Grati-Tuesday – 26th December 2023

Written by AHQ

26 December 2023

Happy Tuesday Friends!

We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying relaxing on Boxing Day!!! Here are some amazing letters of gratitude for you to read.

Grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy some well deserved gratitude!


Hi Bev L,

I was recently deployed to the Solomon Islands, and I received the lovely quilt from you. 

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you for the quilt itself. It truly is far beyond anything I could have expected. I am so grateful that you took those disparate thoughts of mine, and turned them into the beautiful piece of art which you have created.

I can tell you that during the deployment (and previous ones I have been on), receiving these quilts is a true highlight for all. Whenever we see that one has arrived, we all gather around while the recipient opens it, then take photos as they proudly display it to a round of applause. Your efforts really do make such an incredible difference to us whilst we are over there, and we deeply appreciate all of your hard work.  

Thank you again, not only for the quilt, but for all that you do for our service men and women. I still cannot quite wrap my head around just how perfect for me mine is, and I know it will become a treasured item within my family. 

Have a great Christmas and New Year’s and all the best for the future.



Good Afternoon Jo,
Thank you so much for your beautifully designed quilt I absolutely love it!! It has made me smile and the colours and design is just perfect!
I have been deployed in Butterworth, Malaysia for 3 months doing a security rotation. It was an incredible experience and I really loved being away and immersing myself into a different lifestyle. 
Like you mentioned, I am very lucky with the job I do and get to meet and interact with all these important people. They all have their unique quirks and jokes and that’s what makes it so enjoyable! I grew up watching NRL as my dad is an avid broncos lover so never really watched or knew much AFL until I joined the RAAF. I started playing AFL a few years ago when a lady asked to fill in for their team as they were short on numbers and since then I’ve learnt the proper rules
and love playing! This year the club I play for in Canberra had 3 women’s teams!! It was the first ever club to have enough women to fill all three teams every week so like you, I really love how
more women are playing traditionally male dominated games.
I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 
Thank you again for your time in making the quilt I really love and appreciate it.
Kindest regards,


Dear Philomena, and Jan Maree,

Thank you so much for my fabulous quilt. I love it. 
Especially the flowers, the sun/sun, the ants, the greens, and the book title! 
You utterly nailed my request and it’s even better than I hoped. The quilt has brightened my room as I recover from surgery and lifted my spirits after physio sessions.
It has also been welcome as something else to talk about with staff and visitors in a boring hospital room and the labels on the back have sparked new conversations . 
Philomena , I really appreciate you personally delivering it as well and our friendly chat.
With kindest regards,
Hi Kirsten O,

Just a quick email to say thank you so much for the quilt you made me.

It is everything I could have asked for and more. I am coming up to 20 years of service next year and this is something I will treasure for many years to come and will be a beautiful memory in the years after I finishing serving (not anytime soon I don’t think!)

My kids also loved it and I hope it will be something that will get passed down through generations to come as a memory and keepsake.

Thank you again for all the time and effort that has gone into making this quilt for me, it is very much appreciated.

Kind Regards
Dear Deirdre B-L,

I received this package from you, and I haven’t stopped grinning since.
Back in 2018 I received a quilt for my daughter and was amazed by the quality and effort put into it by the incredible ladies of AHQ.
Five years later and once again I’m blown away by what you have produced, and I look forward to showing my son his new quilt.
I chose African animals because he has a love for the Lion King movie, especially the elephants and lions. 
Everything on the quilt is perfect, from the placement of the animals to the design of the writing, and the back. I struggle to put into words how much I love it.
I myself was born and raised in Perth. I’m currently posted to Darwin, but I hope to post back to Perth in the near future, to be closer to my parents, who still reside in there to this day.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
Once again, Deirdre, I will be forever thankful and appreciative of the gift you have made for my son, and for the letter that accompanied it.



Good Afternoon Rita J,


THANK YOU so much for the wonderful Aussie Hero Quilt. I am so glad that I was lucky enough to be the recipient of your first quilt – it is stunning.

I have just finished up my job. After a very long 3 years, I received your package through the mail on my last day, brought it home, and had a well-earned rest on the lounge under it. I have a feeling it will be the first of many!


The Aussie Hero Quilt is a wonderful initiative – please know that your support of servicemen and women is truly appreciated.


I wish you a very safe, and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.


Presentation of an amazing quilt to a very happy recipient!!!


Until next week keep your letters, emails and photos coming in.  

Tuesday’s would be so totally boring without them!


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