Speakers & Presenters

Photo: John Butler

Bisa Butler

Spotlight QSOS interviewee – Bisa Butler was born in Orange, NJ, the daughter of a college president and a French teacher. She was raised in South Orange and the youngest of four siblings.  Butler’s artistic talent was first recognized at the age of four, when she won a blue ribbon in an art competition.

Formally trained, Butler graduated Cum Laude from Howard University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art degree.  It was during her education at Howard that Butler was able to refine her natural talents under the tutelage of lecturers such as Lois Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, Jeff Donaldson and Ernie Barnes. She began to experiment with fabric as a medium and became interested in collage techniques.


Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi

Spotlight QSOS interviewer – Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi is a historian, curator, author, lecturer, artist, mentor, founder, and facilitator — and has left her mark on many lives. Trained as an aerospace engineer, Carolyn Mazloomi turned her sights and tireless efforts in the 1980s to bring the many unrecognized contributions of African-American quilt artists to the attention of the American people as well as the international art communities.


Laura Hopper

Exhibit curator – Laura Hopper (she/her) is a quilter, curator, and writer.

She is the Communications Manager and Creative Contributor for Suzy Quilts, a quilt pattern business and blog. She also works as a freelance quilt and textile writer. Her writing has appeared in Tatter, Curated Quilts, Taproot, Craft Industry Alliance, Benzie Design, Quiltfolk, Modern Patchwork, QuiltCon Magazine, and in over 50 museum exhibits. She is also the Exhibits Director for the Social Justice Sewing Academy. Laura is the lead editor and author of the book “Modern Quilts in the Second City: Ten Years of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild.”


Janneken Smucker

Moderator, Remembrance & Commemoration panel – Janneken Smucker, Professor of History at West Chester University, specializes in digital and public history and material culture. She also serves as the digital editor of the Oral History Review. In the classroom, she integrates technology and the humanities, working with students to create digital projects, including the award-winning Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia and Philadelphia Immigration.


Zak Foster

Remembrance & Commemoration panelist – Zak Foster has been quilting and working with textiles prolifically since 2012 incorporating found fabrics and natural dyes into his work. He is drawn to preserving the stories of quilts and specializes in memory quilts. Originally from the Piedmont of North Carolina, he now resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner. More of his work can be seen at zakfoster.com

Alexis Deise

Moderator, Remembrance & Commemoration panel – Alexis’s quilts explore the intersection of traditional craft and modern expression, incorporating motifs and techniques from traditional quilts into a more contemporary context.  Past and ongoing projects include: “American Quilts,” a meditation on the epidemic of gun violence in America; Irish Chain Variations, a yearlong study of the traditional form;  “Black and White,” variations on traditional quilt patterns using a stripped-down palette and alternative configurations


L’Merchie Frazier

Remembrance & Commemoration panelist – L’Merchie Frazier is a socially engaged public fiber artist, activist, historian, poet and holographer and WCQN Quilter.  Her “Art Out Loud” serves communities nationally and internationally with visual and performance art residencies in Boston, Brazil, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Africa, France, Cuba and Boston.  As a public lecturer and community workshop presenter, her spatial and social justice work activates youth and adults in a co-design model that reflects the participants as creative actors and their occupancy in democratizing the socio-economic political landscape.


Susan Hudson

Remembrance & Commemoration panelist – Susan Hudson, a Navajo/Diné artist from Sheep Springs, NM was taught to sew by her mother, Dorothy Woods, who was forced to sew at an “assimilation” boarding school. Her Grandmas, Aunties, and Mothers were also forced to learn sewing in boarding schools.

Susan’s pictorial quilts honor her ancestors and the proud history of the Navajo people using a crossover style inspired by Ledger art. Recounting history through her ledger quilts has made Hudson an activist, a storyteller, chronicling the hardships endured by her ancestors. 


Allie Aller

Mini-quilt kit designer & instructor – A quilter of long experience in many genres, Allie has written three books for C & T Publishing. Her quilts have won several major awards, she appeared on the Quilt Show, has taught for Bluprint, served on the board of the Quilt Alliance, and traveled as a quilt teacher for ten years, making such precious friends along the way!

A continuing theme in all her work is a rich dialog between her quilts and her avid passion for flower gardening. She lives with her husband in the country outside Portland, Oregon, where they raised two magnificent sons.


Cyndi Zacheis

Memory quilt workshop instructor – Cyndi Zacheis is an award-winning quilt artist whose work has been displayed at the International Quilt Association Festival in Houston, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, the Quilt Odyssey, and other quilt shows. Her quilts have also appeared in numerous books by other quilters and artists.

Cyndi teaches in quilt shops, at quilt guilds, and at quilt shows, including the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. Her classes include surface design, machine quilting, design, and an ongoing series of art quilt classes.

Cyndi’s website

Lynn Gorges

Document That Quilt! instructor – Lynn Lancaster Gorges, Textile Conservator / Restoration Specialist and owner of Historic Textiles Studio, has studied at the Smithsonian Institute, The Campbell Center of Preservation, Schoolhouse Studio of Lawrence, KS, Cooperstown Textile School, NCSU College of Textiles, and Colonial Williamsburg. Her specialty is in the area of conservation of military uniforms, flags, vintage clothing, and quilts. She is also trained in the area of quilt restoration.

Leslie Tucker Jenison

Document That Quilt! instructor – Leslie is an artist who creates contemporary quilts and designs fabric by working directly onto cloth using ProcionMX fiber-reactive dye and paint.  Growing up in Kansas she was influenced early by her grandmother, a seamstress and quiltmaker.   

Unconventional objects are frequently used to generate imagery.  Everyday observations of her garden and travels often inform her work. She is inspired by an eclectic mix of repeating shapes in both natural and man-made environments, street art in the form of graffiti, gritty layers of torn posters, paint, sprayed stencils, and cracks.

Michele Muska

Document That Quilt! instructor – Michele is a designer, crafter, quilter and author. She is the Director of Content and Community Relations for Oliso, the creator of the iTouch Smart Iron, the SmartHub/Sou Vide cooking system and Food Vacuum sealer. Michele also curates features and has been a contributor for the Where Women Create family of magazines. She lives in North Central CT with her husband and kitty Luna and loves being a new grandmother to 2 girls! Her many passions include pie making, punch needle, needlework, gardening, photography and most of all making and sharing a meal with family and friends. Michele strongly believes that the process of creating is as important as the end result, and she especially enjoys teaching and helping others discover their creative passion.     

Frances O’Roark Dowell

Welcome & reading – Frances O’Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award and the William Allen White Award; Shooting the Moon, which was awarded the Christopher Medal; and many other books for young readers; as well as the non-fiction guide for young writers titled How to Build a Story… Or, The Big What If.

While Frances is best known for her “beloved books for tweens and teenagers” (New York Times Sunday Book Review), since 2010 she has hosted a popular podcast about her life as a quilter, and in 2016 established a small publishing company to bring out a line of stories and novels especially for quiltmakers and quilt lovers.

Frances’ website

Meg Cox

Emcee – Meg Cox makes quilts for fun and tells stories for a living. A working journalist since college, she is a former staff writer for the Wall Street Journal who has also freelanced for almost any quilt publication you know about, and some you don’t. At one point, she had a column called “Trade Talk” in a magazine for quilt shop owners while also writing a gossip column for Mark Lipinski’s magazine Quilter’s Home. Her popular free newsletter “Quilt Journalist Tells All” has been going strong since 2008, and Meg is a staff writer for Quiltfolk magazine. Her inspiring, informative lectures are popular with guilds (on Zoom these days). Meg serves on the advisory board of the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, and previously served for a decade on the board of the Quilt Alliance. 

Meg’s website

Quilt Museum Show & Share Participating Museums

‘Shop Talk’ panelists

Mark Dunn, Moda Fabrics – Luana Rubin, eQuilter – Judy Gula, Artistic Artifacts – Kait Witte, Windham Fabrics – Michele Muska, Oliso