This is a picture of Alison and the quilt I made for my sister. Yes, that’s Elvis. And yes, it was a joke - but so worth it.
My sister Laurie came home with us after our trip to Washington. At that time we had just acquired our new car and installed Sirius satellite radio. Anyway, on this satellite radio there is an ALL Elvis station – as in All Elvis, All the Time! We found this very funny and wondered who would listen to it. Apparently we would. It was quite entertaining and gave us a lot of laughs. We kept saying, “Well, he is the King”. So a couple months ago when I saw this Elvis fabric at the craft store, I wondered, ‘who would buy this?’ I would (but really, who else would and could they possibly be serious?) It was just too perfect and funny to pass up. Yes, it was quite a lot of work for a joke but if anyone will appreciate it, Laurie will.
I got quite a few strange looks in the store while buying the Elvis fabric. Someone even stopped me and said, “I have to know what you’re doing with that!” So I told her, and received an even stranger look. When I got home Chris asked how I was going to get any work done while I was laughing so hard. Actually, it became less and less funny the more problems I had – I had to HAND QUILT it because I don’t have the right kind of tool for my sewing machine. AND as it turns out, I didn’t have the right tools for the hand quilting, so I ended up wearing band-aids on a couple fingers so they wouldn’t look like hamburger when I was finished. I was working under a deadline too. The whole thing took about 3 weeks and I think I made pretty good time considering what little time I had to do it. When I was finished I could laugh at it again.
As you can see, I gave it to Alison to inspect. She kept looking at the pictures of Elvis and saying “Hi”. This is the picture I used for the front of Laurie’s card. Right after it was taken I had to package up the King and race to the post office – I listened to the Elvis station on the way. It was all worth it when I heard my sister laugh over the phone last night.
Happy Birthday Laurie, I hope you treasure him always. He is the King.