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BAS ZOOM Meeting - April 21, 2021

Four Block Quilt

Happy spring and please join us for our next General Membership meeting on Zoom, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. This evening, we are excited to welcome our own Polly Mello and Debby Cooney, who will present "The Big, Bold and Beautiful, The Four Block Set Quilts of the 19th Century." This slide presentation of quilts is primarily from their own collections. Big Block Quilts were popular in the mid-19th Century. Most of these quilts are red and green, but there are many variations of colors, borders and sashings. Pieced examples will also be shown.

We look forward to seeing you!


Quaker Baltimore Album, Date 1850

Quaker Baltimore Album

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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

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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