Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Grati-Tuesday 30 August 16


G'day all

Hope you are all having a great week. It is nearly Spring, can you believe it... at least for us down here in the Southern Hemisphere.....

Lots of great messages to read... enjoy!
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Good evening Jo,


Many thanks for the Laundry bag and quilt, Which I received it at the weekend, it must be fate that a history teacher made my quilt and laundry bag, as I was actually watching a favourite history show of mine on TV when I was given your parcel. "Time team"  don't know if you know it? its a UK show where archeologist have 3 days to conduct a dig and find out as much as they can about the place there at. Watching it always makes me wish I listened more during history lessons at school, lol

I was blow away when I opened the parcel and open up my quilt the design is outstanding, the time and effort that you must have put into both is amazing, I have to say the work that you and all the quilters of AHQ do is very much appreciated by not only me, but by all who receive them.

Pass on to your sewing group that the names you and they came up with for the Koala made me chuckle but he does have a name he's called "Rusty" which is a bit plain compared to there suggestions.

I also watched the Rugby 7's. 1 of the players helped out at a coaching clinic that my daughter attended a couple of years ago, yes it is a very different style of rugby to what the Reds play, very fast and enjoyable to watch, in total there were 8 QLDer's in the women's squad 4 of them with ties to Brisbane and the Reds.

The deployment  is tracking along nicely we are well over half way through my daughters tell me approximately 65 days left I get home.

again thank you for the quilt it is very much appreciated, hope your like the picture the quilt blends in nicely with our fire truck


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NOTE  -this recipient missed the birth of his twin baby girls whilst on deployment.

Hello Rita, 

Thank you for the lovely quilt, it is going to go beautifully in the twin's room. Just missed getting before going home for leave but I have it now and I love it. It was so good to finally meet my little girls but it was hard to turn around and come back to finish my deployment. 
I don't get to see them again until November but I'm sure the remaining time here will pass quickly. Thanks once again to you, Jan Maree and all the team of willing helpers for the great work you are doing for the ADF. I know that everyone here appreciates greatly the work you are all doing. 

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Dear Kate,
Thank you so very much for my wonderful gorgeous quilt and goodies.
I love it and very much appreciate all the effort you and your husband have been through to give me this amazing quilt.  I really appreciate everything you lovely ladies do for all of us deployed.  Other members are jealous and have tried to steal your quilt from me. 
It’s brilliant.  I love military history and you have done this perfectly.
I have been in the Army for 20 years.  I am an Ammunition Technician.  For this deployment I left behind my gorgeous cheeky one year old son and my husband, who is also a serving member and ammunition technician.
This has been my hardest deployment to date, having to leave my baby boy.

Again thank you for all your time and effort (blood, sweat and tears) in making my quilt.
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Hi Julie-Ann,
I received the laundry bag you made for me with the lollies, Tim Tams and great card a few
days ago. I love the bag and it has filled my bedspace with colour, which is greatly
appreciated. The Tim tams were shared around with my team and brought a lot of smiles
to faces. I know the service men and woman love the quilts and laundry
bags that are made and sent to us all. The bag you have made me is great,
exactly what I wanted.
They are all really appreciated and treasured.
I am from Perth and my wife is also a serving member who has
previously deployed overseas. She is doing a great job with my kids who are 14

and 12. We have around 40 days left before we are heading home so
really looking forward to it. My daughter who is 12 says I am not allowed to go
away again once I get back which breaks my heart because I know how much she
misses me. Six months is a long time away in a child's mind.
We are pretty lucky these days being able to ring on the
phone each day which is so much better than when I was away a lot when they

were a lot younger. You sound like a very nice giving person who takes pride in
helping others. Your children will be forever grateful that you were there to

help with babysitting. I know my wife would love to have lived near some of our
family to have that help.
I appreciate your thoughts and support.
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Hi Susan,
I just wanted to say thank you for the quilt, it is absolutely perfect. I also
appreciated the WW2 aircraft photos and the lollies you included, you went
above and beyond what I was expecting and couldn't be happier with it. I got the quilt
with the border collies and Australian theme, I'm not sure if you
have owned border collies before but I got a good laugh when I noticed you had
stitched one of the collies to look like it was chasing the emu's and kangaroos,
as this is definately what my collies do back home! Once again. Thank you very much,

your hard work is extremely appreciated and doesn't go un-noticed.
Thanks,

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Hi Joan,
I just wanted to say thank you for the laundry bag you've made for me. It's a
great bag and fits the bill just fine! (its the bag with the Beechworth Bakery
on the front). Thanks for the letter and the wishes, they most definately don't
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Rosemary,

Thank you very much for the lovely quilt and additional sweet goodies
- it brought me great joy to receive, especially as it arrived at a time when I was feeling a little
low. It  brightened my day, as well as adding a welcome splash of colour in my room. 

Now as I am preparing to head home to Canberra to my husband
and daughter, I look forward to having it as a lasting memory of deployment.It is truly an honour

and a privilege to serve the Australian Public through deployed service as a
member of the Australian Defence Force and it is wonderful to receive the gift

of appreciation that you have provided.
Take Care and God Bless
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Good afternoon Jean,
Thank you so much for my laundry bag. Given that
you are not a football fan, you managed to do a really good job of coming up
with one that is Westcoast Eagles orientated. It looks great and I am really
really grateful for your time. 180 laundry bags are a lot of laundry bags - that
would keep you quite busy indeed. The fact that you personalise each one makes
receiving it, all that more special.
I have been in the Army for almost 26 years and this is my first long deployment (I deployed to East Timor back in 2002 but
only for a very short time). Whilst I don't have any children, the deployment has forced me away from my husband of 23 years and my female cat called Minxie.
We currently live in Sydney but will be posted to Canberra in 2017.
I deployed back in April and I am due to go home
at the end of October.
The deployment has been made a little more
special by the fact that I was deployed on Operations for ANZAC day. This day
made me feel quite proud to be a soldier in the Australian Army.
My mum tried for many years to teach me to sew,
but I always used the excuse that because I'm left handed, it wasn't going to
be successful. Lucky for me, my husband is quite the sewer and as a result,
does all my sewing.
My husband and I also love to travel overseas, but we
also love travelling on cruise ships (we have been on about 14 cruises thus
far). Africa is not a destination we have been to, but it sounds like quite the
adventure. I too love animals, and I agree, Africa would be amazing to see.
Also, thankyou so much for the letter and little
gift that accompanied the laundry bag, it was so very thoughful.
Until next time, take care and stay safe.
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Till next time....keep spreading the word and happy stitching!
Jan-Maree xx

Monday, 29 August 2016

Requests 29 August 16

Hi all

Before anything else…Please please, please keep an eye on the blog.   This is my most effective way of keeping you all informed with what is going on and I really need your help supplying info when asked so that I can get the request list and other data sources up to date after the fire.

I am not yet able to write posts every night but I am working towards it. 

All emails should now come to me at friendsofAHQ@gmail.com

Here is this week’s list.   Anything you are not sure of.. JUST ASK!

PRIORITY QUILTS

If you take on a request that has absolutely no leeway in posting dates I always try to let you know.  Requests 1, 2 and 3 must be in the mail no later than end of September.   If you are interested in these quilts you need to know that as there is not much room to run later than the post by date of 3 October.

POST BY DATE

The post by date for the rest of the requests in this week’s list 3 October.  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.

The Royal Australian Regiment Badge is an infantry badge andI can send you one which can be pieced in or added as an applique.

There is one quilt that would like Australian National Flags and RAE… RAE is the engineers and their motto is “Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense”.  Also their colours are red and blue.

7RAR

7RAR is deployed and they are known as the Porky 7 or the Pig Regiment. I will write a post to explain this at a later date but in the meantime, just about any pig will do from cute little porky pig to farmyard pigs to big mean looking boars.  Many of the quilts on this list are also from 7RAR.  Even though they do not mention Pigs specifically if you wanted to add a pig to their quilt or laundry bag it would go down well.   If you are interested in doing that please let me know and I will tell you which requests to look at. 

ANZAC Themed Quilts

Suggestions for this include poppies (yes for blokes), soldier silhouettes (I can provide pictures to use) the word ANZAC, 1915-2015, Lest We Forget, Aussie Flag, Rising Sun Badge ( I can provide)

RANDOM QUILTS

If you have a quilt underway that does not match any of these requests please let me know. I have options for you.

Remember, you do not have to include everything they have asked for.    Footy quilts do not need to have the logo or even the team name. Using the team colours is all that is required. Simple is perfectly acceptable.  A number of these requests have given you favourite colours as well as footy teams or other hobbies and interests.    It is fine to make a quilt using their favourite colours and include only one of their interests.  It is fine to keep it simple.

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




motorbikes and Kayaks
LB
1
Red, green orange
LB
2
UN logo (I can send you one) and African Continent, Aussie Flag
B
3
QLD
B
4
Wallabies Rugby Union
B
5
Wallabies Rugby Union
B
6
Navy Theme (Australian White Enisgn – Ask me about this or google it)
B
7
Bear
Q
8
Jungle Book
B
9
Race Cars
B
10
Soldiers
Q
11
Aussie flag/RAE
B
12
Aussie Flag/Anzac
B
13
Aussie flag/Anzac
B
14
Aussie flag/Anzac
B
15
Aussie flag/Anzac
B
16
Aussie flag/Anzac
B
17
Aussie flag/Anzac
B
18
Aussie flag/Anzac
B
19
Royal Australian Regiment Badge
Q
20
Royal Australian Regiment Badge
Q
21
Royal Australian Regiment Badge
Q
22
Royal Australian Regiment Badge
Q
23
Royal Australian Regiment Badge
Q
24
Royal Australian Regiment Badge
Q
25
Royal Australian Regiment Badge
Q
26
Royal Australian Regiment Badge
Q
27
EOD (bomb detection)
B
28
EOD bomb detection
Q
29
Watermelon Theme
Q
30
Sunderland AFC - (EPL team)
B
32
Maroon quilt with large gold skippy badge in centre (having a badge embroidered) and Aussie Flag
B
33
Brisbane Lions Theme (AFL)
B
34
ACT Brumbies (rugby)
B
35
Flowers
B
36
Washington Red Skins (NFL)
B
37
Minecraft game theme
Q
38
RM Williams logo
B
39
Kiss (the band)
B
40
Port Power (AFL)  (Port Adelaide)
Q
41
Royal Australian Regiment Badge
B
42
Mighty Ducks
B
43
Adventure Time
B
45
Game of Thrones Theme (TV)
B
46
Bananas in Pyjamas, Finding Nemo (TV, Movie)
Q
47
Russell Coight, All Aussie Adventures (TV)
B
48
Sailor Jerry
B
49
Cars (kids movie)
B
50
Fantasy, I like purple, magical theme
B
51
Bayern Munich (soccer)
B
52
Bombers (AFL)
B
53
Emu Export, VB's (beer)
B
54
Rick and Morty (TV)
B
56
Sunset Beach Theme
Q
57
Game of Thrones (houses and sayings) TV
B
58
Adventure Time
B
59
Kanye West (performer)
B
60
He Man (cartoon)
B
61
Russell Coight, All Aussie Adventures (TV)
B
62
Dr Who Theme
B
63
Fremantle Dockers Theme
B
64
Sun's AFL team
B
65
Australian Flag
Q
66
The Mad Hueys
B
67
Australian Flag ('Eve' written somewhere on the flag)
Q
68
ADIDAS theme (blue and white)
B
69
Dinosaurs
Q
70
Lady bugs
Q
71
Ducati Logo with a  beach backdrop please
B
72
Earthmoving theme (Catepillar and John Deere machinery)
B
73
Pokemon style
B
74
Pokemon style
B
75
Australian beach scenery
Q
76
NBA Golden State Warriors team and NRL NZ Warriors team
B
77
Eureka Flag (Dark blue background, white cross and stars with red writing "Fight the Power"
B
78
Barcelona Football Club
B
79
Army Theme (PMV/Truck)
B
80
Richmond Tigers Theme
B
81
Australian Flag theme
Q
82
New born baby theme (neutral colours, unknown sex)
B
83
NRL Paramatta Eels theme
B
84
NRL Paramatta Eels theme
B
85
Pokemon style
B
86
Boxing Kangaroo
Q
87
Picture of food, hamburgers, french fries, corn dogs etc
Q
88
Snow leopard on a mountain
B
89
Corrected


NSW Rugby League
B
91
Rat - Disney style cartoon character
B
92
Corrected


Corrected


Richard the Lion Heart
B
95
Video game 'Halo' design
B
96
Picture of ice cream cones
Q
97
I would like a cat and dog theme and any other pattern looks nice.  Thank you, everyone appreciates the hard work and effort you and your team are going to for us
B
98
I would appreciate a Superman themed quilt for my son.  Thank you
B
99
A Kung Fu Panda movie themed one please
B
100