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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 - January 25, 2017, 7pm


It's with great pleasure we welcome one of our very own BAS members, Polly Mello, who will present "Crib Quilts, 1790 to 1900," at the upcoming general meeting, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Polly, has been and currently continues to be an avid quilt collector and quilt historian. Her extensive collection specializes in pre-1850 chintz and applique, crib, redwork, and early 20th century designer quilts. She is especially drawn to collect the macabre quilts that "go bump in the night." This evening will focus on the creepy crib quilts.

Polly is an active member of Baltimore Applique Society, serving at one time as president. She is a member of The American Quilt Study Group and presenter at their annual seminars. She also is active in the Antique and Vintage Fabric Dating Club of Northern Virginia, AQSG Eastern Shore Quilt Study Group, and Fran’s Vintage Friends (FVF). In addition, she is an author and a very accomplished award winning quilter and appliquer.

It's interesting to note that Polly is a retired registered nurse and graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a grandmother of five grandsons, and presently resides in Elkridge, Maryland with her husband.

We are sure to be entertained by this lady as she shares and educates us about these unusual quilts. She’ll encourage our imagination to take us within the mind of the maker and their outlook on death and afterlife.

Sit and Sew: This month we will have a 20-minute demonstration at our sit and sew. Our very own Phyllis Hatcher will be stretching and stapling! She will show how to literally frame your favorite fabric (the one too precious to cut up) or small appliqued/pieced quilt top. The Australian Aboriginal dot painted canvases and fabrics in quilt shops in the outback are mounted this way. Come see how great your fabrics can look. Phyllis will be providing a handout sheet.

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, Januarh 25gh, 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.

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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
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