Where Words Fail, Music Speaks!

by | Nov 15, 2022 | 32 comments

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

Kathleen McMusing
Just Sew Quilter
Pieceful Thoughts 
Songbird Designs You are here!
Desertsky Quilting

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!!)

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  1. inquiringquilter

    How lovely to hear the story behind the name of your blog. What a wonderful history you have with music! It’s such a gift to be musical. Love your quilt. It’s simply perfect for you! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  2. Susan

    Wow! You made the perfect piece – I had no idea you were so musically talented!

  3. Mia is mine

    You certainly have a wide range of musical experiences and talents! Awesome!
    I love your project! When I’m a bit blue, praise and worship music is my favorite!

  4. lynn Bourgeois

    Mussic soothes the soul, and sets the heart to singing. So true. I love your piece.

  5. Deonn

    Wow, you are a true musician, and this blog hop was perfect for you! It’s fun to get to know a little about you and your passion for music, and that lovely little mini sums it up!

  6. Charlene McCain

    Happy Anniversary! It was so nice to get to know you a little better, and what a great nickname. Your wall hanging is beautiful!

  7. inflorescencedesigns7f538ce9d0

    Happy Anniversary! Love knowing where the name of your blog came from. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Needle and Foot

    This post is so sweet – very nice to get to know a little about the music in your life. Happy Anniversary!!

  9. Selina

    You are never boring, but very interesting with talents in so many areas. Love that you so beautifully combined your music with your quilting and created this lovely piece.

  10. mspdesignsusa

    Happy anniversary! Not just a songbird, but probably a lovebird as well since it’s 45 years now. :o) Thank you for sharing your love of music!

  11. Lj Meyers

    Yep, your “songbird” nickname (esp. on the blog) was a natural. Brilliant quilt and it is so you. So glad that you were born with music inside of you.

  12. quiltinggail

    Your mini quilt is lovely!!! Great job on the digitizing! It was fun to read more about your musical life!
    Happy Anniversary!

  13. Lori Smanski

    your little quilt is gorgeous. I love the quote. I love what your were named and then putting on your website. thanks for sharing and inspiring

  14. Susan

    Sing or listen to someone else sing. =) I love your story, and that you are in my backyard celebrating your 45th year together! The Smokies are the perfect place to be. It was rainy today, but the sun’ll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar! I like the hanging you made, and the quote on it, too. What fun!

  15. rl2b2017

    Hi Brenda! What a great quote from Hans Christian Andersen. I love music. I listen to it every day and I always find inspiration from it. Thanks for sharing a special piece of you with us. And the backstory on the name of your blog – you’re letting go of all your ‘secrets’ today with a beautiful project. I hope this beauty will be hung where you will gaze upon it every day. I love everything about it. {{Hugs}} a whole bunch! ~smile~ Roseanne

  16. Kim Southwell

    What a lovely mini-quilt, and the H.C. Anderson quote is spot-on.

  17. Karen

    Happy anniversary to you and the “roadie”. You have “nailed” the challenge with your pretty mini.

  18. Danice G

    Really pretty quilt, and great story along with it. No, I rarely sing unless in church services. My voice is far from melodic, ha ha.

  19. Karrin Hurd

    Happy Anniversary! I love your piece. Music has been a part of me all my life. I have music on whenever I am quilting or doing anything else.

  20. sewswift

    Happy Anniversary, Brenda! This was fascinating to read and learn about your musical talents. My goodness, you really are a songbird! Your mini quilt is beautiful and definitely says it all about you. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Melisa-Pinker n Punkin Quilting

    What a wonderful story on how music moves your soul. This challenge was perfect for you and how fun to learn how you acquired the name of your website. A very Happy Anniversary, Brenda. I hope ya’ll have a very lovely time in the Smokies. Thank you for sharing your story and your gorgeous quilt.

  22. Laura

    Happy anniversary!
    Love learning about the person behind the sweet personal mini quilt! So that’s where ‘Songbird’ comes from! 🙂

  23. Kathleen McCormick

    Fun to know you really are a Songbird at heart. Love your very personal and wonderful piece that you created. A very happy anniversary to you and your roadie!

  24. Paula Louceiro

    Hello Brenda
    I really liked your quilt. Happy birthday to you and your roadie.
    Around here, some days I prefer to be silent and other days I like to listen to music. Usually classical music when I’m sewing or embroidering.

  25. texasquiltgal

    Brenda what a wonderful post! Your hanging is beautiful, and I love the story behind it. Happy anniversary to you and your roadie! 😀

  26. piecefulwendy

    I enjoyed learning a bit more about you and how music has been a part of your life, as well as the origin of the name for your blog! Happy Anniversary to you and your roadie – I hope you have many more happy years together! Your quilt is perfect for you!

  27. Carla

    What a beautiful post to read and learn more about you. Happy anniversary! Your wall hanging is gorgeous and it’s so fun that it’s so you. Love it!!

  28. Elizabeth Coughlin

    Your wall hanging is lovely and the message represents you well!

  29. Joan

    Congratulations on your 45th. I hope you are having a fabulous time celebrating. Thanks for sharing your story and beautiful quilt with us. I know it will hold a special place in your home and bring a smile to your face every day!

  30. Leah

    Your mini quilt is perfect. Happy anniversary! Enjoy the smoky mountains!

  31. Carol Kussart

    Happy anniversary! I love your wall hanging with that saying and all the music around it! Thanks for sharing your story too, Brenda. I enjoyed reading it.

  32. Gretchen

    Happy anniversary! The Smoky Mountains sounds wonderful!


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