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.

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Meet Chris Lynn Kirsch

Chris Lynn Kirsch is a fiber artist from Watertown, Wisconsin. She began her quilt journey as a traditional quilter who soon discovered an inner creativity she didn’t realize she possessed. Her work is inspired by her Christian faith and the sheer joy of playing with fiber, color and design.

Chris’ quilts have been displayed internationally in museums, galleries and competitions. Her third book, Compass Capers – Create Your Own Unique Mariner’s Compass Quilts is hot off the press. She teaches quilting nationally and, along with her dear friend Wendy Rieves, takes quilters on trips through the US and Europe. Their most recent “Sew We Go” adventure found them in Italy this past October. Please visit her website: .

This is a quilt from her “Crossings” series:

God Is Light

God Is Light

This quilt was made for the “On-Point” challenge:

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point


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Meet Kathleen Hughes

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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Meet Judy Zoelzer Levine

Judy has done a series called Bodies of Evidence and I would like to share this with you.  This is what Judy had to say….

I find it fascinating that every person approaches fiber with his/her own associations with the medium.  I like challenging their perceptions by taking a familiar material and reshaping it into something new, something different, and something unexpected.

My current work grew out of trying to simplify the meaning and images of my quilts.  In an effort to strip away extraneous elements and concentrate on the focus of my quilts, I arrived at a simplified design that offered an abundance of possibilities.  The simple design forces a concentration on the image.  The image is then manipulated to express various social comments within the confines of the form.

The “Body of Evidence” series explores female imagery.  The series explores not only the design image of the female torso but also the way women are viewed in our society.  Women are viewed as sex symbols useful for selling product.  Lady Liberty inspires patriotism.  Guardian Angels are almost always female.  Joan of Arc embodies the idea that we can conquer any adversity if we only believe in ourselves enough.  Women, hearth and home symbolized true happiness in the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.  Women and their efforts are often overlooked.  They are ignored, physically and mentally abused, and forced into bondage.

Textiles are associated with everyday life, with domesticity and the women’s domain.  This association of the medium is used to focus on the everyday assumptions of women’s roles.

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Meet Jane Walton


My  life as a quilter started in the early eighties and I knew from day one that I wanted to create original designs and use unusual fabrics.  The process called Cyanotype, also Blueprinting or Sunprinting soon caught my eye.  The result is familiar to us in architects’ blueprints.  I love the indigo color along with the surprises that happen when the chemicals are washed out of the fabric; the results are not always predictable.  Interesting plants and shibori techniques are used to resist the sunlight.  Botanic Blues  (in the July 21st post) is one of the latest of my blueprinted quilts.


The quilt I am sharing below is a quilt I made for a TEA challenge. It is called: Tea Time, Will it be Green or Orange Pekoe?


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Meet Laura Krasinski

Laura started quilting 6 years ago.  She fell in love with art quilting after taking a class at WCTC from Chris Kirsch.  She has had quilts in numerous galleries and shows.  Many with the whole group from MARQ.  She lives with her son Luke, who is 18 and her daughter, Jessi who is 16 and her husband Mike.  Her day job is working at a dental office where she has worked for almost 30 years.  She was excited to have the quilt below in Houston last year in an exhibit called  ” Out on a Limb”.  The quilt was made from a photo of her daughter with her cat Mr. Snuggles.  It is 52″x64″ and the name of it is He Loves Me He Loves Me Not.

This quilt was in Houston 2010

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Introducing Suzanne!!

Suzanne Mouton Riggio of Wauwatosa, WI.,  began her quiltmaking career at retirement in
1990 from a dual career in music and college administration in West Virginia.

A prize-winning quilter, she has exhibited in major shows, museums, and galleries in
the U.S., Japan, Australia, New Zealand,  and Europe.  One quilt was a finalist in the 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century.  Several of her quilts are commissions; others are in  private collections.  She is published in several magazines and books.

This quilt Suzanne created is called Juniper Surrounded

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Meet Casey Puetz

Casey Puetz is an award winning published artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her fiber and mixed media work has been juried into exhibits including but not limited to the Whistler House Museum of Art, the Gerald Ford Museum and Presidential Library, as well as the Manhattan Arts International Gallery.

Additional venues for her work also include the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, the LaConner Quilt Museum, the Arts Centre Great Hall in Christchurch, New Zealand and the Third International Textile Symposium in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Casey’s work is known for its color and diverse subject matter including pieces with Asian and African influences.  Although she primarily employs conventional fabrics, she also uses items like melted felt, plastic mesh produce bags, and painted Tyvek®. She works in both planned and freeform styles while drawing heavily from traditional quilt-making techniques.

Art quilts are part of the fiber art field of highly collectable artwork. These quilts are meant to hang on the wall like an oil or watercolor painting. The quilted surface brings a dimensional depth to the artwork that paint alone cannot.

In addition to the Milwaukee Art Quilters, Casey is an active member of several professional organizations including Studio Art Quilt Associates, Professional Art Quilt Alliance and the Kettle Moraine Fine Arts Guild.


Go here to visit Casey’s website.