quilt retreat: day three :: Okan Arts
quilt retreat: day three

quilt retreat: day three


By Patricia Belyea  

UNION WA   Our morning started with Joe Cunningham sharing his sources of inspiration—old quilts and the world around us. After Joe’s philosophical musings, we walked out of Saint Andrew’s with our cameras, iPads and sketch books to find inspiration right in our own backyard and parking lot.

Quilt Retreat with Joe Cunningham

Back in the sewing room, we were charged with cutting up fabric and sewing as fast as we could, based on what we captured in our cameras. Not exactly the images but the feelings and design motifs of our pictures.

Quilt Retreat with Joe Cunningham

More quilts appeared and Joe told us stories about the concepts behind them.

Quilt Retreat with Joe Cunningham

The sewing continued on earlier projects and the day’s assignment. It seemed that everyone was happy with whatever they were doing.

Quilt Retreat with Joe Cunningham

After dinner we gathered in the Great Hall, under cosy quilts that are found everywhere at the Retreat Center. Joe performed “Joe The Quilter,” his one-man musical, to all of our delight.

Quilt Retreat with Joe Cunningham

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