The Milwaukee Art Quilters

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Yo-Yo Challenge 2018

In quilting, yo-yos are small medallions sewn from circles of gathered fabric. Fabric yo-yos peaked in popularity from the 1930s to 1950s, when makers made thousands of yo-yos and stitched them together to create openwork coverlets.

A Milwaukee Art Quilters member, Diana Dunaway, happened on a partially completed yo-yo quilt project at a thrift shop. Some of the yo-yos were stitched together into the beginnings of a coverlet. There were also piles of completed loose yo-yos, fabric circles waiting to be made into yo-yos, and bits of vintage yardage. Diana bought it all, and the MArQ group decided to work with the yo-yo collection as an exercise in creativity, and as a tribute to an unknown quilter who worked hard on her yo-yos, but was never able to complete the project.

Each participant received a five by five square of assembled yo-yos, a selection of loose yo-yos, and a bit of ticking–all part of the original thrift shop purchase. Extra fabric circles and fabric were available for anyone who needed more. There were no size requirements for the challenge quilts and members could use any technique and any treatment of the yo-yos.

The quilts were completed in the fall of 2018. MArQ members made 15 quilts.

 

Yo-yo quilt made by Linda Fleschner

Rainbow Yo-yos by Linda Fleschner. Linda riffed on traditional quilt blocks using yo-yos as block centers for her stars.

Detail of Rainbow Yo-yos quilt by Linda Fleschner.

Rainbow Yo-yos by Linda Fleschner, detail.

 

 

Contemporary floral quilt with yo-yos used as flowers.

Wild Flowers by Linda Sweek. Linda added paint to her yo-yos in this quilt called Wild Flowers. Raw edges and hanging threads underscore the casual and contemporary mood of this quilt.

Detail of Wild Flowers quilt.

Wild Flowers by Linda Sweek, detail.

 

 

Floral Yo-yo quilt.

Yo-yo Garden by Lisa Giesfeldt. Lisa’s whimsical yo-yo flowers, set on a black background, use vintage ticking fabric for stems and piping.

Yo-yo Garden quilt by Lisa Giesfeldt, detail.

Yo-yo Garden by Lisa Giesfeldt, detail.

 

 

Art quilt depicting sea life, using yo-yos and smocking techniques.

From the Sea, to the Sea by Diane Tennant. Diane used yo-yos and smocking techniques to depict shoreline animal life in From the Sea, to the Sea.

Quilt depicting sea life uses yo-yos and fabric smocking techniques.

From the Sea, to the Sea by Diane Tennant, detail.

 

 

Symmetrical art quilt using yo-yos.

Posy Patch by Maribeth Schmit. In her Posy Patch quilt, Maribeth used traditional influences and sprightly colors.

Detail of symmetrical floral art quilt.

Posy Patch by Maribeth Schmit, detail.

 

 

Art quilt with blue background and garden imagery.

Rescued Yo-yos by Linda Woltmann. Linda looked to children’s art as inspiration for the garden imagery in her quilt.

Detail of small blue quilt with garden imagery.

Rescued Yo-yos by Linda Woltmann, detail.

 

 

Art quilt with black background and a yo-yo border.

County Fair by Kathie Boucher. Kathie contrasted bright colors and vintage fabrics with with solid black.

Detail of black background art quilt with large star and yo-yo border.

County Fair by Kathie Boucher, detail.

 

 

Art quilt depicting cats in a window, surrounded by flowers.

Mesmerized by Diana Dunaway.  Diana’s cats peer through a window surrounded by a garland of appliqued yo-yo flowers and greenery.

Art quilt depicting cats in a window, surrounded by flowers.

Mesmerized by Diana Dunaway, detail.

 

 

Art quilt depicting flowers under a bright yellow sun.

Quilter’s Garden by Kathleen Hughes. Kathleen’s fanciful flowers shine under a warm sun.

Art quilt depicting flowers under a bright yellow sun.

Quilter’s Garden by Kathleen Hughes, detail.

 

 

Art quilt with blocks sewn from strips of bright solid fabrics depicting a house.

Yo-SUN by Betsy Rasmussen. Betsy used improvisationally pieced blocks to depict a house sitting under a yo-yo sun.

Art quilt with blocks sewn from strips of bright solid fabrics depicting a house.

Yo-SUN by Betsy Rasmussen, detail

 

 

Art quilt depicting a woman's face among watery fabrics and yo-yo garland trim.

Island Girl by Judy Valentino. Judy’s applique technique and use of color sets a breezy island mood.

Art quilt depicting a woman's face among watery fabrics and yo-yo garland trim.

Island Girl by Judy Valentino, detail.

 

 

Art quilt depicting large flowers.

Bouquet by Nancy Linz. Nancy used oversize flowers, leaves, and careful color choices to create depth in her quilt.

Art quilt depicting large flowers.

Bouquet by Nancy Linz, detail.

 

 

Art quilt depicting circus theme.

Don’t Bother, They’re Here! by Kathleen Sweeney. Kathleen used clown appliques, yo-yos, and prairie points to create a circus theme.

Art quilt depicting circus theme.

Don’t Bother, They’re Here! by Kathleen Sweeney, detail.

 

 

Abstract art quilt with stamped and painted yo-yos.

Collision #2 by Deb Kinder. Deb used a yo-yo stamp to embellish her quilt with additional imagery.

Abstract art quilt with stamped and painted yo-yos.

Collision #2 by Deb Kinder, detail.

 

 

Art quilt depicting improvisationally appliqued fish with big teeth.

YO-SMILE by Margaret Knepper. Margaret built a fantasy undersea world with fanciful applique.

Abstract art quilt with stamped and painted yo-yos.

YO-SMILE by Margaret Knepper, detail.

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Supporting Words 2018 Challenge

Create a quilt using any theme, but use text as a background element, not as the main design feature. Any technique. Size: 36 X 52” (+-1”), vertical format. Quilts due at the MarQ March 2018 meeting.

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“Dictionary Tangle”,  Kathy Downie

005
“Floating”, Linda Sweek

012
“Leslie and Gene in Gay Paree”, Kathleen Irons Sweeney

018
“Mystical Garden”, Kathleen Hughes

020
“Autumn: Behold with Gladness” Linda Fleschner

023
“Red”, Mary Ellen Heus

028
“Chattering Shattering”, Kathie Boucher

030
“Explore Serenity”, Judy Valentino

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Not So Mellow Yellow 2017

“Create an art quilt, any subject you wish, using yellow. Your piece must be at least 50% yellow, and read yellow. You may use the full range of values. Use of any green yellows or orange yellows would be in addition to pure yellow values, not part of the 50%. Vertical format, 31-32” wide by 41-42” long. Any style, any technique.”


I Love Yellow, Jane Walton

A Month of Sun Days, Linda Fleschner

Yellow Brick Road, Maribeth Schmit

Yellow Tree, Mary Ellen Heus

Autumn Ginkgo Splender, Diana Dunaway

Embrace Me, Deb Kinder

Our Yellow Magnolia, LisaAnne Giesfildt

Spring’s Future Canvas, Kathy Downie

Bright, Shinning as the Sun, Kathleen Hughes

Pointy Objects, Kathie Boucher

The Gift of an Ordinary Day, Nancy Linz

Cottonwoods on the Rio Grande, Maribeth Schmit

The Green Flash, or Not, Judy Valentino

Thirteen and a Blue Box, Kathleen Irons Sweeney

Zen-Strength“Zen:Strength”, Judy Zoelzer Levine

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Art Deco 2016

Create a quilt using design elements of Art Deco.
Any colors, 31″ x 50″, vertical orientation. No borders. Due at the March 2016 meeting

ADD: Art Deco Door by Kathy Downie

ADD: Art Deco Door by Kathy Downie

Vogue by Diana Dunaway

Vogue by Diana Dunaway

Miami Moon by Linda Fleschner

Miami Moon by Linda Fleschner

Milwaukee's Night Light by Kathleen Hughes

Milwaukee’s Night Light by Kathleen Hughes

Studio 15W by Sonja Pavlik

Studio 15W by Sonja Pavlik

Le Dame Moderne by Kathleen Irons Sweeney

Le Dame Moderne by Kathleen Irons Sweeney

You Decide 2016 by Judy Valentino

You Decide 2016 by Judy Valentino

Forty Wonderful Years by Chris Lynn Kirsch

Forty Wonderful Years by Chris Lynn Kirsch


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Shape Exploration – December 2015

This year’s small challenge was Shape Exploration: Choose one basic geometric shape and explore it. The shape of the quilt was up to the maker. Maximum size 31″ in any direction.

Rain Chains by Linda Fleschner

Rain Chains by Linda Fleschner

Magenta Pathways by Kathy Downie

Magenta Pathways by Kathy Downie

Triangles Gone Crazy by Judy Valentino

Triangles Gone Crazy by Judy Valentino

The Humble Circle by Deb Kinder

The Humble Circle by Deb Kinder

Circle Go Round by Lisa Giesfelt

Circle Go Round by Lisa Giesfelt

Isosceles Overlap by Chris Lynn Kirsch

Isosceles Overlap by Chris Lynn Kirsch


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Black & White Plus One

Use only black and white fabrics plus one other single color. This is meant to be visually high impact. You can use as few or as many fabrics as you want, prints and tones on tones are okay as long as they READ black, white and the single chosen plus color in hue, tone and value. Your black should not drift into gray or your white drift into cream/beige unless you want gray or beige to stand as your third color. Black & white should be the highest ratio; any amount of color up to but NOT more than one third of the total surface. Style, subject matter and technique is the choice of the artist. Size is 32″ square (+/- 1 “).

Giesfeldt, Lisa ~ Higgs boson

Lisa Giesfeldt, Higgs Boson

 

Linz, Nancy ~ Endangered

Nancy Linz, Endangered

Boucher, Kathie ~ Noise

Kathie Boucher, Noise

Hughes, Kathleen ~ String Theory

Kathleen Hughes, String Theory

Pavlik, Sonja ~ Wakiya Thunderbird

Sonja Pavlik, Wakiya Thunderbird

Flescher, Linda ~ Midnight Carousel

Linda Flescher, Midnight Carousel

Dunaway, Diana ~ Let It Bee

Diana Dunaway, Let It Bee

Heus, Mary Ellen ~ Into the Woods

Mary Ellen Heus, Into the Woods

Zoelzer Levine, Judy ~ Intersections

Judy Zoelzer Levine, Intersections

Zoelzer Levine, Judy ~ Pods

Judy Zoelzer Levine, Pods

Riggio, Suzanne ~ A Star Spangled Banner

Suzanne Riggio, A Star Spangled Banner

Bermant, Chiyoko ~ Mis[s]fit

Chiyoko Bermant, Mis[s]fit

Walton, Jane ~ Going Green

Jane Walton, Going Green

Valentino, Judy ~ Coy Koi

Judy Valentino, Coy Koi

Fritz, Johanna ~ Off Kilter

Johanna Fritz, Off Kilter

Schmidt, Maribeth ~ Market Day

Maribeth Schmidt, Market Day

Kirsch, Chris ~ Golden Dusk

Chris Kirsch, Golden Dusk



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3-D Abodes – 2014 Small Challenge

Construct a 3 dimensional “abode”. The only size restriction is that it must be able to fit on an 18″ diameter pedestal. Any type of abode, any fiber technique.

The Old Woman in the Shoe by Judy Valentino

The Old Woman in the Shoe by Judy Valentino

Flower by Sandy Hendricks

Flower by Sandy Hendricks

English Cottage by Nancy Linz

English Cottage by Nancy Linz

Muse Abode by Deb Kinder

Muse Abode by Deb Kinder

Private Party by Sonja Pavlik

Where Have the Bees Gone by Ardene Brown

Where Have the Bees Gone by Ardene Brown

Kathleen Irons-Sweeney

Kathleen Irons-Sweeney

Bird's Nest by Sandy Hendricks

Bird’s Nest by Sandy Hendricks

Eiffel Tower by Jane Misslich

Eiffel Tower by Jane Misslich

Gnome Home by Chris Lynn Kirsch

Gnome Home by Chris Lynn Kirsch