Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 2


Today's the day! It's time for the second block in the Just Takes 2 - Benjamin Biggs quilt! Doesn't it seem like it took a long time for this month to pass? Maybe it's the season, all the snow or just the fact that we're used to getting together twice a month instead of once.
At any rate, I'm thrilled to bring you today's block.

Ben Biggs Block 2

Block 2

Isn't this a sweet block? The name on the block appears to be Mary P. Gilson. I think it's really interesting the way the name is reverse appliqued into the center of the block. It makes me wonder if the quilter wasn't happy with her fist signature and appliqued one that looked better into the block. It's sure something I can see happening to me!  Maybe someone else made the block and the signature was added later. Was this a type of fundraising quilt for the Biggs family and you could buy a block, having your name added?  So many questions........


benjamin biggs block 2 center

In this picture you can see the signature a little more clearly and also the quilting of a circle around the signature square in the center. The little teardrops coming out from the circle are the perfect compliment.


benjamin biggs Block 2 quilting
I love this unique feather design that's used on all four sides of the block. I've never seen it before. Individual feather teardrops were used as fillers. Actual size photos of the center design and this feather design are included in your pattern in case you want to use them on your quilt.



Benjamin Biggs fabrics Have you been wondering why you haven't seen my Ben Biggs blocks? I haven't been intentionally hiding them. Having permission to go wild and crazy has overwhelmed my brain with possibilities.  My first instinct is to use my Kaffe Fassett fabrics but I'm working on the Roseville album quilt (another long term project) and didn't want to have two applique quilts going with the same fabrics so I gathered quite a basket full of beautiful, bright, non-reproduction style fabrics and then the biggest decision of all -  What background am I going to use?  -  We need 10 yards remember?


ben biggs background options I'm going to let you help me decide!

ben biggs black dot

Black and white background?

purple background

Dark purple background?

green dot background

Green dot background?

What do you think? Which one would you use? My love affair with polka dots is pretty obvious isn't it? I think I've got a favorite after backbasting three of these blocks but I'm waiting to hear what you have to say.  I'm making my blocks in a 12" size and I have enough of each background no matter which one I decide on so it's just a matter of picking one. Then I can take my Swatch Buddy shopping with me for even more fabric!  You probably noticed I haven't added the rosebuds to the corners. If I use them I'm going to move them closer to the corners so they almost meet with the blocks next to them.


benjamin biggs four petal flower option
I also thought about putting a four petal flower design at the intersection of the blocks. It looks different doesn't it? I can decide on that in the next couple of months but if I don't make the background decision pretty quickly I'll be in real trouble so voice your opinion!


quilts of indiana We know this is a fairly simple block and you'll have it done in no time at all so we decided to do something special this month. When you get your block finished, take a picture of it and post it on the Just Takes 2 Facebook page.  At the end of February we'll draw a name and the lucky winner will get a copy of Quilts of Indiana. There are people,(Gay) who shall remain nameless,(Gay) who have the uncanny ability to buy the same book not only once or twice but three times! I now have a copy for home, one for the cottage and am happy to share the third one with one of you so get those pictures posted.


And now what you've been waiting for................

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


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39 Responses to “Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 2”

  1. Pat T February 1, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    Really like how vibrant everything is on the blavk background – the fabrics just glow. For a more subtle background, the soft green polka dots would be my next choice. Will be fun to see what the group shares for input!

  2. Cathryn February 1, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I like the one with the black dots on the white. Strikes my fancy – I haven’t yet decided what colors to do mine in. Guess I’ll have to now that you are going to have a drawing for a book.

  3. AnitaC February 1, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Green poka dot

  4. Linda P February 1, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    I like the green dot..to me the black dot is distracting..and I’m soooo over dark backgrounds. Yes they make the colors pop, but now I really don’t like the quilts I’ve made with black as a background…just my opinion. Thank you for giving us this wonderful quilt project. I expect to learn a LOT.

  5. Martha Lindberg February 1, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Thank you so much for block 2…love this project and will be staying right on top of it. I have already finished the buds for this block so just have to do the center.

  6. Heather February 1, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I love the black and white dots. I have that same fabric selected as the background for my Roseville Album!

  7. threeundertwo February 1, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    I love the green dots!

  8. Karen Miller February 1, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Thank you so much for Block 2 Gay – what a lovely writeup and great pictures!! On your backgrounds I’m liking the green dot. I’m a subtle background person but I’m sure any of the three will be just beautiful! I like the design you showed – it’s funny HOW MUCH it changes the overall look though – wow. Thanks again to you and Brenda for sharing your skills and patterns with us. <3 Karen

  9. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow February 1, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I prefer the green dot background. I also like the idea of the four petal flower design. It certainly looks less tedious than the little bud and leaf combo in the original quilt ! 🙂

  10. cissa k February 1, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    I always loved polka dots. When I was 15, 99% of my wardrobe had polka dots 🙂
    Now I have added stripes too.
    So, all your blocks are gorgeous; but my favorite is the black and white. I can’t wait to see what you like best. Thanks for this wonderful sew along.

  11. Shelley February 1, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    My first impulse was for the black dots but after looking again I think the green dots allow the applique to shine more. I like your bright fabric choices.

  12. Rose Marie February 1, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    thank you for another lovely block. When reading about the signature blocks being added on afterwards … could the maker had been concerned about the ink making a mess on her gorgeous quilt and opted to add the signature squares after it was done. Perhaps she had heard of other quilts being ruined because ink got spilled onto their beautiful creations and she wanted to avoid any mishaps with her quilt.

    It will be interesting to see what your quilt will look like as you are definitely stepping away from the original colours. Bravo.

  13. Jacque February 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Green dots! Really looks great with those bright fabrics! Not a fan of black backgrounds on bed quilts because of the two cats and a dog who sleep on the bed every night!

  14. Ana Mria Patch February 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    grata, estava ansiosa, somente agora pude imprimir, ja estou com todos os tecidos de fundo preparados ( escolhi o Branco) mais tarde posto foto no face. pretendo fazer em cores solidas, gostaria de saber se posso preparar o quilt.

  15. Valerie February 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    I like the white with green dots the best, but also like the purple background. I think the white with black dots is to distracting.It will be interesting to see what you choose. I had been wondering why we didn’t see your blocks last month.

  16. Lorid February 1, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    I don’t have a preference for your background but wanted to say thank you for the pattern!!

  17. Judy Balek February 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    I vote for dark purple. That is what I wanted and couldn’t find.

  18. Dot February 1, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    On the Dear Jane Just Takes 2 site, the link to this page doesn’t work! She’s spelled it “sentinental” instead of “sentimental”.

    Thanks very much for these wonderful patterns!

  19. Eugenia February 2, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    I love the green polka dot. Your colors are amazing – I can’t wait to see it all coming together 🙂

  20. Barbara February 2, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    I love the white with black dots. Super cute!

  21. AUDREY February 2, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    I am certain you will do BOTH!

  22. Gay February 2, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Thanks for letting me know – I sent Brenda a note.

  23. Kerry February 2, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Really like the black and white polka dots, looks so vibrant.

  24. Monica Agapaloglou February 3, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    I like the deep purple with the bright colors. This adds such a modern twist to the project.

  25. Amanda Best February 5, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Each of the three versions is pretty, but I think the green dot is the best!

  26. Debbie February 6, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I think the purple is too dark and love both the polka dots. I like the brightness the black and white gives the block and also the softness the green and white gives it. Just too hard of a decision! I can’t wait to see which one you choose!

  27. Janky February 7, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    I vote for green dots. I feel this quilt is gentle and subtle so I choose this type of background too.

  28. LuAnn February 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    I love the black and white polka dot. It just makes those brights pop! Also like the idea of waiting until some of the blocks are joined to do a corner treatment. I really like the idea of petals at the intersections. And after seeing your blocks, I think I may give back basting another try.

  29. Susan February 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    I wanted to like the dark purple, but I really don’t. The black and white dots seem to take over the design. I like the softer green dots.

  30. Shirley February 13, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    I have to vote for the light green dots. Will let the other fabric shine….

  31. Ana Maria Patch March 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    estou no Brasil são 18,19 hs do dia 01-03-2014 e não achei ate agora o bloco 3 do BB estou preocupada. ja encontrei as flores mais estou fazendo os botoes de rosa. agradeço se puder me responder. problemas com fusos horários.

    I am in Brazil are 18,19 hs of day 01-03-2014 and I did not find block 3 of the BB so far I am worried. already I found the flowers more I am making the rose buttons. I am thankful if it will be able to answer me. problems with hourly spindles.

  32. Gay March 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi Ana Marie,

    You can find the 3rd block at Dear Jane on THIS PAGE.

  33. Pat March 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    I love your alternate petals rather than buds in the corner. Are you going to applique them on after you join the blocks??

    Love the patterns! Pat

  34. Gay March 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    I’ll start working on the petals as soon as I have enough of the blocks together so four corners meet and I can stitch over the seam lines. I’ll finish all the petals before adding the borders so it’s not too bulky.


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