Inspired by Nancy
Nancy Kimpel, 1940-2011
Nancy Kimpel was a beautiful person, a pillar of her family and community, and a shining star of the Milwaukee Art Quilters.
Her departure left behind a huge collection of special fabrics she had designed. The complex cloth creations and texture-filled hand-dyes, many of which she used in her award-winning art quilts, filled her studio.
Her husband invited Nancy’s friends to go through the fabrics, with an eye toward using them to honor Nancy. Mary Ellen Heus proposed a grab bag event, and, with the help of Laura Krasinski, assembled groups of Nancy’s special fabrics to be hidden inside each bag. The Milwaukee Art Quilters, each taking a bag, eagerly took on the challenge.
This show is the result: a special tribute to the creativity and joy of living that Nancy personified. Each quilt uses Nancy’s fabrics, swatches of which are shown on title cards next to each art work, to laud a great lady.