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Monthly Meetings

Picture of monthly meetingQuilters by the Sea holds membership meetings the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm from September through June. Meetings typically take place at St. Philomena School, 324 Corys Lane, Portsmouth, RI.

See our Calendar for specific dates and locations.

New members are always welcome at our meetings. Guests are also welcome to attend, with a $5 per person guest fee.

Five to six times a year, speakers come to our meetings to give a lecture. We also have  workshops in a variety of topics for a reasonable fee.


Fall 2019

Tina Craig lecture EPP vs FPPSeptember 5 – Tina Craig EPP vs. FPP: The Showdown!

English Paper Piecing or Foundation Paper Piecing? What’s the difference? What are the pros and cons of each technique? What is your favorite? We will try to answer these questions as Tina shares 30+ quilts and many tips and tricks. The audience will vote for their favorite method at the end of the presentation!

October 3, – Getting to Know Your Guild
 “Sample of Sewing Groups within the Guild,” brief presentations by several of the sewing groups within the Guild, describing how they formed, how long they have been stitching together, how they function, and how they help each other improve their stitching. Includes Show and Tell of sewing group members’ quilts. After the presentations, we will encourage and facilitate the for-mation of new small sewing groups. 

November 7 –  Marianne L. Hatton, author of the book Simply Dynamic Sampler Quilts. Marianne is from Sudbury, MA, and has been a teacher in the New England quilt community for many years. 

December 5 –  Holiday Party and NICU Challenge Quilt voting. 

January 2 –  Quilt-In (tentative date depending upon availability of venue). 

February 6 –  Sheri Cifaldi-Morill Presentation/Trunk Show: “Aurifilosophy.” Sheri runs Whole Circle Studio and is an Aurifil Thread Ambassador, aka “Aurifilosopher.” This program from the makers of Aurifil thread is designed to unlock the mystery of thread, tools, and uses and to provide tips for success every time. Aurifil resources and swag for attendees included. And a trunk show of Sheri’s quilts! 

March and April – Programming in the planning stages. Details to come! 

May 7 – Annual Meeting per By-Laws and additional programming. 

June 4 – End-of-Year Ice Cream Social. 

Spring 2019

January 3 – Quilt In 

Thursday, January 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Meraki Studio at 30 CutlerStreet in Warren. Meraki is on the second floor, Suite 220A. For details click here or go to the events page. Remember – no evening meeting on Thursday, January 3. This is an alternative to that meeting.

February 7 –Pam Weeks will present a lecture, Designing Women — Twentieth Century Quilt Entrepreneurs

Power Point presentation with a few quilts that feature the history of the quilt pattern and design industry and some of its leading figures, such as Ruby McKim and Marie Webster. Pam is the Binney Family Curator of the New England Quilt Museum, where she works with many different quilters, collectors, institutions, and co-conspirators to plan exhibits for the museum. Pam will also be lecturing at the Bristol Art Museum on February 6 and research the quilts in the museum’s collection.

March 7 – Member’s Yard Sale 

Pull out those unused patterns, templates, fabrics, notions, etc.   (textile and craft related items are best, please). All proceeds from the sales go to the sellers.The rental fee per seller will be $5 (contact Gail Palazollo to sign up for a space). This is a good time to make a last-minute donation to the baskets for the quilt show.
There will be quilt show preparation including sign-up for volunteers for the show.

April 4 – Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill Trunk Show

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a designer, professional quilter, and educator. Sheri graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BFA in Graphic Design. She has 20 years of experience leading creative teams to create award-winning identities, products, and environments. She has worked in small design studios, a dot com, and the exhibit depart-ment at a children’s museum. Sheri’s quilts have gained national recog-nition including awards from QuiltCon, Quilt Week/Paducah, and the Quilt Alliance. Her work has been included in books and publications such as Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, Modern Patchwork, and International Quilt Festival Scene. She self-publishes and distributes her patterns through quilt shops and online. She also teaches quilting techniques at quilt guilds and conferences across the country. Sheri was awarded the first annual Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship in 2016. As an active member of the modern quilt community, Sheri collaborates with leading industry organizations including fabric and thread manufacturers like Aurifil, QT Fabrics, Paintbrush Studios, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, RJR Fabrics and Windham Fabrics. She designed, created and filmed two seg-ments for Fresh Quilting, a new public television show co-produced by the Modern Quilt Guild and KS Productions. Sheri works from her home studio in the suburbs of New Haven — a hop, skip and jump away from New York City. ~

Quilt show forms need to be turned in at this meeting (or before).

May 2 

No guild meeting is planned due to the quilt show May 4 – 5.
June 6 – Gladi Porsche Trunk Show
Gladi Porsche will be presenting a Trunk Show, The Quilting Journey.  Please check out Gladi’s website at

Guild elections for Board positions will take place at the meeting and the new Board will take over.


January 4 – Members Talents (Other than Quilting) – Rescheduled to Nov 1, 2018 meeting 

Barbara Niekirk (rug hooking), Sue Bates (Water Colors), Susan Rood (Chinese Brush Painting), Deb Perriera (Brazilian Embroidery), Marla Rusling (Card Making) and Lori Bessette (Calligraphy) will provide a three minute presentation and display their talents.

February 1 – Pam Weeks from the New England Quilt Museum – Antique Quilts and the Stories They Tell

If you have an antique quilt, please feel free to bring it to the meeting.

March 1 – Amy Friend and the Improvisational Paper Piecing Trunk Show

Visit Amy’s website,, to view her work.  Workshop on March 2 – Improvisational Paper Piecing.  Contact Lori Bessette if interested

April 5 – Shannon Shirley – An eclectic mix trunk show.  

Visit Shannon’s website,,  to view her work.  Workshop on Saturday, April 7 – Bottles and Blooms workshop.  See Workshops for more information.

May 3 – Mary Kerr – Motherless Quilts trunk show

Mary will present her Motherless Quilts lecture.  She is also a quilt appraiser.  If you are interested in having your quilt appraised, please contact Lori Bessette.  Quilt appraisals are approximately $50-$75 per quilt.  Visit Mary’s website,, to learn more about her.

June 7 – Karen Eckmeier Trunk Show – Accidental Landscapes and Happy Villages

Visit Karen’s website,, to learn more about her.  Workshop on Friday, June 8.  See Workshops for more information.

September 6 – Connie Sue Haigle is a traveling quilter.

Visit Connie Sue’s website,,  to learn more about her.

October 4 – Shirley Fischer Trunk Show  

Workshop on Saturday, October 6.  More information coming soon.

November 1 – Member’s talent demonstrations –  6 members to present: card making, Chinese Painting, Watercolors, Brazilian embroidery, rug-hooking and Calligraphy.

Barbara Niekirk (rug hooking), Sue Bates (Water Colors), Susan Rood (Chinese Brush Painting), Deb Perriera (Brazilian Embroidery), Marla Rusling (Card Making) and Lori Bessette (Calligraphy) will provide a three minute presentation and display their talents.

December 6 – Christmas Party – The guild will have their holiday party to include background music, appetizers and desserts.