Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 19


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.

Benjamin Biggs quilt Block 19

Block 19

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.

Block 19 - center

Maria A Grimes
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.

Fat Quarter Pop Up FQG120 eHave 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!

Due to technical difficulties at Dear Jane you can download Block 19 - HERE


Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt
Block 19
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What I’m Working on Today


Violet is taking a nap so I'm grabbing this quiet moment to show you what I've been working on lately.
19th Century Sampler Center Block I've been plugging away on the center block for the 19th Century Sampler Quilt block of the month I'm working on. Megan Carroll designed a fantastic sampler using the Palampore Panel by Mary Koval. I haven't done broderie perse in a while so I'm really enjoying it.

I've done some scrap sorting and it was nice to get those a little more organized. Violet was happy to help and I told her I'm just not one of those people who can throw away little bits of fabric if I can use them in a quilt sometime. I found some really neat pieces and set a few aside to go in my Stonefield's Quilt. It's a long term project and I left it at the cottage for the summer. I'll try to take a few pictures when I get there this weekend so you can see my blocks.

$5 BOM Here's a sneak peek of a few of the blocks in the new $5 Block of the Month quilts coming out in the next couple of weeks. It's taking longer than I anticipated to get instructions written. There's a big quilt, smaller quilt and a surprise too! I'll send out an email as soon as they're ready so you can sign up.

Just Takes 2 at Lolly's If you're headed to the Shipshewana Quilt Festival this weekend and want to see the Just Takes 2 Quilt, it's hanging inside Lolly's Fabrics. They have patterns if you haven't gotten one yet and probably every fabric you could ever want all in one store! Congratulations to Barb Perrin on her first place win in the pieced, large quilt catagory!

I've got to run. Violet just woke up and we're headed to the nursery to see if we can find a fuschia plant to take to the cottage for the hummingbirds.....

P.S. There's a SUMMER coupon code you can use until Monday for 20% off all digital patterns!

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Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 18


I absolutely adore this block! It's filled with delicate sprays of tulips with the cutest little buds. They look just like green olives stuffed with pimento and I love green olives. Be sure to click on the picture of the block to check out the fantastic quilting. There's lots of great stitching.

Block 18
See what I mean? Isn't this a pretty block. I think you could take one of the tulip elements and use it on a smaller block for something else and it would be just as pretty.

Block 18 Center

Elizabeth (Elen or Elan) Groff
Thomas Creek Maryland

I searched high and low for some history on Elizabeth and didn't find anything I felt I could confidently say linked to her. I did however find an interesting article on the Groff Families of Carroll County, Maryland. It contains an Elizabeth Groff but I can't be sure it's our Elizabeth. I think you'll enjoy reading it anyway. Just click on the link in the previous sentence.

Morrell Quilt
The Caswell Quilt
There are several new patterns in the online store including Di Ford's beautiful Morrell Quilt and Corliss Searcey's Caswell Quilt, both from Australia. If you're here in the states you can get these huge patterns without the cost of international postage. I sold out of the first shipment of The Caswell Quilt within hours but more arrived on Saturday. I always have a ready supply of The Morrell Quilt. It's a huge pattern filled with lots of information and beautiful examples of broderie perse. I'll be adding more Australian patterns so be sure you're signed up for the newsletter to hear about them as soon as they arrive.

Quilting Girl Socks Be sure to check out all the new gift and notion items too. There are magnets, socks, microfiber cloths, brass needle treaders etc. More to come later this week. Several pair of the socks are making their way to South Africa! It always makes me smile when I see there are quilters everywhere in the world! We're such an awesome bunch - who wouldn't want to quilt?!?

Brenda is busy this week getting ready for her Cowgirl Roundup so visit her for the latest news and click the link below for this months block.

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 18 - Click here


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