In Memphis for one day only, I didn't research any local quilt, craft, or yarn stores to explore - I really didn't anticipate having any free time. As it turned out I did end up having a few hours to myself in the morning and I decided a pilgrimage was in order.
On the way to Graceland I had a really interesting cab driver, a Memphis native who's Aunt had been a cook for Elvis and he shared some great stories with me which really added to the whole day. I'd heard the stories of Elvis giving away new cars to strangers and this cab driver filled me in on that as well as other philanthropic contributions to Memphis as a community.
My visit did not disappoint - it's a bizarrely kitsch and quaint experience. The house itself is frozen in time - a fantastic 70's decorator nightmare. Across the street from the house are other exhibits including a collection of Elvis's cars that is pretty awesome.
One of my favorite new Elvis insights was "" - Taking Care of Business. A motto he turned into a crude lightning bolt logo and plastered everywhere - on belt buckles, the side of his plane, and even ultimately on his tombstone. Which is a little odd. But what do you expect? There were a lot of odd things about the King.
Anyways, earlier in the week I inspired to take care of some business myself and I finally cut down and mailed off my fat quarters for the Vintage Sheet Patchwork Swap 2
With the deadline looming to mail my fat quarters off I finally called my mom and asked her if she still had those bright green sheets around. Turns out she still had a Cal King flat sheet and she was happy to part with it "in the name of art." As much as I give my Mom a hard time for not getting rid of things this was one time I was really glad she hadn't! I managed to get 18 fat quarters to send off to the swap and I have some good size pieces left over. This is my first online swap and I'm really curious to see what comes back!