Wednesday, 29 March 2017

HQJTF 633 ANZAC Tribute Quilt 2017

Hi all
I promised you there was another special quilt coming up and at last we have it. 
This will be our special effort for ANZAC Day this year. 
We won't be able to get the quilt finished in time for ANZAC Day but maybe we will be able to show you the quilt top..let's see how we go.

It will be called the 

HQJTF633 ANZAC Tribute Quilt 2017

Recently I designed an ANZAC themed quilt for the Chief of Staff of Headquarters Joint Task Force 633, based at Al Minhad Air Base.  When he received his quilt he wrote back saying that he was trying to decide if he should take it back to his room, or hang it in the foyer of the Headquarters building.  It would hang in an area where there is a permanent tribute to those that have given their lives in the line of duty whilst deployed as part of the Joint Task Force. 

That email came just as I was trying to decide what we would do for ANZAC Day this year so I wrote back and offered to arrange for a special quilt which be hung there.  


The quilt will feature the silhouette of a soldier, based on a photograph taken on operation in Task Group Taji.    The quilt will also feature the words "Lest We Forget" and around the silhouette will be forty poppy blocks. 

The number of blocks is simply the most I could fit into the quilt to enable as many people as possible to take part.  

Lynn will put the quilt top together and it will be quilted on our Simply 16 machine.

You are invited to make and send in one poppy block.  You need to register as we only need 40 blocks. It will be strictly first in, first dressed.  However, as this is a special quilt you must have sewn for us in the last six months or so and that includes making BOMs, laundry bags, or quilts or any regular sewing contribution for us. If you are not sure if you qualify please just email me.

If you would like to make a block please register with Lynn on 

richden2@bigpond.net.au

Lynn will let you know if you have been successful but as she will have to answer at least 40 emails please be patient with her. 

Once completed your blocks need to be in the mail to Lynn no later than 

Monday 10 April. 

Please post to

Aussie Heroes Poppies
PO Box 133
Engadine NSW 2233

Please email Lynn a photo of your completed block and let her know it is in the mail. 
I know that is fairly quick but as there is a limit of one block per person, and the time frame includes two weekends, I think you should be able to manage it. Also if we are to have any hope of getting the quilt top together we need to get a move on. 

Your blocks need to be made using the following tutorial for a 6 1/2 inch poppy block, not the normal size that we use for Fallen Warrior Quilts. These ones are smaller. If you use the wrong tutorial your blocks will not be able to be included.


6 1/2"  POPPY BLOCK 

CUTTING FOR ONE BLOCK

4 X 3 3/4” RED squares (can be plain or patterned but must be MOSTLY red) for the flower

8 X 1 1/2” GREEN squares (can be plain or patterned, no lime greens please) for the background

1 X 1” BLACK circle (must be plain) for the centre. 
(Idea – I ironed some Visoflex/fusiweb  onto the back of a scrap of BLACK fabric and then traced around a $1 coin).



After you have cut your fabric mark a diagonal line on the back of the green squares.


Pin the green squares in position.


Once you have sewn all eight lines, you can then trim off excess fabric leaving a ¼” seam.  After trimming you can then press the green back over so that you once again have  
3 ¾” X 3 ¾” square.

Lay out as shown in the following picture.  I have to make a point here.  Please ensure that your block orientation is as it appears in the following pictures.  Any that are received that run the opposite direction cannot be included.


Arrange the blocks in the order they will be sewn and then sew the top two together (row 1), then the bottom two together (row 2). Once sewn press the seam on the top row (1) to the right, and the bottom row (2) to the left.  Nest the two seams together in the centre and sew the two rows together to complete the block.


Using the prepared black circle, iron on and sew to the block with a small zig-zag stitch.


All done – just repeating, .  I have to make a point.  Please ensure that your block orientation is as it appears in the pictures.  That means please make sure that the green squares are in the same positions on your block as in this photo.   Lynn can’t use them if they are in the other direction.

Finished block size will be just more than 6 1/2" DO NOT TRIM!  

I am really looking forward to seeing what this quilt looks like once it is finished. 

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

Jan-Maree xx

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Grati-Tuesday 28 Mar 17

G'day all,
Firstly, by the time this goes to air Tropical Cyclone Debbie will have done her worst I think.   Joint Task Force 661 comprises a range of state disaster response options, including; aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, road clearance, restoration of essential services, emergency accommodation and the delivery of stores is being mobilized.  You can read more here.  In addition HMAS Choules is on her way up there to assist as required 
You can read about it here

In most of my presentations when I discuss why I started Aussie Heroes I talk about situations like this.  Whenever or wherever they are needed, our Defence Force members are there to provide services and assistance. 

Thank you to all of you who have deployed to the areas affected by Cyclone Debbie. 
We are so grateful for your service and the sacrifices that service asks of you and your loved ones. 
....
and now for some more gratitude.

Abby N Jack received this photo recently from one of her grateful recipients. 

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Dearest Beverly,

I am so excited right now.  I’ve just received both the laundry bag and quilt in my mail today and they are just wonderful.   I got goosebumps opening them.  I LOVE THEM.

Thank you so much for putting the time into making these and they are just what I wanted.  You had no idea of knowing, however elephants and giraffes are my absolute favourite animals and was loving that they were included.  I was lucky enough to have seen a massive herd of elephants on a 3 day safari in Uganda.

I’m still over here for another 6 weeks and counting down the days now.  I have two little boys, 6 and 8, who I miss like crazy and can’t wait to wrap myself up in them again.

Once again, thank you for your amazing work.  The effort that goes into these items is certainly not unnoticed and the members who receive them just love them.. I know I certainly love mine.

Thank you again.
.....

Hi Cheryle,
What a lovely quilt, my bed is going to look pretty amazing and will be loved forever.  It is great to see how many families have been, or are still involved with defence life.
It's values are great to add to our growing childrens' lives.  My stepson has just joined Army Cadets while I have been here, and already feels the camaraderie of the crew he is with.

This is an amazing voluntary service.  Many women have become involved with it back at home.  To send these to us and brighten our somewhat dismal living areas.\

I have lived in many areas of NSW in my life and for a while lived in Grafton, a bit further north and northern NSW is a very beautiful part of Australia.  I have saved your location and details and next time we head that way it would be a delight to drop by and say hello to your caring organisation.
Regards
.....

Dear Clarissa,

Thank you so much for the laundry bag, it is absolutely amazing!
It must have taken a tremendous amount of time to sew.
I cannot imagine what you were thinking about when you were putting this one together.
So many people are amazed that we could give up Canada to become Australian.
In reality, it was a very simple decision – and as I remind people, I am the happiest Australian you will meet today.

I have long admired Aussie Hero Quilts and have seen the quilts and laundry bags.
I have also often wondered what kind of people take so much of their own time to sew these things for people they have never met and will likely never meet.

Your letter told me everything.  You are a person who obviously takes pride in what we do and you care about people.

For your pride and caring – thank you.

I have actually been an Australian for nearly fifteen years and this is my fourth tour in the Middle East.  My family and I certainly believe our country and our people are worth the sacrifices we must make in order for me to do this.  I consider it a great privilege to serve my county but, alas, my time is coming to an end.  Counting my service in the Canadian Army as well, I have now done forty years with over four years of overseas operations.

Your laundry bag will be a treasured memento of my service and something I will always treasure.
Thank you and take good care of yourself.

Sincerely,

 .....


Hi Sandra and family 


I have just received my quilt and absolutely love it :) I can appreciate that being a Crows fan it might have been a challenge ......lol 

You did a great job, and its very comfortable :) I like solid colours ...it's a bloke thing and I am sure it will get frequent use in my "man cave" (the front lounge room) during the footy season whilst curled up on the lounge watching the footy. 

It is always quite amazing and heart warming how many people in Australia remember Australian Forces overseas especially over the Christmas period. 

A bit about me ....I have served with the Navy firstly as Quartermaster Gunner for 6 years, and then changing branches to a Naval Police Coxswain. All up I have served for 26 years (I had a three year break mid life and went exploring). 

In the last 14 years I have spent just over 10 years at sea on various platforms around Australia and this trip being 9 months to the Middle East will be my longest away from home. I am very fortunate to be married to a very caring and understanding lady, and we don't have children. 

We are just over half way into this deployment at the moment and we are all about to rotate into a short leave period where we can take turns to go home.  It will be a welcomed rest and great to see my wife and dog :) 

I have included a link to a story about one of the latest patrols that HMAS Arunta was on, to give you a idea of our employment up here, as many times it does not get a lot of coverage back home.  You can check it out here 

I know the guys and the girls will be having a photo with our quilts sometime in the future and I am sure it will make it's way to Aussie Hero quilts. 

Thanks again for my West Coast quilt , hopefully the Crows will have a good year as well. 

Keep up the lovely work that you do , it is appreciated. 

Kind Regards
.....


Hi Joy,


I wanted to write to you to say thank you very much for the quilt and laundry bag that you created! They are both amazing and I cannot even comprehend how you can make these things!

I do actually like the bits of pink you worked into the quilt and laundry bag. I am surrounded by girls at home (wife, and two daughters 5 and 3.5), so it is a nice reminder of them. They do have the hard job of keeping going while I disappear time and time again. I am sure the quilt will be dragged out almost daily at home for cubbie houses, picnics (of the teddy bear kind), story times and even when the girls tire out and fall asleep on the couch after being at the beach.

Finally I wanted to say the work that you guys do really is appreciated over here. These packages really help give a morale boost and treasured items ever after. And it is really a weird sight to see groups of dirty, tired soldiers standing around admiring patterns and stitching! Thanks again Joy, you are a gem.

Cheers
.....

Good Evening Jan-Maree, 

Another day down and another day closer to coming home. But what made today that little bit sweeter was the arrival of my BEAUTIFUL quilt from  Aussie Hero Quilts. 

The colours are lovely! The creams soften the maroon and the roses make it extra girly - true to my personality 😊 
The quality of the stitching and quilting is excellent! yourself, Deanna, Judy and Jeff are very talented.  

The laundry bag I received matches the quilt perfectly too! 🌹😊

Please, pass on my sincere thanks and love to all that had part in making it. Rest assured that your efforts do not go unnoticed - we are so blessed to have people thinking about us back home and willing to put in their time, effort, skill and materials to create such a special gift. 

I know that years after I return to Australia I will still use this quilt and tell everyone the story about how it came to me ❤️ 

The quilt covers my single bed perfectly and I have had many comments on how gorgeous people think it is. I am spreading the word about your good work over here. 

I have included some photos - please feel free to use them however you like. 

Thanks again! 

.....

Good morning Kaye,
I received my laundry bag today and I would like to thankyou for the gifts and book it is muchly appreciated.
I would also like to thankyou for your time and effort you are in making  these for laundry bags for us.
.....


Good Afternoon Sarah,


I would firstly like to say thank you SO SO much for my gorgeous quilt, laundry bag and pillowcase. I have to say,I felt a bit spoilt getting all three! They are absolutely perfect. I walked around the ship for a while when I received them, wearing my quilt as a cape (lol). I love pink and I love horses so it is wonderful.
Thank you again Sarah, for your gift to me and to the rest of the amazing quilt makers around Australia. It makes our day out here getting the packages and seeing what wonderfully work has gone into making us something so very special that we will cherish forever.

Have a wonderful day

.....

Clarissa

I received a laundry bag created by you and I would like to send my thanks.
I am currently working with the USAF. Many of the Australians here in Afghanistan have received quilts and Laundry bags.  

Once again thank you very much for the laundry bag. 
.....

Hi Joan and Robin,

I was happy to have recently received one of your Aussie Hero Laundry bags Whilst being deployed with the RAAF. I would just like to say thank you for making and sending it and let you know that I’m finding it very useful and it also makes me happy to know people in Australia don’t forget about us while we are gone.

I’m close to going home now, in my 7th month away, and I’m really looking forward to getting back on home soil. It has been difficult to be away from my family, my 2y.o. son and my wife (who is weeks away from giving birth to our 2nd son), have been missing me and I’ve been missing them too. I have been proud to be here and playing my small part in the bigger picture though.


Thank you again and best wishes 

......

Shared on Facebook...

Gorgeous quilts but Judy McF, Diann, Kay C and Sue N 

A massive thank-you to the ladies at AHQ for these Quilts that have made it all the way to Sinai, Egypt. We are so grateful for your support. 4 extremely happy customers


Till next time..... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!
Jan-Maree xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

Requests 27 March 2017

Hi all


NOTE – if you are checking the request list from the blog and if you receive the blog via email DO NOT try to reply to me via that email.  It will not work. You need to use friendsofAHQ@gmail.com

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, PLEASE, PLEASE copy the ENTIRE line if you wish to nominate for a quilt or laundry bag.  
For example….

Marvel Theme. Ironman
M
LB
1


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.  If you find it hard to copy and paste please copy the line out as follows…   Marvel Theme. Ironman  M  LB  1

URGENT REQUESTS

There are three urgent requests at the moment.   They are numbered 2 and need to go in the mail by the end of April at the latest.

I also have two last requests for HMAS Arunta…… these are numbered 3 and need to go in the mail no later than end of May but preferably earlier.   One is a Mazda request… this can be a simple quilt.  All he needs is the photos of his cars included. I can send these to you on fabric. The other just needs to be in his teams colours and I can send you a patch with the wording embroidered on it.

Decoding Column three

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


Extra Stars – Broncos colours or Swans colours please….

We have received lots of great Novelty Stars and I do not want to get more than we can use at the moment so no more this week please unless you have already got them cut out and ready to go.

If you would like to make some more stars then I would love some in Broncos colours (maroon and gold) or in Sydney Swans colours (red and white) please.
Please continue to use the tutorial shown here…. 

If the stars could be maroon with gold points or red with white points please.

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

Random Quilt tops/quilts

I am not calling for quilt tops or completed quilts specifically but if you have one and are waiting for me to give you a name for it please let me know. 

Post By Date

The post by date for all items on this request list is 1 May please.

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.


NOTE- please read this bit…. It might make some of the request easier for you…
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.
I can help you with football colours and logos of teams etc. Just ask me. Most of the logos are simple or you can just add team names if you want to … team colours are enough also.
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.


Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers and happy stitching!
Jan-Maree


Australia and New Zealand -  77SQN
M
LB
1
 AFL SYDNEY SWANS
M
LB
1
Wallabies vs Springboks Rugby Union  (just the colours would do)
F
LB
1
German Short Haired Pointer (Dog)
M
LB
1
Bagpiper.  Family tartan Malcolm (Mother) Bruce (Father).  Love Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Cigars and my BMW M3 soft top.
M
LB
1
Crossed barbells (fav colour navy blue)
M
LB
1
Western bulldogs AFL team (fav colour Blue)
M
LB
1
White, Blue, Grey.  Alaskan Dall Ram
M
LB
1
Southern Cross, Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd, blue, aviation - Caribou, Iroquois (Huey) and Mirage III.
M
LB
1
greens and blues, and my favourite things are the ocean, all-things nature (trees, flowers, sunsets, camels and cows to name a few) and large-breed dogs.
 F
B
2
Tanks, cavalry, Light horse WWI type
M
Q
2
Light blue, dark blue and white
God, family, aeroplanes, cricket
M
B
2
Mazda RX7 (1st Gen Series 1-3)  "HMAS ARUNTA - OP MANITOU ROTATION 64"  (I can print photos for this one. )
M
Q
3
Manchester United theme or Red and yellow  - Wording "HMAS Arunta Op Manitou Rot 64"  Red and Yellow
M
Q
3
Dragons and dinosaurs
M
B
4
I would love a red cross on it, meidical theme,  "TAJI-4"  Iraq
F
B
7
 medic/army theme with red cross etc darker colours- Dark green, blacks and browns
F
Q
8
7RAR flag with FPE 7 bottom righthand corner
M
Q
9
Olive drab with black and grey Australian Flag and "KABUL AFGHANISTAN - FPE 7"
M
B
10
deployment details
M
Q
11
7RAR  Samoan Flag and Aussie Flag please
M
B
12
Green and Brown. 4WD, nature camping and fishing.
M
B
13
Black, grey, blue and green. Guns, hunting, 4WD and motor bikes.
M
B
14
blue hobbies sport running or fitness Loves rugby league supports the Tigers and NSW Blues
M
B
15
Desert theme with a Camel and a flagpole with the white ensign and blue sky. Anchors.  If possible could you put my kids names on it somewhere please
greens, black and greys.
F
B
16
Just some ideas…. soccer nut - his teams are Sydney FC, Socceroos and Leeds United. He also likes the Sydney Swans. He's a fan of Star Wars. He also likes the colours yellow and blue.
M
B
17
like pinks, blues, dogs, the outdoors and the Army.
F
B
18
Race cars
M
Q
19
a Holden racing team or Holden Logo please
M
B
20
Carlton Dry
M
B
21
Super heroes
M
Q
22
Blue and black, Truck driver (Transport)/ VIP Driver, Please include the Australian Flag
F
Q
23
Aviation Enthusiast, Penrith Panthers fan, Love German Shephard dogs, any of those themes would be fantastic.  Thank you very much
M
Q
24
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS & SEINFELD THEME
F
B
25
We have two miniature Schnauzers, one is black (Oscar) and the other is Olive, salt and pepper colouring).   whites, beige and charchoal / black colours please
M
Q
26
animals and my favourite colours are aqua and purple.
F
B
27
ANZAC and poppies
M
Q
28
 Australia
M
Q
29
Red, Black, Vikings, and Lord of the Rings
M
B
30
NFL New England Patriots, F1 Red Bull racing - (daniel Riccardo's car) and the military lol. His favourite colour is blue.
M
B
31
Maroon and Gold and Navy.
Brisbane Broncos.
Love my family who put up with my time away from homeand out family pets Angel (White Maltese) and Scruffy (Black Maltese).
Favourite TV Show : The Simpson's  (Homer)
Car: Convertible Mazda MX5 and convertible Ford Mustang (its a Bronco thing)
M
B
32
Broncos, XXXX Gold beer (would love the logo or the mascot)  Anything QLD would be great.
M
B
33
Slovakian flag (fav colour Red)
M
B
34
Sky blue, Aqua, silver special request: rising sun and United Arab Emirates flag, tropical / palm trees
F
B
35
 Blue and Black, Yellow and Green: Joint Movements Wagon wheel, RAAF Ensign, ANF, initals on laundry bag and quilt (JLJ)
M
B
36
mario Cart
M
B
37
Star Wars
M
B
38
Red, Blue, Nature  
M
B
39
Mexican theme or a Pineapple (fav colour green)
M
B
40
Black and white cat named Cleo (fave colour Blue)
M
B
41
 Deer stag (fav colour Black)
M
B
42
Aussie flag with a boxing kangaroo (fav colour black)
M
B
43
Would like to have my wife and baby boy on it.  I also follow the Parramatta Eels (blue and gold) and enjoy following the horses (races).
M
B
44
Favourite Animals: Great Danes, Golden Retreivers, Cats                                           Favourite Colours: Aqua, Purple
F
Q
45
 - Marvel comics
M
B
46
Sydney Swans
M
B
47
He loves the Essendon Bombers OR our two dogs George and Ruby - photos of dogs avbl OR blue for the RAAF
M
B
48
Ships, Submarines, Desert and Camels with a White Ensign if possible. Navy meets Desert theme.
M
B
49
She would love to combine her children's three favourites, (dinosaurs, cars/trucks and frozen) She also like Mickey and Minnie and would like to include some form or mention of her deployment,  RAAF ensign or Australia flag or OP Accordian
F
B
50