Baltimore Appliqué Society
Founded in Baltimore, MD, in 1993 to preserve antique quilts and promote the art of appliqué
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Next BAS ZOOM Meeting - November 18th, 2020
Please join us on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, for our BAS Zoom General Membership Meeting. We open at 6:30 p.m., EDT, for a little social time. Our meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a short business meeting, and followed by our speaker for the evening, our very own, Barbara M. Burnham, who will speak on “Appliqué Challenges.” Barbara is a charter member of the Baltimore Appliqué Society and author of Baltimore Garden Quilt. Over the years she has served on the Board, and made frequent contributions to the BAS newsletter, Society Sampler. Today, she enjoys teaching hand appliqué, hand quilting, inking on fabric plus other quilting techniques. She has taught at local quilt shops plus the Academy of Appliqué and Baltimore on the Prairie.
Are you still not comfortable with Zoom? We can help. See the BAS 2020 November Announcements for step-by-step instructions on how to join us on Zoom. Just like last month, you will receive an e-mail the weekend before the meeting with an invite containing the information on how to access Zoom, and a reminder e-mail with the same information the day of the meeting. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Let’s take this evening to celebrate appliqué.
Rose Bouquet Workshop on Zoom
Barbara will also teach a workshop on Zoom, “Rose Bouquet,” in three sessions on January 8, 15, and 22, 2021. Gather a bouquet of appliqué roses and tie it with an elegant bow while stitching blocks that Barbara has designed exclusively for Baltimore Appliqué Society. Learn to select fabrics that add depth, dimension, and realism. Barbara will offer several appliqué techniques and so much more. This class is suitable for all appliqué enthusiasts—even beginners. Choose from two different patterns that offer “swappable” options—choose easy-to-sew classic rose options, or try a new “twisted” appliqué technique. A more detailed description of the class with supply list and registration form are available on the BAS website. Registration is now open and class size is limited.
Quaker Baltimore Album, Date 1850
The pattern from this antique quilt was produced by members of the Baltimore Appliqué Society, compliments of Debby Cooney and Ronda H. McAllen whose research reflects that there were Quakers, who lived in Maryland and the Baltimore area from the late 17th century. Many Quaker women were dedicated quiltmakers, using silks in the somber hues of their dresses as well as colorful glazed chintz furnishing fabrics. This Baltimore Album quilt reflects names that show the Quakers participated in making some of the over 400 quilts completed between about 1844 and 1858 that are known today. The high-style blocks, ruched roses in baskets and bouquets, chintz appliqué, plus simple appliqués and piecework, are all nicely balanced to create a handsome gift or memento of friendship or kinship ties.
Quilt size 88” x 75”. Legible Names on the Quaker Baltimore Album quilt are Hannah S. Atkinson, Elizabeth Herica, Louisa Morgan, Thomas Morgan, Sarah Ann Atkinson, and initials CC or GG dated 1850.
The price for the pattern is $50.00 + $12.00 shipping (MD residents will also be charged 6% state sales tax). Proceeds from the pattern sales will go to the BAS.
Baltimore Applique Society 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.
Baltimore Applique Society 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")