It's summer here in Michigan and we're getting ready to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. We'll be heading to the lake and Violet is making her first trip "up cottage" as the boys used to call it. She likes being outside so I'm hoping the lake and all the trees will make her smile.
Today it's time to get another Benjamin Biggs quilt block.
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
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.
Have you seen these Fat Quarter Pop Ups? I haven't had a chance to make one yet because everyone keeps ordering all the patterns as they come in. They would be perfect to have as a thread and trimmings catcher while working on your Ben Biggs blocks so I'm looking forward to putting one together. The pattern comes with almost everything you need except the fabric and you can order wire refills to make additional catchers. Check it out!
I've been adding lots of new gift and notion things to the Online Shop. I'm thrilled at how much everyone has enjoyed everything from the socks to the microfiber cloths. Most things are in stock right now but there's a waiting list for the cloths.
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!