I’m not sure why it is, but it seems to me that a lot of quilters and musicians hang together. My husband, son, son-in-law, and now grandsons play musical instruments. At one time, my quilting studio was half  music studio. Several years ago, a new quilt customer brought a quilt top to me and she noticed the musical instruments. She told me that she and her husband host “house concerts” three or four times a  year and she started inviting us. They clear out the furniture and host about 60 guests for some really good music. The musicians are generally songwriters as well and there’s nothing better than hearing songs that tell stories. We were privileged to hear Shake Russell and Michael Hearne  at their house one year and learned about a music festival that Michael Hearne hosts every September in Taos, New Mexico. It’s called Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance and I couldn’t wait to attend. So far, we’ve only been able to go one year and it was fantastic. The songwriting, the singing, the harmonies, and the instrument playing  were beyond superb.  Imagine my surprise when a t-shirt quilt customer came in the other day with a stack of t-shirts from Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance. This customer and her husband go every year which made me even more anxious to go again.  All of the t-shirts are from the Barn Dance except for one that I’m not sure about. But it says “Listen” and I thought that was appropriate because I can just close my eyes and lose myself in the music. I make a lot of t-shirt quilts from concert t-shirts, but I’ll have to say this is one of my favorites. Bring your musical t-shirts and I can make a musical memory quilt for you.