Joe Cunningham at Stitch Modern

We were lucky enough to have Joe Cunningham speak as one of our Stitch Modern special events. Stitch Modern is the annual show of the East Bay Modern Quilters and we will be covering the entire exhibition in a week or so, so stay tuned for that.

Joe the Quilter came to sing to us, talk to us and joke with us- as is his way- and of course to show us his remarkable quilts and talk about quilting and art. He sews every bit of his large, mostly square quilts himself – some by hand, most by machine.  Originally a musician, Joe has been a professional quilter for 35+ years. Having initially delved deeply into the history and traditions of quilts and techniques, his original quilts are unique and sought after. With eleven books under his belt, and quilts in permanent collection of museums, he is a popular lecturer and workshop teacher.

And before I forget, Joe Cunningham is doing a retreat with Patricia Belyea at St. Andrew’s Retreat House on the Hood Canal near Seattle, Washington in November.  Session 1 is Sunday, November 8th to Friday, November 13th with the theme “Pattern as Metaphor”. Session 2 is Friday, November 13th to Wednesday, November 18th with the theme “Folk Ways”. More info can be found at Okanarts.com

So let’s have a gander at some of the quilts Joe shared with us. To see more there is a gallery on his website, and more stories and information has well as photos on his blog.

We all had a good time with Joe.

Joe Cunningham at Stitch Modern 2015

Joe Cunningham at Stitch Modern 2015

Patchwork Quilt by Joe Cunningham, 74x47, 2012

Patchwork Quilt by Joe Cunningham, 74×47, 2012

detail of Patchwork Quilt by Joe Cunningham, 74x47, 2012

detail of Patchwork Quilt by Joe Cunningham, 74×47, 2012

Winter Twister by Joe Cunningam, 73x69, 2010

Winter Twister by Joe Cunningam, 73×69, 2010

Winter Twister by Joe Cunningam, 73x69, 2010

Winter Twister by Joe Cunningam, 73×69, 2010

The Higgs Explained by Joe Cunningham, 72x74, 2013

The Higgs Explained by Joe Cunningham, 72×74, 2013

detail of The Higgs Explained by Joe Cunningham, 72x74, 2013

detail of The Higgs Explained by Joe Cunningham, 72×74, 2013

1871 by Joe Cunningham, 86x75, 2012

1871 by Joe Cunningham, 86×75, 2012

detail of 1871 by Joe Cunningham, 86x75, 2012

detail of 1871 by Joe Cunningham, 86×75, 2012

Job's Tears by Joe Cunningham, 2015

Job’s Tears by Joe Cunningham, 2015

detail of Job's Tears by Joe Cunningham, 2015

detail of Job’s Tears by Joe Cunningham, 2015

Luke Haynes in his American Context by Joe Cunningham, 74x74, 2012

Luke Haynes in his American Context by Joe Cunningham, 74×74, 2012

detail of Luke Haynes in his American Context by Joe Cunningham, 74x74, 2012

detail of Luke Haynes in his American Context by Joe Cunningham, 74×74, 2012

 

Bed, after Rauschenberg by Joe Cunningham, 52x64, 2013

Bed, after Rauschenberg by Joe Cunningham, 52×64, 2013

Bed, after Rauschenberg by Joe Cunningham, 52x64, 2013

Bed, after Rauschenberg by Joe Cunningham, 52×64, 2013

Cerberus Missing His Constellation by Joe Cunningham, 72x72, 2013

Cerberus Missing His Constellation by Joe Cunningham, 72×72, 2013

Cerberus Missing His Constellation by Joe Cunningham, 72x72, 2013

detail of Cerberus Missing His Constellation by Joe Cunningham, 72×72, 2013

New Lone Star by Joe Cunningham

New Lone Star by Joe Cunningham

New Lone Star by Joe Cunningham

New Lone Star by Joe Cunningham

by Joe Cunningham 2014

by Joe Cunningham 2014

by Joe Cunningham 2014

by Joe Cunningham 2014

Quilt Back by Joe Cunningham 2014

Quilt Back by Joe Cunningham 2014

by Joe Cunningham

by Joe Cunningham

by Joe Cunningham

by Joe Cunningham

by Joe Cunningham

by Joe Cunningham

by Joe Cunningham

by Joe Cunningham

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