In the Heart of a Quilt

4th in the Series

Self portrait by Cathy

14 songs about our favourite passion - quilting! - feature stories from Ontario, Alaska, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Washington State. There are tales about food, building construction, war, quilt teachers, the creative process, shop-hopping, and the long-suffering quilters' husband (yes, once again, John has a solo on this one!).

"This one just might be my favorite....
Cathy has outdone herself this time."

(Ami Simms Newsletter, October 2006)

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"New CD is lyrical food for the quilter's soul"

(Connections for Quilters, December 2006)

The Songs

One Pot of Soup - A true story from Arlene Greenwald about growing up in a quilting house, and a pot of soup that always lasted long enough to feed everyone until the quilt was finished.

Why Don't You Have Plain White? - A visit to the quilt shop, listing 47 different kinds of fabric that they have, but not the kind you wanted! I based this song on one by a friend: Shelley Posen, who has a whole CD of songs about Jewish food. His song is called "How Come You Don't Have Tongue?". Find out more about Shelley at

Shop Hopping - Karen Ostheller from Washington State suggested this song, just as I was finishing up the writing. It became a reggae, and it is by far the happiest song I've ever recorded!

Duck Neck Quilt - John and I saw this quilt when we visited Skagway Alaska in February of 2006. It is the most unusual quilt I've ever seen, made by Jenny Rasmuson, a Swedish missionary in the early 20th century.

"Absolutely one of the most amazing things I have ever seen:
missionary cloth, peppercorns and all!"
(Pam Brees, Fremont, CA)


How Do You Build a House? - To answer the age-old comment: "So, let me get this straight. You take a perfectly good piece of fabric, cut it up in little pieces, then sew it back together?!?!?" I got to play tools on this number!

Boots and Bayonets - The Burlington Teen Tour (marching) Band from Ontario Canada  made squares for a quilt they took to celebrate the 60th anniversary of D-Day, using stories from their own family members who served in the war. The quilt was facilitated by Judy Lyons. One man arrived at Judy's door in full uniform and asked to have his picture taken in front of his block on the quilt.

My Grandfather's Brother - At Christmas in 2005 I received a 100 year old quilt from my brother.  It was made for and given to my father's uncle, who was a Presbyterian minister in Toronto. The quilt is Turkey Red and white, and features 844 embroidered names. He was a remarkable man.

Done is Better Than Perfect - Suggested by Mavis Rosbach, this is the song that all the musicians went home humming, especially when there was a cottage to work on, or a yard to tidy up!

The Quilt Teacher's Life - True stories of the challenges of being a traveling quilt teacher. It's not about me, but don't ask me to reveal my sources!

Paducah - Of course, this is the name of the town in Kentucky that becomes a small city each year with thousands of quilters who attend its excellent show. The song is about the experience of Barbara Moll, who showed her quilt: "Suicide and Healing" at show and tell there. The comments that followed, from the members in the audience who had lost someone to suicide saved one woman's life.  See the quilt at

In the Heart of a Quilt - "It's not about patience, or the patterns she's learned/ It's not for the ribbons or the money she's earned/ Her heart is so full, it spills out through her fingers/ Right into each quilt that she sews/ In the heart of a quilt, she's home."

No Such Thing as an Ugly Quilt - Fran Snay's husband, Charles, wrote this as a poem to teach other husbands the proper way to respond to their wives' quilts. John sings this with complete understanding! Check out Fran's site:

Like Needle and Thread - A pop-song love duet for the healthy quilting couple!

Masterpiece - Something to aspire to -- understanding that each person's masterpiece is hers alone, whether or not it is considered one by the outside world.

To find out my sources for writing the history songs, click here.