Thursday, November 27, 2014

44 done and 5 to go..

Yesterday , after lunch with my aunt and a friend, I ventured to Boronia to Theo's Discount Craft as I had been told they had braid ( did a crazy patch journal with Kilmore quilters and would like to do more) and I couldn't find any that was suitable but Theo's had some. There is one with rainbow metallic in the centre and one with just silver. At 60c a metre I got a bit! The ribbon and ricrac was $1 a bundle and the zips were 30 for $2.50 so they came home with me as well. I'd like to try little bags with zips but not sure how I will go so look out Jo you may be given lots of zips. I also got some bugle beads and some sticky tape. The best bit was they had 40% off so it was very cheap.

These last 5 Honour blocks take the total to 44 and next month we get the last 5 and then the quilts can be ready by Anzac Day. This is Joseph Harold Durkin who enlisted at age 22 and died aged 23. Joseph's story was very long and involved but he was shot and killed by a fellow soldier. At first it was thought to be suicide but eventually was recognised as being a murder. Thought to be the first case where ballistics were used to prove a crime had been committed.

Claude Henry Jackson was a jockey prior to his enlistment and was a part of the 8th Australian Light Horse No 4 Company Anzac Camel Corp. He died in Palestine aged 29 yrs.

Samuel Ernest Crane served in the Boer waras well as WW1. He died at 35 yrs from wounds received in action. His personal effects were sent home via ship but that was lost at sea so all his effects were lost.

John Martin Dwyer was a member of the 24th Battalion when he died in France aged 28yrs. He was the 4th of 10 children.

William John Matthew was a shearer before enlisting in Dec 1914. He was injured several times while serving in Gallipoli. He suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was taken to the hospital ship Denanha but died and was buried at sea.

Today(27th) is 3 long years since we lost  DS1. I have cried and laughed and remembered him especially today. Gone but never forgotten, Love you CJ. This is one of the reasons this quilt means so much to me. These young men need to be remembered especially for the sacrifice they made to keep this country safe. May they never be forgotten.


  1. your blocks are so beautiful Liz, so looking forward to it all coming together.
    a hug to you on the occasion of this important anniversary.
    thinking of you.

  2. Know what you are going through... It is so tough today.
    Oh what can I do with those zips....

  3. Glad you liked Theo's Liz, we went on Wednesday also, I got some pretty braid and a few cotton motifs etc.
    You were all in our thoughts on the 27th.
    Hugs R.