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.

Line of Design Challenge Quilts


We are very excited to say that the Ultimate Guild Challenge
in Knoxville was won by the
Milwaukee Art Quilters.
This is a showing of all of the quilts.
 Only 8 of them were judged to go on to Knoxville.
They are pictured in random order but, the winners in Knoxville were Terri Kirchner, Cecelia Rotter, Nancy
Linz, Roberta Williams, Kasia, Jane Walton,
Nancy Kimpel, and Linda Reuss Benson.
Below you will see the instructions for the challenge too. 

Connecting Thread: A Line of Design

Each quilt must be 36 x 36 square.

A thread of red, rayon, rat tail cording must
run through each quilt to tie them together and
will literally connect them when displayed. The
rat tail must enter the quilt along the left side
either 12 from the top or 12 from the bottom
(your choice) and exit the quilt on the right either
 12 from the top or 12 from the bottom
(your choice once again). This variety will
allow the quilts to be displayed in a staggered
set that will add interest to the exhibit
(see diagram below).

Any length of rat tail may be used and it
can do anything while within the quilt: stretch
straight across and be only 36 long, loop and
spiral over the entire surface, outline an object
or border the main subject. It can be the focus of
the piece or fade into obscurity, but it cannot be broken.

I know art quilters hate technical details, but
if these quilts are to be hung easily and look
great, it cant be avoided:

A 24 piece of the rat tail must hang off the
right side of the quilt (when looking at it) to
be used in connecting them. Dip the end of the
rat tail in glue or fray check to keep it from
fraying. This side must have a 3 square pocket
 on the back to hold the excess rat tail in case
 your quilt is hung on the far right of the exhibit
and to contain the tail while in transit. Just a
thought - you could make the pocket your label!

On the left side of the quilt (looking at it) the
 end of the rat tail should be secured neatly
around the edge of the quilt.

Buttons! The back of the left side of the quilt
will need to have two 1 diameter buttons attached
next to each other horizontally with their centers
even with the rat tail end. The neighboring quilts
rat tail will attach to these buttons. Buttons with
 shanks the thickness of the rat tail may be sewn
tightly to the quilt (with no stitching showing on
the front). Buttons without shanks may be used also:
sew to the quilt using a piece of rat tail between
the button and the quilt to act as a spacer. When
 this piece of rat tail is removed there will be
room for wrapping. The last 6 (approximately) of
the next quilts tail will wrap, figure 8 style,
 around these buttons.

I bought my rat tail at JoAnns. In store spool
#2409,  sku #031927920058

The quilt may be abstract, traditional, representational,
 geometric.your choice. Any construction technique
 may be used. No rules - as long as the line runs through it!

Transformation by Kasia

View From the Venice Canal #2 by Marla Morris Kennedy

Meanderings by Maribeth Schmit

Epicenter by Terri Kirchner


What’s Black and White and Red All Over by Jane Misslich

A Cradle For Tom by Roberta Williams

Hide and Seek by Mary Ellen Heus

Risen by Chris Lynn Kirsch

You Are Here…Where am I? by Beth Shulman

Techtair by Sonja Pavlik

Red Tide by Marianne Kayne

Emergence by Nancy Kimpel

Mood Indigo by Jane Hyer Walton

And the Beat Goes On by Cecelia Rotter


This gallery contains 23 photos