I love these words by Hans Christian Andersen. Sometimes you just need a song or a melody! Welcome to my day on the Music Blog Hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks! When I saw this blog hop, I knew I had to participate! Here is the challenge Carla gave us: Create something to do with MUSIC. Do you have a song that inspires you or a tune you listen to when you sew? Do you love a particular instrument or know someone who does? Maybe something, anything, is music to your heart. Does your Mary have a lamb? Do you have music fabric you need to use? You decide! The theme is really your own interpretation, surprise us! Wow! So many of these statements resonate with me!
When I was nine years old, I was blessed to be able to take piano lessons, but my love of music began much earlier…before I even started school!
I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.– Ray Charles
I loved listening to the radio and watching Sunday morning gospel music shows before church. And at the ripe old age of 12, I became the pianist at our little country church. From there, I played keys and sang in several local quartets until I married and we started our family. I sang in the choir at one church, then we moved and I started playing keys in the worship band. After a while, the bassist took over as worship leader, and I took over bass for him. I’ve been playing bass and singing in our current church for about 12 years, but since it wouldn’t be fair to have all the fun, I do alternate Sundays now with another bassist. One of my high school friends played bass and her dad owned the little music store in my hometown. I would hang out there a lot! She taught me to play bass as well as a few licks on the guitar! I’ve also owned and played an organ, drums, banjo, harmonica, and two steel guitars! So, as Ray Charles said, music is just one of my parts! LOL
As I was thinking about what I was going to make, I found several quotes that I loved, so I decided to do an embroidered mini quilt. I can say with certainty, that this is definitely me and it will hang proudly in my home! I digitized the embroidery in the center and the cross hatch quilting, all done in the embroidery hoop. I then added the borders in a quilt-as-you-go style and quilted wavy lines.
I forgot to tell you, during my life of music and singing, a friend dubbed me “Songbird,” thus the name of my website! I must also say, I’ve had the absolutely BEST roadie (equipment carrier) for over 45 years now! He’s my number one fan! Thank you, honey!! (As you read this, we are celebrating our 45th anniversary in the Great Smoky Mountains! Isn’t technology wonderful?!)
And now you know the rest of the story!!
I hope I haven’t bored you too much. Please visit my fellow bloggers today and see how music has inspired their creativity! Here’s today’s schedule! Leave them a sweet comment – we ALL love hearing from you!
Tuesday, November 15th
Do you sing while you quilt and sew? If not, you should try it. Music makes life better! Thanks for visiting today. Until next time, keep on pickin’ and a grinnin’!! (and quilting!!)