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.

Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 10

Block 10
Isn’t this an interesting block? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it before.

Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 10 center

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.


2012 Just Takes 2 Quilt - IMG_1350

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 booth number is 839 and we’d love to have you visit us. There will be printed patterns for the 2012 Just Takes 2 quilt for sale in the Festival Show booth and we’ll have the embroidery designs available too.


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Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 9


The summer is coming to an end! This whole year has just been blowing by. It’s been filled with lots of good things that have kept me extra busy and there are some exciting things coming up in the next few months so I plan to enjoy the ride and rest a little next year – haha!

Benjamin Biggs Block 9

Block 9

Isn’t this a beautiful, classic album quilt block? I especially love the fabrics in this block because I have reproduction prints that nearly match each one! How cool is that? Now I just need time to use them to stitch a block!

Benjamin Biggs Block 9 center

Johanna Biggs

I think the signature on this block is unique in the way she hyphenated the town of Emmittsburg. I wonder why she would do that? Must have some reason. I tried to do some research on Johanna but couldn’t pinpoint anything of significance.

Last week seemed to be the week for “copyrights and copywrongs” along with a trademark issue for me. The quilting world is such a friendly sharing place but it’s also a business place. I won’t go into my trademark situation because I don’t think sending a herd of attorneys after someone is the answer to what might have been an honest mistake so I’ll work through that one on my own as long as I can but “copyrights and copywrongs” is something that’s been talked about in magazines, on blogs and numerous places on the internet. We all like to share things but need to be realistic and respectful of the law that’s in place to protect artists and designers of all genres. In short, if you purchase a pattern from a store or web site or download a free pattern, it is against the law to copy or distribute that pattern in any format to anyone without the permission of the designer. A free download doesn’t mean it’s copyright free – It’s that simple. The right to share the pattern belongs only to the designer. Please be mindful of this as you enjoy all the wonderful patterns available to quilters today. ‘nough said!

We hope you’ll enjoy stitching this month’s block – lots of practice on leaf points and inside curves on flowers. Take a few stitches each day because before you know if the leaves will be turning colors and it’ll time for the October block! If you’re missing any of the past blocks from our Just Takes 2 quilts you can purchase them – HERE

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt
Block 9
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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?

Block 8 detail 2 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


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.


Block 8 detail 1

Sarah Groff
Monoquacy (Monocacy) Maryland

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 about early Maryland and the division of Frederick county.
We may have some misinformation in the Quilts of Indiana book we’re still working to determine and can tell you some of the ladies of the area were not the best spellers or perhaps spelled things phonetically. We have to consider the fact that English could have been their second language and they were more formal in it’s use than we are today. In researching the Wurzburg family history in Grand Rapids I found there are streets and small towns whose names have been changed or they simply faded into history, swallowed up by more populous areas. We may be dealing with the same type of thing with the Benjamin Biggs quilt in the Frederick County area.

Here’s what we know about our Sarah -

  1. Her full name is Sarah Naomi Groff.
  2. She was born 1838 which makes her 10 years old when the signature was added to this block.
  3. The 1850 census shows her living in District 5 of Frederick County under two households. She’s listed under her father Eli G. Groff and also with Richard Gilson whose two daughters aged 14 and 16 have blocks in the quilt too. We haven’t figured out the family relationship between the Gilson’s and Groff yet.
  4. Sarah’s mother is Amanda M. Biggs, Benjamin Bigg’s sister

Benjamin Biggs Quilt - Signature Block 16 Monocacy spelling

Benjamin Biggs Quilt - Signature Block 22 - Monocacy spelling
I believe the town listed on the block is what we now call Monocacy, Md. It’s spelled in a couple of different variations on three of the blocks. You can see Sarah’s in her block and these are pictures of the other two. If anyone has an idea of this being another town please share it with us. We want to be as accurate as possible.

Now that we’ve started digging into all of this I’m working on a map we can mark with the locations of the blocks. I think it will be fun to see how close everyone lived together. I also wonder if Sarah’s block was one made by someone else, they had her sign her name on a fabric piece and added it to the block or if she actually made the block herself. Sadly, we’ll never know.

We hope you’ll enjoy today’s block. After you download your pattern stop over to Brenda’s and check out the latest information on her new Susanna book and the upcoming Cowgirl Roundup!



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