Kim Ritter

Beadwork by Kay Hendricks

Girls Just Wanna Have Funds


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Sometimes it is fun to be the bad guy…or girl. This stagecoach robber was just looking for some bling, accompanied by her bored wolves.

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A twist on the song “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!” Beadwork by Kay Hendricks.

First Contact

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I imagined this Native American girl as one of the first people to see an alien. In the ’60s, my Mother used to have us sit out on the patio on summer nights and watch for aliens.

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In the ’60s, the USA was in a race to the moon and all thing space-related were the stuff of my imagination

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I was a horsey girl. I lived and dreamed horses. My Mother would often say “If wishes were horse, beggars would ride.” If wished ARE horses, they might as well be unicorns!

Cowgirl and Alien

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Growing up in the ’60s in Oklahoma, we played in a world of jumbled imagery. Super heroes, police, robbers, Native Americans, cowboys, astronauts and aliens might all appear in our make-believe playtime. This quilt was the starting point for my series and was also the starting point of our collaboration

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Beadwork by Kay Hendricks

Zydeco Girls Burning Up the Bayou


Zydeco music is a music genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers indigenous to the Louisiana, Creoles, and the Native people of Louisiana. The original French settlers came to Louisiana in the late 1600s, sent by the Regent of France, Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans, to help settle the Louisiana Territory. Arriving in New Orleans on seven ships, the settlers quickly moved into the bayous and swamps. There the French culture permeated those of the Irish, Spanish, Native Indian and German peoples already populating the area.


My Zydeco girls are the sirens of the bayou.

Just Shooting the Bull ………SOLD WILL NOT TOUR

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I loved playing at being a Native American princess as a child. I would sneak my brother’s bow and arrows out and practice. Girls were given dolls. While boys got bb guns and bows and other things I coveted. I would often pretend to be killing a foe of some kind. Here I am “Just Shooting the Bull.”

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Beadwork by Kay Hendricks

Hedge Your Bets

Kim Ritter

When I was in elementary school, there were lots of Westerns on television. One of our favorites was “Maverick” about a riverboat gambler.

My grandfather taught my brother and me how to play poker and gifted my brother with poker chips with which to play. Hedging your bet was a  strategy he taught us, mostly for betting on horse races. The term “hedging your bets” has been around in English since at least the 16th century, when it referred to laying off a bet by placing a smaller wager with other lenders.

Growing up in the 60’s in Oklahoma, we played in a world of jumbled imagery.  Super heroes, police, robbers, Native Americans, cowboys, astronauts and aliens might all appear in our make-believe playtime. In a time when kids didn’t have many toys, we used what motley props we could assemble: homemade wooden swords and slingshots, secret decoder rings, ray guns, cork guns, and x-ray eyeglasses. Our costumes were whatever old clothing our parents would let us use: hats and aprons and old work gloves. A kitchen pot might become a helmet, a witch’s cauldron or a drum. An old towel might become a flying carpet or used to wrap up imaginary wounds. In our minds, these were transformed into the real thing and we were transformed into smart capable adults, too!

These wild Women of the West quilts reflect the fun of make-believe and the huge part it has had in enriching my life. I still enjoy playing dress-up. A good fantasy life can improve real life in a fundamental way. The Wild West women in my quilts ride horses and unicorns, fight dragons and crime often accompanied by an animal familiar at her side. Some may even be on the wrong side of the law, but they are all strong and fierce and living a large life in my imagination!

Kim’s website:
Other quilts in this series by Kim and Kay click here.
Kim’s resume click here .


3 thoughts on “Kim Ritter

  1. Amazing-just amazing
    So much detail you have to look at it time and time again-each time seeing something different.


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