I hope this email finds you well.
It was great to hear from you again and even more so as it meant that my quilt had arrived. This was our first mail drop in a month and there were lots of quilts and care packages being received.
Let me just begin by saying I absolutely love my quilt!!!! You did an amazing job! Blue is my favourite colour as I find it some soothing and the blues you have used were wonderful. To have the Doctor Who and Simpsons blend is simply amazing. I don’t know how you made a tardis, and Homer in a sailor’s uniform but it looks brilliant and it is going to get a lot of use!!!
Again thank you so very much for both the quilt and the laundry bag. It is such a wonderful thing that you do for so many people and it really makes a difference in our life onboard the ships away from home.
Have a great night and I look forward to hearing from you.
I figured you needed to see this quilt to know what he was writing about.
I just received my Quilt, thank you very much, I love it and from what I have heard around the ship everyone else has too, they are a great moral boost and I’m sure everyone will keep them, use them and will remember their time up here, as I will. Or eventually donate them to needy families or causes in the future, which will add to the good will you are spreading.
The work you do is really great and has made me think of doing more to help others especially when I eventually get out of the navy.
I Have been in the navy for 15 years now and it is amazing to Know that there are people such as yourself, your friends and groups like the RSL willing to go out of their way for us all.
you have my sincere thanks and gratitude for all you have done for myself, and all the others. You have made this long trip away from home and
loved ones a little easier to bear.
Today I received the quilt from Anne and it is fantastic. Its on my bed already.
I have sent her an email thanking her. Thanks again – its a great gift and please keep on doing it as it does make a real difference to us here
Thank you very much for the laundry bag it will be very useful whilst deployed. This is the biggest deployment I have undertaken to date and as with all deployments the hardest part is missing loved ones back home, not to mention our beautiful country.
Through the deployment we have seen some good port visits including Diego Garcia, Kochi in India, Muscat in Arman, Doha in Qatar and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.
Thank you once again! for the laundry bag it will be used a lot. Your work means a lot to those of us deployed.
I hope this email finds you well.
I am the Chaplain on HMAS Darwin that you generously sent a parcel to recently. We finally had a mail drop today (first in about a month) and it was so wonderful to receive your package with the laundry bag and beanies in it. Thank you so much for taking the time to make both the bag and the beanies I really appreciate such a selfless and generous gift. The laundry bag found a home straight away.
Now it is very hot up here at the moment and I wondered if I could find homes for the beanies. But I keep forgetting that we have people who work in very cold departments on the ship as they need constant cold water running through the equipment to keep them functioning. Well two of our hair-challenged (i.e. bald) members who work in these compartments jumped at the gift of beanies and I am sure they will keep their ears and scalp warm for a very long time.
Thanks again we really do appreciate what you have done for us.
Good Morning Rita,
Firstly, I apologise for the tardy response but I was waiting to get a photo
of myself with your beautiful Quilt
Thank-you also for your lovely letter that you wrote – I enjoyed reading
about your family and the longevity of your amazing marriage.
As you mentioned in your letter, it’s starting to warm up here in
Afghanistan, but with the air-conditioner cranked up it can get quite cold
at night sometimes. The laundry bag gets used weekly and when I return in July, I’m sure you can appreciate, the quilt will be most
welcome at that time of the year.
I can’t thank you enough for your time, support and generosity to myself and
every Australian digger currently deployed. Your letter and beautiful
craftsmanship remind us all of the wonderful people back home we have sworn
to protect in our great nation. Kind people such as yourself make me proud
to be a member of the Australian Defence Force and your self-less
contribution to our efforts is appreciated by us all.
I know that for many years to come, whenever I see my quilt and use my
laundry bag it will not only remind me of my proud time in Afghanistan, but
I will remember you and your generosity with fondness.
Thank-you again from the bottom of my heart,
Dear Jan-Maree and Kym
Thank you so much for the quilt, it was truly the highlight of my day! To have a little personalized piece of home to come back to every day is amazing. It is very humbling to know that we are still being thought of by the kind folk back in Australia and that the sacrifices we make are appreciated. The effort and craftsmanship Kym has put into the quilt is fantastic, please pass on my thanks!
Quite a few people from our unit have received quilts and laundry bags from your organization, I’ve heard nothing but universal praise for the good work you are doing over here.
I am currently serving in Afghanistan. I wanted to write to you to thank you sincerely for the wonderful laundry bag that you have generously made for me. I absolutely love it and of course would be the envy of all my swans fans friends…
I am finding the deployment a challenge in a good way and am lucky to have been given the opportunity to work here. Thank you once again for your time and effort in making our lives brighter on a daily basis, and to your family also in helping you with these projects. Please know that you are appreciated.
A lovely message for Christine C and her sister, Alison
I have been a lucky recipient of a laundry bag, made by your sister.
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude, both for the lovely bag, & also for the kind thoughts that you have for complete strangers such as myself. It is touching to be reminded that people we don’t even know care about our welfare & receiving the gift has put that into perspective.
I have been in the Army for nearly 15 years & this is my third deployment in that time. I have been very fortunate in my career & although we are volunteers, the sacrifices we make do have an effect on our families & friends. We are here doing what we love & making the most of life, but it is very nice to know that as ‘public servants’ that our community supports our efforts & feels them worthwhile.
The bag is lovely, I am almost afraid to use it it is so nice ! & not only will it be functional, but it will also be a treasured reminder that in a world filled with no end of nastiness of all descriptions, that there is also so much good.
Thank you very much, please thank your sister profusely on my behalf & know that your thoughts are very much appreciated,
Thank you so much for the quilt. Louise, Stephanie and the rest of the ladies did an absolutely awesome job! If you could pass on my personal thanks to them also it would be much appreciated. It’s definitely a morale boost receiving that quilt. I have already received my laundry bag and have been in contact with the maker north of Adelaide as well. The laundry bag was also a fantastic job!
Thank you again for the all the effort that you put into this, I wish you and Aussie Hero Quilts all the best for the future as well.
Sometimes I receive a request and I just love the sound of it. This was one of those cases. A pink with with Submarines and Aircraft. I had to check that noone was playing games on this fellow and that he really wanted pink. The answer was yes please to pink because the Junior Sailors on many of the ships compete to see who can have the girliest bedding but he wanted the submarines and aircraft as that relates to his work. Those of us who worked on this quilt loved it and we were so relieve to see that he did too.
We conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) yesterday and received a back log of mail. I also received my quilt made by yourself, Kiwi Karen, Rachel and Joyce.
Let me start with – you exceeded all expectation and I absolutely love the quilt. In fact, it’s not just me; people who have seen it, may be a little jealous. The detail in the submarines and aircraft is absolutely mind blowing and I could not believe it was possible to have that much detail in stitching. Although pink in theme you have managed to keep in “manly” enough with the select combination of pink tiles. I love the skulls and cross bones as will as the pink poodle you selected for me; I also have one or two tiles which display the pink ribbon supporting breast cancer and that is a cause I’m happy to support. I am not sure if you saw the finished product but the stitching Joyce selected is unreal. It is a combination of stars, assault rifles and tanks (there maybe more I haven’t found yet). All in all, like I said you and your fellow quilters have exceeded all expectation and I absolutely love it. I’m glad you enjoyed making it, because I think it’s fantastic.
Thank you, and please forward my message to everyone involved.
Once again I can not express the gratitude I have for what you and you fellow quilters have created, it is truly a piece of art.
Thank you so much for organising my quilt, I absolutely love it. It is very well made and I love the design. Please pass on my thanks to the lady/ladies who made it for me. It is definitely what my room needed, as you can probably see how drab it would look without the added colour 🙂
We do really appreciate what you ladies do for us, and I know the time and effort and not to mention the cost involved in creating the quilt. It is really such a lovely gesture, it is nice to see majority of the defence employees taking you up on this offer, at least most that I talk to have. :0)
Thank you very much for time and effort that you put in for the laundry bag it’s great! I have been using a pillow case so it has been extremely helpful when it comes time for putting on a new load of washing. I wish we had a climate similar to South Oz over here , starting to get nice and warm over here haha.
Again thank you and to everyone involved for taking the time to making and sending over the laundry bags and quilts as they have been extremely well received over here.
Great messages for tonight.
Till next time…………keep spreading the word and happy stitching. JMxx