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Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Sandy received the following thank you for the two quilts that she and her group decorated for the Jacinda Baker Ward in the hospital in Iraq. The quilt tops came from the North of the Yarra Quilt Group and Sandy and her team added to them.
Dear Caroline and Sue,
I am writing to you from the Middle East Region to thank you for the amazing quilt I received in the mail today.
I am, as I'm sure all soldiers are here, very grateful for the support we receive from back home. It is very comforting knowing that there are people
like yourselves willing to go out of your way to improve our conditions and morale.
Hello Jean and thank you so much for what you
have done, this laundry bag was better than I could have asked for!. It is so good I didn't want to use it for dirty clothes
so I have begun using it as my pillow cover.
What you have done will never be forgotten and it means a lot to me that you do this, the design, colour, everything was amazing and it really does mean a lot. I wish you, your husband and your fur baby the best.
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for the quilt that recently arrived!
It was certainly much appreciated, and it is nice to know that people back in Australia are thinking of us – it definitely helps make it feel like the job we are doing is worthwhile.
I particularly like the dark colour scheme of the quilt, and I will make sure that I have enough room in my baggage so I can take it home and use it there too!
I grew up in South West Victoria and my parents still live there. They have told me just how cold this past winter was – it was almost the exact opposite over here for summer! The weather was so hot it actually wasn’t funny. One day the temp topped out at 63 degrees! I can certainly understand your decision to only visit your son in Abu Dhabi in February.
Don’t worry though – we have much needed aircon in our accommodation, but they don’t really cool the rooms until late at night. However, I often wake up now around 2 or 3am and pull the quilt up around me, as it is easier than getting up to change the temp!
Anyway, I am glad that you enjoy making these quilts, and you can rest assured that everyone who receives one is grateful.
Once again, thank you so much for your thoughtful gift!
I'm writing back to say thank you so much for what you have done. People say its the little things that make a difference but to me this quilt is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. I loved reading your letter and learning about your family, the quilt itself is better than I could have asked for. The colour, pictures and the way its put together just beautiful.
I wanted you to know that what you have done is very appreciated and I hope the best for you and your family in the future.
Thank you so much for the quilt. I absolutely love it, you did a fantastic job! I was so excited when I received it in the mail, it made my week. Sorry it took so long to email you though.
I hope all is well with you and your family and again I would just like to thank you for all your hard work and support. It really means the world to us.
I hope you are well!
Thanks so much for your amazing Laundry bag. You have done an amazing job,
incorporating the ANZAC theme was a great idea, it looks to good to be used as a laundry bag!!
I am blown away by Aussie hero quilts and laundry bags, the work that everyone puts in to delivering all the deployed members such quality items is phenomenal.
We are very lucky to have people such as yourself continually giving your time to put a big smile on our faces while we are away!
These items make such a big difference to many of the deployed members!
Thanks again for the amazing laundry bag and letter I will send you some pictures once I return home
Keep up the amazing job you all do!
Thank you so much for the amazing quilt - it was so much better than I could have imagined! It was so perfect - there reminding me of home, and remains perfect now reminding me of my time over there.I had a great time - met some amazing people who will remain life long friends and saw amazing places with some interesting medicine thrown in.
Firstly thanks very much for the quilt that you made. It is quite simply amazing and I can tell that you put a lot of time, effort and thought into it. I am a big fan of Game of Thrones and I love that you put the symbols of the main houses onto the quilt. I like pretty much everything about it but I also like the little helicopters (ours is bigger). My role in the navy is as an ATA which is an aircraft maintainer, and I work on Seahawks (which are similar to Blackhawks, but more specialised for ships).
The courthouse on the card reminds me of XXXX which is where my Aunt and Uncle live. Funnily enough I think that my aunt quilts for Aussie heroes as well.
The deployment is going well for HMAS Melbourne so far and I have been to a few different countries since leaving Australia. We stopped in Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Bahrain spending a few days at each to have some R&R. I have enjoyed these ports and I have experienced much variety of culture and some very chaotic traffic, particularly during the Colombo (Sri Lanka) visit.
Once again, thanks so much for the quilt and lovely letter that you sent, you are a hero too. The biscuits and lollies were appreciated very much as well, and promptly consumed.
I arrived home from work earlier this week to find the Aussie Hero quilt that you had made waiting for me. I'm guessing when you receive the requests and not knowing the person, it would be difficult to be sure what the person is looking for. The quilt you have made is perfect and I couldn't have wished for anything more.
I enjoyed reading your letter and the story of how you came to sew for Aussie Hero Quilts. It is comforting to know that people at home are aware of what the Australian Defence Force does and are appreciative of our efforts. I know that friends that I was deployed with all appreciated the quilts that they received and they brought a little boost to morale when away from home and loved ones for an extended period.
I can't thank you enough for the time that you have devoted to making the quilt. Jan-Maree tells me that you have made quite a few, so thank you for all your efforts and the time that you devote to putting them together.
Thank you for taking the time to make my quilt. Best wishes to you and your family.
Till next time...............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!
Monday, 28 September 2015
Thank you. Thank you asking my SIL, Wendy, and I to accompany you to yesterday morning's event. The Welcome Home for HMAS Newcastle was something that I have been looking forward to for some time. Not having any military connections, and not meeting more than a couple of recipients of my quilt tops, I was looking forward to the experience.
I did not care one jot.
So on with the photos....
Mrs Andrea MacNamara,wife of the Captain, and one of their sons, with Mrs and Commodore Phil Spedding, one of Caroline's recipients. Caroline you will be pleased to know that your quilt lives on the spare bed at home.
Here she comes, right on time...
This lovely fellow received a quilt when he was on HMAS Darwin and he stepped out of the crowd when he saw me going past to say hello and thank you for the quilt and bag he received. You see people, time passes but more and more I am finding that the appreciation of our quilts and laundry bags does not.
The Ship's Warrant Officer (one of your recipients, Anna and Kitty) was more than happy to stop for a photo
As was the captain, Commander Dominnic MacNamara and his family.
Now for the rest of the photos I will name the quilter and the person who made the laundry bag in that order. Hope that works for you. The names ABOVE the photo will be the relevant ones.
Michelle Mck and Joan
Skye C and Jean B
Marie B and Helen P
Cheri and Jill S
Kay C and Joan
Marilyn S and Cheryl DP
Kaitlin P and Jackie J (on the LHS) and Jill S and Joan
Yvette and Joan.
(this for gorgeous fellow's mum is one of our quilters and she was there today.
So sorry to have missed meeting her)
Lynette S and Joan
This fellow's quilt was made by Cathie L and you might remember me telling how Cathie L and her recipient's mother, also Cathie, met up. Apparently there are plans to meet up again. How lovely!
Lynn, quilted by Cath M
Jackie J and Jill S
Now I am a bit biased but this fellow received a quilt that was a top made by the North of the Yarra Quilt Group, that I embellished using details on a coin that he had sent me as a thank you for Aussie Heroes, even before he knew I had anything to do with his quilt. Today he found me and gave me another coin as a thank you for his quilt. What a gem!
Happiness Fairies and Joan
Now folks, this is the lovely lady who was responsible for spending much of her own time taking the many photos of people with quilts and laundry bags that we were sent. A massive job and I am indebted to her for her wonderful efforts. She received a quilt from Ruth F and a laundry bag from Julie H (who is actually deployed herself at the moment)
Ahhhh, I don't usually name the troops but no prizes for guessing who this is with one look at the lovely laundry bag she received from Pam Y. She also received a quilt from Sue N. I met her family too - they were very grateful.
And it was especially lovely to meet their little girl!!! Truly an Aussie Hero family!
Happiness Fairies and Glenys T
Julie Ann (LB only)
Leesa O'Connell and Robyn B
Queanbeyan CWA and Cath S
Sue P and Joan
Jillianne and Maree J
Jackie J and Joan
Glenda Joy and Joan
Debbie O and Jean B
Tina C and Maree J
One the left Julie Ann and on the right
Jo-Anne H and Lisa C
Kathy L and Julie H (ACT)
Stephanie D (Q and LB)
Dolphin Quilters and Pennie
Glenys T and Joan
Rowena and Julie Ann
Kaylee and Janette
Val G and Jill S
We didn't get the name for this fellow so if you recognise your quilt please let me know.
Val G and Lisa C
Rebecca and Maree J
Happiness Fairies and Maree J
Sharon Mc and Jackie Jubb
Debbie T and Julie H (ACT)
No names for this fellow either - does anyone recognise the laundry bag they made?
Jill M and Maree J
Michelle H and Jill S
Laurene and Lisa C
Queanbeyan CWA and Joan
Queanbeyand CWA and Pennie
and right at the end of the day... just as we were getting back to our cars, this lovely lady appeared having had her car park next to ours. Lisa was largely responsible, with a team of others, for keeping the HMAS Newcastle Facebook page undated constantly. What a bonus for the families. When there are 1100 family members and friends jostling to see their beloved crew member when the crew disembarks it is easy not to catch up with people. We were delighted to catch up with Lisa briefly and Wendy especially so as she had just said to me that she had made laundry bags for two girls on HMAS Newcastle and had not seen either...... until Lisa walked up! I think that rounded Wendy's day off just nicely!
I nearly missed finding the chaplain and actually forgot to get a photo of him. Thankfully Wendy actually managed to snap a photo of him with his beloved grand-daughter. I reckon this little girl does not know just how much her grandpa wanted to see her. :-)
And finally, because I know that many of you do not see Facebook.... this is a photo that I shared yesterday. I met this lovely fellow and he asked if I had seen the pic. It was sent to me straight away by text. I was assured that it has been cleared so I hope you enjoy it. Can't have you missing out just because you can't look on Facebook.
His quilt was made by Rowena and his laundry bag also made by Julie who is currently deployed herself.
OK so that is quite a nice note to end on I am sure.
Till next time...............keep spreading the word and happy stitching!