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.

Name That Tune – 2004 & 2011

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Make a quilt based on the title of a piece of music that is recognizable to most people.  The quilt need not portray the content of the song or musical work, just its title. Size: 36” by 58”  give or take 1 inch. Quilts must hang vertically, NOT horizontally. The quilt must contain the shape of at least one musical symbol using any method such as appliqué, piecing, embellishment or quilting on the front. The quilt must have a bound edge which measures less than 1/2 inch. Quilts should not have a “picture frame border”.  (A picture frame border is a border made of one fabric placed on all 4 sides of the quilt like a mat in a picture frame).

The title of the piece of music should be on the label and credit given to the composer and lyricist.  No lyrics from the music should appear on the quilt.

 

How Much is That Doggie in the Window by Linda Reuss Benson

How Much is That Doggie in the Window by Linda Reuss Benson

Chopsticks by Casey Puetz

Chopsticks by Casey Puetz

Great Balls of Fire by Mary Ellen Heus

Great Balls of Fire by Mary Ellen Heus

Bugle Boy by Cecelia Rotter

Bugle Boy by Cecelia Rotter

The Charleston by Lisa Anne Giesfeldt

Yes, There Are Words to the Charleston by Lisa Anne Giesfeldt

Octopus's Garden by Chris Sommerfelt

Octopus’s Garden by Chris Sommerfelt

Stormy Weather by Suzanne Riggio

Stormy Weather by Suzanne Riggio

Color My World by Chris Lynn Kirsch

Color My World by Chris Lynn Kirsch

The Lady in the Tutti Fruitti Hat by Kathie Boucher

The Lady in the Tutti Fruitti Hat by Kathie Boucher

Sunrise, Sunset by Nancy Linz

Sunrise, Sunset by Nancy Linz

You Light Up My Life by Kasia

You Light Up My Life by Kasia

Flight of the Valkyries by Marlene Gustafson

Flight of the Valkyries by Marlene Gustafson

Harvest Moon by Necia Wallace

Harvest Moon by Necia Wallace

Autumn by Nancy Kimpel

Autumn by Nancy Kimpel

Climb Every Mountain by Wendy Butler Berns

Climb Every Mountain by Wendy Butler Berns

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Chapel of Love

Chapel of Love

A few years later members who had not previously made a Name That Tune quilt were invited to make one – at half the size: 18″ x 24″.

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Kathleen Sweeney

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Kathleen Sweeney

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer by Kathleen Sweeney

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer by Kathleen Sweeney

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Uncommon Folk at the Milwaukee Art Museum

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Interested in exploring the intersection of art and craft?

Currently on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum—Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art. This exhibit, which runs from January 31 through May 4, 2014, celebrates that ever-present independent streak in American art, and includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, and furniture from the Milwaukee Art Museum’s world-class collection. Best of all—quilts will be on exhibit, notable examples of the contemporary art of the Gee’s Bend quilters.

This exhibit should be a must-see for traditional and art quilters, who have always drawn inspiration from the art and craft formats of American folk art. The museum is planning loads of enrichment activities, from Duck Decoy Day (February 9), to musical performances, numerous lectures, and hands-on activities for the whole family.

The museum has an Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American  page set up listing event schedules and other pertinent information. Check it out!


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Inspired by Nancy at Waukesha Civic Theatre

The exhibit Inspired by Nancy can now be seen at the Waukesha Bank Art Gallery which is located in the Waukesha Civic Theatre.  Open daily during box office hours and during show times.  I can’t find exact dates on the website but, I believe it will be through June and into the beginning of July.   For more information call them..

Waukesha Civic Theatre
Performing in the Margaret Brate Bryant Civic Theatre Building
264 West Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186 – John Cramer, Managing Artistic Director
Business Office: 262.547.4911 – Box Office: 262.547.0708 – Fax: 262-547-8454

 


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Walls of Wittenberg – Line of Design Exhibit

Our “Connecting Thread – a Line of Design” challenge was displayed at the W.O.W. gallery in Wittenberg, WI from January 19th to February 10th, 2013. This group of quilts is hung in a unique way. The rules stated that the each quilt needed to be 36″ square with a red line running through it that entered and exited  the sides of the quilt either 12″ from the top or bottom edge. Those were the only criteria the fiber art pieces had in common and the quilts are hung staggered so the “lines” in between remain horizontal. This resulted in a very diverse collection of quilts. The gallery space in Wittenberg was a delightful venue. Here are a few pictures from the exhibit:

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art quilt exhibitThe show enjoyed a good run with many fascinated visitors!


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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: http://waukesha.uwc.edu/About-UWW/Directions-Maps/Directions.aspx).

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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MARQ at The Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art

I am happy to say that we are having another gallery show.  We would love to see you at the opening reception on Sunday January 29,  1:00 – 4:00.

Featuring the works of the Milwaukee Art Quilters

Emergence by Nancy Kimpel

January 11 to April 15, 2012

Members of the Milwaukee Art Quilters were challenged to create a series of quilts, each containing a red cord that would connect all quilts together when displayed. This collection won first prize in the Ultimate Guild Challenge contest at the American Quilters Society show in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The show is dedicated to Nancy Kimpel who fought the good fight against cancer but, lost the fight on Nov. 30, 2011.

For more information  go here.. http://wiquiltmuseum.com/

N50 W5050 Portland Rd. | Cedarburg, WI 53012 | Phone: 262.546.0300
Museum Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, Sunday Noon – 4 PM