The quilts are made and sized specifically to fit into a Bx2 sized post box so that you can post them for free. Anything posted to the members serving overseas under 2kg is free. Aussie Hero Quilts are sized to be the width of the fabric so about 42". The length should be between 70" and 75". I know some of you will think that this size seems a little stingy but the quilts also have to be small enough for the recipients to fit into their luggage if they are required to move from one location to another unexpectedly. They also need to be the right size to fit on top of a navy bunk at sea and a bunk bed on land. If you make the quilts too wide this makes them too big and bulky. The quilts are often used whilst sitting on picket duty and for this the soldiers want to be able to wrap them around their shoulders. Trust me, long and thin works.
NOTE - if you want to send quilt tops to me to finish then I require them to be 42" x 70" please. It makes it so much easier for me if they are all a standard size.
All quilts are to be quilted not tied. Straight stitch quilting is fine as is stippling and fancier quilting designs. Please, NO RAG QUILTS.
Binding can be hand sewn or machine sewn. I cut the binding 2 1/2" for hand sewing and 2 3/4" for machine sewing. There is a tutorial for the binding here if desired.
Every quilt must have an Aussie Hero Label on it as follows:
ONE BIG REQUEST - please keep your quilts gender neutral or masculine. Yes, we have female members serving but they do not often request girly quilts and when they do I have an over supply of volunteers to take them on.