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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 19, 2016, 7pm

Mavis Slawson

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 we welcome our guest speaker Mavis Slawson who will present "Soldiers and Their Quilts." Quilts were very important to Civil War Soldiers in many ways. Soldiers used quilts for camping in the field, as saddle blankets, tablecloths for lunch, and a myriad other purposes. At this time the term “quilt” was used for almost any bedcovering, but making a true quilt involved much time and work. In the first year of the Civil War, more than one million men answered the call to arms. Sewing women also responded to this call at home sewing for their loved ones away. During this quilt talk I will discuss what happened to the soldier’s quilts and also how injured soldiers created quilts for themselves while in the hospitals or at home recovering from their injuries

Mavis Slawson, a 1957 graduate of the Sioux City, Iowa, Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, worked as a staff duty nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals while her husband was a medical student and then as a mother and home-maker for several years. She then decided to pursue a degree in Art & Art History where she returned to her interest in sewing and to fabrics, fabric art history, and to quilts and quilting, combining all these elements. About ten years ago she became a docent at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, combining nursing and her interest in fabrics and quilting. She rapidly developed a particular interest in quilts and the way quilts affected the soldier in the Civil War. This grew into an interest in the history of quilts and quilting in the Civil War and pre Civil War Era. During a visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Virginia, she was asked to participate in quilting demonstrations there during Court Days. This developed into more complex demonstrations of the quilting of the time and an interest in the fabrics and quilting techniques of the times. Mavis Slawson is a member of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Virginia Quilt Museum, the Society of Civil War Surgeons, and the American Quilt Study Group in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mavis has given lecture and presentations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, and Illinois.

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, October 19, at Ranazul Bistro, 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, MD 20759. If you wish to attend, please call or text, Ann Corbett, 410-804-6228, by Noon on the same day or email, so that we can reserve a large enough table.

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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.

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