My interest in Elvis Presley started way before I acquired this pile of fabric. Back when I was a teenager in the 70s listening to the Armed Forces radio station. I was just a kid when Elvis died, but like many, that was just the beginning of being a loyal fan.
10 year ago in 2008 my family took a trip to Sun Studio in Memphis and I was inspired by how important this studio was in creating great Rock and Roll icons.
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We had a great docent gave us loads of back stories about the artists who recorded there.
At that time we could go into the recording studio and stand at the mic. Which is one of only a few used in that studio. Which means ..yes.. Elvis touched this mic. I sure wish I knew how to sing!
I love novelty fabrics so Over the years I collected loads of Elvis fabrics. And I was even sent a box of fabric by a quilter who knew I was collecting, such treasures in there!
When Donna Desoto put out a call for artists for her “Inspired by Elvis” book, I signed up. We each had a song to use as our inspiration. He has a lot of songs! My selection is ‘Patch It Up’… perfect right?
I wanted either the mic on my quilt or the iconic ‘ELVIS’ that was behind him for his Las Vegas shows.
I had PLENTY of fabric for the backing.
This was SO fun to create. I was able to use small Elvis prints in the background then more in the fans. I still seem to have Elvis fabric left.
I am thrilled that my quilt is on the cover! And that the iconic ELVIS font done in Red is the title.
The book is full of amazing quilts with their stories and even has a section to show how one artist developed her piece.
Houston was the first exhibit of the quilts.
My quilt .. hanging in the show… in HOUSTON… this is a first for me!
The exhibit was EXCITING to see…
With my favorite quilt at the end. When Elvis ended a concert they announced ‘Elvis has Left the Building’ so people would go home.. it’s a great quilt! you can see him leaving on the right. At the end I have a link to where the exhibit will be . If you have a facility interested, contact Donna.
Donna and I will be chatting on Nov 19 on my podcast about the exhibit. Subscribe to my podcast.
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