One of our quilters, one of our own, is also a veteran… and she has been doing it tough lately healthwise… actually she has been doing it tough for a while healthwise, but recently had to spend six weeks in hospital. I decided that was a good enough reason for her to finally receive her own Aussie Hero Quilt.. Tonight she published this poem on our Facebook page. I thought you would all like to read it.
I am an Aussie hero quilter;
I make quilts for those who serve us well
I’d just finished off my 14th quilt; I was feeling rather swell
My quilt’s popped in the post to Sydney just two days before
But suddenly a contractor from Australia Post is standing at my door
Now, the parcel handed to me bears a formal sticker from HQ
Not the Navy, Army, Air Force but the quilters’ one (it’s true)
“Oh no!” I thought ‘The Quilt Police’ have checked the size; my heart began to race
(for my latest quilt was slightly bigger than the guidelines put in place)
But as the post-pack came undone I could not believe my eyes
For inside a beautiful laundry bag there sat a sweet surprise
A quilt unfurled with messages; cards full of love and care
(For Parkinson’s destroys me; it fills me with despair)
Six recent weeks in hospitals did nothing to improve
My health or situation; nor a sad depressive mood
But as I sat reading notes filled with your encouragement, love and hope
My tears of joy and humbleness trickled onto every envelope
Upon receiving a quilt I realised deployed personnel must be feeling the same way
And I cannot thank you all enough for the quilt that’s brightened up my day
You’ve made me feel so special; AH Quilter’s, you really, truly ROCK
I acknowledge every loving thought and prayer sewn into every single block
Thanks to the Mystery Quilt Girls for the gorgeous blocks, and to Lynn for putting the top together.
Till next time.. keep spreading the word and happy stitching!