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Founded in Baltimore, MD, in 1993 to preserve antique quilts and promote the art of appliqué

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BAS Weather Policy

BAS Meetings held at the United Methodist Conference Center will be governed by the weather policy of the Howard County Community College. There is a possibility that this policy will be replaced by the Howard County Public Schools’ weather policy so check here first. 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. When in doubt, please check with a Board member before leaving home (the Board members' contact information is available in the Member Resources Area). The Board's decision on closings will be made by 3:00 pm on the date in question.

Next BAS Meeting - February 17, 2016, 7pm

Polly Mello

Polly Mello presents "Samplers, Albums and Charms"

Happy Valentines Day! Quilts to fall in love with! Come to the February meeting for a trunk show of Baltimore and other Album quilts from the collection of Polly Mello. What do sampler, album, and charm quilts have in common and what makes them different? Quilters love to put things into collections: blocks, signatures and fabrics and the results can be wonderful. Beautiful album quilts and, of course, a little taste of odd collections at the end: samplers, crochet pattern books and button strings etc.

Polly is a quilt historian and collector and has been collecting quilts for 40 years. Quilts in her collection have been shown in magazines, books, major quilt shows and quilt museums; such as Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Quilts of Virginia by Hazel Carter et al, The American Quilter’s Society Show in Paducah, KY, and The New England Quilt Museum. Her collection of over 200 quilts specializes in pre 1850 chintz and appliqué, crib, redwork, and early 20th century designer quilts. Her favorite group to collect is the infamous macabre quilts that "go bump in the night."

Sit and Sew: This month's Sit and Sew will be presented by BAS member Joan Zelinka. Joan will demonstrate folded flowers, and then give everyone time to practice their own folded flowers. She asks that participants bring their own needle, thread (any color) and scissors. Join us at 5:30 on February 17!

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, February 17, at Ranazul Bistro, 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, MD 20759. If you wish to attend, please call or text me, Ann Corbett, 410-804-6228, by Noon on the same day or email, so that I can reserve a large enough table.

BAS has moved! Join us for BAS meetings at:

United Methodist Conference Center
11711 East Market Place
Fulton, Maryland 20759
410 309 3400
A map to the new meeting site is available under Member Resources. Please login to access it.

Latest News

BAS Workshop: Embellishing Your Blocks with Embroidery

Teri Young and Kara Mason will be leading a workshop on March 16, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm (the afternoon of the BAS general meeting), in our regular meeting location, UMC Conference Center, 11711 East Market Place Fulton, MD 20759. Using a block from the Potts quilt, Teri and Kara will teach a number of different embroidery stitches to embellish the block. They will also demonstrate silk ribbon embroidery and inking. The cost of the workshop is $20 for BAS members, $25 for non-members, plus a kit fee of $15. The kit will include a fused block so participants can focus on learning how to embellish without having to do any prep in advance or appliqué in the class. Class size is limited so payment is required to hold your space. Contact Carol Brown at

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 Mercier Raffle Quilt
Margaret Potts
Now $25
Lady of Victory Quilt
Now $25
Isaiah Mercier Quilt
Now $13.