Joe Cunningham, Quiltmaker:
WORKSHOPS
Every year I team up with Patricia Belyea to produce a quilt retreat at a fantastic retreat center with a wonderful chef on the Hood Canal, just a couple scenic hours from Seattle.  I get to teach people my own way, to teach what I actually do and how I do it. 
Check it out HERE.


If I am not coming to your guild any time soon, or if you would like to be able to stream my soothing voice from your computer any time you wanted, you could take my workshop on Craftsy! Click on the link  to find out all about this online workshop:  Pattern Free Quiltmaking
If you want me to teach a workshop in person, look below!
Workshop Fee: $750 plus expenses

CREATIVE DESIGN WORKSHOP

In this one, two or three day workshop I will demonstrate and teach how to develop a small idea into an abstract quilt. Along the way I will teach the techniques I use for freehand piecing, working with bias tape,  and creating memorable compositions. Under my instructions, students will develop their own designs and get them to a point where they can be completed. 

SUPPLIES
This is primarily a machine class but some hand sewing may be required. 

You will need standard machine sewing equipment:

Extension cord, pins and etc.

Rotary cutter, mat and rulers

Scissors

Bias tape and matching thread (3 packs)


At least six yards of fabric, including fabrics that contrast strongly.




ROCK THE BLOCK, Album Style

How can a quilt that looks so complex be so simple? It is how I rock the block with a simple process that leads to unavoidable originality. You can’t help it. Fun, easy, and yet deeply satisfying and eye-opening, this class will have you inventing your own ways to make block quilts all your own. 6 Hours. All Levels

 

Supplies

This is a machine sewing class, for which you will need standard machine sewing equipment:

Extension cord, pins and etc.

Rotary cutter, mat and rulers, including  6 1/2” square ruler

  • 1 yard each of four fabrics
  • Optional: 2 or 3 packs bias tape with matching thread

ROCK THE BLOCK, Block Style


In this class we will make a fractured landscape from a series of unique blocks, all created with my simple step-by-step process. Making these blocks is simple enough for anyone, but as challenging as you want to make it. All fun, all day.



SUPPLIES:

This is a machine sewing class, for which you will need standard machine sewing equipment:

  • Extension cord, pins and etc.
  • Rotary cutter, mat and rulers, including 6 or 6 1/2” square ruler
  • One yard each of pink, green and brown cotton fabric 
  • Half-yard yard sky blue cotton fabric
 (Or choose your own set of 4 contrasting fabrics)


ROCK THE BLOCK #3

Take the classic Four Patch and turn it loose. Easy, fun, all-sewing class for everyone. Let me guide you step by step through this simple yet infinitely variable process to make a quilt top that designs itself! In this 3-hour class we will make enough Fantasy Four Patch blocks for a crib-size quilt top. 6 hour class makes enough for a larger quilt top.


Supplies

This is a machine sewing class, for which you will need standard machine sewing equipment:

  • Extension cord, pins and etc.
  • Rotary cutter, mat and rulers, including 6 or 6 1/2" square ruler.
  • This is a two-color quilt that needs two contrasting fabrics. Bring 2 yards each of two fabrics. Also, bring a few pieces of a third color for accent.


Big Easy Stitches

Hand quilting does not always have to be fussy and tiny. Just as there is a place for tiny stitches on your quilts, there is sometimes a place for big stitches. In this class I will cover the tools and techniques you need to quilt these easy, handy stitches on the quilts that call for it. For this workshop all you need is something to quilt on. I suggest a 40" square quilt sandwich made of standard, lightweight cotton fabric and a thin batting, such as polyester or wool. Make sure the fabric is not tightly woven, like batik or sheeting, but plain weave, 100% cotton fabric like you find at the quilt store. I will provide the #24 chenille needles and the #8 pearl cotton yarn you will need. If you have a quilt top already made for which you would like to use this technique, bring it! Also, you will need a hoop, the largest you can find, at least 18" minimum diameter.