Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979, after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. His early mentors were steeped in the history and traditions of quilts, leading Cunningham to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique. Over the years his work has evolved into a unique personal style both original and shaped by the tradition. Cunningham travels throughout the country to give lectures and workshops on quiltmaking. He has two new books coming out with AQS in 2010, one on men who make quilts and one on his own life and work. He has been seen on the HGTV series “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson,” as well as “The Quilt Show” with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. Cunningham has performed his musical quilt show, “Joe the Quilter,” for guilds and theaters nationwide. The musical quilt show has been made into a DVD, “Joe the Quilter,” and Joe’s methods of basting and quilting are also available on DVD.