Cotton fabrics and bias tape; machine pieced, appliquéd, and quilted
72 x 72 inches
This quilt is about the plight of wild salmon and salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest, where Joe Cunningham lives. He explains, "This quilt is a picture of a sort of ghostly salmon desert. When you make a quilt you are making a world, and I wanted to make a world with water in it. I wanted to fill this ghost river in the desert with ghost salmon, to remind myself that someday maybe the water will run again, maybe the salmon will run again. The bias tape came from all over the world, sent to me by women who saw that I was using it in my quilts and wanted to send me their leftover stash." The quilting pattern is outlines of the forms of random "ghost" salmon, which swim confusedly in all directions over the surface of the quilt.
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More quilts by Joe Cunningham
Up the Stream of Good Intentions, detail showing quilting pattern