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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. Barnabas Church, 1697 E. Main Rd., 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.

2016-2017 Programs

September 8 – Welcome Back

We will gather to start a new year of quilting and catch up after the summer. Chris Bagley is challenging you to pull those UFOs (unfinished objects) out of the closet and finish them by the end of the quilting year (June 2017).  Bring your UFOs to the meeting and join the crowd. There will be incentives and lots of fun.


October 6 –  Dotty Blair Trunk Show – Confessions of a Short Attention Span Quilter

Like many quilters I often start a project and get bored or dissatisfied with it and pack it away to start on another. Or something more exciting or more pressing takes center stage. As a result, many projects do not get finished until years later. While I used to feel guilty about that it wasn’t until several years ago that I realized it worked to my advantage. When I’ve had a long mental break from a project I can look at it with a fresh approach and see it for what it is, not for what I was expecting when I started it. In the meantime I may have come across the perfect fabric for the sashing or a new technique I’d like to incorporate. Because I do have a short-attention span my quilts are very diverse so there is usually something in my collection of quilts that appeals to everyone. While I applaud those quilters who are able to complete a quilt before starting another, I encourage those who do not work this way to keep working at it and I show by example how the nature of a quilt can be changed by allowing time for creative thought and an objective view.
Since I strongly believe that laughter is the best medicine for all that ails us, I try to include the humorous stories that are attached to some of the quilts – it is best not to take ourselves or our creations too seriously. This presentation includes the display of about 30 quilts utilizing a wide variety of techniques – hand-piecing, machine-piecing, hand-quilting, machine quilting, beading, embroidery and much more.

redwork-embroideryNovember 3 – Diana Annis Redwork Trunk Show
Redwork embroidery is a simple technique, outlined shapes worked in a single shade of thread. In Diana’s trunk show, you will learn it’s all about the history, the beauty of the past. How we have moved through revivals, and brought this art into a modern generation. Diana will take us on an historical journey from the present day to the 1890’s with current works, vintage and antiques.


December 1 – Holiday Party

Bring a dessert to share and your favorite Christmas gift for Show and Tell. This can be something quilt related you received or something quilty you are giving – it can be handmade or handy to a quilter. We will have tables set up for the Show and Tell.

January 5,6 and 7  – Quilt In

Bring along whatever project you are working along and spend some time getting to know your fellow guild members. You can leave your supplies in the room overnight. Bring a food to share, swap quilting tips, work on a Community Service Project, and enjoy seeing what everyone is making. It’s always more fun to quilt with company!
Thursday Jan 5, 4pm – 10pm;
Friday  Jan 6, 9:30am – 5pm
Saturday Jan 7, 9:30am – 5pm

Sandy Reynolds, My Garden Quilt

Sandy Reynolds, My Garden Quilt

February 2 – Sandy Reynolds

Come learn the story of Sandy’s quilting journey – from the 1970’s hand pieced quilts from templates made out of cut up cereal boxes and sandpaper, to her spectacular Baltimore album quilts of today. Sandy is renowned for her magnificent appliqué, her intricate hand work and her expert use of color. She says now it is her turn to give back what knowledge she has and hopefully lead a young person on a quilting journey of their own.

asset-1458357324045March 2 –  Modern Quilting Trunk Show with Kathy Graves

grew up sewing various projects with her Mom. In high school she took her first quilt class and made a blue and brown sampler quilt with matching pillows.  She loves exploring modern quilting including improv, taking traditional quilts and making them modern, curved piecing, paper piecing, unique rulers, and long arm quilting.  She is a member of Runamok Modern Quilt Guild, Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild and Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild.

April 6 – No speaker for the meeting as we are preparing for our quilt show, April 22-23, 2017.  We will have a member-to-member sale at this meeting.  This sale will include fabric, notions, handmade items, etc.

May 4 –  Hoffman Challenge Trunk Show with Laura Cooke

We will start the meeting off with elections. As a small guild, we depend on all members volunteering in some capacity. Please talk with board members and find a job you are willing to take on – it is a great way to make friends in the guild. Many hands make light work!

June 1 – Ice Cream Social, UFO Challenge Results with Chris Bagley and our own Flamingo’s Quilt Group will do a trunk show

The Flamingo’s Trunk show:  Our very own members will present a trunk show to showcase their techniques.  The Flamingo’s members are: Loretta Krebel, Betty Davis, Aggie Keeney, Sara Jane Tirpaeck, Ann Zvanovec and Karen Jameson.  Ice Cream Social and UFO challenge contest with Chris Bagley. All members who signed up in September to complete their project should have proof of completion or be able to write a check for their unfinished project.

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”

December 7 – Christmas get-together. 

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