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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, 19 2017, 7pm

This month we invite you to join us and offer a warm welcome our speaker Sue Troyan who has been teaching quilting for 30 years and specializes in teaching technique classes to quilters of all experience levels. She believes in a light-hearted approach to teaching that builds confidence and ensures success for students. Sue especially enjoys hand appliqué, and discovering and sharing new methods and ideas. A charter member of the 19th Century Patchwork Divas, Sue has had a number of her reproduction quilts exhibited at Quilts, Inc. shows, including Houston, Chicago and Long Beach, CA, as well as at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado and Mid-Atlantic Quilt Shows. Her work has been published in a number of books, most recently in History Repeated and Gone to Texas. She is also very involved with Quilts of Valor.

Sue's deep interest in antique quilts and American history inspired her to create the character of Aunt Pitty Pat, a lady of a certain age from the nineteenth century who teaches the needle arts to ladies and gentlemen, who takes great pleasure in visiting quilters’ guilds, shows and shops where she teaches and shares her experiences and insights into the art we all love.

A native Texan, Sue currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA., with her husband Bill, their dog, Rocky and Sam the Cat. They have three grown, accomplished children and 5 practically perfect grandchildren. Be forewarned! She has an iPad full pictures of the newest grandson.

SAME DAY WORKSHOP, April 19th, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

By Sue Troyan at the Spring Water Designs Quilt Shop, Columbia, MD. There are still a few spaces available. For more information on how to join us for the fun please contact Marcia Gratton at @

There’s Ink on Your Quilt!

The Victorian Ladies of the 19th century were not only skilled in the use of needle and thread, but also of pen and ink. Using modern tools, and some neat tricks, in this class you’ll explore the delights of inking, not just labels, but also your quilts. You’ll start with learning how to embellish your signature after the style of those gifted ladies, then move on to a number of techniques that will add a unique touch to your work – tracings, pointillist drawings, silhouettes and shadows, rubber stamps and more! Come join the fun! It’s easier than it looks!

Sit and Sew: Come and join our very own Marylou McDonald for a BAS “Sit and Sew" demonstration! She will be sharing her Maryland State flower, the black-eyed susan. She will demonstrate her techniques for skinny stems, pointed leaves and perfect circles.

There is not a supply list as this is demonstration only. Marylou will have handouts. A picture of the sit and sew demonstration will be included in the upcoming Newsletter.

We will meet in the Strawbridge (lunch) Room at the UMCC @5:30 pm, before the BAS General Meeting

Dinner before the General Meeting: This is an opportunity to meet the speaker of the evening and join other members for a delicious dinner prior to the General Meeting. ALL members are welcomed. Our next dinner will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19th, at Ranazul Bistro, 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, MD 20759. If you wish to attend, please call, text or email Nancy Raley at 703- 405-7805 or

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.

Fall Retreat, October 12-15, 2017 Registration Now Open

The seventh annual BAS fall retreat is scheduled for October 12-15, 2017 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, but instead will prepare our own food.

Two- and three-night packages are available; however space is limited. A $25 deposit will hold your place, with final payment due by September 20, 2017. The 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
Margaret Potts
Now $25
Lady of Victory Quilt
Now $25