Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Words on Wednesday 18 Jan 17

Hi all..

Wherever you are I hope you are able to keep cool in the heatwave that we all seem to be having at the moment. 

Before tonight's messages.... I received a parcel with a thank you note and a magnet in it for an Anne P who made a Laundry Bag.... I do not have an Anne P on my books so if I can only assume that she is from a group that has sewn for us. In those cases I only have the name of the coordinator.  I would like to get the card and magnet to her so if you have an Anne P in your group email me with her surname and if it is the right Anne I will forward the parcel.  

Additionally, if you coordinate a group that sews for us regularly please make sure you give me the names of your members if you can.  Also, when you put a note in with your quilt or LB please add your postal and email address so that you can be contacted.

Enjoy tonight's messages....

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Dear Clarissa,

I received your AHQ Laundry Bag this week and wanted to say a wholehearted thankyou for taking the time to make it for me! I knew very little about your sewing group prior to deploying and so am thrilled that such a great idea has taken off and continues to provide joy and colour to those who receive the bags and quilts. They definitely stand out in the laundry compared to the plain bags we are originally issued and it looks great hanging up in my room. Fear not, you nailed the Honda logo, and it looks very sharp with the colours too :) 



I'm looking forward to returning to Australia where I'll be taking a quick break and purchasing a new sportsbike (hence the requested theme!) before getting back into the work routine and preparing for the next training exercise. Once again, thankyou very much for the laundry bag, wishing you the best for 2017 as well.



Kind regards,

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Clarissa,

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Thank you so very much for the gorgeous laundry bag and goodies.
The work AHQ do brings a lot of joy and happiness to everyone over here.
I have a little long haired dachshund named Hattie, who I’m missing dearly, so doing my laundry will definitely bring a smile to my face now.

Thank you again
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Good day Jan-Maree and the Aussie Hero Quilts team,

I'm writing to you today to pass on my warmest regards and sincere thanks for not only the quilt you have lovingly made for me, but my fellow brothers and sisters in the forces. 


Ma'am, I apologise for the belated thank you, it's been a whirlwind after coming back from operations. You all do amazing work, as it shows in not only your excellent craftsmanship, but the time taken to make each quilt and laundry bag personal, with a hand written note and well wishes passed on. 

My quilt was perfect, and the colour scheme is exactly alike to my favourite football (soccer) team in Uruguay, where my father is from. The rising sun, crafted by Cheri in Tasmania, was also magnificent. 

Keep up all the fantastic,, hard work you're all doing. I know I'm not the only one who appreciates the efforts you go to, to provide a homely touch to the monotony of deployed life overseas. 
I hope the new year brings you health and good fortune, and the absolute best for your future endeavours.

Thank you again! 
.....


Dear April, 



I was delighted to receive your parcel today. The laundry bag you made me will come in very handy and the colours are perfect.  I appreciate your thoughts for all of us over here, but often I think it is people like yourself that are the true Aussie heroes. It certainly sounds as though you sacrifice a lot of your time for your community and that is a huge deal in my opinion. Coupled with that you are a teacher and that is a very impressive effort for one person. Sir John Monash, when asked if he would run for politics after the war, stated that the best thing for Australia is a good education and the ballot box - plus some other stuff. The key is that the future of Australia lies in the hands of teachers, in particular, the science and maths teachers like yourself. I am a Mechanical Engineer and could not have completed that level of education without a solid education. So thank you very much for the laundry bag and for all of your contributions to Australia and your community
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G'day Sue



I just received your parcel! And I can't express how touched I am by all the effort and sentiment, it was incredibly thoughtful of you :)

We're nearing the end of our time here, with scant few weeks remaining the mood is rapidly improving. We've been working quite hard, in a limited space with the same people day-in, day-out. I'm sure you can imagine the friction this causes at times.



I'm looking forward to heading home, I'm based in XXXXX at the moment. I've been missing the surf so the imagery on your quilt is very sweet. I don't know much about quilting but I can tell the quality of your work is very high. And the chocolates have been enjoyed by all the guys (and the few gals) in the workshop.

Sue, thank you so much for the care package. This deployment constitutes a very interesting period in my life, it has given me a lot of to think about, in regards to Australia's involvement with matters abroad and what it means to do a job well. I'd be happy to do it all over again, and my personal desire is to see people treat each other with more compassion and a greater appreciation of our similarities.

I wish you and your family a very safe, and a very fulfilling start to the new year.

All the best.
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Joan & Robin,

Thank you very much for the lovely laundry bag. It certainly does remind me of handyman jobs. In fact it reminds me of my classic car I am looking forward to working on when I get home.


Thank you very much
.....


Hi Joan,



I'm writing to personally thank you for the Spider-Man laundry bag you made. I only recently received it and was absolutely delighted! 

I really appreciate all the effort you put into it and thank you so much!!! 

I wish you all the best for 2107! 

Once again thank you! 

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Dear Beverley,

I am the lucky recipient of a quilt you made on behalf of AHQ for me.
I absolutely love the design, it fits me perfectly, and it brings so much colour to a room that was once fifty shades of brown.
I feel very humbled that you spent so much time and effort making a beautiful quilt and laundry bag for a stranger like me.
Thank you very much.

This is my first deployment and I am loving the experience, but I must admit I do miss my partner and family.
Your quilt sure helps.


Thank you once again for supporting service men and women, we really appreciate it.
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Hi Kaye,



I am on deployment at the moment and have just received the Laundry Bag you made, through our Chaplain.

It is great, and I am sending you this message to let you know how much I appreciate the time and effort you have put into it.

I chose it for its colourful design and the native Australian Birds you have featured on it.

It is really nice that you care.

Thanks Heaps!
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Hi Sarah-Jane,

I recently received the quilt that you made for me (superhero themed).

I am writing to personally thank you! It is absolutely amazing and made my day to open the package and see it! I appreciate all the time and effort you put into it and thank you for being involved in providing these for deployed people like myself!!! You did so well and I put it straight on my bed!! It will after this trip become my couch quilt and will be very loved!!!

Once again thank you and cute dogs!!! The letter was also awesome to read!! 


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Hi Clarissa

I recently received your package whilst on deployment to the middle east.

First of all on behalf of all the members deployed we say thank you to all the volunteers who do great work for Aussie Hero Quilts. It's definitely a moral boost when we receive a package from Aussie Hero Quilts.

And personally I would like to thank you Clarissa for the laundry bag, it gives me great pride to know that people back in Australia are thinking about us whilst we're on deployment, and also gives me great satisfaction to know my contribution here is for our country and people like you and your family whom love it so much.

Thank you for the card and the treats they are greatly appreciated. 


So I would like to thank you again for your gift, I truly appreciate it. Keep up the good work.
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Till next time..... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!


Jan-Maree  xxx

Monday, 16 January 2017

Request list 16 January 2017

Hi all
NOTE – if you receive this via email DO NOT try to reply to me via email. You need to use friendsofAHQ@gmail.com

Urgent ones…  YAY!! No urgent ones this week….

Orange and black blocks…..
This is something new.  A large number of the requests for HMAS Arunta have requested orange and black quilts as those are the colour of the HMAS Arunta patch. 


If you do not have the time or energy to make complete quilts but would like to be a part of this then you could make some orange and black star blocks to send to us.  The points of the stars are to be black and the rest of the star is to be orange.  Please use the tutorial shown here…

Please post them to PO Box 248, Cherrybrook,  NSW  2126

Also, some feedback would be great… do you think this is a good idea, will you make some blocks?

Laundry bags…
There is a large laundry bag list this week… it is at the TOP of the list.  There are also other laundry bags distributed throughout the list.

Post By Date
The post by date for the rest of the requests in this week’s list is 20 February.    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.  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.

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

Requests in pink are for girls.

NOTE
Australian National Flag - you can buy panels at Spotlight – ask for them if you can’t find them.

Rising Sun 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 can get it embroidered and sent to you if you like to be sewn on the quilt or sewn into it.

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.

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.

A quick note… even if you check the request list every week, please take the time to skim over this preamble.  I edit it to make it relevant every week and I know that many of you are not reading it by the questions I am being asked. It takes you just a minute or two to scan it but takes me considerably longer to read and answer the emails I receive ….. please give me a hand in this. Your assistance is appreciated.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers and happy stitching!
Jan-Maree


German Short Haired Pointer (Dog) and Babies or Landrover Defender
LB
1A
Monsters Inc
LB
1B
Harry Potter Theme
LB
1C
Military and rememberance theme - include poppies.
B
1D
NRL Roosters Football Club Team. Team colours are red, white and blue colours. Have BOMs that could be used for this
LB
1E
NRL West Tigers Football Team. Team colours are black and gold.
LB
1F
Blue, Fast Jets / F/A-18 Hornet, Eagle
LB
1G
He Man theme with the words "I AM GUN CAPTAIN"
LB
1H
Mario XBox with a nintendo 64 styled M64 under it on a black background
LB
1I
Lego theme! Full creative licence is given. Would also like "HMAS Arunta OP MANITOU" to appear somewhere. Thank you.
LB
1J
SCUBA diving theme with HMAS Arunta on the surface
LB
1K
Liverpool Football Club, English Priemier League
LB
1L
Surf design
LB
1M
Arsenal Football Club, English Premier League
LB
1N
Scuicide squad themed with wording at the top HMAS ARUNTA and bottom OP MANITAO ROTATION 64
LB
1O
Australian Army Theme

1
Army, Poppy, Medical Theme, Afghanistan 2017

2
Metallica Theme

3
cherry blossoms, bears, japanese drift cars and purple 3
Q
4
purple and blue elephants/ melbourne storm
Q
5
Favourite colour is orange. Hobbies include wakeboarding and mortobike riding. Anchors have a special meaning to me as does the southern cross, aussie flag and aussie pride
Q
7
medical in soft pastel colours
Q
8
Military Working Dog Handler (Belgian Shepherd Malinois) . Sport: Roller Hockey (Rink Hockey) goalkeeper. Favourite colours: Blues and Blacks.
B
9
Dark blue border, Australian National Flag
B
10
Half Australian Flag Half American Flag Thankyou.
Q
11
Wolverine and Hulk
Q
12
 NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Q
13
Melbourne FC/Disney Cars Movie
Q
14
Penrith Panthers
 Archery
Q
15
FLURO GREEN, BLACK, AQUAMAN COMIC CHARACTER
B
16
Army Rising Sun, ANZAC
B
17
He-Man, The A-Team, Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider (80's tv shows)
B
18
Rugby league, North QLD Cowboys, QLD Maroons
B
19
WESTERN BULLDOGS (AFL) WITH THE AUST FLAG
B
20
OLD GEELONG CATS (AFL)
Q
21
BRISBANE BRONCOS and NORTH QUEESLAND COWBOYS                                                   
Q
22
Brisbane Lions AFL Team, Holden Cars
Q
23
NRL NQ Cowboys emblem, Navy blue/Yellow. XXXX BITTER MAN
B
24
Based around the Australian flag and the Army rising sun colours and design
B
25
Australian Flag, Army Rising Sun, Boxing Kangaroo
Q
26
Australian National Flag; Please include the words "Family First and Foremost" Dark background if possible
Q
27
Brisbane Broncos and or Queensland Maroons
Q
28
 Australian National Flag and Middle East National Flags (UAE/Iraq/Iran/Qatar/Kuwait/Oman/Syria/Afghanistan/Bahrain/Egypt/Turkey etc.)
Q
29
AUS FLAG, COWBOYS NRL TEAM, DRAGON BALL Z, ADVENTURE TIME, NARUTO,
B
30
Broncos / Aussie Flag / Australian
Q
31
I love the North Queensland Cowboys, Love my home state QLD and my favourite color - maroon. I have grown up on the beaches too so love North QLD tropical beaches like Whitehaven Beach/Airlie Beach or the beaches north of cairns
B
32
Soccer, especially Chelsea football club and the Belgium national team.  I really appreciate you guys putting so much effort in this and supporting us!! I'm very grateful.
B
33
North Queensland Cowboys
B
34
Favourite colour is Maroon
B
35
Fav colour blue. Hobbies inc motorcycling (sports bike);and Powerlifting (Squat Bench Dead).
Q
36
NQ Cowboys Nrl Team
B
37
Brisbane Lions AFL Club
B
38
GWS Giants AFL Club, Australian/military
B
39
Australian Flag, RAAF theme
Q
40
NSW Sharks Rugby League Team and Australian Flag border
B
41
Australian Flag, RAAF theme
B
42
Australian Flag, RAAF theme
B
43
ENGINEER, AUSTRALIANA, "ubique" can send you the Engineer's badge to include, red and blue are the engineer's colours to include.  We could send you BOMs to include
B
44
RAE LAZY E, KANGAROO, Engineer specific - "Ubique" can send you the Engineer's badge to include, Red and blue are the engineer's colours
B
45
AUST ARMY THEME, RISING SUN, pay corps
B
46
Green and Gold - "Advance Australia National Flag"  Can send you green and gold BOMs and Aussie flag
B
47
loves his soccer - particularly Red & Black for the Western Sydney Wanderers. Also Red and white for Arsenal.  
He also loves music and is an avid guitar player.
B
48
Medievil Dragon in a Mountainous Rocky Desert Backdrop
LB
49
 would like My Neighbour Totoro
LB
50
Marvin the Martian or Ralph Wiggum
LB
51
 red on black
Q
52
 Ninja Turtles
Q
53
Medievil Dragon in a Mountainous Rocky Desert Backdrop
Q
54
2 dogs, one being a bulldog and the other being a Bordeux
Q
55
 would like My Neighbour Totoro
Q
56
, Military/ANZAC theme
Q
57
Marvin the Martian or Ralph Wiggum
Q
58
 would like Blue background with a Gold rising sun in the middle with my pmkeys name rank and Iraq 2016 on it
Q
59
would like a dinosaur theme with his PMKEYS name rank and Iraq 2016
Q
60
Bathurst 1000 theme
Q
61
Thomas the Tank Engine
B
62
Quilt - Deadpool theme with wording "HMAS Arunta, Operation Manitou Rotation 64 2016-2017 Conquer or Die
Q
63
Navy Blue Tye Dye With  "HMAS Arunta Op Manitou Rotation 64" in gold
Q
64
Skeletor
B
65
1964 EH Holden wagon's
B
66
Orange and black colour, ship in centre Arunta patch on one side and navy logo on the other, op manitou Rotation 64 16/17
B
67
Dachshunds
Q
68
collingwood football club and busselton ironman themed please
B
69
Seahawk helicopter flying over water with the wording "HMAS Arunta Flight 3 OP MANITOU ROT 64"
Q
70
Ship's Patch (Perrente Lizard and Ship's Motto). The name 'Ella' on the left of the lizard and 'Blake' on the right in gold
Q
71
Blue and white predominant colours, large RAN crest in the centre with Arunta ship in profile beneath. Writing along bottom "HMAS Arunta - OP MANITOU R64 - 2016/17" Further decoration to be of naval and maritime themes.
Q
72
Perrente Lizard and ship's motto "Conquer or Die". Orange and black in colour
Q
73
Peter Brock  theme with number '05' Red,White, and Blue colours and  Wording "HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROT 64 - Conquer or Die"
Q
74
Arunta crest or the lizard from our patch with 'Conquer or Die' and 'OP Manitou Rotation 64'
B
75
Dath Vader and Luke Skywalker dueling in Bespin, except they are Minions.  Perrente lizard and Motto (Conquer or Die) in bottom right corner, Op MANITOU ROT 64 along the bottom. (Thank You)
B
76
Perrente Lizard and ship's motto "Conquer or Die"
Q
77
South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League Club and Wording at the top "HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROT 64" and letters down the bottom "SSTID"
B
78
The Simpsons theme - Wording 'HMAS Arunta OP  MANITOU ROT 64'
B
79
Perrente Lizard and ship's motto "Conquer or Die"
B
80
Forest with koi fish swimming in a lake
B
81
Blue background with Pennywise logo in red and writing "Pennywise" in red.
B
82
Black and White, Collingwood AFL Team
B
83
angry dragon head with fire coming out of its mouth with a viking helmet on itsa head with HMAS Arunta OP Manitou wriitten underneath
Q
84
Adventure time and star wars
Q
85
Pokemon, with "Kody & Noah"
B
86
"HMAS Arunta 2014-17" across the top "OP MANITOU ROTATION 64 " at the bottom with Punisher logo in the middle black and white  with red writing
B
87
Cats
B
88
Pink Quilt with a large Pug dog picture
B
89
Sonic the Hedgehog/ SEGA theme, Blue
B
90
Meditation - Blue's & Green's - Wording "HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROT 64"
Q
91
Bayern Munich Football Club, German Bundesliga
Q
92
Paw Patrol Theme. Wording "Isabelle & Patrick"
B
93
Sunset over the ocean with 'HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROTATION 64'
B
94
A Corn on the Cob with Blue And white colour scheme on background - Wording "5433" above Cob & "HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROTATION 64" Below cob
B
95
Bees/Hive Wording 'HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROTATION 64
B
96
Fearsome looking Perrente Lizard chasing Pirates and Smugglers, '151' on Perente forehead. Wording 'HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROTATION 64'
Q
97
Pastel colours,hot air ballons and clouds with 'HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROTATION 64' some where small near the bottom right corner
B
98
Geelong Cats
B
99
New Jersey Devils, NHL Ice Hockey Club
Q
100
Star Wars & Alpacas
B
101
Black with light grey text/silloette. top to bottom  "OP MANITOU ROTATION 64"  Arunta silloette "Have you tried turning it of and on again?"
B
102
Hawthorn Football Club Symbol, "Forever Hawthorn" Slogan (Threepeat 2013,2014,2015)
B
103
Penguins of Madagascar
B
104
Game of Thrones - House Baratheon
Q
105
A picture of the nintendo64 symbol at the top of the quilt with Mario underneath it jumping and a gold coin coming out the top of the N64 sign. Under Mario it reads "Going for the coin R64" With a black background.
B
106
Carlton football club - Wording "HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU 64" "Conquer or Die"
B
107
Nautical Theme,  HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROTATION 64
B
108
ALL NBA BASKETBALL TEAM LOGOS
B
109
Dogs with writing: 'HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROT 64'
Q
110
NRL Roosters Football Club Team. Team colours are red, white and blue colours. Have BOMs that could be used for this
Q
111