I am currently in Brisbane staying with some friends (a recipient and his wife) and catching up with others, including some of our recipients and volunteers. On Wednesday I had the pleasure of presenting a quilt to an unsuspecting recipient. The beautiful quilt was made by Lynn, with the embroideries completed by Arthur and then the quilting my Philomena. It is safe to say that he was thrilled with the result. The quilt was requested for him by a very close mate, also a recent recipient or Bridget’s. These two are a real example of “brothers in arms”. We should all be blessed to have such good friends!
On Thursday I caught up with the lovely Susie Chuck. Susie’s son, Private Ben Chuck was serving with the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) when he tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash, on Monday 21 June 2010. Susie has been involved in the fundraising for and the creation of this wonderful memorial. I did not take enough photos as we were too busy catching up but here is a link to plenty of pictures. If you are in Brisbane I strongly recommend you check out the Afghanistan War Memorial Garden. What a great effort by all involved. A real labour of love and honour.
I will be back in Sydney on Tuesday but I have a few more catch ups before then. You can check out the blog next week to see some more photos.
If anyone wants to make the hotwheels quilt No 57 these four panels can be sent to you. Each panel is around 16” square.
Now, here is the request list for this week. Happy hunting. I hope you can find something that tickles your fancy.
POST BY DATE
The post by date for all Requests on this list is 10 July 2023 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 email 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 to 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 from Information For Those That Sew
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 or write the line out as above as:
Marvel Theme. Ironman M LB 1
Decoding The Columns:
The first column is the theme or preferences requested.
The second column indicates the gender of the recipient:
F = female
M = male
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
The fourth column is the number of the request.
Please let the Admin crew know if you have any other questions….Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing what you want to make this week. Happy stitching!
P.P.S. Don’t forget to check out AHQ on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
|Rising Sun with personal details AALC badge (Legal Corps) Skippy Badge I would like something fun and interesting. (Will share with daughters when home) Something that captures my time in each region of the Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Iraq) Connection to the ANZACs (but not the focus of the Quilt). Would like wife and daughters names as text. (we can supply the badges and names as embroidered pieces)||M||Q||1|
|Rising Sun crest RAE badge MFO emblem UN flag Australian Flag, and the following countries listed please Canada, Columbia, Czech Republic, Fiji, France Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, UK, USA, Uruguary. Blue is my favourite colour Photo of husband and sons available (We can supply Rising Sun crest, RAE badge, MFO emblem, UN flag and an emb panel with the countries above plus photo of family)||F||B||2|
|Cooking, Camping, ANZAC/Blue||F||Q||3|
|Blue, Fishing, Soccer, Dog (greyhound called Archie).Theme – tropics||M||Q||4|
|Blue/Grey. Hiking, camping and mountain biking. loves lightning and thunderstorms.||M||Q||5|
|RAN crest with personal details HMAS Toowoomba Crest Combat Systems Operator – Underwater Operation Manitou ROT 58 2014 (We can provide crests, and text embroidered)||M||Q||6|
|RAN Crest, RAN chaplains crest, Op Lilia – Solomon Islands flag, coffee, black vespa. (We can supply the crests – flag can be appliqued)||M||Q||7|
|RAN crest, horses, chooks, has a garden, Assistance dog, white labrador called Sandy,||F||Q||8|
|Scooby Doo in mint and blue or old school cartoon network collage||F||Q||9|
|Sunflowers, Ocean, Camping, Cycling, rainbows and fitness||F||Q||10|
|New Zealand & Australian flags, Country Music, Cowboy, Farming and Hunting. Lean Towards Green and Orange colors where possible||M||Q||11|
|Call of Duty Zombies, Black with Gold highlights (small panel with name)||M||Q||12|
|Star Wars (Empire), Black/Gold/Red||M||Q||13|
|Elmo Sesame Street||M||Q||14|
|Green/Blue – Dogs, Ships & Submarines||F||Q||15|
|Holden Commodore, Summernats Burnout Competition, Essendon AFL, Melbourne Storm NRL – Red/Black/Purple||M||Q||16|
|Grogu (from Star Wars Mandalorian) & Eveelutions (from Pokemon) (Pennie has provided an embroidery of Grogu)||M||Q||17|
|Dungeons & Dragons (game), Jedi Academy, Warhammer 40000||M||Q||18|
|Formula 1, Ferrari, Red/black colours||M||Q||19|
|Blue/green, Dogs, Toy Story, Trippy patterns||F||Q||20|
|Star Wars , NFL (USA National Football League)||M||Q||21|
|Beagles, Desert Eagles, Explosions||M||B||22|
|Toy Story, Harry Potter, Brisbane Broncos, Rainbows, XXXX Gold||F||Q||23|
|Cocktails, text ”Phins up”, pastel colours, Justin Bieber||F||B||24|
|The Office (US), Bobs Burgers, tie-dye||M||B||25|
|NSW Blues logo and Melbourne Storm Logo, Turtle and Frangipani, purple||F||Q||26|
|Green/Black, North QLD Cowboys (rugby league team), Lord of the Rings||M||B||27|
|Peaky Blinders (TV series), Star Wars, Nautical American traditional style pictures, would like my first name on it please||F||Q||28|
|Avatar the last air bender & dungens and dragon. Colourful.||F||B||29|
|Akatsuki Red Clouds (Anime symbol)||M||Q||30|
|Turtles, Canberra Raiders||M||Q||31|
|Pooh Bear and Stitch with the background baby pink||F||B||32|
|Manchester City (UK soccer team) blue jersey with number 9 and surname HAALAND appliqued.||M||Q||33|
|Dora the Explorer||M||Q||34|
|Motorbikes, skateboards, waterfalls, space themed||F||Q||35|
|Newcastle Knights, Beach, Tooheys New, Cricket and Boxing. Please include RAN Communications Rate Badge. (we can provide image of Rate badge)||M||Q||36|
|Colorado Avalanche – United States Ice Hockey Team||M||Q||38|
|Better Beer brand. Colours blue and grey||M||B||39|
|The Twilight Saga – featuring the guys mostly (or a weird off brand version) with nickname embroidered.||F||LB||40|
|Dark Green, scenic landscapes eg. Forests, mountains, alaskan landscapes.||F||Q||41|
|Winnie the pooh and friends themed with first name initial and full surname in black. Main colour background white.||F||Q||42|
|Baby blue quilt, Manchester City (UK Soccer team) “Superbia in proelia” if possible Laundry Bag – Baby blue with Manchester City and “nickname”||M||B||43|
|Star Wars Mandalorian theme with red with “This is the way” Laundry bag- Baby Yoda “grogu” from the Mandalorian cleaning laundry||M||Q||44|
|Sailor Jerry Tattoos||M||Q||45|
|Red, white and blue, labradors, poppies and inspirational quotes.||F||B||46|
|OP KUDU Symbol with ‘OP KUDU II’ written, Australian and Ukraine flag, English Landsacpe, horse and cart (We can provide the OP Kudu patches)||F||Q||47|
|Green Camouflage (Army) with some Navy Blue Skippy Badge & John Deere logo (if possible) Hunting, Farming and the Army (We can provide the OP Kudu patches)||M||Q||48|
|Round OP KUDU Symbol in the centre with Ukrainian flag as the back ground (blue and yellow half/half background) (We can provide the OP Kudu patches)||M||Q||49|
|Blue / Green OP KUDU patch Scuba Diving and camping (We can provide the OP Kudu patches)||M||Q||50|
|Night Sky theme with Crescent moon and/or Mountains and Waterfall Theme||M||B||51|
|Poppies, ‘OP KUDU 2023’ with silhouetted Soldiers on top of poppies, Aussie and Ukrainian Flags, Large Staffy Dog at the bottom (We can provide the OP Kudu patches)||F||Q||52|
|English Staffy theme please. RAN Crest on the bottom of the quilt, with my Service Number and nickname on it. (we can supply the crest with text)||M||Q||53|
|Veterans Motorcycle Australia Logo on a plain Black background (image of logo available) (We can provide the OP Kudu patches)||M||Q||54|
|Green, Blue, Purple (Pastel colours preferred). Snowflakes and a snowy mountain theme with skiing. Seals and Pengiuns also incorporated.||F||Q||55|
|Text: OPERATION KUDU ROTATION II – DINGO FOUR SPEAR KUDU LOGO, Ukraine Flag, and Australian Flag, Dingo 4 Spear Logo (we can supply OP Kudu patches and images of other logos)||M||Q||56|
|Monster Trucks and/or Hot Wheels Cars (male colours) (We have four hotwheels panels we can send you if this interests you)||M||Q||57|
|Round OP KUDU Symbol in the centre with Ukrainian flag as the back ground (blue and yellow half/half background) (We can provide the OP Kudu patches)||M||Q||58|
|dogs with an RAN Crest on the bottom of the bag, with my Service Number and nickname on it. (we can supply the crest with text)||M||LB||59|
|RAN crest Weapons Electrical Engineer badge AASM, Iraq and Border Protection medals. Op Catalyst and Relex II HMAS Parramatta, and Ballarat Aegis Badge Wife, two boys (tweens) AFL hawthorn enjoys beach fishing, camping, and LEGO star wars. (We can provide the RAN crest, Weapons Electrical Engineer badge, the ribbons for the medals, and the operation text embroidered and ships’ crests and the AEGIS Badge printed)||M||Q||60|
|Star Wars the clone wars (Cartoon TV Show)||M||Q||61|
|Quilt The Muppets. With the quote “Shut up Ya Muppets” Bag – Kermit the frog with the quote “Shut Up Ya Muppet”||M||B||62|
|Rising Sun, Skippy Badge “7RAR” “Recon” “Operation Highroad” a map of Afghanistan please (WE can supply the badges, map and text)||M||Q||63|
|Cross fit – any colours||M||Q||64|
|Camping theme, with 4wds on it. Anything to do with landcruisers and patrols and dirtbikes. Would also like some country singers on it like Luke Combs, Lee kernaghan. Could I have my Service number and nick name included please. (Nickname and service number can be embroidered)||M||Q||65|
|RAN crest with personal details Ships: MORESBY, SUCCESS, DERWENT, SWAN, WESTRALIA, ANZAC, DARWIN East Timor 1999 a PWO Badge an anchor Husband initial D in army camo Children initials = “MAGH” and dog initial “O” (black poodle) Star Trek logo, the words “DUNE” and “BSG” Can be multicoloured but I like purple, white, blue, aqua Flags Singapore, Germany, Australia (We can provide service crest, ships crest, PWO badge, camo, and flags)||F||Q||66|
|Camping theme with the bush and beach on it, with 4wds on it. Anything to do with landcruisers and patrols and dirtbikes. Would like NIckname on the bag.||M||LB||67|
|Queensland Maroons Rugby League with surname in gold||M||B||68|
|I would love a quilt to reflect my experience in the NT and drawing from the colours of our TSE108 medal, orange, blue and green and subtle indigenous patterns including crocs! . A maritime theme would also be appropriate for the work we do on the patrol boats ‘Ocean Protector’ and ‘Ocean Shield’. Apart from that I would love to give you as much creative licence as possible!||M||Q||69|
|Simple design using Middle Eastern colours like sun yellow, orange, red, black and pale yellow. Not necessary but would be amazing to include a few UAE featurs like Ghaf tree (native plant), palm fronds, mountain peaks, Arabian Oryx, camel, peregine falcon or antelope. Could you please include the text OP Accordion and my full name in Arabic (we can supply text & name printed on fabric)||M||Q||70|
|HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) Logo with a red background and my PMKEYS, Last Name and the word ‘STOKER’ (We can embroider the name and details to be added as a patch)||M||LB||72|
|Dark Grey background, a huge skull and cross bones on the front (a cigar in its mouth if possible) with the word ‘STOKER’ along the bottom, PMKEYS AND Last Name||M||Q||74|
|The Great wave of Kanagawa’ (Japanese woodblock print) if possible black with surf & sports theme with surname in red||M||LB||75|
|Royal Commission in to Vet Suicide Task Force Patch, RAN Crest, HMAS Perth II HMAS Brisbane II HMAS ANZAC III 2 Labradors, one is black, one is white. wife Nicole and 2 girls Emma and Brooke and son is Luke. loves to run Loves AFL (don’t know team) has a lovely family (We can provide the RC patch, the RAN crest and the ships crests. Family Photos can be printed for inclusion. )||M||Q||76|
|Stars/planets/solar system themed. First name in purple.||F||B||77|