The Milwaukee Art Quilters

The Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ) make contemporary art quilts, pursue exhibit and competition opportunities, and support each other’s artistic growth.

Meet Kathleen Hughes

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Kathleen Hughes has been a member of MarQ for 4 years, and started making art quilts about 6 years ago.  She began making traditional patchwork quilts after her children got too old for “mom’s clothes” about 20 years ago, and continued to experiment mostly following quilting magazines and books. Membership in MarQ has been a huge inspiration for her work.

Kathleen was an art major, getting her degree in 1972 from Valparaiso University, followed by a Masters’ in Art History at UWM in 1975.  She is an alto section leader with the Bel Canto Chorus, and the mother of two, stepmother of three, and proud grandmother of 17 (soon to be 18!).  She has made a baby quilt for every one of her grandchildren.

Some of the venues her quilts have appeared in include Madison Quilt Expo, AQS Lancaster, Des Moines, and Knoxville, Olberich Gardens, Aullwood Audubon Society, It’s a Stitch Quilt Show, and Mukwonago Crazy Quilters.  Many of her smaller works can presently be seen at Purloin Studio in Menomonee Falls.


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  1. I recently found Kathleen Hughes’ quilt art at a quilt show in Mukwonago the last weekend in April. I loved the art quilts shown there by the Milwaukee Art Quilters. Very impressive showing by very talented art quilters.

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