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

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BAS Workshop "Designing Your Broderie Perse Quilt" with Judy Shapiro

Judy Shapiro will be teaching Broderie Perse workshop on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 10a.m.-4p.m. at Spring Water Designs in Columbia. She will discuss appropriate fabrics for the project, combining fabrics from diverse collections, combining piecing and/or appliqué with broderie perse. She will discuss both hand and machine appliqué. The class will include designing a large center block for a quilt or just a simple block to be incorporated into a quilt. It would be helpful if students come with a plan, including their choice of background fabric as well as possible broderie perse fabrics. Please click here for the registration and supply list.

Next BAS Meeting - January 22nd, 2020 - Note this is the 4th Wednesday!

Judy Shapiro Judy Shapiro Quilt

Please come and join us to hear our very own Judy Shapiro, who will share how she began her amazing forty-year journey as a quilt artist/fiber artist at our January 22nd BAS General Meeting. Her first project was a 49-block pieced quilt, which she says she didn’t finish due to boredom. But, as time passed, and she gained more skill, she started to teach classes. It was one of these moments when Anne Connery—a well-known appliqué teacher signed up for Judy’s class. Everyone enjoyed Anne and Judy found that she was great fun and very easy to talk to.

That evening Judy came home and told her husband about this extraordinary woman. He then went straight to G Street Fabrics that same evening and signed her up for Anne’s year-long appliqué course. It was a life changer for Judy. She became hooked on appliqué and embraced the label, “I am an appliquér.” Judy has taught appliqué all over the United States and has had many one-woman shows.

Dinner Before the General Meeting, November 20th, 5-6:15 p.m. Come meet our speaker and other members for a delicious dinner prior to our general meeting. ALL members are welcome at the nearby Ranazul Bistro, 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, MD. If you wish to attend, please please text or email Martha Fry at (240) 271-8095 or

Sit and Sew: Plan to join us 5:00 P.M.- 6:45 P.M. prior to our January BAS General Meeting in the Strawbridge Room, BWC Mission Center. Bring a project you are working on and would like to share with others. Connie Richmond, has offered to help coordinate this time. We will have a mini brainstorming session of ideas for future Sit- and-Sews, such as simple time saving techniques, cute crafts, or a project you would love to see or teach. If you cannot make it, but have a great idea, please send it to or

Join us for BAS meetings at:

Baltimore-Washington Conference Mission Center (BWC Mission 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.

Baltimore Applique Society 25 Year Anniversary Block

BAS 25 Year Anniversary Block The Baltimore Appliqué Society, established in 1993, is currently celebrating its 25th year. Over the years BAS has raised money in a variety of ways, including making raffle quilts and creating patterns from museum quilts. BAS has provided financial support for organizations including the American Quilt Study Group, the Maryland Historical Society, the Marie Webster House, the Maryland State Fair, the Virginia Quilt Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

When Marylou McDonald was asked for possible ideas for a Baltimore Appliqué 25-year block pattern, she created this special pattern, "The BAS 25 Year Anniversary Block". The pattern is for a 20" x 20" block, and includes a flower from each quilt which BAS has produced. The 25 berries represent the 25 years of the BAS.

The price for the pattern is $15.00 + $1.50 shipping (MD residents will also be charged $0.90 state sales tax ). Proceeds from the pattern sales will go to the BAS.

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Baltimore Applique Society 25 Year Anniversary Charm Stamp

BAS 25 Year Anniversary Charm Stamp

Another Charmer is the 5.5” x 5.5" Custom Charm Stamp designed by Debra Gabel of Zebra Quilts. This is a wonderful block to experiment with. One can add it to a tote bag, pillow, t-shirt, or use it as a label, frame it, or add it to a quilt. The possibilities are endless! Proceeds will go directly to BAS. (The central patterned area is 4" x 4")

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