Aussie Hero Quilts Request List 13 Jan 18


Hi all

G’day all, I am putting the request list out today because I will be travelling most of tomorrow and Tuesday so thought I would get a head start on answering emails.

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 18 February  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.

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
RAAF ensign and boxing kangaroo with NAME please
F
LB
1
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
URGENT - Army theme, red, black, dark blues/green colours"  Must be in the mail by 6 Feb
F
Q
2
URGENT - 4x4 theme with Skippy badge(I can send you a skippy badge) Must be in the mail by 6 Feb
M
B
2
Anything fire related on quilt - Fire, sledge hammar, hoses, trucks, fire fighter shields (fire department) logos. RAAF Fire and Rescue logo.
F
Q
3
Anything disney and disney princess related And the Hogwarts Crest.
M
Q
4
North Queensland Cowboys theme.
M
Q
5
Pink, purple and blue.
M
Q
6
Route 66 theme (long road, mountains, sunset) with a Harley Davidson motorbike and an eagle.
M
Q
7
Grey/Black, Brisbane Lions (AFL), West End Draught
M
Q
8
Sky Grey, Weightlifting, Super Heroes, Reading
M
Q
9
Island Paradise, Fighter Jets
M
Q
10
Daft punk, Snowboarding and Richmond AFL
M
Q
11
Victoria bitter,1970 Dodge Challenger (purple), Russian blue cat
M
B
12
Black/Purple, DC Villian Joke, Deadpool
F
Q
13
Emu Export, Halo (video game), West coast Eagles
M
B
14
Green, Red, Blue, Cowboys, GWS, Bagpipes, Kids names (2)
M
Q
15
Gold coast titans NRL Team
M
Q
16
green, dessert sand, brown, and blue… Gym, purple poppies, border collie (blonde and white) AUST FLAG, "JTF 633" Australian National Headquaters Middle East logo, Camels.
F
Q
16
 Anything Aussie military (army)
M
Q
17
boxing kangaroo, smoking a cigar and para wings brevet, poppies and rising sun - - I will need to confirn which wings but can probably have them embroidered
M
Q
18
Maroon, Yellow, White, Navy Blue, QLD Maroons, Brisbane Broncos.
M
Q
19
Maroon, Yellow, Red, Blue. Cricket, NRL- Broncos, Cars. Kids names -
M
Q
20
Navy Blue/Silver - Melbourne Victory FC, Red/White - Arsenal FC
M
B
21
2014 HSV VF Maloo in white, maybe on dark Gray background.
M
B
22
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
23
Arabic theme and poppies
F
Q
24
Royal Australian Corps of Transport symbol (I can print for you) and big trucks. 
F
Q
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
"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
29
Cowboys (NRL), Russel Coite
M
Q
30
MotoCross, Beach
M
Q
31
POGUE FITNESS (I can print the picture for you
M
B
32
Map of the world quilt
M
Q
33
Aussie flag
M
LB
34
Favourite colour blue, interests - Everton Football Club, Socceroos, wargames
M
Q
35
LEGO, Dinosaurs, Boats, Cricket, Pokemon - any or all of the above please
M
Q
37
Richmond Football Club, OR Motorbikes, OR Dark Souls
M
Q
38
VB, XXXX, Great Northern
M
B
39
Manchester United (Soccer), West Coast Eagles (AFL),
M
Q
40
155, west coast eagles,guns, ships
M
Q
41
West Coast Eagles - AFL
M
Q
42
Richmond Football Club, Motorbikes, Dark Souls
M
Q
43
Gaming, "Borderlands" (game) black and red
M
B
44
Iron Man, Rugby League (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
M
B
45
Coffee, Motorcyles, Batman, Star Wars,  bacon. White ensign,  deployment details
M
Q
46
Ronnie Coleman, Arnold Schwarzenegger (light weight baby written on bottom)
M
B
47
Unicorn, Dump Truck, Video Games (favourite things from each of my kids) bright colours/shape/patterns
M
B
48
Spearfishing, Wakeboarding (Brands -Double up or Liquid force), Flash (DC superhero), Marvel superheros
M
Q
49
Favourite colour is blue and red, or earthy colours. Interests - Nordic/Viking designs, anything that looks like a Scandinavian winter
F
Q
50
Fav. colour combos are red & black or blue & black; interests are St George-Illawarra RLFC, QPR FC; motorsport & Kylie Minogue. :)
M
Q
51
Beachy, Blues, Tie-dye, Rainbow
F
B
52
Tools, mechanics and bright colours
F
B
53
Light blue, navy blue, stars, grizzly bears/ sun bears
F
B
54
Black with a space theme for both if possible
M
Q
55
ANZAC
B
B
56
Batman
M
B
57
Australian
M
Q
58
ANZAC
M
B
59
ANZAC
M
B
60
ANZAC
M
B
61
brisbane lions
M
B
62
Melbourne Football Team AFL
M
B
63
ANZAC
F
B
64
ANZAC
M
B
65
The Hulk
M
B
66
Black and aqua
F
B
67
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
68
One half with RAAF Crest/theme and other half with rising sun/Army theme
M
B
69
ANZAC
M
Q
70
Australian Flag, UN Flag (can send you one), South Sudan flag easy to applique) , blue
M
Q
71
MEDEVAC DUSTOFF (photos avbl for inspiration)
AUS/IRAQ/AFG
HH60/C130
M
B
72
Dark colours with a Australian theme, flags, barbells, 'evac boys' written somewhere on it
M
B
73
Snowy norwegien fjord landscape with alaskan malumute forefront. Black Border
M
B
74
Australian Animal themed - quilt and laundry bag. Preferably baby pink colour theme
F
B
75
RAAMC Corps bade, hobbies and interests: fruit and veg, medical equipment/theme eg stethescope
F
B
75
"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
76
soft blues, purples and pinks (soft colours). Themes - medical (RAAMC), dogs.
F
Q
77
Australian Flag, The word ANZAC, 2/14  or RAAC badge, any light horse imagery, rising sun, 'Evac boyz' in white. red/brown/black
M
Q
78
Red Cross, white and navy blue theme
M
Q
79
Favourite Colour Blue, German Shepherd Dogs,
M
B
80
RAEME Flag, Australian Flag, Army
M
B
81
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
82
Irish theme with a large leprechaun with my last name in large writing under it.
M
B
83
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
84
Warrant Officer Disciplanary Crest (in blue and white), with The Ode of Remembrance alongside/under on one side please.
M
B
85
anything air force, medical, or Christian. But I'm not fussy, so whatever is easy.
M
B
86
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
87
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
88
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
89
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
90
 bright purples and blues.  if it could have a puppy dog theme that would be amazing!
F
Q
91
RAAF BD wreath and anything else relating to Explosive Ordinance Disposal/Military explosions
M
B
92
RAAF BD wreath and anything else relating to Explosive Ordinance Disposal/Military explosions
M
B
93
Minions
M
B
94
Pink and purple. I enjoy cross stitch and I love anything Egyptian. I also love cats.
F
Q
95
White cherry blossom in black and white please.
M
B
96
Anything ANZAC, Rememberance Day, or Australian.
M
B
97
Australian flag. Please
M
B
98
Commando Boomarang and Dagar 1CDO 2 Company. Please
M
B
99
Classic car and beach theme. Kombi Van, Beetle etc.
M
B
100