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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 - April 18, 2018, 7pm

Joan Gaither

Join us to welcome Dr. Joan Gaither, an artist, educator, and master quilter. Her amazing mixed media quilts share stories about people and places whose stories need to be told. Dr. Gaither has dedicated herself to the growth and education of young people for more than forty years. She is a documentary story quilter from Baltimore, MD area. Her amazing mixed stories need to be told and seen.

She is a native Baltimorean with a history of helping to integrate schools and businesses during the Civil Rights Movement. She received her B.S. degree from Morgan University and her Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin. She has been an active member of national, state, and local professional art organizations plus family, social and spiritual communities. In 1996 she started working at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, MD. Her work today as an artist/educator follows from ideas that emerged from a long commitment to the education of children for over forty years.

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

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other 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 will be a sit and sew starting at 5:45pm, March 21st, prior to the BAS General Meeting. Attendees are welcomed to bring any sewing project they wish to stitch on. Our monthly sit and sews take place in the Strawbridge room at the Methodist Conference Center in Maple Lawn. You are also welcome to bring a sandwich or your evening meal with you. There will not be a guest demonstration this month -->

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.

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