AHQ: stitches afloat!

The stitchers of Aussie Heroes Quilts recently had this photo sent to them, full of smiling faces and beautiful quilts flapping in the breeze:

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Can you spot it? Just below the bottom right side of the gun turret, light blues with crosses. Click on the image to enlarge.

This is HMAS Toowoomba, and the big bearded smiling face I showed in an earlier post is there, proudly holding his quilt.

The Chaplain, who is a major player in getting the quilts organised for the service people, said he could not stress enough just how much he and the crew appreciated our visible and real support when they needed it most.

2015 will see me start work on AHQ again; I have a laundry bag idea lined up already, and there are some donated fabrics and blocks which are calling out to be used for quilts.

It’s a handsome display, isn’t it?

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25 thoughts on “AHQ: stitches afloat!

  1. pattisj says:

    Love this colorful combination of quilts.

    • katechiconi says:

      I love the idea that the quilts are a tangible show of respect, love and appreciation for our hardworking service people, and this is such a great way for those who work on the quilts to see they’re enjoyed and appreciated too.

  2. Carole says:

    That is amazing!

    • katechiconi says:

      Isn’t it great! And it’s funny seeing a big hairy sailor with a pink quilt, until you realise he’s going to give it to his little girl at the end of his tour of duty…

  3. This has to be the most original venue for an art gallery. They look amazing together!

  4. claire93 says:

    absolutely brilliant to see all these fabulous quilts and the service men/women they were made for.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s splendid, isn’t it? And they are so grateful that people are thinking of them and want to do something for them, and so diffident about asking if they can have one. They deserve the best we can give.
      Many of the stitchers have made dozens of quilts over the few years AHQ has been going, and their work is outstanding.

  5. Alice says:

    Love the picture!

  6. Anlina says:

    It’s really heartwarming to see so many people have volunteered their time, skills and resources to make the troops happy. Well done to all involved. If all the world were like this then perhaps we wouldn’t need troops, or at least only for humanitarian efforts!

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, exactly! They’ve all dedicated themselves to the service of their country, the least we can do is dedicate a little of our time and skill to show our appreciation.

  7. Well! Hello, sailor!
    It is lovely to see both the thought that goes into making them and the appreciation the recipients show by having this photo taken.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a quilting girl’s fantasy, isn’t it? Most of them get a chance to express colour preferences and tell us a few of their interests so the quilts can be personalised a bit. You’ll notice a lot of sports team quilts, as well as ones intended for their children later on…

  8. tialys says:

    It’s great to see that the quilts have obviously been made with lots of care and attention – some of them look really complex – and not just a basic top and bottom bound together. It shows the really generous nature of the stitchers and the pleasure on all those faces must be the biggest reward .
    Well done

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s a big organisational job to be done in the background as well, and the people who do that but don’t produce a visible result need to be acknowledged too. But you’re right, this photo and others like it make the work worthwhile.

  9. Lovely photo… I want to look at each one in detail… although the display of them en masse is amazing.

  10. How wonderful – love that photo!

  11. Kirsten says:

    That’s a mighty fine collection of quilts! They are all different sizes though. I thought they all had to be the same size? Or does it depend on rank?

    • katechiconi says:

      They are all supposed to be the same size, but organising hundreds of quilters is like herding cats… Most of them will be pretty similar, and with some it’s just the way they’re hung or folded.

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