Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 14

Block 14   Check out this block. The use of a red stripe print fabric for the flowers was the perfect choice to make this block sparkle. There are verses from different pieces of poetry on this block. I couldn’t resist checking them out. Our life is never at a stand, ‘Tis like a fading flower; Death which is always at hand, Comes nearer every hour.The is actually a hymn rather than a poem. It’s from Hymns for Infant Schools by Mrs. Gilbert – 1827 It must have been taught to quite a few children of that era. I even found a cross stitch sampler bearing the same verse – circa 1840 The sampler is available to purchase if you’re interested. The full hymn is shown below –   Hymn 17—Upon the Shortness and Uncertainty of our Lives Our life is never at a stand, ‘Tis like a fading flower; Death, which is always near at hand, Comes nearer every hour. And those who now are young and gay, Like roses in their bloom; Will very soon be old and gray, And wither in the tomb. Though Adam lived nine-hundred years, Methuselah still more; Though Enoch very old appears, Seth, Abraham, and Noah; Yet time, that travels on so fast, Has swept them all away; The oldest men must die at last, And so at last did they. How often has the bell been toll’d – The funeral moved along! ‘Twas for the young as well as old, The healthy and the strong. For now man’s life doth seldom last To threescore years and ten; And oh, the time will...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 13

Happy New Year everyone! I feel like 2014 flew right by and I’m still trying to catch up. We missed several block postings here and I apologize for that. I’m going to take them over for each month and will try to do a better job for you during 2015. Today is the beginning of the second half of the Just Takes 2 Benjamin Biggs quilt and we’ll be working on the centerpiece block in the quilt.   Eleanora M. Biggs July 20th 1848     By the Ladies For Benjamin Franklin Biggs 1848   There are beautiful sentiments inked in the four corners of the block. I think it was a brave soul who dared write on such a pretty block. I’d be scared to death I’d make a mistake and ruin the whole thing!  Flowers seek the light, their beauties to display, The leaf will smile the same by night as day There is the smile that no cloud can o’recast, The flowers and leaves are thine own to the last. The stars that gem life’s morning sky, Smile sweetly o’er the now; And flowers around thy pathway lie, And roses crown thy brow ~ Should pleasure, at its birth Fade like the hues of even, Turn thou away from earth, There’s rest for thee in heaven.   Life is but a shadow – save a promise given Which lights up sorrow with a fadelys ray: I touch the scepter! – with a hope in heaven Come, turn thy spirit from the world away. They’re all beautiful verses. Hopefully I have the wording correct. I can’t decide...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 10

I’m going to admit I’m slipping into the insanity that happens in the weeks before Quilt Market and Festival. I’m swimming in details of last minute pattern corrections, ordering supplies, fireproofing booth drapes and a million other things that need to be tended to. I want to make sure things get shipped to Houston on time and we have everything we need when we get there. I haven’t done this in a few years so I’m a bit out of practice and some things have changed so I’m trying to be extra careful. Today is the first of October and I have another Benjamin Biggs quilt block pattern for you. Block 10Isn’t this an interesting block? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it before. I’ve looked and looked at this signature and can’t seem to make up my mind on the last name. I tried doing some research and found several people named “Trout”, sometimes spelled “Traut” living in the area our quilt is from. I first thought the signature looked like “Trouel” but research didn’t bring up many possibilities. Tronel Trovel Trowl Frovel Fravel I’m going to give up on this one for the time being. If anyone finds an Ann S. ????? please let me know and I’ll edit this with the correct information.   Before the next block is posted Brenda and I will be in Houston for the 40th Anniversary International Quilt Festival along with friends, Edith Shanholt and Marie Troyer who are helping us with our booth. If you’re going to the show please be sure to stop and see us. Our...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 8

I can hardly believe it’s time for our 8th block! The time is going by so quickly and I feel like I am so far behind but really enjoy seeing the pictures you post on Facebook and in the Yahoo Group. Have you started on your borders yet? How many of you are behind on those cute little corner rosebuds? It’s hard to keep up isn’t it? Isn’t this just the cutest little flower? I love the fabrics in this block even if the black dye used to highlight the leaf in the print has deteriorated. Sadly, that leaves a hole in the fabric. The green print is one I’d like yards and yards of.     Block 8 I have a feeling all the little dips and curves in this block will take a while to sew. It’s a good thing we’re only doing one block a month so you have until Sept. 1st to get ready for the next one.   Sarah Groff Monoquacy (Monocacy) Maryland 1848 Yesterday I realized I hadn’t finished working on the signature of this block. I wasn’t sure about the name of the town that had been penned on this block. No problem! I figured a quick 20 minutes at the computer and I’d have things ready. Well…………….10 hours, several texts and two lengthy phone calls later Brenda and I both gave up for the night. I actually worked for another hour but am paying for it with a headache this morning. Too many hours staring at the computer screen, too much brain strain or both! I now know quite a bit...

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 6 and Border

There’s lots of information to cover in today’s installment of the Benjamin Biggs quilt. We’ll be working on the 6th block and you can start working on your borders if you want to! Some of you may remember seeing this photo of Block 6 in progress. It’s a good thing I didn’t get any further than basting a few leaves and stems. The cherry branches on the antique quilt were appliqued in one piece! I didn’t notice that the block pattern was different from the original until I started pulling pictures to look at the fabrics. I’ve included a drawing for the branch all in one piece if you’re like me and want to make your block that way. I love the delicate look it gives the block. The pattern has things divided into individual stems and leaves which will look nice, but I’m just a too crazy about honoring what the original maker of the block intended to divide things up like that. Good lesson learned – look at the pictures before starting your block!     Block 6   Unfortunately the signature on this block has faded away and we can’t tell who the maker was but I think you’ll agree, it’s a very pretty block. I wonder why this one didn’t hold up as well as the others?   This block has one red and one green fabric in it. I wish I had yards and yards of this green dot! If you want a better look at the quilting, click on the picture of the full block and it should enlarge for you to the...