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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 - May 18, 2016, 7pm

Georgina and Dick Fries “New Quilts from Old”

Georgina and Dick Fries will present a collection of new quilts that have been inspired by their collection of antique quilts and tops, and all of the wonderful quilts they see at three AQSG meetings throughout the year.

Dick and Jean have operated Bellwether Dry Goods for 34 years, with a studio and shop in their home in Lothian, MD. They make quilts to sell, but seventy-five per cent of their work is quilting for other quilters. Jean does all the piecing and Dick does the marking and a lot of the rotary cutting. All of their appliqué is done by one dear little Hmong woman in Wisconsin. The hand quilting is done by their team of 125 Amish ladies; one to a quilt. They are fortunate enough to have customers from all over the USA and United Kingdom, and they see fabulous works of art and are privileged to work on them.

Dick and Jean both originate from New Jersey, but have lived in Maryland for 47 years. They have five children and seven grandchildren.


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, May 18, 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

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.