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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

Priscilla Hart

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 we welcome our guest speaker Priscilla Miller. Priscilla was the owner of the Margaret Potts quilt, and her lecture will include background information about Margaret Potts and her quilting ability, as well as the route the quilt has taken since it was made in the 1860s,

Priscilla was born and grew up in Harrisburg, PA, the daughter of Ruth Wills Miller and Evan Jones Miller. Her father was the grandson of Margaret Potts Miller. Priscilla graduated from The College of Wooster (in Ohio) in 1951 with a BA degree in music. A year after graduation she married Lane S. Hart IV and had 2 children - Karen and Lane. After living in Silver Spring for a number of years the family moved in 1969 to the new city of Columbia. In 2002 Homewood Retirement Community in Frederick became the Harts home. Recently they moved back to Howard Co. to the new retirement community in Ellicott City - Miller's Grant.

Although Priscilla held several short time jobs, most of her adult life has been involved with volunteer commitments. These included work in the areas of education, transportation, governmental affairs, housing, disabilities, civil and human rights and politics. She also was involved with interfaith activities in Columbia. Her administrative activities included serving as President of the Association of Community Services in Howard Co. and President of the Maryland League of Women Voters. Advocacy for progressive legislation has been a priority for her.

Although Priscilla did some craft projects thru the years she was never a quilter. Her appreciation of quilts began after she received the Margaret Potts quilt from her father in 1987. She had no idea at that time that her Great Grandmother's quilt was special until she showed it to a number of quilters who recognized its value. She is very happy that the Baltimore Applique society owns the pattern copyright for the quilt and that the quilt is being preserved by the Wintherthur Museum in Delaware.


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Latest News

Fall Retreat, October 20 - 23, 2016 Registration Now Open

The sixth annual BAS fall retreat is scheduled for October 20 - 23, 2016 at the Roxbury Camp and Conference Center in Orrstown, PA, in the rolling hills near Chambersburg, PA (about 100 miles from Howard County, MD). The Byers Conference Center features hotel style rooms with private bathrooms, handicap facilities and elevator. All linens are included. Please note, we will not have food service provided by Roxbury this year, but instead will prepare our own food. The cost of the retreat has been adjusted to reflect this change.

Two- and three-night packages are available; however space is limited and filling up quickly. A $25 deposit will hold your place, with final payment due by September 21, 2016. The revised registration form is available here. For questions or more information, contact:

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.