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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 - October 18, 2017, 7pm

Making Community Quilts: Folks Together to Examine Issues

Nedra Bonds

Please join us in offering a warm welcome to our featured speaker, Nedra Bonds, who is an award-winning art quilter. She will offer a different approach to our audience than what we have typically experienced. Her specialty is focus on images reflecting her views on social justice issues. Women and politics are common themes in her work. At an early age, she learned basic quilt techniques from family members. She describes her design technique as thinking out loud in color and fabric. As she shares 6 small quilts in her lecture, she wants to promote a conversation between what she is talking about and the audience. She will welcome comments and questions from the audience. So, come join us and hear her stories about her community quilts. I know we are in for a treat this evening as we take in this refreshing look and approach to art quilting.

Examples of Nedra's work can be found in the corporate collections at Sprint, H&R Block, St. Luke Medical Center, University of Missouri Arrowhead Stadium. Also included are Spencer Museum and the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

After retiring Nedra applied for grants as an opportunity to work with communities and organizations that are interested in real issues. She than expanded teaching adults at senior centers. She was reimbursed for materials. Her greatest satisfaction was internal joy.

"If my quilts come out pretty, that is fine by me, but I’m more interested in getting a message out to the public. I want to make a statement that is strong and definite." This is how Nedra feels about making her quilts.”

October 18 Dinner Before the General Meeting, 5-6:15 p.m.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our speaker, Nedra Bonds in person as we gather with other BAS members for a delicious dinner prior to the General Meeting. ALL members are welcomed at Ranazul Bistro, 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, MD 20759. If you wish to attend, please call, text or email Nancy Raley at 703-405-7805 or

Sit and Sew

This month we are going to get into the Christmas Spirit with BAS member Allison Bachmann leading the way as she demonstrates how the make the Christmas Stocking. You will find the pattern and supplies needed on our website under “Member Resources.” The monthly demonstrations take place in the Strawbridge room at the Methodist Conference Center in Maple Lawn. The demo starts at 5:45 the third Wednesday of each month 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.

7th Annual BAS Retreat--Cancelled

As a result of low registration numbers, we have cancelled our Fall retreat. For those who registered, you will receive a refund of any money already paid. Thank you for your understanding.

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