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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 - June 21, 2017, 7pm

An End of the Year Tea Party and Celebration!

This month we invite you to join us for this special presentation and talk by our very own BAS members, Janet Esch, and Teri Young. They will present the recently donated Jane Austen Quilt, an intricately hand appliqued and embellished quilt by Mildred Tahara. Jane Austen was both an accomplished novelist and expert seamstress. She has inspired many in England and America to create their own idea of what a Jane Austen quilt means to them. Terri Young will tell us about the BAS workshops she has planned to offer over the next two years. It will include a series of flower making and embroidery techniques inspired by Mildred’s Jane Austen Quilt. So, come and see up close this beautiful quilt. Learn from Janet and Teri what wonderful plans are being made in the near future to offer us all many opportunities to expand our own skills.

June 21st Dinner Before the General Meeting, 5-6:15 p.m.

This is a fun opportunity to meet, our speakers, Janet Esch and Teri Young for the evening’s meeting, and join 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 me, Nancy Raley at 703-405-7805 or

Sit and Sew There is not a sit and sew this meeting, but read on what other fun activities are planned!

SILENT AUCTION Begins at 6:30 p.m.

Don’t you love a good bargain and fun treasures? We are delighted to include in our silent auction several donated items by Ellie Sienkiewicz, and other BAS members. So, if you have items you would like to donate for the auction, please let me know or bring them with you after 5:00 p.m. and before 6:00 p.m. We have a committee that will receive these items.

It’s a TEA PARTY! Please wear your favorite hat to come have tea at our evening meeting and bring your favorite sweet or savory refreshments to share. We will provide a delicious tea, and other drinks. Paper products and plastic silverware will also be provided.

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.

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:

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