Sunday, November 13, 2016


by British artist and aviator Harold H Piffard - a thin line of red poppies separates war from peace

As so many do at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at memorials, in schools and workplaces all over the country, we stop to remember the sacrifice of those who serve and give their lives in the pursuit of freedom.

Although I'm sure it never feels quite so noble an action when you are being shelled, bombed, strafed or shot at.

This artwork brings to mind my grandmother, who married her Canadian Officer sweetheart in August 1918 only to lose him in October the same year - just three weeks before the war's end.

Just one sad story among far too many.

Aussie Hero Quilts was started by a lady who heard a story about an Australian solider serving in Germany, receiving a quilt from an American organisation. She felt ashamed that Australians didn't have a similar organisation and so set about righting that wrong.

She encourages the making of quilts and laundry bags, posted with gifts and treats to Australian Defence Personnel serving overseas.

I heard about Aussie Hero Quilts through my long arm quilter - Kim Mariani. Kim makes and quilts donated tops for this group. It seemed a small thing to make a quilt and laundry bag so here is my contribution.

I bought the charm squares from Spotlight (a bit like JoAnn's) on special ages ago and had them sitting there with no particular idea in mind. The strong colours grabbed my attention and turned out to be a good choice for this project. 

The quilts have to be a special size to fit the cots they sleep on which just happens to be 42 inches wide.  I think this might be a Moda Bakeshop pattern.

I plan to use that wavy quilting on this project. I'd love to quilt rain drops on the baby quilt but I don't trust my skill level. 

Lest We Forget


  1. Your grandmother's story is so sad. Her situation happened so often, didn't it in the first world war. I love your quilt you are making for Aussie Hero Quilts. The fabrics are very cool. Love how the lighter blue ties it all in perfectly. Such a wonderful initiative.

  2. Lovely quilt, very manly (even though I'm quite fond of those two colors!) Twill be a lovely service member who receives it!

    Also, you are sewing again! Huzzah!

  3. Your quilt for that worthy cause will be appreciated I'm sure. I too welcome your comeback to quilting. Looking forward to seeing more from you. ---"Love"

  4. What a sad story :(
    When I was in the hospital with my (now ex) husband during the early stages of the Iraq war we received three quilts. The room I was staying in was freezing and they kept Rachel and I warm that very long winter in Washington DC. I have always wanted to thank the people who made the quilts but have been unable as there weren't labels or notes with them. I still have and use the quilts at home. So a brilliant idea, just add your name somewhere on it xxx

  5. It's good to hear from you! Your Grandmother's story is so sad. It must have been very hard for her. Your donation quilt is perfect and I'm sure someone will love it.

  6. Your grandmother's story is so sad. But your donation quilt is lovely.


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