Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 19

Today it’s time to get another Benjamin Biggs quilt block. Block 19 This block is a traditional classic similar to Block 17. I think it’ll take a while to stitch this one because there are lots of elements included. You’ve got flowers, leaves, buds, the wreath and those corner rosebuds I know you’re all pretty bored with by now. Maria A Grimes Sept 20th 1848 I wasn’t able to find anything definitive for history on Maria but did find a Maria A Grimes living in Frederick County, Maryland in the 1860 census. She was born in 1824 which would put her in the same age group as many of the other block makers. Maria and Caroline Grimes, ages 59 and 56 were living with their nephew and his wife on their farm. Both ladies are listed as being single. I guess I’d like to think this is our Maria. Time to head over to Dear Jane to get your block. I’m sure Brenda has something special for you today. It’s not too early to sign up for the November Just Takes 2 Quilt Retreat. We can’t wait! Due to technical difficulties at Dear Jane you can download Block 19 – HERE   Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 19 Click here to visit Dear...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 18

I absolutely adore this block! It’s filled with delicate sprays of tulips with the cutest little buds. They look just like green olives stuffed with pimento and I love green olives. Be sure to click on the picture of the block to check out the fantastic quilting. There’s lots of great stitching. See what I mean? Isn’t this a pretty block. I think you could take one of the tulip elements and use it on a smaller block for something else and it would be just as pretty. Elizabeth (Elen or Elan) Groff Thomas Creek Maryland 1848 I searched high and low for some history on Elizabeth and didn’t find anything I felt I could confidently say linked to her. I did however find an interesting article on the Groff Families of Carroll County, Maryland. It contains an Elizabeth Groff but I can’t be sure it’s our Elizabeth. I think you’ll enjoy reading it anyway. Just click on the link in the previous sentence. There are several new patterns in the online store including Di Ford’s beautiful Morrell Quilt and Corliss Searcey’s Caswell Quilt, both from Australia. If you’re here in the states you can get these huge patterns without the cost of international postage. I sold out of the first shipment of The Caswell Quilt within hours but more arrived on Saturday. I always have a ready supply of The Morrell Quilt. It’s a huge pattern filled with lots of information and beautiful examples of broderie perse. I’ll be adding more Australian patterns so be sure you’re signed up for the newsletter to hear about them as soon...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 17

Today is a Just Takes 2 quilt block day and we have a really pretty, traditional block for you today. Block 17 Elen Morrison Thomas Creek 1848 The town is better known as Tom’s Creek and mentioned frequently in historical accounts of the area. I couldn’t find much information on Elen and I have a feeling her name might actually be Ellen. Many of these blocks were made by girls in their teens. I did find some interesting reading about a church in Tom’s Creek. At least one of the surnames names mentioned in the article is also in your blocks. The Early Years at Tom’s Creek United Methodist Church There were some questions in the Just Takes 2 Facebook group about placement of the swags on the border. I tested a half strip last night and put together this diagram I hope will help if you’re having trouble with your border. If you’d like a PDF version of this to add to your pattern you can download it – HERE I’m sure Brenda has something wonderful planned for you today so head over and don’t forget to download your block while you’re there!   Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 17 Click here to visit Dear...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 16

It’s the first of April today! It finally feels a little bit like spring today and I’m determined to grill something outside for dinner. There are lots of things going on this week. I’m getting ready for Easter dinner, finishing up a new pattern and packing for the Just Takes 2 Retreat in Shipshewana next week. Brenda and I are so excited! I hope you can join us sometime soon. Block 16   Sarah S Biggs Monoquacy (Monocacy) Maryland 1848   Sarah also lived in District 5 of Frederick County Maryland. Born in 1834, she was 14 years old when this block was completed. Her sisters Emma, age 13 and Elizabeth, age 17 also made blocks for the quilt. We talked a little about the town of Monocacy with Block 8. 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 where the...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 15

I can’t believe we’re on Block 15! That means we only have 10 blocks left. You’re going to have such a beautiful quilt when you’re finished. It makes me wish I’d found a way to keep up on making the blocks myself. Block 15 This is such a delicate block. Makes me think about miniature roses. I think it’s interesting the maker used just two prints of the same scale in this block and signed her name on the diagonal. I wonder if the quilters knew how the blocks would be set together – straight set or on point? Makes no difference, it’s a beautiful block! Elizabeth Cover Middleburg (Middlburg) Maryland 1848 Have you ever made dimensional flower buds to use on an applique block? This is a perfect block to give them a try. You can find a tutorial HERE. There’s a 15% off discount code – FABRIC – you can use until Monday for any of the in stock fabrics. If you haven’t voted for your favorite in the logo contest you can do that here. I need to make a decision on Monday to name 6 finalists. I’m sure Brenda has something wonderful planned for you today so head over and don’t forget to download your block while you’re there!   Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 15 Click here to visit Dear...