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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 21, 2016, 7pm

Brenda Papadakis

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 we welcome our guest speaker from Texas, Brenda Papadakis, author of the Dear Jane book.

Brenda's fascination with the Stickle quilt began over twenty years ago when she saw the “Jane Stickle Quilt” in Donna Blisters and Richard Cleveland's book, Plain and Fancy. As a math teacher, Brenda was intrigued with the geometric shapes in Jane's quilt blocks and found her designs fascinating. A friend challenged Brenda to draft the tiny blocks and Dear Jane was created.

Information retrieved from the census records, indicates that Jane completed her quilt during the Civil War in 1863 when she was 46 years old. Her sampler quilt was comprised of 169, 5 inch square blocks, each one different. The borders are equally as creative and innovative as the blocks. Altogether, there are 5,602 pieces in this quilt!

Brenda will also do a workshop on Thursday, September 22, "Appliqueing the Dear Jane Way." Don't delay ~ Sign up today! The workshop will be held at Spring Water Design Quilt Shop, 9691Gerwig Lane, Suite G, Columbia, MD 21046 from 10-4, $40 for members. Contact Carol Brown to sign up Your money will secure your spot!


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Latest News

Fall Retreat, October 20 - 23, 2016 Registration Now Open

The sixth annual BAS fall retreat is scheduled for October 20 - 23, 2016 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 this year, but instead will prepare our own food. The cost of the retreat has been adjusted to reflect this change.

Two- and three-night packages are available; however space is limited and filling up quickly. A $25 deposit will hold your place, with final payment due by September 21, 2016. The revised registration form is available here. For questions or more information, contact:

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 Mercier Raffle Quilt
Margaret Potts
Now $25
Lady of Victory Quilt
Now $25
Isaiah Mercier Quilt
Now $13.