Making my Sound City quilt- A Documentary…if Dave Grohl can make a documentary, so can I

I am constantly listening to music (really loud music) when I quilt, and the band of choice is Cheap Trick!  Rick, the guitar player from Cheap Trick is featured in Dave Grohl’s documentary- Sound City and he plays guitar on one of the songs on the CD.  While quilting and listening to the song From Can To Can’t, I got the idea of a Sound City quilt. This was around the same time I bought my tickets for the Hamilton and Toronto shows so thought- Why not try to make this in 2 months?  Sound City is a documentary all about the history of the Sound City Recording Studio in LA.  For those of you who would like to buy the movie click here

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A Photoshopping genius friend of mine (Thanks Darran) added Rick’s guitar to the photo and this is what I will be trying to recreate.  I decided to make my documentary a photo documentary of the making of this quilt.  

My first steps are to enlarge the shapes of the guitar and the amp to the size I need for my quilt.



I start by tracing them with pencil on paper- here are the amp and guitar shapes.




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 And then, since I don’t have a light box (I really must get one) I tape the pencil drawings to my front window and re-trace in black marker.  Thank goodness it was a sunny day today!

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Then I re-trace each individual pattern piece for each fabric I will be using.  This gets kind of tedious so I won’t post all the individual photos of this step, but imagine the guitar body, neck and head pieces, the top and bottom of the amps and the trim etc.  So we will fast forward to some photos of the cut out fabric pieces. 

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I think that the amp will be really awesome as I am layering black batting, Moda Grunge fabric (in honour of Dave and Nirvana) and a top layer of tulle, so that it will look like the grill cloth.  


Here is a pinned together Hamer Checkerboard guitar and click on that < link to see more about this iconic guitar that EVERYONE in the music industry would love to play!


Here is a photo of Dave Grohl with Rick’s guitar.


Well that is all the work I accomplished today…………and this is how my front kitchen counter will remain for the next little while, until this quilt is finished. 


Keep checking back to see how this quilt progresses! thanks for reading.