Who We Are?

Our Mission

To instruct, encourage, and develop the art of quilting; to share techniques, ideas, and experiences; and to extend friendship.

QBS does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

See the QBS Bylaws for more information.

2017 Quilt Show
2017 Quilt Show

Extraordinary Experiences

Quilters by the Sea is a nonprofit guild dedicated to the art of quilting. The guild originated in the late 1970s with a few quilt lovers gathered around a kitchen table. It has long since outgrown the kitchen and now numbers almost 100 members who meet monthly in Portsmouth, RI.

Our charter pledges to instruct, encourage, and develop the art of quilting, share ideas and experiences, and extend fellowship. Our activities include monthly meetings, workshops, programs like our quilt challenge and boutique of the month, and our biennial quilt show. In addition, our members are committed to community service projects that include creating raffle quilts to help fund our community service projects.

We welcome members at all skill levels. If you are new to quilting, our meetings and workshops are a great place to learn. We have monthly quilting bees that are open to all members. The best way to make friends in the guild is to get involved – there are so many ways to volunteer. Talk with anyone on the board or send us an email and we will find a job that is right for you.

Extraordinary People

Guild member Karen McCann filmed several videos of our members speaking about the early days of the guild and individual members talking about their quilts. Each video is 3 minutes long and has been uploaded to the Quilt Alliance website, which records the stories of quilts and their makers. Click on the links below to watch the videos!

Interview with Sandy Reynolds

Interview with Loretta Krebel

Interview with Shirley Ann Fisher

Interview with Ann Zvanovec