More information in Carolyn McDowall's article:
War Quilts Exhibition – For the Diary: July at Manly, Sydney
The Culture Concept Circle, 29th April 2015
... They “…allowed men enduring unspeakable circumstances some respite from the tedium and hardship of war and to introduce some semblance of beauty and humanity to the blighted world of the combat zone.” said Dr Annette Gero.
They often didn’t use them, but sent them home to comfort those they loved ...