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Founded in Baltimore, MD, in 1993 to preserve antique quilts and promote the art of appliqué

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Next BAS Meeting - September 20, 2017, 7pm

Needle Grace: Cloth, Ribbon, Thread, and Embroidery

This month we invite you to join us for a presentation by Janice Vaine. Jan's lecture will show the art of embellishing hand needle-turn appliqué with creative ribbon and thread techniques using her Needle Grace Quilt. Jan will step you through her design process. She will share quilts telling the story of her personal journey from piecing to appliqué to embellishment.

Jan Vaine is an accomplished needle artist whose elegant hand appliqued quilts have appeared in quilt show and museum exhibits, magazines, and books. She is highly regarded educator with more than 25 years of teaching experience, including 10 years at the renowned Elly Sienkiewicz Applique. She has also authored a number of quilting books and designed a series of quilt and accessory patterns. Jan continues to design, stitch and teach. Jan’s works are often inspired by antique quilts and vintage embroidery. Her designs blend old and new for a fresh new look. Her works reflects a keen appreciation for classic stitches, a high regard for vintage artistry, and an inspired use of modern techniques, materials, and design.

Jan learned to stitch from her mother, and has been stitching her entire life. She began her pattern design company in 2004 to further her passion and enthusiasm for needle arts. Named for a beloved family pet the Graham Cracker Collection offers something for everyone who loves to sew, applique, embroider and quilt. The lecture shows the art of embellishing hand needle-turn appliqué with creative ribbon and thread techniques using her Needle Grace Quilt. Jan will step you through her design process. She will share quilts telling the story of her personal journey from piecing to appliqué to embellishment.

Jan Vaine

Sit and Sew

Marcia Gratton will demonstrate the prep for paper cut applique. If you wish to participate in a"hands-on" way, bring a pencil, a stapler and paper cutting scissors.

The monthly demonstrations take place in the Strawbridge room at the Methodist Conference Center in Maple Lawn. The demo starts at 5:45 before the BAS General meeting. You are welcome to bring a sandwich or your evening meal with you.

Join us for BAS meetings at:

United Methodist Conference Center
11711 East Market Place
Fulton, Maryland 20759
410 309 3400
A map to the meeting site is available under Member Resources. Please login to access it.

Guests are always welcome. The fee for guests is $5.

Bits of Baltimore and Beyond

There is still time to make a little quilt and have it included in all the exhibits throughout 2018. Donating a small quilt is a wonderful way to help support the quilt preservation work in museums while, at the same time, helping spread the word about BAS. I hope you will consider making a little quilt for this fundraiser. You can now sign up for the block you wish to make on our website, just click here for more information. You will receive an email confirming your selection.

Fall Retreat, October 12-15, 2017 Registration Now Open

The seventh annual BAS fall retreat is scheduled for October 12-15, 2017 at the Roxbury Camp and Conference Center in Orrstown, PA, in the rolling hills near Chambersburg, PA (about 100 miles from Howard County, MD). The Byers Conference Center features hotel style rooms with private bathrooms, handicap facilities and elevator. All linens are included. Please note, we will not have food service provided by Roxbury, but instead will prepare our own food.

Two- and three-night packages are available; however space is limited. A $25 deposit will hold your place, with final payment due by September 20, 2017. The registration form is available here. For questions or more information, contact: ann.corbett@gmail.com.

BAS Pattern Sale

We're having a 50% off sale on the Margaret Potts, Lady of Victory and Isaiah Mercier Quilt pattern sets. All of the patterns were directly copied from antique quilts.

Click here to get more information, see more pictures of the blocks and order patterns. BAS accepts PayPal!

Front cover of the Margaret Potts Quilt patterns Front cover of the Lady of Victory Quilt patterns
Margaret Potts
Now $25
Lady of Victory Quilt
Now $25