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Monthly meetingSeveral times a year, speakers at Quilters by the Sea’s monthly meetings offer workshops on specific aspects of quilt making.

For upcoming workshops, see our Calendar.

To register for a workshop

To register for a workshop, please download and print the Workshop Registration Form. Please indicate which workshop you’re interested in. Please return it to Lori Bessette at the next Quilters by the Sea meeting or send it by mail with a check to the mailing address in your membership list.

Refund Policy

Full payment is expected at sign up to ensure your place in class.  Checks should be made payable to Quilters by the Sea. Please write the date of the workshop in the memo line. Refunds are given only if your space is filled from a waiting list. In the case of a medical or family emergency, on a case by case basis, the guild may issue a certificate towards a future workshop in lieu of a refund. In the event a workshop does not fill one month prior to the event, the workshop will then become open to non-members such as other guilds, guests, etc. If a minimum number of students is not met, the guild reserves the right to cancel the workshop and all student fees would be refunded.

Location and Timing

Workshops will be scheduled at various locations.  Half day workshops begin at 9:30 and end at 12:30,  full day workshops begin at 9:30 and  conclude at 3:30 with cleanup until 4:00.  Please bring a lunch or plan to go to one of the many spots nearby to grab a quick lunch.  The guild will provide ironing boards and irons when needed.


Petal Play by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill“Learn how to piece curves!” workshop
Saturday Feb 8, 2020 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
St. Philomena’s School, 324 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI  02871.

Does the thought of sewing curves give you anxiety? Don’t fear the curve!  Students will learn tips and tricks to create a fantastic curve while making blocks needed for Picnic Petals designed by Sheri. Class includes step-by-step instructions and quilting tips. Sheri will also share her favorite tools and tips for staying organized. This is a good class for quilters who have never sewed curves or those who want to gain more experience.  Sign up for Sheri’s full-day workshop via email to

Costs: $45 for Guild members; $55 for non-members.  Pattern and materials required are additional.  Supply lists are provided via email and are available at local East Bay quilts shops.  Space is limited to 20 students.  

Workshop suitable for confident beginners. We will be using Sheri’s pattern, “Picnic Petals” available online at Sheri’s website, 


September 7 – EPP/FPP Workshop with Tina Craig. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, Cost is $35. Location is St. Philomena School, same as monthly meetings. This workshop is a great follow-up to Tina’s lecture on Thursday night. Space is limited to 12 to 15 students to make sure everyone has enough in-structor time. Cost includes the FPP kit for making a pin or magnet with your FPP. Supplies required fall within the usual sewing supplies you probably have. Supply lists will be provided to registrants and available at local quilts shops for your convenience. To register, send an email to Gail at the Guild email address ( 

November 9 – Workshop with Marianne L. Hatton, “It Takes Two… Triangles, That Is.” Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Philomena. This is a workshop on design, color, and construction, with plenty of opportunity to explore color runs, value range, and design exercises. Lots of tweaking of your design and an emphasis on precise stitching and accuracy for success every time. 

February 8 – Workshop with Sheri Cifaldi-Morill: “Learn How to Piece Curves!” You will use Sheri’s pattern “Picnic Petals.” Full-day workshop, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Philomena. 

2018 Workshops

Shirley Fischer Workshop
October 6 – 9:30-3:30

Fee: $35

Perfecting your applique skills.  The workshop will be held at St. Philomena’s School, 324 Corys Lane, Portsmouth, RI.