What do we do? The Friends of Aussie Heroes are spread all over the country and we make quilts and laundry bags to send to serving members currently on certain deployments mostly in the Middle East, including the ship currently deployed, but also on Peace Keeping Missions in South Sudan, Egypt and Israel. Our quilts and laundry bags are gifts to say thank you to the serving member for their service and the sacrifice that service asks of them and their families. We send items in response to requests from serving members or their loved ones - spouses, family members and friends. Many of our quilts are personalised though not all of them. Our quilts are not works of art, but works of the heart.
If you can sew and want to make a quilt or part of a quilt you can find all the specifics with regard to how to make a quilt here.
If you look at the top of the blog page, between the heading and the photo collage, you will see a list of pages. These are all useful reference information to assist you.
Quilt Size - the size has been determined to fit into a Bx2 sized Aussie Post Box so that you can post them free of charge - as long as you keep the weight under 2kg. Currently I recommend making your quilts around 42-44" wide which is around the width of quilting fabric. The length should be no shorter than 70" and no longer than 75". I would suggest you aim for 70" length as the extra length makes it hard to fit the quilt into a box.
Quilt Design - You can choose any design you like for your quilt. We need quilts for guys and girls but just bear in mind that in Afghanistan for example there only about 20% female to 80% male! We need four more boy quilts to every girl quilt.
Batting - We use either 100% cotton or a wool/poly blend (which is 60% wool/40% polyester) batting as these quilts are used year round. In winter it can get down to -25C in Afghanistan and in summer up to 40C (maybe more?) Both of these battings have been trialled in situ and found to be excellent.
The batting rolls I buy from are usually 2.4m wide which means that I can get two quilt side by side if they cut me a little over the length of the quilt. Another option is to buy 3m which gives you enough for three quilts. In spite of appearances the three quilts below are all the specified size and are laid out on 3m of batting. NOTE - three quilts will only fit on 3m of batting if they are all the minimum length of 70". you will need to buy a little more than 3m if they are a bit longer.
Binding - is sewn on by machine or hand - again your preference! Again there is a tutorial page on binding your quilt here if you need it.
Label - Each quilt is to have an Aussie Heroes label on it. I print my labels on Printable Fabric available from printablefabric.com.au The label MUST include the blog name and the blog email address. BOTH are required.
You can make your own labels or you can get some from Hillary who has made this kind offer.
This is what we call it when a serving member or their family find us and request a quilt or a laundry bag. We love these requests as it means that we usually have some sort of personal contact with the recipient and/or their family.
If you have completed a quilt, or even have it at flimsy or quilt top stage and are planning to quilt complete in it the near future, it would be great if you could email me a picture so that I can file it away in the Quilts in Waiting File.
Wounded Warrior Quilts (WWQs)
Please feel free to email if you have any more questions.