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…but I’m holding on…

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Even until just recently, lets say less than a month ago, I would have never thought that I would ever have – let alone be making a quilt.  I just finished the blocking, and am quite pleased with the results so far.  This is no ordinary quilt, it is a Rock-n-Roll quilt made out of old concert t-shirts.  I have to say that learning how to do this has been quite easy. 

Once I get the top sewn together, that is when the hard part comes into play.  I am using an old flannel sheet for the back and have batting for the center.  For those about to ask…NO I will not be hand sewing the quilt together.  I’m not sure how ladies did this in years past, I know a lot of the time it was a social thing.  This is only a full size quilt at 59×77 inches.  That would be a lot of time to hand sew and I’m not that patient!

I only work on this a little at a time, can’t sit for too long sewing.  When I decided to do this project, I gave myself until Spring to get it done. I realize now that it won’t take nearly that long.  This is what is called a Memory Quilt.  It can be made with any t-shirts: sports shirts, music shirts, vacation shirts, your kids favorite shirts growing up…

This particular quilt is made with old school rock theme: Queen, The Stones, Styx, Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Black Sabbath.  I think my next one will be all Beatles! 

Besides teaching myself to quilt, I am also teaching myself to sketch.  Here is a picture I did yesterday…

My main objective is to learn to draw well enough that I can do some murals in my meditation room, and just for enjoyment!  So far I like Frankenstein’s Monster the best…I think I will try drawing him again soon.

Hope you have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1981 – “The Tide Is High” (Blondie) is the #1 song in the U.S.

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Stoners and Jocks and Geeks…Oh My! Add a little Frankenstein…

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Remembering back to when my older brother was in High School, there were groups of students that fell into different categories (as there always has been and will be.)  There were the Frats, the Pits and I’m sure the Geeks. My brother was a Frat…kinda clean cut, into music, basketball and girls.  The Pits were more like the Greasers of the 50’s, slicked back hair, comb in back pocket, tough guys.  The Geeks, well no need to explain!

Then, when I went to H.S., there were the Stoners, the Jocks and the Geeks…well I wasn’t a Geek and I didn’t play sports.  I only participated in the classes that I enjoyed and I ditched a lot.  Still got decent enough grades, but really didn’t try.

Now, why the trip down memory lane?  My husband is a H.S. Language Arts teacher (use to just be English when I went to school.)  This is his third year in education.  So I feel like I’m back in school again and I realize that by not putting any effort into my education, I missed out on a lot.  Since I love to read, I have decided to try and read all of his assigned reading.  Now I have to mention that he teaches Freshman L.A., Sophomore L.A. and AP Lit…so there is a ton of stuff to read.  Like I mentioned, I love to read so I am also reading for pleasure at the same time.  Currently I am reading Frankenstein and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Reading most of the assigned books makes me realize that I did miss a lot of excellent reading back then.  I have to say that I did read back then, just my own choices.  Nobody was gonna tell me what I had to read! 

Besides reading, I have also begun to write, I started with poetry, which if you have read my previous blogs you would know that I recently lost all my computer files to a vicious virus.  Seven months worth of poetry gone!  I am also writing a story, trying my hand at a novel, I was able to save that file at the last-minute. I have a hard copy, but would have hated to retype 67 pages. 

Now as if that is not enough, I have also decided that I would like to draw.  Haven’t drawn since I was a kid and doodled cartoon characters: Snoopy, The wizard of Id, Top Cat.  I did my third sketch yesterday, I try to write a poem or journal entry to go with my drawings, this time I wrote the poem first, the night before and then the drawing.  I don’t think it is too bad for a beginner but I know it could be much better.

I am also teaching myself to quilt and am currently working on my blocks.  This will be a much slower process as I can’t sit at the sewing machine forvery long.  I hope to have it done before summer. This first one is a 54″ by 72″ Classic Rock quilt.  Didn’t want to start too big until I knew what I was in for.

I hope you all have a full and ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1979 – “I Fought The Law” is the perfect U.S. debut single for The Clash.

 

Rock-N-Roll Quilt…Animal Farm – Pink Floyd

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On Friday I finally got in to see a Neurologist for  my migraines.  I am trying a treatment that was just approved by the FDA in the fall…so that means that if you qualify, more than 15 severe headaches per month, you can get Botox injections in nerve spots all over your head, neck and back. 

Since I have headaches nearly everyday, I am hoping that this treatment will help.   I was told that it could take up to a week before you will start to feel the advantages of the treatment.  Keeping my fingers crossed!

I recently started making all of my own products, such as: soap, lotion, lip balm, deodorant, laundry soap, shampoo and conditioner.  So far so good, I love knowing that there are not any chemicals in my items.  I love everything that I have made so far so I will continue to experiment with this new hobby.

I also decided to try to make a quilt. I have never made one before but so far it is going well.  Of course this will be a Rock -N-Roll quilt made from t-shirts.  I’ve got all my blocks cut and interface material put on the backs to give the blocks more stability, since t-shirts are rather flimsy.

I wanted to make my blocks 15 1/2 inches square.  To by a guide that size costs around $40, I went to Michael’s and bought a piece of foam board, had them cut it to size and it only cost $1.50 and I have enough left over to make another guide that will be 12 1/2 inches for future quilts!  The guide that size cost $22, I love to save money!

I will post pictures as I complete steps on the quilt, above is the layout we decided on.  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1977 – Pink Floyd releases ‘Animals,’ a bleak concept album that appears to have drawn on author George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ for inspiration.