Up to now, my quilts have all been to please myself, my friends and my family. It’s time to change that.
She’s now rallying action on behalf of American service men and women after hearing how drastically short of basic necessities they can be, but the same thing applies to ours here in Australia. They can feel a bit forgotten and unloved, a bit short of comfort and appreciation. And someone’s doing something about that. Aussie Heroes Quilts was begun in order to send serving Australians a quilt suited to their circumstances, and a colourful, distinctive laundry bag they could use which was easy to pick out from the multitude of green, white and blue ones issued by the Defence Forces. These useful items are made with love and sent free of charge by our dear postal service so long as they are a certain size and weight. With them can go small luxury items which are hard to find Out There or which will give them a taste of home. Here’s the link so you can take a look:
In case you’re wondering why I chose this cause, well, my family has a history of service. My great-grandfather fought in the Boer War, my grandfather in WWI in the Somme and my father in the Normandy landings in WW2. My brother was in the Reserves, and so was my husband for many years.
So, I have a favour to ask. Please may I have some of your scraps, any unwanted or spare blocks, UFOs you’ve fallen out of love with, excess binding strips, large-ish pieces of batting, etc? And if you have any colour fast cotton in heavier weights (ie, furnishing or curtain fabric), I could use that for making laundry bags. Everything will be used, nothing will be wasted. The only thing I’d stipulate is that I probably wouldn’t be able to use huge quantities of pink… Most of our soldiers, sailors and aviators are still blokes, after all… Obviously if you’re the other side of the world, the cost of mailing fabric would be an issue – but if you do, it would be so gratefully received. If you do decide you’d like to contribute, send it by surface mail; it’s much cheaper and there’s no rush.
Email me if you can help – the address is on my Contact Me page, or reply in a comment to this blog. Or, if you’d rather work on them yourself, email Aussie Heroes: there’s a button to click on the website, or just type in the following: friendsofAHQ@gmail.com. Go take a look, and be amazed at what has gone out already to our boys and girls.
Now then Aussies, get into your scrap storage and send me some love for our service people.