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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 - November 16, 2016, 7pm

Rita Verroca RosesOfShenandoah

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016 we welcome our guest speaker Rita Verroca who will present "Travel Through Quilt History." In this one-hour lecture/ trunk show Rita will give an insight into different time periods of American quilt making, from its humble beginnings as utilitarian necessity to it's glorious statement of a Baltimore Album Quilt. Rita will explore on the basis of her quilts various aspects of the art of the American quilt and quilt making. Rita will explore the history and versatility of patterns, the development and use of color in fabrics and find meaning in the artistic expression of quilters, which characterized the lives they lived.

Rita will educate, humor and inspire you with her knowledge of history, personal experience and entertaining stories. Her contagious enthusiasm will ignite in everybody the desire to carry on the art of the American Quilt.

Rita Verroca lives and teaches in Westlake Village, California. Rita cherishes the traditional art of hand applique and hand quilting and wishes to share her contagious enthusiasm for this artform with others. Her work has won awards in many different shows including the 2003 Houston IQA show, the 2004 QNM 35th Birthday contest, the 2009 Houston IQA Show and the 2010 IQA show in Long Beach, CA. Her work has featured in many magazines including Quiltmania, No. 5 in 2003 and Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, April/May, 2010, No. 415.

Dinner before the General Meeting: All members are welcome to join other members and the speaker of the evening at dinner prior to the general meeting. Our next dinner will be at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 16, at Ranazul Bistro, 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, MD 20759. If you wish to attend, please call or text, Nancy Raley, 703-405-7805, by Noon on the same day or email, so that we can reserve a large enough table.

Join us for BAS meetings at:

United Methodist Conference Center
11711 East Market Place
Fulton, Maryland 20759
410 309 3400
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Guests are always welcome. The fee for guests is $5.

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BAS Meetings held at the United Methodist Conference Center will be governed by the weather policy of the Howard County Public Schools (see We will make our best effort to post a notice on the BAS Facebook page, update the BAS website, and send out an e-mail if the meeting is cancelled.

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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