Joe the Quilter to Visit Quilt House

Joe the Quilter to Visit Quilt House

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum will launch a new lecture series with a presentation from acclaimed quiltmaker and author Joe Cunningham.

On Sunday, February 5, at 2 p.m Cunningham will share insights into his quilting career, several of his quilts and a few songs at Quilt House, 1523 N. 33rd St., in Lincoln. This free event, which is open to people of all ages, marks the inaugural Mary Ghormley Memorial Lecture.

“Joe Cunningham's creativity, passion for quiltmaking and unique artistic vision make him the perfect speaker to premiere our new lecture series,” said Leslie Levy, Ardis and Robert James Executive Director of Quilt House. “Mary and Joe shared Midwestern roots, a love for telling the story and quiltmaking. Bringing Joe to Quilt House is a great way to honor Mary Ghormley's legacy.”

Joe began making quilts professionally in 1979 after 10 years a musician in Michigan. He has also gone on to write 11 books about quilts, including “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking,” and has been featured on various TV shows, including “Craft in America,” “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson,” “Sewing with Nancy” and “The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.” His engaging lecture will also include live musical performances and viewings of his work.

While at Quilt House, Cunningham will also lead a workshop on Saturday, February 4, at the museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the Creative Design workshop, Cunningham will demonstrate and teach how to develop a small idea into an abstract quilt. Students will develop their own designs with each quilt resulting in a unique creation. The workshop costs $100 or $85 for museum members. Visit for more information about the workshop and to become a member.

Mary Ghormley was a passionate quilter, teacher and collector, who promoted quiltmaking and identification in our state. The series was made possible by the generous support of her family in her honor. After debuting in 2017 at Quilt House, it will travel to other locations across Nebraska in 2018 and beyond.

The series also kicks off a year of programming to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the gift of nearly 1,000 quilts from collectors Ardis and Robert James, which established the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017.

“We are forever grateful for the James Family's generosity and the gift that started this international journey for the University,” Levy said.

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sundays 1-4 p.m. April through October.

The museum's mission is to uncover the world through the cultural and artistic significance of quilts, and to research, acquire, and exhibit quilts in all their forms and expressions. Established in 1997, the International Quilt Study Center is an academic program of the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Visit for more information about the museum and to learn about current and upcoming exhibitions.

Photo Cutline: Joe Cunnningham will give a free lecture at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum on Sunday, February 5, at 2 p.m. Photo by Johnny Davis