I’m writing this ahead of time because no matter now hard I try to convince myself the rest of the world works on Sunday it just doesn’t seem right to me. It’s not that I’ve never done it and I don’t mind doing a few little things but I was raised believing Sunday is a day of rest, worship and family so hopefully what I write today won’t sound too disjointed as you read it.
A lot has happened in the last few weeks and there’s more to come but we need to take care of finishing up our 2013 Just Takes 2 Schoolhouse Quilt.
I think you can see you’re going to get plenty of practice working with connector corners making all those flying geese units! They really go faster than you think and you can always use them as a “leader/ender” project while working on something else. You’ll have them done before you know it. You only need to make 120 of them!
If you missed out on the 2012 Just Takes 2 quilt, you have until midnight on Cyber Monday to take advantage of the special discount code that’s in effect. You can get the complete set of patterns for 25% off by entering the discount code CYBER during checkout. In fact, you can use the discount code on any of the digital patterns in the online store.
The new Just Takes 2 web site is still getting it’s makeover but will be ready soon. Several things needed upgrading and we want to make it easier for you to navigate. We also want to give it a look to reflect the new quilt! We will preserve all the great pictures you’ve uploaded while working on your quilts though. We wouldn’t want to lost those – you do beautiful work! If you have pictures of your quilts from 2012 and 2013 you’d like included please email them to me and I’ll get them posted for you along with anything you’d like us to know. I don’t think the current “Share Your Quilt” feature will be functional going forward but I can put things up from my end.
While we were at the Dear Jane Retreat a couple of weeks ago Brenda and I took a road trip to Lafayette, Indiana to visit the 2014-2015 Just Takes 2 quilt. Maybe next week I can find time to tell you more about the road trip – my speeding ticket – the antique quilt in the window – it’s quite a story! As we pulled up to the museum I was excited to get inside this adorable Victorian house….
and then Brenda remembered the quilt was housed in the more modern genealogy center. I must admit the lighting was much better for taking pictures but I sure would have liked just a sneak peek inside that old house! They had the quilt ready and waiting. We took almost 200 pictures!!!
Do you remember these hints?
- The quilt is safely protected within a museum in the tri-state area around Michigan – The quilt resides in the collection of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association in Lafayette Indiana.
- There are more than two colors in the quilt - The quilt is red, green and indigo on a creamy white background.
- It has been published in a book – The quilt appears on page 27 of Quilts of Indiana – Crossroads of Memories – Indiana Quilt Registry Project
You’ll have until January 1st to get ready. Brenda will have the first block for you on that date and then we’ll alternate between Sentimental Stitches and Dear Jane on the first of every month for 25 months making one block each month. We’ll give you the border early on so you can work on it as you make your blocks. Would you like to see the quilt?
Just Takes 2 – The Benjamin Biggs Quilt
The quilt measures 100 inches square and was made as a wedding quilt for Benjamin and Elizabeth Biggs in 1848. We think you’ll love the classic applique and inked sentiments from family and friends. The quilt has it’s quirks and we’ll share all of those with you too. Brenda has already been working on a couple of the blocks using reproduction fabrics pretty true to the original quilt. I on the other hand will be the rebel this time and work in non traditional colors and fabrics. I’ve already bought enough background for three quilts because I keep changing my mind about what I want to do!
If you’d like to add a special Just Takes 2 button to your blog for the Benjamin Biggs quilt you can get the code below -
We’ll have everything you need to know on the updated Just Takes 2 web site within a couple weeks but if you just can’t wait, you can plan on the following supplies based on the traditional colors-
Background – 10 yards
Green – 7 yards (we counted at least 5 different prints)
Red – 3 yards (we counted at least 8 different prints)
Indigo – 1/4 yard
We hope you’ve had fun with the 2013 Schoolhouse quilt and look forward to seeing you on January 1st to get your first Just Takes 2 Benjamin Biggs Quilt block. It’s going to be a great journey. We’ve created a Yahoo Group for Just Takes 2. There’s also a Facebook Group too so we hope you’ll sign up for both to share your progress and stay in touch with each other while making your quilt. You can get to the Facebook group by clicking HERE . You can sign up for the Yahoo Group by clicking - HERE
Well – that’s it for now. Please be sure to email one of us if you have any questions.