Basic Information


To see the original Just Takes 2™ blog site with photos posted by those making the quilt – CLICK HERE



 Just Takes 2™ is a mystery quilt.  It is divided into four main sections. It’s finished size without borders is 72 X 90 inches. Every three months, you will receive instructions for assembling one section of the quilt. By the end of the year, you will put all four sections together. The blocks are 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15 inches. There are both pieced and appliqued blocks, although the majority of the quilt is pieced.  NOTE: You cannot beg, borrow or steal a peek at this quilt before we give it to you. It’s like being pregnant in the olden days when we had our children: you have to wait until this baby is fully developed before you can see all it’s parts!



Blocks  of the Month – UNITS

 Twice a month you will receive “pieces” of the quilt as digital downloads. These “pieces” will be a minimum of two blocks. Sometimes there will be 5-6 blocks. We have tried to balance the time involved in making each UNIT. All blocks will come with instructions. You do not have to be a master quilter to make Just Takes 2™. Beginners are welcome!

On the first day of the month, you will receive a”Unit” from Gay at  Sentimental Stitches. The second “Unit” will be available the 15th of the month on Brenda’s Dear Jane site. The complete pattern for the quilt is now available. It can be ordered in the Online Store.

Fabric Selection

Keeping with the tradition of the Exhibit, Gay and Brenda are making red and white quilts. We talked about wonderful blue and white quilts, yellow and white, pink and white…. You may want to use black as one of your colors. Pink and brown make a good, traditional combination of colors. Just Takes 2™
would also be beautiful made ‘scrappy’ from your stash!


Fabric Requirements

Fabric requirements: background –  9 yards

Color— 6  yards

Add 1 yard for binding.

NOTE: We have added about three-fourths yard to this estimate. Like many of the older quilts in the Exhibit, Just Takes 2™  does not have a border. If you think you will want a border, you need to allow for it. We give you yardage for the block area only. However, we will be making suggestions for the borders later in the year. Also, if you do lot of paper-piecing, you will need at least an additional yard. (Secret: this quilt contains about two thousand six hundred pieces, if you’re a counter)



After  a lot of discussion, we decided not to include any embroidery in  Just Takes 2.  There were many wonderful embroidery quilts in the Infinite Variety Exhibit, and we will be giving you embroidery patterns to substitute in your quilt from time to time. First, we must launch Just Takes 2™ January 1, 2012!



Just Takes 2™ is our very own quilting bee! We will all be very involved in sharing this unique quilting journey. To see the original Just Takes 2 blog site with all the photos posted by those making the quilt – CLICK HERE

We are so excited to be giving you all Just Takes 2!