It came to pass that Joe Cunningham, aka Joe the Quilter, who in addition to being a professional quilter also travels around the country, lecturing and giving workshops, was invited to speak to one of my quilt groups, the Farmington Valley Quilters. Joe's a member of that rare species, the male quilter, and he also happens to play a pretty good blues guitar. Check out his site: http://www.joethequilter.com/
So, because Joe is married to my husband's cousin, Carol Werner LeMaitre, who runs a Pilates studio in San Francisco (check it out, http://sanchezstreetstudios.com/), my husband Joe Rubin and I were thrilled to have Joe the Quilter stay with us for his Connecticut visit, one of many stops in the Northeast on his current three-week tour. We relished the chance to have some one-on-one with him.
Joe spoke to the Farmington Valley Quilters on the evening of Wednesday, May 15, and though I neglected to take photos of him as he spoke and showed his quilts, I can at least show you a photo of Simsbury's Eno Hall, where we Quilters hold our meetings.
But my favorite story was about the day when Joe was giving a workshop in which his mother was one of the participants. The mission of the class was to create some kind of rectilinear patch arrangement. But Joe's mother was working on a turtle. When he asked her why, she answered, "Well, you never listened to me."
After cracking up the quilters on Wednesday evening, Joe on Thursday gave a workshop on a project called the Fantasy Four Patch. It would produce 50 to 56 blocks, each 6-1/2 inches square, which could then be made into...whatever.
I chose these fabrics for my project:
People in the class seemed to be having fun:
Then it was time for Joe to explain how to put the completed squares together:
I still haven't decided about mine. I finished the blocks at home last evening, after Joe the Quilter drove off to visit friends in Stamford and Brooklyn. I did pile my squares into groups of sames, though, in case I want to get all anal and come up with some sort of a pattern for them:
Thanks, Joe the Quilter!