I was going to post the requests from HMAS Melbourne tonight but on reflection I decided that I should give these ones priority for a few more days. Normally I post the requests in an email to all the volunteers on the list but I thought I would try something new for a change and see how it goes.
Melbourne requests will be out tomorrow night all being well. I will post all the details and info you need to know tomorrow but just to put their requests into context their quilts need to be in the post no later than Friday the 6th of December at this stage though I would much prefer to get their quilts going even sooner if we can.
Well I did have three special requests with personal preference until about one thirty today and then, as often happens with AHQ, someone comes along just when you need them, in this case a brand new Aussie Hero Friend. Thanks Esther!!!
Love that! 😀
That leaves one request with preferences which is more urgent than HMAS Melbourne as as it needs to go in the mail fairly soon.
I do have some looney tunes fabric if anyone is interested.
Some time ago I canvased all the volunteers at that time and asked what sort of information they wanted to know about each request. The general consensus was that most people like to have starting point for a quilt if they are not making one of their own choice. That is why all recipients that I am in contact with are asked to give me their favourite colour and their hobbies or interests. At the same time each recipient is told that the quilt they receive may bear no resemblance to the quilt they request.
If you have a quilt or would like to make a quilt that does not have a specific theme then I can always allocate one of these names to you.
If you receive a lovely thank you message or letter would you please forward it to me. Everyone likes to read the messages that are posted on the blog and they are a great form of encouragement. I can only share those I have though. Remember I remove all personal information and anything that might identify the author. No names of children, rarely any place names unless I determine it is general enough to not be an issue, no job descriptions etc. Also if a photograph is included please leave me the email address as I need to personally check that the subject is happy to have their photo published on the blog. The buck stops with me for what is published so I don’t take a passed on message. I need to see an email from the subject of the photo themselves saying it is fine to publish and I prefer to email the recipient personally so that I can give them my undertaking that their photo will only be published anonymously and with their approval. I also want to reassure them that it is absolutely fine if they would rather not have their photo published.
Request Lists in the Future
I am yet to decide how I will do the request lists in the future. I quite like the idea of putting them up on Monday night’s post – what do you think? Please let me know.
I always forget to do this so am so pleased I remembered tonight. Here is a quick and dirty update on some of our joint projects.
The Pink Mystery Quilt – currently in Brisbane to be quilted
The Challenge Blocks from last year’s dinner (check em out here is you are new to AHQ) have been put together by Gail and she has done an Awesome job! I think they look wonderful. Carol is currently quilting these. I think they may end up being Wounded Warrior Quilts but I will decide later in the year. I do plan to take both of these to Brisbane with me and display them at the Aussie Heroes Dinner being held there on the 30th of November. I think these are really rather special!
The elephant quilt and the sharks or blue and white quilt are hopefully going to be put together on Wednesday at the next sewing day at my home.
Oh and last, but definitely not least, the Mystery Quilt for our very Deployed Quilter ……is off waiting to be quilted!
If there are any other quilts that you would like updates on please do not hesitate to ask me.
Now every post needs some photos so I thought I would share a pic of the laundry bag I made for the good chaplain on HMAS Newcastle. I had to wait till it had been received. Remember he is a SciFi fan and I used lots of left overs from his quilt but for his laundry bag I also managed to use some “acquired” material from a Navy shirt.
Sorry there is no more for tonight but I have to dash off and drop two quilts to a quilter before 4pm.
Till next time………………….keep spreading the word and happy stitching!
Hi JM, I think putting the requests on the Monday night post is a great idea.
Love the Sci Fi laundry bag…great work.
I agree with Naomi. Thanks for the reminders. I went to Crafty Hijinks today, 55 bloggers all in one place, they all had in their take home bags an Aussie Hero card, so I am still getting the word out there. One of the ladies there, her husband is a recipient of a laundry bag and quilt. I talked to nearly everyone there about Aussie Heroes too.