Vinyl Quilts combines two of my biggest passions: music and quilting. Growing up, I spent 12 years training as a classical violist and took it pretty seriously. I spent my summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, played in the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and was really involved with my high school music department. But my heroes played rock music. Or folk music. Or punk. Really anything, I just couldn't get enough.
I started college as a music performance major, but for many reasons I decided to change direction and instead majored in history and museum studies. One of the reasons I changed direction was my long-standing interest in music history, which I continued to study and write about in college, and I even interned at a music museum. While I don't work in a music museum now, and sadly I hardly ever play my viola, I still devour all the music I can get my hands on.
I recently received some of my grandfather's incredible mid-century modern furniture, including a record cabinet. My mother in law gave me her old turn table, and I got my mother's record collection. This inspired me to make a record listening area in my home (although I actually quilt every time I have a record on). I wanted to decorate the area near my listening area with album covers, and the idea for a series of mini quilts the size of LP covers was born. You can read about "Blackstar," the first of this series that was inspired by my love of David Bowie's work. His passing inspired me to finally start this project, and I've already began making the second Vinyl Quilt.
As a new quilter, I also see this as a skill-building project. With each Vinyl Quilt, I'm hoping to try out a new technique so I can grow as a modern quilter. "Blackstar," for example, was the first time I've done applique. I'll be posting all of the Vinyl Quilts on Instagram @sonicstitches, and I'll write about the inspiration and techniques behind them here. Check back for the second Vinyl Quilt soon!