Aussie Hero Quilts (and
Laundry Bags) is an online community organisation that focuses on sending
mostly personalized quilts and laundry bags to our Aussie soldiers, sailors and
airmen serving overseas.
AHQ started in 2012 and have sent over 4500
quilts and 6800 laundry bags since then to the men and women who serve our
nations in far flung places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and which
ever ship is deployed to the Middle East.
AHQ products “reach into the bed
spaces and put smiles on soldiers faces at the end of often very hard and tiring
days”. AHQ remind them that Australians, other than family and friends, care
about them and appreciate their service and the sacrifice that service asks of
The quilts provide that extra layer of warmth, but also add colour in
what is often a very latte and camouflage coloured world. The laundry bags make
finding their laundry at the end of a hard day much easier and quicker, but
they are also conversation starters providing insights into individual
personalities, hobbies, interests and passions.
Quilts are specially sized to
fit into a B2 sized post box, that can be posted for free and are small enough
for recipients to fit into their luggage if they are required to move
unexpectedly and fit on a navy bunk at sea.
We invite you to get involved in some way to show our troops that their contribution is valued. You can get involved in a number of ways - creating blocks, making laundry bags, making quilts or attending sewing days. A block of the month program is also run each month. These blocks are then turned into kits sent out to volunteers to make up or are made into quilt tops at sewing days.
If you cannot sew there are other ways to be involved - donate money, B2 boxes, spotlight vouchers, pre-paid 500g and 3kg postal satchels are always handy for sending quilt pieces around to volunteers to put together, donations of 45mm rotary cutter blades, or buy Coles or Woolworths vouchers so that the quilters can buy the goodies to go into the boxes along with the quilts.
To help out contact AHQ at
or check out their blog at http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com.au for more information. The blog has lots of information including a history, sizing instrucutions and tutorials for making quilts and laundry bags along with plenty of picutures of what has been sent.