Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 7


Things have been a bit crazy around here the last few weeks as I was in Mother of the Groom mode so if you’re waiting on an order or email reply I’m trying to get to those as quickly as possible. With the Fourth of July holiday approaching I’m also trying to get back to the cottage. If I get everything packed I’m heading up there tomorrow. I’m stopping to see a dear friend’s new house on my way. I just saw her at the wedding but haven’t seen their new house yet and am really looking forward to that.

Here’s a few pictures of today’s block -

Just Takes 2 Benjamin Biggs Quilt show Block 7

Just Takes 2 Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 7

Block 7

Just Takes 2 Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 7 center

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt
Block 7
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Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 6 and Border


Lily of the Valley May 31 2014

I’ve got to say…….it’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood. The sun is shining, it’s warm outside like summertime and I have lilacs and lily of the valley all through the cottage. It smells wonderful!

Lilacs May 31 2014

There’s lots of information to cover in today’s installment of the Benjamin Biggs quilt. We’ll be working on the 6th block and you can start working on your borders if you want to!

working on block 6Some of you may remember seeing this photo of Block 6 in progress. It’s a good thing I didn’t get any further than basting a few leaves and stems.

Block 6 detail 1The cherry branches on the antique quilt were appliqued in one piece! I didn’t notice that the block pattern was different from the original until I started pulling pictures to look at the fabrics. I’ve included a drawing for the branch all in one piece if you’re like me and want to make your block that way. I love the delicate look it gives the block. The pattern has things divided into individual stems and leaves which will look nice, but I’m just a too crazy about honoring what the original maker of the block intended to divide things up like that. Good lesson learned – look at the pictures before starting your block!


Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 6


Block 6


Block 6 center Unfortunately the signature on this block has faded away and we can’t tell who the maker was but I think you’ll agree, it’s a very pretty block. I wonder why this one didn’t hold up as well as the others?


Block 6 detail 2This block has one red and one green fabric in it. I wish I had yards and yards of this green dot! If you want a better look at the quilting, click on the picture of the full block and it should enlarge for you to the original size so you can look things over. In fact, all the pictures should do that if you want to see something more closely.

Benjamin Biggs quilt border You’ll also be downloading the border pattern today (included with the block) and can start working on the applique if you’d like. The pattern has instructions for starting in the center of your border strips and working out in both directions to the ends. You can make any adjustments necessary when you get to the corners just like you do when marking a quilting design on a border.

Benjamin Biggs quilt border added 1We found the border to be one of the most interesting things about the quilt. It appears the quilt was made with a border on three sides and the fourth side was added later.

Benjamin Biggs quilt border added 2

Benjamin Biggs quilt border added 3 This little rosebud was added after the quilting was completed.

Benjamin Biggs Quilt swag fabricThe green print used in the border.

Benjamin Biggs quilt three petals on swagsThe red teardrops that connect the swags.

Benjamin Biggs quilt border quilting 1A little corner quilting.

Benjamin Biggs Quilt wrong side of quilt at borderInteresting way the back was finished when the border was added.

Have fun with this block and the border. Email us if you have any questions.

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Dream Garden Quilt – Block 5


It’s with a very heavy heart that I’m posting this month’s block. I attended the funeral yesterday of a long time friend and quilter, Barb David. We met many years ago when she signed up for one of the quilting classes I was teaching. Over the years she became one of my biggest supporters and a great friend. I think she signed up for every class I offered and eventually the student became the teacher and she shared her talents with countless quilters, encouraging them and teaching new techniques too. She loved all kinds of handwork, applique, embroidery and Twilling, a unique, beautiful type of hand embroidery. She made more quilts than I’d dare to count and shared them with family, friends and many charities. Four of her quilts were at the funeral. I don’t know who selected the quilts or why they chose the ones they did but when I looked at them I couldn’t believe my eyes. Hopefully they didn’t hear me gasp when I saw them.

Magic Vine full
On the wall to the right was a beautiful crib size quilt made from the Nancy Page Club Magic Vine patterns.

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On the table just to the left of that was a beautifully made little quilt from my In Love with Applique pattern.

3555 Formal Garden To the left was Barb’s perfectly hand appliqued, embroidered and quilted Formal Garden quilt made from a two day workshop I did several years ago. Formal Garden was the most popular of the F.A. Wurzburg kit quilts. We held the workshop in one of the Wurburg family homes here in Grand Rapids. Barb’s kit was one of only 50 kits we were able to stamp on fabric from the original master pattern. She did a stunning job on her quilt.

Now if all that weren’t enough, the Baltimore Album quilt folded across the casket was made from a class I taught at Smith-Owen Sewing Center when I first started teaching many years ago. We all bought a collection of special P&B tone on tone prints for our quilts and a collection of cotton thread for applique. Barb’s quilt was nothing less than perfection and a testament to her skill and love of quiltmaking. For me seeing those quilts ………I just don’t think I can find the words to express all the emotions I feel. I am humbled and honored to have been part of the life of such a great lady to say the least.

Barb had battled cancer for 18 years and endured countless surgeries and procedures. She handled it all with a graceful spirit I aspire to have. Shortly after the Dream Garden quilt started in January she found out her cancer was back again and this time the news wasn’t good. Barb had told another friend how much she loved this quilt but knew she’d never be able to finish it. Thankfully my friend shared the story with me. If you’re one of the quilters who went ahead and bought the complete set you already know what the back of the pattern says –

This pattern is dedicated to my friend Barb David who is an inspiration to all who know her for her beautiful quilting, loving heart, gentle spirit and unwavering courage.
June 6, 1942—May 11, 2014

I sadly added the dates to the end of the dedication today. It was a bit comforting to see Barb with her unfinished embroidery in her hands and I truly believe she’s teaching the angels Twilling and Redwork – helping them get perfect stitches.

Goodbye dear friend. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten!

You can get today’s block on the Dream Garden page – HERE

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