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...

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...