Dream Garden Block 10 and iPhone Quilt Cases


Time, time…………I don’t have enough time! I really dislike that feeling and today I feel like I’m on the verge of meltdown which I dislike even more. I’m going to take a deep breath, go pound out some hymns on the piano and reboot my brain. Before I do that I wanted to let you know this month’s Dream Garden block is ready for you to download.

Dream Garden Block 10

Block 10

As we go through the rain of fall and head toward the snow of winter I hope you’ll enjoy stitching on these pretty flowers until spring comes around next year.

Midget Blocks iPhone 6 case
Midget Blocks iPhone 6 case by ssquilt
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Did you get a new iPhone 6? I was shocked to find out my Midget Block case over at Zazzle was in the top 25 quilt cases being sold. I made that case a long time ago for a customer and guess I should have ordered one for myself but I never got around to it.

I designed this case for myself a few years ago when I got my iPhone 5 and used it for my iPhone 5s too. I’ve love it and was really sad when they changed the size for the iPhone 6. All my beautiful cases no longer fit my phone. I’ve never listed this case in my Zazzle store but probably should have. I’m constantly asked “where did you get your case”?

Red and White Quilt iPhone 6 Case
Red and White Quilt iPhone 6 Case by ssquilt
See more Red Casemate Cases at zazzle.com

Since I’m going to Houston next week for the Ruby Jubilee 40th Anniversary International Quilt Festival I thought I should have a red and white case for my phone so I recolored my favorite Quilt Collage case. It hasn’t arrived yet but I thought I’d share them with you in this post. Trust me, I don’t get rich off these. If you order one (you can get them for any phone) I might get to buy myself a latte in Shipshewana next month but they are fun and I thought you’d like them.

That’s it for today – don’t forget to download your block and take a stitch or two in your current project!

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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.


Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 10 – Click here


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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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