Good morning all,
I love the little messages that I receive out of the blue at times when least expected. Where we used to post quilts to recipients in the past, these days I can call on a collection of wonderful Aussie Hero Ambassadors who present the quilts on our behalf. I have been liaising with a friend in the Air Force who is arranging for one of our recipients to receive his quilt, with his wife present, at work one morning. One of the emails I received was cc’d to a number of people. This afternoon I received the following email from one of those addressees.
“I would like to thank you and your team once again for supporting our members with these beautiful quilts. I know first- hand that receiving a quilt has been one of my greatest moments in the Defence Force and I treasure the quilt that I received back in 2017.”
How good is that? After almost 11 years I am still moved when someone tells me how much their quilt means to them.
And then I just received this photo from a fellow who received a quilt from Julie Ann in 2014. See the very cool tardis on the back of the sofa? He still loves it, eight years later and now he is about to become one of our ambassadors.
Request numbers 1 and 2 are the priority requests this week. Number 1 has been on the list for a while and all his colleagues have received their quilts. And Number 2 is deployed to the Sinai and mail there is really unreliable so the sooner it gets in the mail the sooner he gets his quilt and the associated morale boost.
If you think you can take one of these on please email me.
And now, here are the requests for this week.
POST BY DATE
The post by date for all Requests on this list is 23 August 2022 please, or earlier if you can manage this. If you cannot make that date, please let me know. Do reach out if you have any timing issues and we’ll resolve one way or the other. 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 mail me to discuss, thank you.
When selecting a request, 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’s 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….i.e. 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.
Any queries you might have, please don’t hesitate to contact via the AHQ email as per usual with any queries and we will assist you from there. We may not know the answer, but it will be our pleasure to research and get back to you.
A reminder, when you are ready to post the quilt or laundry bag you’ve created, please use the PMKEYS number given you in any correspondence with the admin team. This helps the volunteer admin team keep a track of what’s been sent etc. The PMKEYS number is included in the address details we supply for your recipient e.g. the 7-digit number in bold below.
CPL Wanda Quilt 8765432
Sydney NSW 2890
Also, please use the Aussie Heroes PO Box address on your parcel in the event the parcel is Returned to Sender – the PO Box is a safe place in the event of any mishaps with postage.
Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags)
PO Box 248,
Cherrybrook, NSW 2126
Don’t forget to take a photo of your completed quilt or laundry bag to email to AHQ with the name and PMKEYS of the recipient and we can include in the Weekly Dispatches blog and add to the tally of quilts and laundry bags sent off to the troops. I personally love viewing the photos of those projects dispatched – so inspiring.
If you are using a AHQ supplied prepaid satchel please kindly use the AHQ address for the return address– also for your own packaging – if a parcel is Returned to Sender it is likely we can expedite its journey to the recipient from Sydney.
Please also please hold on to the Tracking number (the pink sticker that you should remove before posting – we’ve experienced mail delays lately (haven’t we all?) and having the Tracking number is very reassuring to keep an eye on the parcel’s progress in arriving at its destination.
Don’t forget, if you look at today’s Request List and need help choosing, please feel free to get in touch to discuss, we will be ready to reply and offer guidance by email. Our goal is to help you find a request that you will be comfortable with doing. If you need a crest etc we may be able to post embroideries / printed fabric images or email some of these to you.
Helpful info may be gleaned here http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/information-post-for-those-that-sew-for.html I look forward to seeing the photos of completed quilts and LBs when they are ready to post off.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE copy the ENTIRE line if you wish to nominate for a quilt or laundry bag.
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 above.
Decoding The Columns
The first column is the theme or preferences requested.
The second column indicates the gender of the recipient.
The third column is as follows.
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
Looking forward to seeing what you want to make this week. Happy stitching!
P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out AHQ on the Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
|Civil Engineering – dirt, machinery, Adventuring and Hiking. I enjoy bushwalks and landscapes. I am passionate about civil engineering, references to RAAF Airfield Engineering would be great. I’d like the words “”OP ACCORDION 2022″” on it somewhere.”||M||Q||1|
|Richmond Tigers fan. If I could refer to their current indigenous jersey for inspiration. Also love my Melbourne Storm. Plus would love the Aussie Flag, a Rising Sun and some native flowers please.||M||B||2|
|Any or all of the below to be represented on the quilt. loves blues, reds and greens, the beach. Books, dutch cruiser style bike. Harry Potter (a self-proclaimed Gryffindor). Scottish tartan pattern, gin and tonic, BBQ shapes, plants (loves Zanzibar Gems and Peace Lillies the best). Fraser Island is one of our favourite holiday spots, Miniature Schnauzers, We love our coffee||F||Q||3|
|Horse Riding/Showjumping. Port Adelaide (AFL), REFColour Port Adelaide colour – Black Grey Blue and white.||M||B||4|
|I enjoy the outdoors and spending time at the beach. My favourite colours would be pink, beige and blue. Favourite animal is a golden retriever/labrador. Favourite flower is a sunflower||F||B||5|
|Engineer Colours which are red and royal blue, with Rising Sun Badge, Australian Army Apprentice Badge and RAE Engineer Badge. (We can supply badges) Date of enlistment and dischage||M||Q||6|
|Light blue. motorbikes, snowboarding, camping and/or fishing would be tops. I also follow Red Bull racing||M||Q||7|
|Army Rising Sun, RAAOC badge, Army Combat Badge, Poppies, ACT Brumbies, Canberra Raiders (we can supply military badges)||M||Q||8|
|Donkey Kong or King Kong (gorilla in general)||M||Q||10|
|Rising Sun Badge Royal Australian Engineer(RAE) Badge Aussie Flag Red Kangaroo (We can supply Rising Sun badge and RAE badges)||M||Q||11|
|Rising Sun, RAAOC badge, Poppies, Flowers, V8 Supercars, Mighty Car Mods logo (we can supply military badges and car mods logo)||F||Q||12|
|POP CULTURE BLACK BLUE GREEN||M||Q||13|
|RED BLUE MOUNTAIN BIKES SURFING HOME DIY RENOS||M||Q||14|
|BLUE BEACH SURFING ROWING CARLTON FC SKIING GOLF||M||Q||15|
|RED BLUE CARS & MOTORBIKES||M||Q||16|
|DARKER COLOURS 4WD SCUBA DIVING GWS GIANTS||M||Q||17|
|BLACK SILVER MUSIC IRON MAIDEN METALLICA||M||Q||18|
|BLACK, BLUE, NAVY BLUE, ANGELS AND DEMONS with the letter V on it please||M||B||19|
|RAN crest, Submariner’s dolphins badge with “CHIEF OF THE BOAT” underneath it. Submarines. BLACK YELLOW We can provide the RAN crest and Submariner’s dolphins)||M||Q||20|
|DIRT BIKES (KTM) Submariner’s Dolphins with badge with “CHIEF OF THE BOAT” underneath it. ORANGE BLACK (we can provide the submariners dolphin)||M||Q||21|
|CRICKET, RUGBY, COLLINGWOOD, ST GEORGE, Submariners Dolphins (We can provide the submariners dolphins)||M||Q||22|
|Canberra Raiders and Carlton Blues||M||Q||23|
|RAN crest, HMAS Choules crest, White ensign, Nautical Theme (we will provide you the crests)||M||Q||24|
|Red and Black, Team: Essendon||M||Q||25|
|RAN crest, St George football or NSW State or Origin (we will provide you the RAN crest)||F||B||28|
|Navy Blue and Sky blue (RAAF Colours) RAAF crest (We can provide this) Deployed to Rwanda & East Timor Served 1971 – 2019 49 years (we can provide an embroidered panel with this info)||M||Q||29|
|Orange and White with Nature mountains or rainforest theme||M||Q||30|
|Akatsuki Clan (From Naruto)||M||Q||31|
|Navy Blue, Ships, sports||M||Q||32|
|blue, cyling, the beach||F||Q||33|
|Ship’s crest / Motoring + Cars (we can provide ship’s crest)||M||Q||34|
|Black, Gold, Purple and Blue/Japanese Animation||M||B||35|
|Everton Football Club, Blue||M||Q||37|
|RAN crest, anything naval, poppies, etc (we can provide the RAN crest)||M||Q||38|
|Deck of cards theme. two Kings etc colours red,blue white.||M||Q||39|
|Black with dark grey it, the letters S-H in the center||M||Q||40|
|South Sydney Rabbitohs||M||Q||41|
|RAN ensign, white and blue please (We can provide the RAN ensign)||M||Q||42|
|Star Wars or Planet of the Apes please, Dark Blue, Black, Dark Green||M||Q||43|
|RUGBY, BLUE , YELLOW, WHITE||F||Q||44|
|RAN crest, White ensign (we can supply the RAN crest and the ensign)||M||Q||45|
|Red and Black, Anime – Itachi (From Naruto).||M||B||46|
|RAN crest, Naval theme, Tobruk & MANOORA, SUCCESS. 4WDing & camping, NSW blues, st George Illawarra (we can provide RAN crest and ship’s crests)||M||Q||47|
|RAAF crest, Text “Timor 99/2000, Iraq 2006, 2012/13 Lebanon, 2017 Middle East/Afghan”, Loves his dogs (Koolies – Sav and Mia) and motor bikes (we can provide the crest and text)||M||Q||48|
|RAAF Crest, West Coast Eagles (We can provide crest)||F||Q||50|
|Navy Blue and White, RAN Crest, Initials (we can provide the RAN crest)||M||Q||51|
|Anything Fishing, boating, Paramatta EELS.||M||Q||52|
|Manly Sea Eagles, Ships Crest||M||Q||53|
|NSW Blues theme||M||Q||54|
|Melbourne Storm theme||M||Q||56|
|Traditional Japanese Style Samurai, Crashing Waves, Mt Fuji||M||LB||57|
|Black and Gray – tattoo theme/ traditional Japanese/ Old School/ Mandala||M||B||58|
|HMAS Choules Crest, RAN Crest, Rising Sun, RACT crest, army colours, with littke vikings(We can provide the crests)||F||Q||59|
|Chelsea Football Club, Blue||M||Q||60|
|Blue and purple, Multimedia art journalling, reading, walking or gym classes music, musicals, walking Bordoodle – Indianna Bones (Indi). Border Collie x Poodle||F||Q||61|
|Soothing colours. Likes Bollywood Dance, Acting, listening Bollywood music, country songs, Gym, meditation, cooking||?||Q||62|
|BLUE, MUSIC, STAR WARS, MOTO GP||M||Q||63|
|Rising Sun with personal details, RAAC badge, 2/14th LIGHT HORSE, (We can supply the crests and badges)||M||Q||64|
|HMAS Choules crest / Motorcycles/ Golf and the Fremantle Dockers (AFL). (We Can provide the crest)||M||Q||65|
|black , boxing||F||Q||66|
|RAAF Crest, Joined PAF 9 Jan 1969 Radio Technician Aircraft Commissioned 18 Sep 1980 as Pilot Transferred to Reserves 31 Mar 2009 Left Reserves on 24 Sep 2014 Served at 35 different units across Australia. Sep 73 – Sep 75 Malaysia Nov 76 – Jun 77 UNEF II Ismailia, Egypt May 85 – Nov 85 MFO El Gorah, Sinai Dec 02 – Jun 03 UNMISET Timor Leste Jun 07 – Dec 07 JTF 633 Iraq Scottish Heritage, born in Australia golf, reading and watching tv. Member of RFS (We can provide the RAAF crest, we can embroider the deployment details into a patch to include and also an RFS path)||M||Q||67|
|EA-18G Growler, (Picture available). Loves watches.||M||LB||68|
|Quilt: relate to deployment in Afghanistan (2010) (Perhaps Afgan Flag) Nursing theme to be included. RAAF Caduceus or red cross. Aeromedical evacuation Nursing Officer. RAAF colours and badges- Ensign. (We can provide badges)||M||Q||69|
|RAN crest with personal details underneath Essenden Bombers and if possible Luis Vuitton (we can provide the crest)||F||LB||70|
|Red & White Nottingham Forest Football Club UK||M||B||71|
|Community Radio DJ. Loves music, has house open for local muso’s for jam sessions, house is named “Camp Davey” after her father (who played Base).||F||Q||72|
|UK theme as deployed to UK during Queens Jubilee, some mention of being at Sandhurst if possible.||F||Q||73|
|Loves red, fishing, boating, walks in nature, field hockey (has played as a goalie for many years), he also did sailing as a teenager and young adult and is very handy and creative (tools/shed/woodwork and leatherwork). (requested N0 RAN Crest )||M||B||74|
|rising sun and medical corps badge if possible (We can provide the badges) and indigenous themes. Timor on Op Astute Oct 200- Feb 2001 and Aug-Nov 2001 and then again 2006 Op catalyst Iraq dec07-jul08 Op slipper Afghanistan jan-Jul 2014 And domestic operations Op gold in 2000 Op Larry assist 2006; loves Melbourne storm Queensland reds; Staffordshire terriors (We can have the deployment details embroidered in to a patch)||M||B||75|
|Gin martini’s (dry with olives), motorcycles (road bikes not Harley’s); sausage dog (chocolate colour); RAAF crest, 4SQN crest Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) qualified; Joint Terminal Attack Controller – callsign wears AMCU not GPU.||M||LB||76|
|Light blue, dark blue and white with navy crest including LHD, FFH, ACBP and cape class patrol boat and if possible an EF88 riffle and 50 cal||M||LB||77|
|4WDs Sunsets and camping would be cool.||M||B||78|
|fan of fishing, the ocean, pizza and St Kilda AFL club. RAANC Badge (We can provide badges)||M||B||79|
|RAAF crest, service details. (We can provide the crest)||F||LB||81|
|RAAF crest, Harry Potter and dogs- kelpies and working dog breeds.(We can supply the crest)||F||LB||82|
|FA18 Hornet’s; or Starwars (he loves Boba Fett and IG11 but anything would be amazing)||M||LB||83|
|Rising Sun, Anzac theme (we can provide the Rising Sun)||F||LB||84|
|RAAF crest, Administration (eg: keyboard) / and things to do with medical administration.. Red Cross (We can provide the RAAF Crest)||F||LB||85|
|RAN crest, Blue, navy related, ships etc (We can send you the RAN Crest)||M||B||86|
|I love all things netball, South Sydney Rabbitohs & NSW Blues. Favourite colours are blue and pink.||F||LB||87|
|Likes 10 pin bowling, golf, Melbourne Storm & QLD Maroons.||M||LB||88|
|RAN crest, Rising Sun, Marine engineering (navy) and Combat engineer as a carpenter (army). He also loves the red kangaroo!!||M||LB||89|
|Nautical themed / helicopters||F||LB||90|
|RAAC Corps badge and the Australian National Flag (ANF) (We can supply the badge) – Trees or landscape of some description – My surname only||LB||91|
|Initials and PMKeys. Blues/aqua/white etc. Oceans vibes – Navy crest, anchors theme etc. Netball. (We can provide the Crest)||F||LB||92|