Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Getting Knit-Picky Helps Quilting Folk Singer

VICTORIA, B.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A folk singer in Victoria, British Columbia, has stitched together a large fan base just by focusing on songs about quilting.

For the last six years, Cathy Miller has traveled all over the world and sold thousands of records with songs about quilters, quilting and other knit-picky topics.

Miller discovered the musical possibilities of quilting after studying the stories behind some of her favorite quilts for a play.

She says almost every quilt has a story that can be turned into a song, such as “Rajah Quilt,” which is about a quilt stitched together by female convicts on the way to Australia, or “When The Boys Were Thirsty,” which tells the tale of a Civil War-era woman who died after catching typhus from a confederate soldier to whom she lent a quilt.

So far, Miller hasn’t made the pop charts but figures if she sells to just a fraction of the 21 million quilters worldwide, she’ll do pretty well – especially because she always leaves her audience in stitches.

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