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 for a wide variety of community organizations.
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.
See the QBS Constitution for information about our structure and by-laws.
Quilters by the Sea 2019 – 2020 Board
President: Elaine Wilson
Vice President: Susan Rood
Treasurer: Barbara Saar
Secretary: June House
Membership: Marilyn King-Simoes and Elaine Wilson
Community Service: Jennie Nestlerode and Peggy McCandless
Strips of the Month: Noreen Kissell
Hospitality: Linda Willoughby and Nancy Landreville
Newsletter: Catherine Hawkes
Programs: Gail Palazzolo
Quilt Show: Janet Roche and Kristin Meranda
Boutique Item of the Month: Marla Rusling
Webmaster: Allison Wilbur
Quilt Alliance Videos
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!
Founder: Serafina Deascentis
Sara Jane Tirpaek
1999- 2001 Chris Bagley
2001 – 2003 Sonya Perry
2003 – 2004 Mary Ann Troop
2004 – 2005 Elise Pennymaker
2005 – 2007 Agnes Keeney
2007 – 2009 Kathleen Little
2009 – 2011 Nancy Burgess
2011 – 2013 Barbara Gifford
2013 – 2015 Donna Bozeman
2015 – 2017 Ruth Sears
2017 – 2019 Gail Palazzolo