The World Of Charity Stitching Group decided to do an Elvis-themed quilt after finding some interesting Elvis-printed fabric. I wasn't planning to sign up for that one. Seemed too complicated to find an appropriate pattern. But they were short a couple of stitchers and no one had done anything for "Heartbreak Hotel", so I took it as a challenge. I now have a ton of drawings and ideas for this theme. But nothing that I wanted to stitch. My drawings all required too many large one-color blocks for my taste. I finally settled on an adaptation of the Charlotte's Web Needlework design, "For My Friends", from the 2006 JCS Ornament issue. My rendition kind of looks like a candy shop rather than a hotel. That's why I had to stitch in the words at the top. I changed the stylized tree in the front to a heart with a zig-zag crack... get it? And there was a wreath on the front door that became a heart as well. Doesn't look like the end of lonely street exactly, but I think it works.
He arrived safe and sound from Gracie and he couldn't be cuter. I stitched him in one night on tea-dyed Monaco. He made a cute little card. In real life the card is more cream-colored and looks a lot more impressive. I used all DMC, but changed some of the colors and just did French knots for the middle of the flower instead of beads. Stitchers have each added some little things to the package as it hops around the world... floss, beads, charms, fabric, needles, etc. I'm adding a few goodies myself. Since there are already three more stitchers on the list, I won't run a contest myself to choose the next one. I'll leave that for a stitcher further down the list. Next up is Lelia and the bunny will be hopping on the bunny trail to her house soon.
Lee also included a lovely little fob as a gift for me. She comes up with such clever ideas and does a perfect job of stitching and finishing. I could not find a way to show this photo in a vertical position. Blogger drives me crazy these days.