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A Gift of Gratitude

Anzac Bag Digitized

A Gift of Gratitude

There has never been a better time to reflect and remember the many men and women who have served us locally and overseas and those that continue to do so today.  Let us take a moment to express our gratitude for their service.

The armed forces are responsible for their nation’s defense, for peacekeeping missions and are also called upon during times of disaster & crisis.

Here in Australia we have recently experienced fierce fires, the COVID pandemic and just weeks ago, devasting floods.

To the men and women who protect, serve and keep us safe, we thank you!

In a small way, our Wilcom staff and management would like to show
our appreciation in the best way we know how… Embroidery!

Creative Stitches - open stitch - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio

Aussie Hero Quilts have been around for 10 years, and we absolutely love the work they do in creating personalized quilts and laundry bags for our service men and women. 

At Wilcom, we have set out to create our very own design and hope that someone would fall in love with it and make it theirs.

Thread colors - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio

After speaking with the founder Jan-Maree Ball, the Wilcom design team started on our challenge to give back to our Defence Force. Remembering that laundry bags in the armed forces are all the same color, and it’s hard to pick yours amongst them all. 

What shall we create?

Let’s start by designing something unique
for ANZAC day.

ANZAC is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. A national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand.

Our digitizing team decides which stitch types would be best for this design, remembering that we want the laundry bag to be pliable and soft. The stitches need to be open yet still textural.

EmbroideryStudio e4.5 has an array of creative stitch types that will work beautifully to showcase each design element.

Stitch types selected

The design itself is 45cm in height containing nearly 90,000 stitches, and because of the use of many creative, open stitch types, it only took 1 hour to stitch out.

For the sunset background, we used a combination of Accordion Spacing (Shading and Open Fill Element) and Florentine Effect (Curved Fills Element). Trapunto to force travel runs to the edges, so they cannot be seen.

Laundry Bag design - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio
Lest We Forget design - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio
Open stitches - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio

The bright red poppy flowers are digitized with Ripple Stitch 3mm spacing (Spiral Fill Element), Double Square (Chenille Stitch) for the flower centre, and Stem Stitch for the leaves.

ANZAC design - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio

The latest e4.5 Maze Fill Element is used for the flag, and the soldier silhouette ‘reversing and resting on arms’ in solid black tatami.

And finally, the golden scrolls hold the words ‘Lest we forget.’

The fabric's

The local fabric stores had an arrival of beautiful poppy flower fabric that is perfect to pair with organic calico and a royal blue polka dot ribbon.

poppy flower design

The fabrics are washed to pre-shrink them, then cut to size, ready for the final embroidery. The AussieHeroQuilts laundry bag sewing instructions are followed to the letter…. AussieHeroQuilts Laundry Bag Instructions

 

Thread colors - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio
Sewing - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio
Sewing - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio

The entire project comes together beautifully and is stamped with heartfelt thanks

Maze Fill - open stitch - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio
An AUSSIE HERO QUILTS laundry bag made for an Aussie Hero with gratitude for their service.

These Wilcom designed and embroidered laundry bags are ready for its owners.

Thank you to the Defence Force men and women for your service.

Laundry Bag design - demonstration of embroidery digitizing in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio

See it in action

Contributions

If you would like to contribute in any way to Aussie Hero Quilts,
please go to aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com.au

or email:  friendsofAHQ@gmail.com

Besides quilts and laundry bags, Aussie Hero Quilts
always need patches or blocks to make their personalized quilts.

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We proudly develop all our products in Sydney, Australia, and today Wilcom is present in over 100 countries with products in over 12 languages and has a global community of more than 250,000 licensed customers.

A Wilcom customer shares their experience:

www.dandenong.embroidme.com.au

I feel very grateful to have received an Aussie Hero Quilt whilst I was in Afghanistan between 2017-2018, and again whilst I was redeployed in the Middle East – Kuwait and Iraq in 2019. 

Both times, I felt immensely grateful to have received my Aussie Hero Quilts. I really value Jan-Maree Ball and her team for what they have done for us veterans. The efforts of the volunteers are incredible and these gifts mean so much. It still takes pride and place on my bed as a constant reminder of Australia’s appreciation.

Last year my deployment was for a local cause, it started with Australia’s bushfire season, in Operation Bushfire Assist and more recently for stage 4 lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic, where I closed my EmbroidMe business for Operation COVID-19 Assist.

I feel honored and privileged to have received two hand-made quilts that kept me warm during my overseas deployments but emotionally means so much more.

Aussie Hero Quilt
Major Andrew Leong

A photo of Major Andrew Leong and the quilt he was gifted during his deployment in Afghanistan.

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