Music has been a huge part of my life ever since I first picked up my viola in grade school. I've performed it, studied music history, and now I quilt about songs and albums that mean a lot to me. That's why I was so excited to be a guest on the Crafty Planner podcast and chat with fellow music lover Sandi Sawa Hazelwood! Sandi had me on to talk about the upcoming "Quilts and Human Rights" exhibit at my museum, but also took some time to ask me about my own quilting.
My favorite question she asked was if I could pick any song to be the soundtrack of my life, what would it be? It's a hard question, I know, but I think I picked the perfect song for me. You can hear all about why in the last few minutes of my interview. Here's my song!
I like the idea that I'm making a mixtape with my quilts. When I was younger, making mixes was the ultimate sign of affection. I spent hours deciding what songs I wanted to put on mixes and the order those songs would play (equally important to a mix). Mitch and I gave away mix CDs as gifts for all of our wedding gifts. And I love that every time I make a new music inspired quilt, it's adding to a quilt mixtape that I can look back on and remember the music that was important to me at different stages of my quilt career.
I've had the idea for a while to post mini mix tapes once a month on my blog, and my conversation on the Crafty Planner podcast was the perfect motivation to get one ready! From now on, I'll post a few songs that are in heavy rotation while I'm quilting so you can get a little glimpse into what I'm sewing to in my quilt room, singing along with on my commute, or blasting in my headphones at work. The August mix is full of high energy songs that are helping me while I'm doing the physical work of installing an exhibit at work and keeping up with lots of deadlines in my professional and personal lives. Enjoy! I hope you'll find a new musician you like!