Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 6 and Border

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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.

Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 6 and Border - Click here

 

 

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4 Responses to “Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 6 and Border”

  1. Hilda June 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Wonderful to see all these close up photos and the way the blocks were stitched! Marvellous fabrics too. Thanks so much again for more patterns – can’t wait to get started on this lot…

  2. Sally Kitchen June 2, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    I love your flowers. Seeing those inspired me to go out and cut some lily of the valley and bring it inside! Thank you, Gay, for all your time and effort to help us better understand
    the construction of this beautiful quilt! Your photos are wonderful. I especially love this block! Thank you again for helping us step back in time to appreciate and make such a lovely quilt!

  3. cissa k June 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    Really beautiful block. Thanks for all the pictures to see the details.

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