I have been a bit quiet since just before the Canberra Quilters show, but that doesn’t mean I have been idle. I keep hoping for the weather to warm up so I can get out my dyes and messy stuff, but it is still too cold. At least the days are getting noticeably longer.
I am the newsletter editor for Canberra Quilters, and one of the articles I was asked to include for the September edition was about the Aussie Hero Quilt project. I hadn’t heard of this before then. Once I had finished putting the newsletter to bed, I looked into this and decided it was something I really wanted to do.
I am a former member of the ADF, as is my husband, who is also a Vietnam Veteran. When he read the emails I had got from Jan-Maree, AHQ founder, and saw that I was going to make quilts for the project, he commented that he thought it was a really good thing to do. Exactly.
So here are my first five quilts (click for larger image)
I also made half a dozen laundry bags, including four from recycled curtain fabric I picked up at St Vinnies. This is one of the four.
And finally, all the quilts need to have a label on them using the particular wording that Jan Maree requests be used. Apparently some people print these labels onto fabric direct from their printer. As I have a thermofax, I decided to make a screen and screen print them
They are about A4 size. One thing I learned from hand sewing five labels on, is in future, I will machine stitch the label to the backing before quilting – that way it gets quilted right into the quilt.
If anyone wants to make a quilt/quilts for this wonderful project, and would like one of these screen printed labels, just send me a stamped self addressed envelope and I will mail you one (or however many quilts you need them for).
My address is 30 Coastal Court DALMENY NSW 2546
This is a wonderful project and I am glad I found it – I hope everyone will get behind it. If you aren’t in a position to make a quilt, consider a laundry bag, or even just one block. Jan Maree runs a block of the month and you can contribute that way – go check out the blog.