Monday 23 April 2012

Updates of all sorts!

I received another lovely thankyou email today and this one is for the golf themed quilt that I made.  You can see it here.  But what is lovely about this email is that it is not just about the quilt I made but mentions many quilts.  My comments are in black.

What can I say? Words escape me as I try to thank you for the lovely quilt you have made for me. My quilt arrived yesterday as did J's (another Chaplain) and one for a Wounded Warrior (Wendy's).   I have mine in my office for display, so don't be surprised if a few of my mates here contact you. (bring it on)  Your generosity is overwhelming and has brought tears of appreciation to my eyes. I sit here looking at the beautiful green of the golf course (in the middle of a desert you will appreciate how nice that is to me).  Some of the guys who we call 'Special' (SASR) have also received theirs and as tough as they are, your quilts have raised their morale and more and more want one. So know that your efforts are being very much appreciated.  You (and this means all of us!) bring a little bit of home into our lives.

Sigh!  Got to love those emails!  

As the last two of our first three WWQs hit the post offices today I thought I would show you all three together!  This top was sewn by Turrnamurra Quilter Claire and the quilt was completed by Caz.
 This one was completed by Liz from WA.
 And this was completed by Wendy from Vic and has already arrived.

Don't forget to let me know if you wish to be put on the volunteer list to make quilts when some are requested.  Just remember if you say yes to completing a special request we like to try and get them in the mail within two, at most three, weeks to ensure that they get to their recipient in a timely manner. At the same time though, also remember that these quilts do not have to be fancy - simple construction is fine.   

I have received four requests in the last 24 hours.  One I have decided to take on myself - well I allowed to do some of them.  The second i referred to Erika who has offered a few times and has just been pipped at the post.  Also I know she has some quilts on hand and that request was for 2-3 quilts.  The last two requests are for one quilt each and I have just sent out an email to my list of volunteers. 

And just a quick update on pink quilt.  I have finished the top and the backing and I am really pleased with how it turned out.  Having two boys I don't think I have ever had the pleasure of working on such a pretty pink quilt!  I am hoping to layer and pin it on Wednesday if my hubby can help me or Thursday morning at the latest on my own if I have to.  A new Aussie Hero lady has volunteered to quilt it for me and another friend is going to finish it off with the labels and a special little angel that she is embroidering!

I want to get it done so that I can get on to the special request that I have decided to do myself. I received a lovely email from a fellow last night who asked for a quilt for himself - nothing new about that - but he also asked for a special one for a VIP - Craftsman Belvedere - soon to be Corporal Belvedere.   But why is he a VIP?  Because he is a mascot  - Belvedere the turtle!  Don't you just love it!  And he only wants a turtle sized quilt - A3 sized! 

So as you can see I have a very important quilt to sew!  

That's it for tonight - absolutely hoping I can get this out as the data is GONE!  

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


  1. Oh! A turtle sized quilt!! That's just SO adorable!!! Good on the fella requesting this VSQ (Very Special Quilt!!) ... The email you showed is just darling!! ... And those quilts you've shown are just GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE the ones from Wendy and Liz!!! SO creative, and SO appropriate!!! I am definitely going to take inspiration from these in the future!!! ... Keep up the good work ladies!!

  2. Nice to read the e-mail from over there.
    Gorgeous quilts...
    What fun to make a turtle size quilt. I hope you have some turtle fabrics...LOL

  3. What a great job you are doing,I have put some ladies in direct contact with you,one in particular really is so keen to get onto the Quilt list, as my health is an issue at the moment I have decided that we will do packages again with our money we have been given and get them ready for the end of year posting...I am scared of starting something I can't finish and I know I can manage the packages with help doing all the shopping,we will do the scarves with the next lot of money that we get,God seems to just keep on landing donations at the door for packages.It is so amazing to get letters,I know none of us do it for the praise but it is so lovely to read the joy the soldiers are getting.

  4. What a great way to start the day reading this email.......nice to hear from the guys who have received their must be a bit hard for the guys who have not got a quilt yet......I will have to start another your special request for the Corporal......

  5. The WWQs are all spectacular- congratulations to the ladies who made them. I love the idea that Corporal Belvedere will be receiving a quilt- what a great sense of humour the requestee has!

    Got your emails, will 'soldier' on with the b&w blocks, as well as the WWQ blocks!

    And I agree with A Blessed Life, it is nice to read about the soldiers and their quilts- particularly coming up to ANZAC Day.