G.I. Blues.

On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley received his first draft notice for the United States Army. He had just purchased his Memphis, Tennessee mansion, “Graceland,” and took one deferment while he finished working on the movie “King Creole” before being sworn in as an army private on March 28, 1958. Elvis spent 6 months in basic training and then served 18 months in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps in Friedberg, Germany, before being discharged on March 2, 1960.

Emma R. Davis of Huntington, West Virginia hand made this red, white and blue Original Military Design quilt in 1945 for her grandson who was in the service in World War II.  Davis, who had one daughter, was a homemaker from Pennsylvania who owned a grocery store chain. One of Davis’s relatives documented the quilt during the West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search in 1992.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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