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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 24, 2018, 7pm - Please note the new date!

Polly Mello

Polly Mello is an award-winning quilt-maker and collector, past president of the Baltimore Applique Society, and lecturer. This month on January 24, 2018 her lecture is entitled "Things That Go Bump in the Night: Macabre Quilts" from her collection. This lecture is part of a presentation she created in 2017 for the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Polly has an interest in the dark side of life; this is reflected in her lecture and in her quilting.

People have used appliqué and other forms of needlework to help relieve stress to handle the process of grieving. Stitching helps people feel better about tragic events. The symbols of mourning include weeping willows, mourning doves, tombstones, angels, urns, and broken flower stems representing a life too short. Some of the quilts Polly made for herself, her grandchildren, and other family members. This trunk show will keep you wondering what the next quilt will be like. Polly has been a quilt collector for forty years.

Dinner Before the General Meeting, January 24, 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

Judy Shapiro will do a demonstration. Judy does exquisite work and is known for her beautiful bead work embellishments. The monthly demonstrations take place in the Strawbridge room at the Methodist Conference Center in Maple Lawn. The demo will start at 5:45 pm, January 24th before the BAS General meeting. You are welcome to bring a sandwich or your evening meal with you

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