Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags

What can you do to help!

 

Click here to visit the website for full details, here is an introduction into this wonderful initiative that not enough people have heard about;

 

I have tried to structure this to be inclusive of everyone, regardless of skill, time or financial situation.   I hope everyone can find something here that they are happy or comfortable with.
If you can sew– Make a laundry bag.  A pdf copy of the instructions are available using the button on the blog.

 

Make a quilt.  Our quilts are 42″ wide, or width of standard quilting fabric, by 70-75″ long.  Cotton batting must be used and binding may be machine or hand sewn.  All quilts must have and Aussie Hero label on the back.  You can print your own using printable fabric or hand write one using a pigma pen.

 

 You could join the block of the month (BOM) program and sew up some blocks.  Email for the mailing address.

 

If you can’t sew –  Buy Spotlight Card.

 

You can send Spotlight cards to me and I can pass them on to others who I know can use them.   Or you can email me and ask me who to send it to – assuming you don’t know of someone in your area.

 

If you know of a group in your area that is sewing for Aussie Heroes you can also buy a gift voucher to your local quilt store.

 

Send pre-paid 500g and 3kg postal satchels to me – I am forever posting blocks, quilt tops and so on. If I had a few extras I could send some of the donated fabric to other Friends around the place. (the address is on the blog)
Donations of 45mm Rotary Cutter Blades would be wonderful!Donations of fabric, calico for lining laundry bags and cord for laundry bags are always welcome.  Once again if you don’t know someone in your area please email me and I will suggest someone for you to send it to.
With regard to fabric – if you want to buy fabric but are not a sewer then this is handy information –

 

For a quilt backing – buy 2m of 100% cotton fabric.
For a laundry bag – buy 1m calico for the lining and 1m of fabric suitable for the outer.  Must be 100% cotton  – patchwork fabric and twill are suitable.  If you ask the shop assistant for patchwork fabric or a sturdy cotton, like twill or curtaining, they should be able to help you.  If in doubt email me.

 

Another good option is to buy Coles or Woolworths vouchers so that the quilters can buy the goodies to go into the boxes along with the quilts.  If you live near a quilter then ask them what they need to include and then buy some of those items.
You can even buy them some of the Bx2 Post pack boxes.  A pack of 20 gets a discount – not sure about a pack of ten – I only ever buy twenty at a time.
Non-sewers can also spread the word to local sewing/craft groups.

 

Finally, and probably most usefully, but also the hardest to ask for, is a cash donation to the bank account.  This can be done by sending me a cheque or by a direct deposit in which case I will email you the details on request.  We don’t need a huge amount of money in the bank but each roll of batting costs a few hundred dollars – I can’t say exactly how much as the lovely guy who supplies it give it to me at a great price and free of shipping charges on the condition that Mum’s the word!  Even small donations help.

 

I use LOTS of batting and rotary cutting blades as I receive lots of quilt tops here which need batting and backing and I cut lots of laundry bags and the like for the various sewing days.  And that doesn’t include the sewing that I do when I am not answering emails, writing the blog and drafting articles etc.
I hope that helps.

 

Email address:  [email protected]

All assistance gratefully received.

Comments

  1. daphne joyce says

    how do i get pattern of laundry bags please ‘

  2. Hi, great promotion of a cause close to my own heart. Just wondering if you realise that there’s an error in the email address down the bottom….the 2 needs to be an @ I know that’s really picky of me, but some people might not work it out!

    For all the Guys & Gals overseas….stay safe and you’re all doing us back home proud.

    Hugs
    Naomi

  3. Bill Roberts says

    Great job ladies. Your contribution is definitely appreciated soooo much.
    You really make a difference that only a serving digger would know!

    Cheers