After my 26quilts project, I took a bit of a break from quilting. The whole “let’s make 26 quilts in year” thing sort of burns you out after a bit. That being said, I couldn’t NOT make a quilt for my good friend Jamie – especially since she’d been wanting to make one herself for years and just didn’t know where to begin. Months ago – right in the middle of my quilting spree, Jamie brought me a tub full of flannel Elvis themed fabric. Being a huge Elvis fan, she’d been wanting to make an Elvis themed rag quilt, but wasn’t sure what to back the quilt with, or what design to use. Jamie had pre-cut tons of large squares from the fabric, and then got stuck.
I took a look at what she had, imported some photos into Quiltography, and we played around with different design ideas; finally settling on a chevron pattern alternating the Elvis print with a solid dark teal and a light blue patterned chevron print. I took all of Jamie’s pre-cut squares and made even more half-square triangles.
I arranged the half-square-triangles into the chevron pattern and stitched them all together. This is the first time I’ve really worked with flannel, and aside from being more lint-y, there was practically no difference. I backed the quilt with a solid yellow flannel, accented with one chevron of the elvis fabric running down the middle.
This is definitely a cuddly quilt, soft and full of wrinkles. The flannel puckers nicely when quilted, and just begs to be busted out on a rainy day with a book and comfy couch. I finished the quilt just in time for Jamie’s birthday – which was perfect, not only because it was her birthday, but also because we had plans to go to Graceland. What better way to kick off an Elvis-themed birthday than with a great Elvis quilt and a trip to Graceland?