I deal with the chaplains a lot usually and one of them who we looked after when he deployed with HMAS Darwin is now back in the Middle East, this time landbased. He really values what we do and made sure to contact me not long after he arrived. Here is part of his recent email to me...
“Each time I wash I notice a few quilts. Actually spoke to one guy and he has had his laundry bag now for, I think it was 4 years, and he takes it with him on every deployment and every holiday he goes - that is cool! And just so you know I do the same - I have my Simpson's laundry bag here with me now - never get my washing confused with anyone's :-)”
I love the stories that evolve with the quilts and laundry bags once they come home from deployment. Some go straight on the wall, some to sofas, some never leave their recipient's side, being kept in their car, their office or their go bag.
Enjoy tonight's messages... not many photos but plenty of genuine messages.
Thank you for my laundry bag!! i absolutely love it!!, Sorry for the late reply to your email but we had mail issue ashore that we didn't receive some parcels for over 2 months. I love my laundry bag so very much, its the best one in my mess for sure. As soon as i opened it up i loved it. Darth Vader is my favourite character in star wars and the empire is my favourite side in the star wars universe.
I am currently base at garden island WA and I can’t wait to be home from this trip back to Australia, its a very long time to be away from loved ones and friends.
I hope all is well for you back home and i cant thank you enough.
Thank you for the time and effort that both you and Mary have put into the quilt.
The effort that you wonderful ladies give is greatly appreciated. The lollies you have sent I'm going to pass on to the local children hopefully bringing a little bit of joy to someone else. They will be greatly appreciated. I love the quilt and putting it to good use. Please pass on my thanks to Mary and I hope the both of you have had a great Easter. Thank you for all the ladies in your organisation supporting the troops, it is and always will be greatly appreciated.
I just want to say a massive thank you for the Laundry bag that I received today. It puts smiles on peoples faces when a package turns up just for them and I hope you realise how much you are appreciated for doing this gesture.
Thank you again and best wishes for the future.
Thanks for the laundry bag! I received it in the mail today. Something we've found over here is that it's rather handy having something distinctive. Once I get home it will go to my daughter for her use - she's fascinated by dinosaurs and reptiles more broadly. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and it certainly did brighten my day.
Just a quick email that say thank you very much to you for my beautiful Aussie Hero laundry bag I received last night.
I really appreciate all the time and effort you have put towards it. It is hard to explain what is it like to receive such a lovely and personnel gift off people you do not know, but trust me we all appreciate it very much. I am sure your sister has said the same thing.
I am onboard HMAS Aurnta. We are serving in the Middle East Region. This extended deployment is the first for the RAN in some 30 years. We left in Nov 16 meaning we have missed Xmas, NYE, ANZAC day, Easter and I will also have my 30th birthday at sea next month. Missing events such as these is made easier knowing there are people like you at home who appreciate what we are doing for our country and its people.
Thanks again, my laundry bag will be used onboard for the rest of our deployment.
(Although I guess it's night where you are.) Thank you very much for the fantastic quilt. I don't know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't anything as magnificent as what I received. I love that you've managed to capture all the 'main players' of the series in your design. (Rincewind's a bit of a sentimental favourite, and even though his narrative arcs sort of dried up in the later novels, it's nice to see him immortalised in fabric.) Especially love the look of Death. The longer I look at it the more intricate stuff I keep spotting. Like the turtles stitched around the edges, and the writing about A'Tuin, and little extras next to the characters and so on. I've already taken the opportunity to brag to all my friends back home that I've got what is almost certainly, with no exaggeration, the greatest Discworld themed quilt ever, and they're all eager to see a photo of it once I manage to get one taken and uploaded.
Thanks once again, it's obvious that a proverbial mountain of love and effort went into the quilt, and I'm absolutely thrilled with it. Thanks to your family as well for letting you take several hours to send a gift to a total stranger.
I absolutely love the Sibling Set , it is such a moving concept. Because we are away from our families for so long we often call the people around us “ our deployed family ‘you have kept this tradition going and expanded my deployed family, so thank you.
I received your Aussie Hero Quilt today (27 Apr 17) in the mail and you have done an outstanding job!!!!! I am very pleased and I know my wife will like it as well.
I will not hold it against you that you drive a Holden, hahahah but don't tell anybody I have owned two in past years.(shhhhhh other people might hear me)
Once again thank you very much for(my quilt) I will cherish it for the rest of my life.
Kindest regards to yourself and husband Michael, Be safe.
I hope this e-mail finds you well,
Thank you very much for the quilt, it is was everything plus more than what I asked for !!! I have seen the tremendous amount of effort put into other quilts from my ship mates and they all are wonderful. I'm not sure how the flow of communications work but if you could let the other ladies know that it has been received and it is exactly what I wanted, that would be greatly appreciated. As of right now we are coming to the home stretch of our deployment, while it is still extremely hot up in the region we are deployed in, coming back home and going into winter months, the quilt will be a warm welcome back home.
Thanks again and regards,
I am replying to you in regards to the magnificent quilt that was received.
The quilt and laundry bag are fantastic, they will both hang proudly in my new bar area upon my return. Your interpretation was perfect, my wife and I are both from the country and our house definitely has a country antique feel, the quilt will fit in perfectly.
Thank-you very much for your time and effort spent on such a lovely quilt and bag.
We serve to protect what we love.
Thank so much for the laundry bag, it looks fantastic. I received it in the last mail drop and it definitely put a smile on my face. It definitely is great to know that people are still thinking of us over here
A bit about myself, I have been in the Navy for 15 years and have deployed numerous times around the world. I am married with three children, daughter 3 and 8 month old twins. The twins were born 3 months before we deployed and just recently I was able to go home for some leave and the amount they have grown is huge. They are definitely on the move and getting into everything. I come from a military family. My farther spent 42 years in the Army and is now living his dream, living on a yacht in the Whitsundays with my mother, who was a teacher in North Queensland for 40 years. My brother has also recently left the Army and lives in Perth with his family.
The reason I asked for a EH Holden theme bag is my wife, bought me a 1964 EH Holden Station Wagon before we left Australia as a Wedding, Christmas and Birthday present. It needs a lot of work but I am looking forward to spending some time with the whole family as they grow up in the shed.
Again thank you so much for the time and effort you put into sewing my laundry bag, it will definitely be one of the first things I pack when I next deploy.
I am currently deployed to Operation OKRA flying for the Air Task Group.
I received your laundry bag a few days ago, and it absolutely blew me away! I love it so much. It's more of a piece of art than a laundry bag, I've got it hanging on the wall!
Funnily enough, the beer brands you selected are some of my favourites! The work that has evidently gone into producing the bag is incredible. I can't thank you enough!! The pattern of the aircraft and air force theme looks amazing. And the initials on the front will definitely ensure the laundry gremlins don't accidentally take my socks by mistake!
I seriously appreciate all the effort you have gone into to put it all together. It is something I'm proud to now own, and I can't wait to show my family when I arrive home in Australia in the coming month.
I will have to get a photo of the bag and send it through over the next couple of days!
I was the lucky recipient of your laundry bag from Aussie Hero Quilts! I wanted to say a sincere thank you for the time and effort you put into it.
I'm currently serving in Malaysia on RCB 117 for 3 months. My job here is Ammunition Supply; normally I live and work in XXXXX, and it was lovely to receive something from Australia.
I also have a classical ballet background but I gave it up to serve in the Army. My boyfriend and I like to go hiking and camping and we have recently been to Singapore to catch up during my weeks break from working over here.
Thanks again for the laundry bag; it means a lot to us to receive a little recognition for our work away from home.