Positively Kentuckiana: Man uses his quilt artistry to inspire children


by WHAS11


Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 6:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man has spent his whole life working with children, from the boy scouts to his art. For Thanksgiving he is ready to deliver a message that is "Positively Kentuckiana."

It’s a quilt, that has been four years in the making, a quilt of ties.

A quilt of people, places and current events of the past four years through the eyes and stitching of Sunshine Joe. People who have made the news, people who have inspired, all to be shared with children of Kentuckiana.

Quilting is something Joe picked up as a child many years ago watching his great, great, grandmother who at one time had been a slave.

Too skinny to play ball, Joe picked up a needle instead and began spreading his artistry.
His signature Sunshine Joe graces every work and at the top is another nickname given to him by a little girl when he'd do puppet shows with a moose.

She dubbed him J. Moose Stickingneedle, his first name Joe, the moose for the puppet and sticking needle because he loved to sew.

Joe’s message is to always start what you finish. He worked 21-years on a wall hanging for his son Jordan. He added moments in history to the wall every day.

With his jazz music playing, Sunshine Joe is now shaping other young men. The quilt is being made especially for them, to help them to think big and move forward.

Sunshine Joe is spreading his light and his message one stitch at a time.