General Meetings


Kena Tangi Dorsey

In this lecture program, Kena shares the story about how she became obsessed and fell in love with quilting! As she presents photos of the quilts from her beginning stages to present day, Kena talks about her journey of being a Broadway stage actress to the habit of nurturing an ever-evolving passion for quilting. Then she talks about how the two worlds collided and intertwined for her, demonstrated in a quilt that she still has in her collection today. Wrapping up the show and tell, Kena shares a few more quilt samples and speaks a little more about the deeper meaning in the works that she creates and reflects on how her culture, expression of self-love and the importance of community empowerment informs her design aesthetics, color palette and patterns that she visualizes into existence.

This a Zoom-only meeting. Register to attend on Zoom here.

Kena is teaching a Zoom class, “Quilting With African Fabric” ON Saturday, November 12, 2022. To learn more click here.

More About Kena

Kena began quilting over 20 years ago while living in Harlem, NYC. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Kena moved to New York City and lived there for 18 years before moving west to Los Angeles, CA.

Self taught, Kena started out by learning the basic techniques for piecing traditional blocks and patterns. Early on, she was influenced by many of the Harlem Renaissance artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Zora Neale Hurston, James Van Der Zee, and Langston Hughes, to name a few. Intrigued with portrait quilts, she quickly began making raw edge appliqué story and art quilts using images that reflect African American people.

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Karen Combs

Explore the world of optical illusions with Karen as she shows you some of the wonderful quilts that she has created and shares tricks and tips how to make them.  This virtual lecture will be a combination of live presentation, slides, quilts and videos.  It is a beautiful and inspiring trunk show. There will be time for questions after the lecture

This a Zoom-only meeting. Register to attend on Zoom here.

Karen is teaching her class Jewel Box, Saturday, January 28, 2023 on Zoom. To learn more click here.

More About Karen

A native of Michigan, Karen Combs began quilting while still in high school. She has a degree in library science and has worked at many state, city and school libraries before finding her calling as a professional quilting instructor, writer and designer. Her quilts are known for taking a traditional pattern and giving it her own unique “twist.” Karen is intrigued with quilts of illusions and has been designing quilts with a 3-D look for several years.

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Rachel Derstine

This presentation shows the many ways couching can be used to take your art to the next level. Instructions in specific technique on how to couch will be shown.

This a Zoom only meeting. Register to attend on Zoom here.

Rachel is teaching her class Artful Couching, Saturday, March 4, 2023 on Zoom. To learn more click here.

More About Rachel

Rachel is art quilter living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her works have been featured in invitational and juried gallery shows and fine art/craft shows throughout the country. Her work has been purchased and installed in institutions such as Epic Corporation in Madison, WI, and the Milton Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.

Originally coming from a music background with degrees in piano performance, Rachel had a long music teaching career. Her quilting has only become the focus of her work in the last 12 years.

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