Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Grati-Tuesday 21April

G'day all.   By the time you read this I will be in Canberra and getting ready to go to the Australian War Memorial to see the Centenary Quilt be presented. 

 I am still trying to catch up from being at AQC.  Please bear with me if I have not put the request list out yet.  It is coming..... I promise..... and if you have emailed me and I have not replied.... I am working on that as well....

I can manage some show and tell though. Here is a very happy Chaplain with his quilt courtesy of Lynn who made the top and Robin who quilted it.



Hello Deb,

Thankyou for all your hard work making the quilt and sending it over with the lollies as well, it was a great morale booster. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate at home running a farm and keeping up with the grandchildren so I just wanted to say thankyou for the time and effort you put into making and sending my quilt, people like yourself are the reason we are happy to come here and do what we do and it's nice to know there's some support coming from home. Anyways I have to run, sorry the reply is quite short but I have attached a picture of the quilt on my bunk for you to see.

All the best in the future Deb, and thankyou once again! 

Kind Regards,

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Hi Joan & Robin,

Received the laundry bag, I can't thank you enough, very Australian and very fitting.
Myself, and the rest of my Platoon here are very grateful for the time and effort that you put in, it certainly doesn't go unappreciated, and the craftsmanship is quite amazing.
I am the Platoon Commander (Lieutenant) here with about 70 people under my command, I can tell you that all the guys and girls eagerly await the arrival of their Laundry Bags or Quilts, and no one is disappointed.

Thank you again,

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Ruth S,

Today I received the care package that you sent to me and I would like to thank you very much for such a kind gesture. I am currently in Kabul on my seventh deployment; however, this is my first deployment to Afghanistan. I will be home in early August from what will probably be my last deployment. 

Once again Ruth, thank you beautiful quilt and other goodies (snakes are a favourite of mine).

Best wishes to you and your family.
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Hi Jan-Maree,

I relieved my RAEME themed quilt to Kabul yesterday and would just like to thank you and your team so much! It surpassed my expectations and it will definitely go straight to the pool room!

Unfortunately I have been away from the Platoon for a little while and have not been able to see how the guys are going with receiving their quilts, however if they are anywhere near as happy as I am then you have nothing to worry about!

Thanks so much again.
All the best,

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Jan-Maree,
I just received my awesome new Seattle Seahawks Quilt.
Thank you very much, I couldn't have asked for a better quilt - It will be with me on all my future deployments.
Could you please pass on my many thanks to Gale C and Jenny D for a fabulous job!
Also thank you for the Tim Tams, the boys and I  finished them in one sitting!
Once again thank you for your support to myself and to all those that serve.
Have a great day. 
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Dear Pauline and Elaine,

I hope this email finds you in good health.
Firstly, thank you so much for the laundry bag. A very thoughtful and useful gift. It's not something I thought to bring with me but has been invaluable. Unique is one way to describe it but I prefer to describe it as a masterpiece! It certainly stands out.



The picture of the Kangaroos on the beach and your kind Aussie spirit, sure reminds me that Australia is the best place to call home. You can't find better.
Again, thank you so much for your contribution and your support.

Cheers :)
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Dear Stephanie and Lyn

Thank you very much for brightening my tour of Afghanistan and my bed through the
generous gift of a wonderful quilt. I am not convinced you have so much fabric hiding
in the cupboard that it needs an overseas holiday, but I am certainly appreciative of
the fact that you took the time to make a quilt and send it to me. 

The fact that you are taking the time out of your life to do such a wonderfully selfless
and patriotic act is humbling to us all over here in Afghanistan and in other areas of
operations. Your act of kindness goes a long way towards reminding us all that we are
not forgotten by distance and time and we feel very much appreciated for what we are
doing over here. I hope we are justifying such kindness through our performance and
that you receive the thanks you truly deserve.
,
The quilt you have sent me is currently resting on my bed and is providing great
service through the very cold nights we are experiencing at the moment. We have
recently had the largest snow fall so far since commencing my tour in Sep last year.
We are due for some more cold nights to come, however, when the weather starts to
 warm up I think the quilt will change duty to wall hanging or potentially become my
primary means of cover during sleep.

Thank you once again for your generous gift I think this will now become something
that I will become a family heirloom and be handed down to my grandkids in the not 
too distant future. .
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Dear Irene

I would like to thankyou so very much for your beautiful laundry bag. It is absolutely
gorgeous. Your design and colours are absolutely stunning: and the Australian floral design is just amazing. Thank you. I can't imagine how much time and effort has gone into this amazing art work; and I am so very honoured to have received it.

After 26 years in the ADF, both ARA and RAAF, this is my very first deployment to the MER. As such, l was not fully aware of the Aussie Hero Laundry Bags. I’m not sure who requested it on my behalf, but it was one of the best surprises that I received during this deployment. Thank you again for providing me with such a beautiful opportunity to smile.

It is just amazing when beautiful caring people like yourself donate so much of your time and money to making us feel so very much appreciated. Thankyou, 

I'm not fully aware of what's been presented in the Media, as we don 't have much access to it over here. However, in case you're interested, we are positioned in the United Arab Emirates(UAE) as a part of the Australian Defence Force contribution to the international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It is a contribution that I feel is extremely important; and it feels great to be a part of it. After all, it's extremely important in order to help ensure the safety of our current and future world population not only overseas but within Australia

The area where we are positioned is a safe haven. It's a very busy base with a lot of personnel from many different walks of life, which can be entertaining in the very least. We are living in large green tents although, that is not as bad as it sounds. They are segregated with curtains to give you a bit of privacy and are air-conditioned so let's call it "glamping" (like camping but with a bit more glamour and comfort if you haven't heard the term before). We also have several facilities available to us during our downtime which include some common areas to relax and catch up with some mates. The meals that are provided are also certainly nothing to complain about; in fact I think it would be easy for me to put on several kilos if I wasn't careful. All in all, the only thing we really have to worry about is the separation from family and loved ones back at home. The weather over here can be very hot and humid at times.

Thankfully I’ll be leaving before the extreme heat arrives. Unfortunately though, the cooler months here don’t give you relief for very long. There's nothing like a 40 degree day and 100% humidity to zap your energy.

Personally. I am in a position within a supporting element that sustains the base that we operate from. It is a very rewarding, though at times can be difficult with long and stressful working hours. We do try to get some down time whenever we can though to give our body and minds a rest. Most of my contingent has been here for six months and we're now about to return home. Overall, the days have gone by slowly but the weeks seem to fly by and months are over before you know it. You could also say that every morning is like a Monday and every afternoon like a Friday.

I'd like to thankyou again for your beautiful gift and your kind words; and I hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and well.
Thank you.

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Ladies,  Irene, Joy Robyn



Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the lovely Laundry Bag you have made for me. I will treasure this gift for years to come.  You are an inspiration to me and a true reflection of the Aussie spirit we all love.   

I was lucky enough to be given the one with the Aussie flags along the top of the Outback themed bag.

Our lot is from the 3rd Combat Signals Regiment (3 CSR) in Townsville.  I am heading home on my mid tour leave in a few weeks and look forward to seeing my Wife and three children.   This is my third deployment now, so I think my family are well versed in the hardships of separation. It never gets any easier though!

Thanks again, I wish you all the best. 

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Hi Marie,

I am writing to say thank you very much for all your hard work and effort in sending me a Hero Quilt. 

This is my fourth tour of Afghanistan and to receive such a personal gift that had so much thought and hard work put into it was very humbling and myself and some of the other boys who have received a Hero Quilt are very appreciative. 

Thanks very much for the magazine and the Easter treats too. You are correct the weather is very extreme, in January it was heavy snow everyday and now it is getting into the mid twenties.

Thankyou once again
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Noeleen,

Thank heaps for the quilt and the ‘goodies’. I have just finished leave and was expecting the weather to have warmed up here in Afghanistan but there is still snow on the mountains so I slept under it last night and was warm as toast. This morning when my American roommate awoke he was more than impressed not just with the effort to send the gift but also the detail of the stitching.

Again thanks for the gift I will treasure it for years to come.
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Jan-Maree, Lynn and Robin (the talented makers of (XXXXX's helicopter quilt!)

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you wonderful ladies. You created the most amazing quilt for XXXX and I wanted to personally thank you for such an incredible gesture.

XXXXX said to me that he absolutely loves the quilt.

So thank you again. Not only you are giving to our service men and women a moral boost with such a thoughtful gift; but for us you have created a keepsake for our future family. 

Thank you again!
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Hi Jan-Maree,

I just wanted to let you know that I received my Quilt (made by Lynn and quilted by Belinda) and Laundry Bag today.

I love it, and truthfully, I feel like I don't deserve it....... I actually saw the laundry bag on your recent blog post, and did wonder if that was mine, haha.

I will send Margaret a personal email, but I just wanted to express my deepest gratitude for the work that your organistation does. I feel rather emotional as I write this.

I will take a picture of the quilt and post it to Facebook.

Again, thank you for the work Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags does. Receiving this package has truly made my day.

Cheers,

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Greetings Stephanie,

I am the lucky recipient and new owner of your amazing monkey and chicken themed quilt!

Firstly thank you very much for the time and effort you have clearly put into the quilt. It really is a work of art and something I will no doubt treasure for a long time. 

Not sure whether you are aware but we are currently enroute to Greece to partake in the Centennary of Anzac commemorations and as you can imagine, are all quite excited. A once in a life time opportunity to pay our respects so close to where it all unfolded 100 years ago. From there we are essentially homeward bound after what will be a long, arduous yet very rewarding deployment.

Thanks again for the quilt Stephanie, I will endeavour to get a snap to you in due course.

Kind Regards,
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Dear Jan-Maree,


I needed to write to you for a plethora of reasons, first and foremost to tell you how humbled and proud I am to hear my colleagues and I are thought of at all let alone the esteem you and your amazing network at AHQ hold us in. I'm currently serving on my 7th deployment in the MEAO totaling around 26 months. Needless to say I'm very familiar with this part of the world now and in all my time over here nothing has touched me as much as the personal attention given to us by AHQ. I was first introduced to AHQ when I commented on the brilliant red and white Swannies quilt one of my staff had adorning his bed making it look homely and inviting rather than looking like a jail cell. When he explained where it had come from and the story behind it I was amazed.


I've obviously been in touch since and I now proudly show off an inviting room decked out with one of your quilts decorated with surfing scenes and a C130 silhouette. Absolutely fantastic as the photo attests! So, a huge thank you to Lynn and Robin for the quilting, and of course you for caring about us in the first place and certainly not least for the amazing personalized quilt.


Thank you again from the bottom of my heart to you, your amazing team at AHQ and to all those who spare a thought for us. We'll be raising a toast to you on ANZAC day from afar.

King regards,



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

Jan-Maree xx


Monday, 20 April 2015

Monday's Medals - 20 April

As I am sure you all know this has been a busy week for me so I have written this post in advance.   This is the second last post I am writing on medals.  If I have time I will write one last post about medals on Thursday.  I have some special ones in mind but it depends if I have time to research them and write them up.  

I think I have some pretty special ones to share tonight though.

First up, some of you already know the young lady who owns these medals and I know she will likely kill me for saying that much but next time you see her I suspect you will look at the medals she wears with a new understanding. 

The medal on the right is the Australian Defence Medal which you receive after four years of service. 

The medal on the left is the Commendation for Brave Conduct.


The Commendation for Brave Conduct is conferred for an act of bravery that is worthy of recognition.  It is the fourth highest Australian Bravery Decoration after the Cross of Valour, which is the highest, the Star of Courage and the Bravery Medal.  There is also a Group Bravery Citation which is for a group of people involved in a single incident.

Anyone may nominate any other person for a bravery decoration.  
The Australian Bravery Decorations Council considers the nominations and makes recommendations for awards to the Governor-General. The Council also recommends the level of awards.
There is no set timeframe for announcing bravery awards. Generally there are two announcements a year in April and August.
After the announcement of awards, recipients are invited to a ceremony or investiture at Government House in their state.
The Commendation for Brave Conduct is a silver gilt sprig of mimosa mounted on a blood-red backing ribbon.
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Lots of you will know the story of the owner of this collection of medals.  These belong to our Invictus Warrior Garry Robinson.  From left to right, in case you can't read the writing, we have

The Distinguished Service Medal, The Commendation for Distinguished Service, The Australian Active Service Medal with East Timor, and ICAT Clasps, The Interfet Medal (International Force East Timor), The Afghanistan Medal, the Australian Service Medal with clasp CT/SR (CT- Counter Terrorist and SR - Special Recovery), Defence Long Service Medal with clasp for 20 years, Australian Defence Medal, United Nation transitional Authority in East Timor Medal, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal with ISAF Clasp.

These are Garry's miniatures which are usually worn to formal evening events such as cocktail parties.


These ones above are Garry's miniatures that will be worn at formal evening events.  So let's look at the ones that you have not seen before.

The Distinguished Service Medal,

The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for distinguished leadership in action.  It is the second level of the Distinguished Service Decorations and is awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence.

Recipients have the post-nominals of DSM.  The Distinguished Service Medal is announced on Australia Day (January 26) and the Queen’s Birthday (June) of each year.

The Distinguished Service Medal is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward in nickel-silver. The front has a Federation star superimposed on a circle of flames.

The medal has a nickel-silver suspender bar and the ribbon has alternating vertical stripes: four silver-blue and three ochre-red.

The Commendation for Distinguished Service is awarded for the distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations to members of the Australian Defence Force.

There are three levels of decoration:

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
Commendation for Distinguished Service

The Distinguished Service Decorations are awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence and is also announced on Australia Day (January 26) and the Queen’s Birthday (June) each year.

The second last medal is the United NationsTransitional Authority in East Timor Medal

After INTERFET completed its tasks on 23 February 2000, military command and control responsibilities were formally transferred to the Headquarters of the UN Peacekeeping Force (PKF) as part of the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor (UNTAET).

Strength: Australia supported the UN peacekeeping operation with between 1500 and 2000 personnel on a 4 - 6 month posting cycle. Total: 5239 ADF personnel.

Australia contributed an Infantry Battalion Group force to the western border region (Sector West) of East Timor to prevent insurgency operations by the Aitarak Militia forces and under command UN PKF Headquarters. Australia also contributed a Communications Management Team working to the PKF HQ providing commercial standard telecommunications, telephone, data and communications infrastructure installations and management. Additionally deployed were landing craft, Black Hawks, an Australian National Command Element, RAAF and RAN Support and Logistical units.

Australia remained the largest contributor of personnel to the peacekeeping mission. Australian troops were gradually drawn down over several years after 2000, however major rioting in Dili in May 2006 prompted more Australian Defence Force members to be deployed to East Timor as part of Operation ASTUTE.

These are Garry's full size medals and these are what he will wear on ANZAC Day.  It makes it a bit harder to see what he has earned doesn't it.



Another proud wife sent me these medals. You have seen most of these before.


The medals are as follows Australian Active Service medal with Iraq clasp, Iraq medal, 
Australian Service medal with SE Asia clasp, Defence Service medal 4 clasps (35+ years and still a member), Australian Defence medal.  The last two medals are special ones. 

The Ordre du Mérite Maritime (Order of Maritime Merit) is a French order for services rendered. This was awarded for work undertaken with the P-3C Orion aircraft deployed assisting the rescues of Tony Bullimore and Thierry Dubois from the Southern Ocean in early 1997 who were  participating in the Vendée Globe around the whole solo yacht race. The RAAF provided daylight coverage on station after locating Dubois. Six flight crews from 10 and 11 Squadrons plus ground support staff  located at RAAF Base Edinburgh near Adelaide rotated through five Orion aircraft deployed from Perth. The aircraft flew for a total of 158 hours, providing a comforting presence for Thierry Dubois, monitoring his welfare and ensuring that he was regularly updated on the progress of the rescue operation.


The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States other than General Officers who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army after December 6, 1941, distinguished themselves by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. The medal may be awarded to a member of the Armed Forces of a friendly foreign nation who, after June 1, 1962, distinguishes themselves by an act of heroism, extraordinary achievement, or significant meritorious service which has been of mutual benefit to the friendly nation and the United States. This was awarded for services in Iraq.

And now some more very special medals......

Our Vietnam Veterans did not get much respect when they came home from war, and often much worse which makes me so ashamed. Study these medals and if you meet someone who wears them please quietly thank them for their service.  


We have the Australian Active Service Medal with Vietnam Clasp, Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal, Centenary of National Service medal and the Vietnamese Campaign medal.

Australian Active Service Medal with Vietnam Clasp

The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 recognises the service of Australian Defence Force and certain other persons in prescribed warlike operations such as the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War. Another award entitled, Australian Active Service Medal, recognises service of Australian Defence Force and certain other persons in prescribed warlike operations from February 1975 onwards. 

The Prime Minister, the Hon. John Howard MP, announced the introduction of the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 in December 1997. The 30-year period covers numerous conflicts in Australia’s region. Many Australians today are affected by their own or their loved ones’ involvement. 

The Governor-General awards the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Force or their delegate. The medal has the clasps: Korea, Malaya, Malaysia, Thai/Malay, Thailand and Vietnam. Veterans who have received or who are entitled to the Korea Medal, a General Service Medal for service in the Malayan Emergency 1948-1960 or the Indonesian confrontation 1962-1966, the Vietnam Medal and some categories of the Vietnam Logistics and Support Medal are eligible for the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. 

The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 is a nickel-silver medal ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The front has a Federation Star with the inscription ‘The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975’. The reverse has a wreath of golden wattle flanking a central horizontal panel.

Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal

The Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal recognises the service of Australian personnel in support roles during the Vietnam War.  It was created to provide recognition to the men and women who played a vital support role during the Vietnam War but did not qualify for the Vietnam Medal. 

The Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal is a circular medal made of nickel-silver. The front bears the crowned effigy of The Queen with the inscription 'Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina F.D.'  

The reverse of the medal has the word ' Vietnam' at the top centre above a depiction of a man standing between two symbolic spheres.

The medal ribbon has three red stripes on a yellow centre. The ribbon also has a blue stripe to represent the Navy, a red stripe for the Army and a light blue stripe for the Air Force. The ribbon also has a brown stripe for the colour of the earth and waterways of Vietnam.

Centenary of National Service Medal

I had trouble finding information on this medal but I think it look fairly self explanatory.

Vietnamese Campaign Medal

This award has was issued by the South Vietnamese Government for six months service in South Vietnam.  Approximately 50,000 were issued to Australian and New Zealand service personnel.

The Vietnamese Campaign Medal is a six-pointed star in white enamel, superimposed over a radiating bright metal background.  A circular inset to the white star consists of a map of Vietnam in bright metal, with a flame in red enamel arising from it.  The background to the inset is dark green enamel.

The ribbon of the medal has three white stripes.  On either side of the central white stripe are broader stripes of dark green, while the two outer white stripes are flanked at the edges by narrow strips of green.  The ribbon is mounted so that it tapers to the width of the central white stripe.   The medal is issued with a bar which is impressed '1960-'.

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Again, a proud wife sent me this picture of her husband's medals and you have read about all of them except for the fourth from the left.  It is the National Medal.

The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster.
This includes government organisations such as ambulance, correctional, emergency, fire and police forces, and voluntary organisations such as lifesaving or search and rescue groups.
The National Medal is Australia’s most awarded civilian medal.


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Now we have four sets of medals from one family and I will let this fellow explain his own family's medals....



(Above) Here are the medals my Father, Kevin Harvey, wore and now I wear on ANZAC Day: Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp Vietnam, Australian Vietnam Medal, Defence Force Service Medal and Clasp, National Medal and Clas, Australian Defence Medal, Australian National Service Medal, Vietnam Campaig, Medal US Bronze Star.


My father joined the Army in the 1950's and served until the early 1980's (27 years). He did a tour in Vietnam when he was awarded the US Bronze Star for 'Administrative excellence' 


(Above) These medals are my Grandfathers Medals. Gerrard Pollock enlisted in Australia at the beginning of WWII and served in the Middle East then on Greece where he was captured. Once he was captured he was transported to Europe where he served the rest of his time in POW camps until released by the Americans in 1945. His medals are (L-R): 1939 1945 Star Africa Star Defence Medal War Medal 1939 - 45 Australian Service Medals 1939 - 45 Greek War Medal (issued by Greece for those who served in Greece prior to capture)



(Above) Here are my medals. I enlisted in 1987 and did a tour of East Timor and am now in the Middle East Region.  The medals are: Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp East Timor Defence Long Service Medal with two clasps Australian Defence Medal UNTAET Medal

I think that is enough for tonight. I hope you all kept up. At the very least you will be a little more aware of at least a few of the medals our troops will be wearing on ANZAC Day.

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



Sunday, 19 April 2015

AQC Wrap Up updated version...

EDIT!!!
Unless your name is Sandra you did not win the sewing machine. Greg, from Bernina, drew the raffle and when I called to give her the news she was ecstatic to say the least!  She said that the first thing she will cut out to sew with it is some new laundry bags.




Well I have to write this early as I don't know how much time I will get closer to time. This is a big thank you post.  

I would say that AQC has been a big success and there are so many people to thank.

I need to thank Gary and Judy and all the crew from Expertise Events for inviting us along and their great support all the way though.  What a fabulous show and what wonderful organisation.  What really touched me was the fact that they "get it", they understand what we do and were more than happy to support us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

It was very special having LTCOL Michelle talk on our behalf on Wednesday night at the cocktail party  - she did a wonderful job and it was a privilege to be asked to provide a speaker for want of a better way of putting it.

Next I need to thank Bernina for their wonderful support with the Gorgeous Sewing Machine they gave us to Raffle - what a hit that was, and the Victorian Quilters who agreed to allow us to raffle it in association with them.  We could not have done it without them.  

Bernina also supported us in a big way with their laundry bag work shops.  For each laundry bag made,  the sewers paid $5 which Bernina matched and that meant we gained not only a laundry bag, but a $10 donation.  Thank you so much Bernina.  

Another big thank you has to go to Howard Long of DTS Communicate for the brochures he printed free of charge for AHQ.  This is the second batch he has done free of charge for us and it is so appreciated.

Then there are all the lovely ladies who volunteered their time to work on the stall.

Jeann, Sue M, Billy, Jo, Sue N, Marlene, Sue O'D, Hilary, Michele, Lisa N, Su, Leonie and Sue P.  

Please forgive me if I have left anyone out.

Special mention goes to Billy who made the dash on Friday morning to the printers to collect the extra flyers we needed to print after we went through several hundred on the first day!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all the wonderful people who came to see us 

- the mums of serving members who stopped by to tell us how much their children appreciated their quilts, often at the urging of their sons or daughters, including the mum of the photographer who has been shepherding the Centenary Quilt around the Middle East, 

- those who follow us on Facebook,

- those who read the blog

-those who had read about us in the AQC brochures, 

-those who are already Aussie Hero Friends and Followers and came to introduce themselves. It is so nice to put faces to names ...... not that I promise to remember them all...

and finally BIG BIG HUGE THANK YOU to Evelyn, Robin A and Caroline!!  AQC would not have been possible without your support.

They traveled to Melbourne with me, helped carry bits and pieces for the stall in their luggage, did lots of bits and pieces in advance of the show to help get us ready and were an invaluable help every day of the show, and they put up with me being unsociable each night while I caught up on emails, wrote blog posts and attended the Cocktail Party and Dinner and just generally tried to keep my stress levels down. 

Tonight we visited one of the chaplains have been invited to the home of one of our Navy Chaplains for dinner and then tomorrow we head home.  

Thanks again to all involved. I could not do this alone and I have come to believe that i have the best volunteers in the country!  

Many thanks everyone!

Jan-Maree xxx

Friday, 17 April 2015

Weekly Dispatches 17 April

G'day all.  I am writing this on Thursday night so no run down on AQC as I won't have time to write this tomorrow night. Hopefully I will get a chance to give you a run down over the weekend.

Now for tonight's Show and Tell

462 quilts and 602 laundry bags for 2015. 

4047 quilts and  6059 laundry bags in total.


Caroline E-M



Carolyn


Cath 





  



Deborah C




DebbieP2





Jackie J  




Irene



Jill W



Joan 



Julie





Leanne and Karina 


Leanne


Marg C 




Marg R 


Noeleen


Pam M and Sue D


Penrith Sewing Ladies












Rita M 



Rosemary


Sharon McC made this quilt top and Lisa N quilted it.


Sherrie made this quilt top and Lisa N quilted it


Sophie


Sue G









Make sure you come and see us if you are at AQC!!





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