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.

Inspired by Nancy

DUNAWAY, DIANA--Autumn Birch

Autumn Birch – Diana Dunaway

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.

Suzanne Riggio


Coin Toss – Casey Puetz

Autumn Leaves – Marlene Gustafson

Creativity – Kasia

VALENTINO, JUDY--Alligator in Disguise

Alligator in Disguise – Judy Valentino

MORRIS-KENNEDY, MARLA--Not Your Typical Colorado Aspens

Not Your Typical Colorado Aspens – Marla Morris Kennedy

WALTON, JANE HYER--Tribute to Nancy

Tribute to Nancy – Jane Hyer Walton

JOLLIFF, SANDY--Swirling Memories

Swirling Memories – Sandy Jolliff


Rising – Mary Ellen Heus

KIRSCH, CHRIS LYNN--Inspired by Nancy

Inspired by Nancy – Chris Lynn Kirsch

HENDRICKS, SANDY--In Memory of Nancy

In Memory of Nancy – Sandy Hendricks

LINZ, NANCY--Bird's Eye View

Birds’s Eye View – Nancy Linz


Am I Blue – Ardene Brown


Back Burn – Kathleen Irons Sweeney

COOK, AYN--A  Flower for Nancy

A Flower for Nancy – Ayn Cook


New Dawn – Terri Kirchner

GIESFELDT, LISA ANN--Inspired by Nancy

Inspired by Nancy – Lisa Anne Giesfeldt

DOWNIE, KATHY--Our Side of the Wall

Our Side of the Wall – Kathy Downie


Crazy for You – Charlene Cinpinski


Through the Clouds – Kathleen Enright Boucher

BERMANT. CHIYOKO--Messinger from High Above

Messing from High Above – Chiyoko Bermant


Sparks Fly – Kathleen Hughes


Prayer Flags – Sonja Lambach Pavlik

KINDER, DEBRA--Stone Quarry Wall

Stone Quarry Wall – Debra Kinder


Gertie’s Buttons – Suzanne Mouton Riggio

KRASINSKI, LAURA--Dog Day Afternoon

Dog Day Afternoon – Laura Krasinski


Impromptu – Chris Sommerfelt

MESSLICH, JANE--Crazy for Nancy

Crazy for Nancy – Jane Misslich

FRITZ, JOHANNA--The Tree of Life, Fruitful Harvest

The Tree of Life , Fruitful Harvest – Johanna Fritz


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Milwaukee Art Quilters Sing the Blues

Our latest exhibit has just been hung in the Fine Arts Building of UW Waukesha (for address and directions:

The exhibit is entitled “MArQ Sings the Blues” and it is a combination of 2 of our recent challenges: “Name That Tune” and “The Blues”.

Regular Gallery Hours are: Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
If closed (just in case),  find the faculty secretary in room S010 or phone 262-521-5494. To set up an alternate time, contact the University Relations office or call: (262) 521-5445.

And here’s a sneak preview

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Gallery Show in Plymouth Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Art Quilters will be having a gallery show in Plymouth, WI.  The show opens August 12, 2011 at Gallery 110 North/Plymouth Arts. I believe the show runs through the first week of October.
The Exhibit includes quilts from 2 of our challenges:

“The Blues”; 8 of these quilts just returned from being exhibited at the  AQS show in Knoxville, TN.

And “Name That Tune”; a challenge we won a top award with at the AQS show in Nashville a few years back. It now includes additional quilts from some of our newer members.

There will be about 50 quilts in the Plymouth show.
The show opens the same day as Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl For the Arts.
Here is the URL for the gallery:

Here is the URL for the Jazz festival which includes mention of our show:

I’m including the photos of the 8 quilts that were in the AQS Knoxville show.

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Common Object show at UW Waukesha


Please click on the photos to enlarge them and see which artist made the quilt.


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Gallery Show At UW Waukesha

Milwaukee Art Quilters will have their work shown in the gallery at UW Waukesha  Fine Arts Gallery.  Monday March 14 through Friday April 15, 2011  There will be a reception on Monday March 14 starting at 8:30.

On display will be our common object quilts.  If you didn’t see them in Cedarburg you should go and see them in Waukesha.  It was really amazing the inspiration all of the artists had from their “common object”.  And the quilts that they created from their inspiration.

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, 1500 N. University Drive

Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188-2799 |

Phone: (262) 521-5200

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Quilt Expo in Madison

Hi all just wanted to let you know that the Line of Design quilts will be in Quilt Expo in Madison again this year.  We are very lucky to be showcased at this ever growing show.  The quilts are amazing and you won’t want to miss it.  Quilt Expo starts on Thursday Sept. 9 and runs through Sept. 11… Some of our Marq members will be doing lectures.  There’s many lectures and hands on classes to choose from.  Visit their website  Hope to see you there…

Oh and speaking of lectures and teaching.  Please visit our Marq members blogs and websites.  Many of them teach and lecture throughout the United States.