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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.


2017-2018 Programs

September 7 – Sue Pritt, Sweet Season Quilts, Part One – My own beginning in quilt making, with a trunk show of my earlier “Office Quilts.”  Workshop on Sept 9

October 5 – Allison Wilbur’s  Japan: Tradition and Inspiration

Delve deep into the Japanese aesthetic and learn about the many different traditional textile traditions including cotton yukatas, silk obis and kimonos, shibori dyeing, sashiko stitching and Inkat woven indigos.  See an array of quilts which incorporate these beautiful fabrics and motifs and entice you to step into the world of Japanese inspired quilting.

November 2 – Carole Kenney Trunk Show or “I’ll Never Be Sandy Reynolds Trunk Show”  

Janice Gunzelman (Portsmouth, RI) "Sassy Snowman"

Janice Gunzelman (Portsmouth, RI) “Sassy Snowman”


December 7 – Christmas Party with Ruler Challenge 

Pull out those rulers you bought and never used.  Make a project or two for the December meeting – one to give as a gift and one for the Boutique Table.  There will be voting on the projects and prizes.  Let’s get creative!  For the challenge, fill out this paperwork:  Ruler Challenge

Appetizer and desserts provided by the guild members.  Beverages will be provided by the guild.







January 4 – Members Talents (Other than Quilting)

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 2 – 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 – Introduction to free-motion quilting.  See Workshops for more information.

May 3 – Mary Kerr – Motherless Quilts trunk show

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

December 6 – Christmas Party


January 3 – Quilt In

More information to follow.

February 7 – Member’s yard sale