My friend Helen is a whiz with fabrics. Her main area of expertise is quilting and she runs patchwork & quilting classes.
In 2015 we will commemorate the centenary of Gallipoli and there will be a re-enactment of the Wagga Wagga Kangaroos 1915 recruitment march. Helen was asked by the organising committee to recreate the banner that was carried in the original march. After sourcing an historic photo she used software to create a huge poster. This comprised some 54 A4 sheets and formed the basis of the banner template.
All the pieces were sewn in place as applique on a standard domestic sewing machine. The banner took over 100 hours to complete over a period of ten weeks. You can see the extraordinary amount of detail from the photographs.
The banner was presented to the Honorable Dr Brendan Nelson who is the patron of the historic march. The banner is also to feature in the 2015 Anzac Day March.
The Australian War Memorial will also include images of the banner on its website.
For more information on Helen’s classes go to www.patchworkbliss.com.au