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                                                                      Year of her Journey!!

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                                           Just Takes 2™ - 2015

                                                Benjamin Biggs Quilt

                                                                 May 1, 2015

                                                             Happy May Day

May Day! Who remembers dancing around the May Pole with crepe paper streamers attached at the top,
weaving them in and out as you danced?  Did you also take little baskets of goodies and leave them on the doors of the elderly in your neighborhood? Ah, the good ole' days!


                                                               Block #17                                                         



                                         Elen Morrison, Thomas Creek, 1848

Such a pretty block! I'm fascinated about the signatures being reverse appliqued into the center
of the block. Did someone make a mistake inking her name, or did someone else make the block,
waiting on the signature to arrive in the mail?

The green checked fabric appears again in #17. This is the same fabric that is in the Susanna Culp quilt.
Our resident Baltimore Album expert, Fiona Gray, says this same fabric is in many of the blocks she has
studied in the Museums in Baltimore and Washington, DC. It must have been a very popular print!

As my May Day gift to you, I will give the first 5 people to finish this block a fat quarter of this green check. Just post your finished block on the Just Takes 2™ Facebook Page!

Just Takes 2™ Block #16: here

Gay always has interesting things awaiting you. Check her out:


Our next Just Takes 2™ Shipshewana Quilt Retreat is November 11-15, 2015. Ann Holte is our featured teacher and lecturer (  She will be teaching two days from her book, Lancaster Diamonds. Her lecture will be held at the Davis Mercantile Auditorium. She's bringing some great quilts for eye candy !

When Jane's Quilt was in Houston in November, 1996, to introduce Dear Jane, Ann came to the booth
and asked about doing a Dear Jane retreat. Both of us were new to this quilting business. Ann and her husband Dale had the first ever Dear Jane® Quilt Retreat at her shop in Gettysburg, and we've been friends ever since. It's hard to believe that was almost 20 years ago! I was so honored to have been asked to write the introduction to Lancaster Diamonds. Gay and I are both thrilled that she will
be coming to Shipshewana!

Register for the Retreat and Ann's classes and Lecture:


                                                                                         Brenda Manges Papadakis's photo.

There are two spots remaining in the Dear Jane® Texas Cowgirl Roundup: Come join us for lots of fun, fellowship and stitching!

Please email me with any questions.

Keep posting your ideas and photos on the Facebook page and yahoo list!

Pieceful Stitching!
Gay and Brenda