Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Blocks 24 and 25 – The Final Blocks

We have important business. It’s the final installment of the Benjamin Biggs quilt. You’re getting both Block 24 and Block 25 today.   Block 24 I think this is one of my favorite blocks in the quilt. I just love all the leaves on the curved branches. The only information I found on the block maker was that she was born in 1827. The 1850 census shows her living with Benjamin Tayman, a farmer in Washington, DC. I believe they moved there from Maryland where they were born.   Susan Tayman 1848     Block 25   Anna Mary Hoke Oct 1848 Emmitsburg Md   You now have everything you’ll need to complete the Just Takes 2 Benjamin Biggs quilt! The blocks I’ve seen so far are wonderful and I can’t wait to see some completed quilts. If you’ve missed any of the blocks along the way you can order them HERE. There WON’T be a Just Takes 2™ Block of the Month for 2016 Thank you for your support over the last four years. We hope you’ve enjoyed the quilts presented and will continue to visit Sentimental Stitches and Dear Jane to see what’s happening. Sentimental Stitches™ is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary in 2016. I have so many wonderful things planned to share with you that I need to go over the list and narrow it down to what I think we can manage even if we celebrate for 20 months! It’s also the 10th anniversary for the web site and I want to be sure to honor and thank all of you who have followed me through...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 23

Here we are down to the final three blocks in the Benjamin Biggs quilt. I haven’t had much time to put together information on this block. I’ve been fighting a nasty cold bug for at least the last week. It’s really taken the stuffing out of me so today’s post is going to be short. Block 23 The block is an interesting one. Looks a little like apple branches to me which are perfect for this time of year. There are two red fabrics and two greens ones so a little bit of everything tossed in. I can’t wait to see what you do. Jane Fleming Emmittsburg Maryland 1848 Jane was 25 years old when she made this block and the 1850 census shows her still living in Frederick County, Maryland with Robert Fleming, age 65, a farmer I assume was her father and her younger brother Robert. Before you head over to Brenda’s to download your block I have a favor to ask. A friend is desperately looking for some of this fabric. It’s by Paula Barnes for Marcus Brothers Fabrics and probably a couple of years old. Blue and dark gray (almost black) on cream shirting type print. If you know where to find some or have this in your stash and would be willing to part with it I’d be ever so grateful. I’ve looked everywhere I can think of, spending way more than a few hours online with no luck so far. Just email or leave me a comment. I can put it on the Missing Fabrics page too   Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 22

We’ve officially welcomed the fall season around here and the end of our Benjamin Biggs quilt isn’t far away. Today’s block will keep you busy for quite a while though. It’s filled with flowers, stems and little leaves. Isn’t this a pretty block!   Elizabeth Biggs Monoquacy (Monocacy) Maryland 1848 Elizabeth , like Sarah Biggs, lived in District 5 of Frederick County Maryland. Born May 7, 1830, she was 18 years old when this block was completed. Her sisters Emma and Sarah also made blocks for the quilt. Her parents were Benjamin Biggs, Jr and Delilah Graff. We have two blocks signed with the Groff so it makes me wonder if Delilah’s name was actually Groff rather than Graff. We talked a about the town of Monocacy with Block 8 and Block 16. The town of Monocacy is thought to be the first German settlement in Maryland. It sits between the Monocacy river and the mountains and was first settled between 1710 – 1712. There was a large Lutheran church there which celebrated it’s centennial in 1848 but I haven’t tried to research the old church rolls to see if I can find any of the names on the quilt. It was certainly the most important settlement of Germans in the State until the establishment of Frederick county in 1748 when Fredericktown became the county seat. Anyone who lived in Monocacy had their address swallowed up and changed to a Fredericktown address. The exact location of the original log church is not known. It is thought to have been built on the west side of the Monocacy river near...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 21

It’s a Just Takes 2 quilt day and we have another beautiful applique block from the Benjamin Biggs Quilt for you today. I hope you’ve been able to download all of the blocks as they’ve been presented but if you’re missing any of them you can purchase the retired blocks on THIS PAGE in the Sentimental Stitches Online Store. Block 21 With the calendar page turning to September it’s time to think about making your fall quilt retreat plans. The Just Takes 2 Shipshewana Fall Quilt Retreat will take place November 11-15. Brenda and I would love to have you join us. The fall retreat is when you have the opportunity to take classes and attend a lecture from national and international teachers. This year Ann Holte will be sharing her Lancaster Diamonds with us. She’s a fantastic teacher you don’t want to miss. You can sign up for the retreat and Ann’s classes – HERE   Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 21 Click here to visit Dear...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 20

We have a pretty easy block for you this month. It’s nice to have one of these once in a while especially when there are four border strips to be appliqued. My suggestion would be to crank this one out and get to work on those borders. I know if I leave those till the very end my quilt gets stalled because stitching those borders feels like work! Block 20   Amanda Gilson Thomas Creek M.d. 1848   I enjoyed researching Amanda and found more information than I usually do when working on one of the blocks. Amanda was born on January 4, 1834 in Frederick County, MD to Richard Gilson and Martha Haff Biggs Gilson. It appears she lived there all her life and died on March 26, 1878. She is buried in Tom’s Creek Methodist Cemetery in Emmitsburg, Frederick County, MD It was interesting to read that Amanda’s mother was married to William Biggs at age 16. She had two children with William but married Richard Gilson, a widower, in 1827 at age 27. They had 7 children together including Amanda who was their 4th child. You’d assume Amanda’s mother was a widow who married again but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Her first husband, William never married again and lived to the ripe old age of 82, passing away in 1876. A family story we’ll never know. The 1850 census lists Amanda’s father (Richard Gilson) as a farmer. Her sister, Mary is also listed and is likely to have made Block 2. Both of their signatures have been reverse appliqued in the center of...