Thursday, 26 April 2012

Anzac Day {Giveaway}




Today Australians and New Zealanders around the world honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC). In 1915 the Allied forces set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula, in the hopes that taking control of Constantinople would knock the Ottoman empire out of the war early. Unfortunately they didn't manage to take Constantinople and spent months campaigning before pulling out at the end of the year. Both sides suffered heavy losses with approximately 11,500 Australian & New Zealand soldiers losing their lives. Despite the ultimate failure of the campaign, the ANZAC troops showed true "ANZAC spirit": endurance, courage, good humour, larrikinism and mateship. These qualities have come to symbolise the "Australian national character" and the values we should embrace.

In the years that followed, ANZAC Day came to honour the sacrifice of all soldiers who have fallen in action, and the soldiers who continue to protect us by fighting for our freedom and upholding peace.

I'm sure that most quilting bloggers have heard of Quilts of Valor, where quilts are made for Armed service members who have been touched by war. Quilts of Valor has branches in the US, Canada and the UK.

I recently discovered that there is an Australian equivalent: Aussie Hero Quilts. Aussie Hero Quilts sends quilts and laundry bags to members of the Australian armed forces (Army, Navy & Airforce) who are stationed in Afghanistan. The quilts are sent twice a year, in time for ANZAC Day and Christmas. They are always looking for volunteers to make quilts/laundry bags, or donate fabric/batting. They even have a Block of the Month (BOM) group for anyone who wants to participate but is time poor. Given that it's ANZAC Day already, the next batch won't be sent until November so there is plenty of time to put something together!

I think we've all been touched by war in some way, shape or form. It may not be someone in our immediate family, but often we don't have to look far. My mother's father was in the Italian Navy in WWII. My uncle was in the American Navy. One of my cousins has just joined the Australian Navy. My sister's best friend is in the Navy. A girlfriend's husband is in the Navy. Another girlfriend and her husband used to be in the Navy, and her brother is currently serving in Afghanistan. My mother-in-law's uncle was killed in action during WWII. And the list goes on.



"Those heroes that shed their blood

And lost their lives.

You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
Here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers,
Who sent their sons from far away countries
Wipe away your tears,
Your sons are now lying in our bosom
And are in peace
After having lost their lives on this land they have
Become our sons as well."

~Kemal Atatürk



And now to the giveaway! It's coming into Winter here in Australia, so I have some gorgeous quilting flannel fat quarters of "Colorful Christmas" by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake. These fat quarters are winter themed but don't have to be Christmassy, in case you were wondering!

So how do you win? 


Firstly, you must be a follower. You do not get an entry for this though.

1. Leave me a comment letting me know if any of your family, friends or loved ones are serving/have served in the armed forces.

2. Please check out Aussie Hero Quilts, (or  Quilts of Valor  if you're not an Aussie!). If you are a follower of either of these blogs, leave me a comment.

3. Follow me on Facebook and leave a comment (here).

4. Tweet, blog or facebook about the giveaway and then leave me a comment with a link.

Two lucky winners will win a pair of fat quarters. The winner will be drawn via random number generator on the evening of Friday 4th May.  International entries are welcome.

If you are a "No Reply" blogger (or don't know what that is!) please make sure that you leave me an email address in your comment so that I can get in touch with you!

38 comments:

  1. I'm a follower!
    My late uncle served in the RAF in WW2 and afterwards went to live in NZ

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  2. I'm one of your followers. My friends hubby is serving in the RAAF currently overseas, but is coming home in a couple of weeks. My Dad, Grandpa, and a couple of brothers have all served either in the Army or Navy and had a niece in the RAAF and she's now married to a US Marine, so quite a bit of military service in my family at one point or another.

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  3. I'm a follower of Aussie Hero Quilts, and have donated stuff (blocks etc) to the 'cause' already, with plans to do more.

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  4. I liked you on FB...even posted in there already!

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  5. I've shared the giveaway on my wall.

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  6. Thanks for giving a shout out to Aussie Heroes. I am ex RAAF and ex Navy. I am just so pleased and humbled to be able to give back to those still serving. Happy stitching!

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  7. Thank you for this wonderful post Tracey. My Great Grandfather died in WW2 as a POW and is buried in Thailand. I also have an uncle who is ex-SAS and did a stint in Afganistan a few years back.

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    1. Oh Waverlee...the poor men who were POWs of the Japanese had such a brutal time of it. God rest your great grandfather's soul.

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  8. Follower of Aussie Hero Quilts

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  9. Thanks for promoting Aussie Hero Quilts. The more quilters we have the better.

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  10. Facebooked! https://www.facebook.com/littleguineapigs

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  11. Well written about Anzac Day Tracey. My English grandmother lost two young brothers in France in WW1. Her father, a career soldier, survived campaigns in the Crimea, South Africa and even the WW1. He served in the English Army but also in the AIF (the pay was better, he said). Then brought his family out and settled in Australia after the great war.

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  12. Thanks for the link to Aussie Hero Quilts. It interests me.

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  13. Mentioned this post in both my FB businesses https://www.facebook.com/FlorrieandStan and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grandma-Macs-Quilts/159851144030544

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  14. wow, thank you for that little bit of history and reminder.

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  15. I have been a follower of your blog for quite a while....
    My father was in WW2

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  16. I also follow quilts of valor

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  18. i am a follower of yours and my father was in ww11

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  19. i am a follower of aussie hero quilts

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  20. I'm a follower to your blog. Sorry, I don't have any family members served in the army. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing the history.

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  21. I check out Quilts of Valor and follow them too.

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  22. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/hueisei/status/195685872878886912

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  23. I'm a follower. No family members in the military. My stepgrandfather from Scotland was in the Black Watch though.

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  24. Following Aussie Hero Quilts.

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  25. Love the fabric, My dad was in the Army 45 years ago.

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  26. I have made 2 quilts this week to send of in November. I am a follower for the Aussie Hero Quilts

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  27. Just became your new follower on Fb.

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  28. My grandfather served and I have his service record. Got to love the War records office - they are so through in their details.

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  29. I am following the Aussie Hero Quilts blog. What a fantastic idea.

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  30. My Granddad didn't go to war but helped back in New Zealand for the air force during the war, he's was an amazing man!

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  31. Following Aussie Hero Quilts <3 perhaps I may be able to do something to help out and join in on their quest

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  32. I am a follower now

    My granddad served in WWII and luckily survived.

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