I would appreciate it if the wording remains the same but feel free to add in who the quilt was made by etc. I would like all Aussie Hero Quilts to be easily identifiable as such so that they become recognizable and widely known. Both the blog name and the email address must be on the label so that the troops can find us. Some can’t email a gmail address and others don’t have access to much internet but hopefully with the blog up and the email address they can get in contact if they want to.
HIM or HER?
I always encourage people to make whatever they want when sewing for us but if someone asks me what I would like them to make my answer is always the same. I prefer gender neutral quilts as the bulk of our recipients are male but, of course, we also get requests from girls. If you want to make a girly quilt you are welcome to but there may be times when you have to wait a bit for me to find a recipient. Numbers of girls on the list tend to vary from time to time, sometimes I have several like now and sometimes I have none.
My second request when asked is that you keep it simple. I love the fancier or more heavily pieced quilts as much as anyone but the reality is the whatever we send is loved because we have taken the time to make it. Simple quilts get the same response as the fancier ones so do not ever feel that your quilt is less valued if it is a simple strippy quilt.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
When you are deciding what quilt to make feel free to make anything you like, however please bear in mind that it is really difficult and quite time consuming for me to try and match a special themed quilt with the “right” person. There are only two ways I can do it. The first is to put a picture of the quilt on the Facebook page and ask if anyone knows someone this will suit. This has not been particularly successful in the past. The second way is to individually email those who have requested quilts and ask if a particular theme appeals to them. I am sorry but the second method is just too time consuming to do. It is also fraught with danger because if I go to someone and ask if they like a particular theme and they don’t they often come back with “but I do like ……..”
So, please, feel free to make anything you like but please also understand that it is often the luck of the draw as to who it goes to so quilts that will appeal to a broad range of tastes are best. Additionally, it is actually really hard to get quilts to specific job types such as cooks and dog handlers. My contacts over there are usually really busy and I really don’t like to email them with requests to find a home for special quilts on a regular basis.
If you want to use up your themed fabric think about mixing a few themes up and making an adult “I Spy” quilt as those have been really popular or make a quilt that is predominantly colour based and throw your themed fabrics into it based on colour. Quilts made with a sporting theme, one sport or multiple always go down well, regardless of whether the recipient is a particular fan of that sport. Just some suggestions anyway.
This does not mean that I won’t find out specific likes and dislikes if you want to personalize a quilt for a person. I can easily and quickly send off an email asking what their interests etc are – that is one email (assuming I have an email address of facebook contact of course!) To chase multiple people to see if they like a specific theme is far more time consuming. I need to spend my time wisely.
If you are looking for inspiration for a quilt don’t forget that we have a few tutorials for the following quilts on the blog – just under the heading you will see a list of pages that you might find handy. The following tutorials are available and we always love more if someone wants to write one.
A couple of final words about quilts. Over the December January break we have relaxed a bit and allowed longer for quilts to be made but now that we are getting back into a normal routine we really need to try and get back to a four week turn around. if someone requests a quilt on 1 March, and we take four weeks to get the quilt into the mail then that is around 28 March. If the quilt then takes 2 weeks to get to its recipient it is not too bad but if it takes 4 weeks which is highly likely that is almost two months and I think that is long enough to wait. That is just another reason to use simple patterns.
Finally please don’t take it personally if you get an email from me (such as lots of you have received today) asking for an update or progress report on your current quilt. I do that to make sure there are no issues I need to know about – no unforeseen circumstances that have prevented you from completing the request. We have had all sorts of “life experiences” happen over the last 12 months and we will no doubt have a few more this year. If there is a problem I need to know about it as soon as possible so I can maybe do something to help (and that usually means relieving the pressure on you) and still get a quilt to the recipient in a timely manner.
Also please don’t take it personally if you get an email from me checking that the quilt/laundry bag has actually made it in the mail. I never assume it has actually been posted til I have had confirmation. I have learned the hard way that that confirmation is essential.
And just before I go – to amplify what I said about the importance of laundry bags in my post on Sunday read this email that Melissa received today.
Dear amazing Melissa,Your beautiful and thoughtful present made me feel very special. Thank you so much for all your hard work, I absolutely adore the laundry bag! I will cherish it and will always remember the stranger who made a gift just for me and brought my kids here 🙂
Your little Holly sounds just adorable, I hope she knows what a wonderful mum she has. I know how hard it is to work with little ones, there’s no easy answer but things do get easier when you have a routine established.
I never thought that I would do anything like this but I know of the dangers and I’m here because I want to support the young men who have given up a chance of a normal life because of the scars they carry from the job.
They are the real heroes.
Gifts like yours are like medals of honor.
Thank you 🙂
Till next time……………..keep spreading the word and happy stitching!