Scraps and More

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Yesterday when I showed my neat little box of 2 inch squares some of you seemed to be really impressed with my neat box – well here are the ones that are not cut into useable pieces and stuffed into boxes kept under the quilting frame.


There is a lot of fabric stuffed in here – two bins this size and both packed tight.


One day I would like to get these cut – they need to be pressed first of course!!  LOL – one day.  Some look actually big enough to fold and put in the boxes on the shelves where I have fq’s and less right now – they are pretty full though – in the meantime here they are!  I try to do some cutting every winter off and on as I spend more time in the house of course.


Two of the 16 patch done for the new star quilt – this will be worked on off and on when I feel like it – no rush!


All the diamonds are made and just pinned to the wall – I need to get the off white/beige border sewing in place and then these diamonds will be appliqued in place and I will space them correctly then – I have six more done that are not on the wall and will be used if needed.  I am linking to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and Esther’s Quilt Blog – Esther is the one who introduced me to the wash away applique paper that I am using for the diamonds.  I am also linking to Jo’s Country Junction and she would like to know your progress on your scrappy UFO’s.  Susan at Quilt Fabrication also has a link up going – lots of blogs to visit today in between working on things.  Also linking to My Quilt Infatuation.


I pressed the diamonds to this – wash away applique sheets – dissolves when you wash the quilt.  The edges turned under with a glue stick will make applique go fast.  I am not good at math and didn’t even want to think of figuring out the sizes that would have been needed to piece this border – I have made it up so no pattern.


The flower bed that I am digging up – all plants will come up (in the round area – (I will tackle around and behind the swing next year) – the ground cover is being moved to the opposite end of the property– it took this bed over way too fast.  I have tulip bulbs coming on Thursday and they will go around the center of the bed – the Crinum are big by July and the tulips will be well done by then.  The Crinum bulbs well go back in closer to the edges – they get very big and full – that is all the green flopped over leafs right now that you see – and pardon me but they are a bitch to dig up!!  Somehow over the years they have sunk about a foot down and they are big bulbs.


This is one of them – look at those roots.  I had about 8 planted in this bed in a circle around the edges – so far I have dug up 3 of them – with a lot of effort and I think I have about 5 or 6 bulbs now out of them.  These bulbs can grow – believe it or not – from 5 pounds all the way over 100 pounds.  A late friend of mine loved gardening and someone who bought some property to turn into a day care wanted all the plants dug out of the yard as no plants for children to try to eat.  Anyhow Roz and her husband started to dig all the plants out and then asked if we wanted to help one weekend – we drove over and dug out a lot to take home.  Then she called me later in the week to come and see her find – she and her husband dug up an absolutely huge bulb that took up almost the back of her station wagon –    she had no idea what it was but it had taken them forever to dig out – it must have been 3 feet circumference.   She took it around to various nursery’s until someone could finally identify it for her – an old fashioned Crinum that must have never been dug up and was most likely over 75+ years old.  They showed her how to break it apart and she gave me over a dozen of them and other friends got more.  A very pretty lily in the amaryllis family.   (I am not sure when I dug these up last – originally planted about 20 years or more ago – dug up and broke apart maybe 10 years ago?)  They do not multiple quickly.

EDITED: Crinum, Naked Ladies (surprise lilies), Spider Lilies and Amaryllis are all in the same in bulb family but they all look different – I have the first three growing in different areas of the yard – the naked ladies and the spider lilies have leafs and flowers at different times of the year – the naked ladies have leaves in the spring and then disappear – flowers in September here – the Spider lilies grow a tall spike in the fall and flowers in September and then gets leafs on it in October.  The Crinum has leafs and flowers all summer well into fall depending on the zone you live in.


More digging over the next couple days – I take a lot of breaks and gave in yesterday when my back ached and my hands grew achy from the arthritis – I will get it done this week I hope and ready to plant new in November.

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36 comments… add one
  • Kathi Oct 26, 2016

    Karen… I love your scrap bins … nice to see how you store your to be dealt with later fabric ?. I love your diamonds add to Williamsburg beauty too!!! Keep up the awesome work in your garden.. that bulb is big!! Kathi
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    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      thanks kathi – one day I hope to get all my scraps cut

  • Marianne Oct 26, 2016

    I have a bin just like yours. I used it to wrap that old bicycle earlier in the summer and it went down, somewhat. But now it looks just the way it did before. I make string quilts now and then for people with Parkinson’s.

    I didn’t realize you were planning to applique the triangles to the border – wow. I thought you would piece them, making for some complicated math. I will have to try that wash-away stuff one of these days.

    Amazingly large lily bulbs! I’m not sure they grow this far north, but the flowers are really pretty. I’m impressed that you can grow tulips. The deer love them and eat them way before they flower. Our yard seems to be a major highway for deer. We don’t see them but do see regular tracks after the snow falls.

    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      the tulips will be by the decking and the deer don’t come in that part of the yard. The lily grows mainly in zone 8-14 but we are on the edge of 7 we are lucky I guess that they grow here too. I wouldn’t have any idea how to start the math to figure out how to piece this border I would now what size to cut the odd shape pieces.

  • Thimbleanna Oct 26, 2016

    Wow — I’ve never heard of a Crinum — I followed your link though and they look beautiful! And ahhhh, the age-old scrap problem. It always amazes me when I sew — I always think I’ll use up fabric and free-up some space, but it just seems that I take up more because the scraps are so messy!
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    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      Crinum are mainly grown in zone 8-14 I am on the southern edge of 7 and we have them -the scraps never go away we will carry them to the grave with us – they just don’t want to leave us alone!

  • Teri Dingler Oct 26, 2016

    I love those diamonds around that! And I may have to try the wash away appliqué as I start the camper quilt- a lot of pieces on it! You did inspire me to get my scraps cut and cleaned up! I now have only one more tote to go through and that box should be fairly easy as it has mostly single fat quarters in it I have picked up along the way! A scrappy quilt I am thinking is on the horizon!

    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      I need to try to tackle one more scrap box this winter I have been good (mostly) about not adding more and trying to cut scraps as I get them now.

  • Deb Oct 26, 2016

    The diamonds look beautiful! I am off to google that flower! 🙂
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    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      it is a pretty flower on the plant and will get quite a few from July to September

  • Carole Oct 26, 2016

    Love that bulb! Your applique quilt is stunning.
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    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      thanks Carole

  • Bernadette Oct 26, 2016

    You call those bulbs Crinum. About 30 years ago my Mother-in -Law gave me some of these bulbs, anyway they look the same, and she called them, disappearing lilies, and some call them, naked ladies. If they are the same, I know how difficult they are to dig. The foliage is beautiful in the spring, it dies back and in mid July, first part of August a beautiful pink lily erupts. They are beautiful in clusters.

    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      no Bernadette – you have a different flower in mind – I have those too that are surprise lilies, – Crinum do not disappear. They are white lilies with a pink stripe. They bloom from July to September here and they have long green leaves that stay on the plant from June to November – they do not disappear. Here is a link to crinum –

  • Carla Oct 26, 2016

    Oh I have two bins of scraps I still need to deal with but I am ready for some machine time so I hope my string quilt will take a bite out of some of it

    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      my scraps will never be taken care of

  • maxine lesline Oct 26, 2016

    The diamonds add so much to the beauty of your quilt.. great decision.

    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      thanks – now to get busy today sewing the strips of border on and placing diamonds evenly – will glue baste in place and then start the stitching over the next month

  • Sarah Oct 26, 2016

    Those diamonds will look great in the border. It’s such a pretty project! They are hefty bulbs, but the flower is really nice. I think I recognise it so we must have it in the uk!
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    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      there are so many varieties I wouldn’t be surprised if you had one kind or more. I am working on the diamonds today.

  • Susan Oct 26, 2016

    Love the scrappy diamond border – it works very well with the rest. Thanks for sharing it on Midweek Makers.
    That bulb is amazing to have gotten that big! I have some Naked Ladies, with the main bulb around 6″ in diameter, with babies around it. Just starting to sprout greenery.

    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      thanks Susan. I dug up one of my clumps of naked ladies to see how big they were as they need to be moved too but my soil is poor in that area and they were small bulbs.

  • LisaS Oct 26, 2016

    Williamsburg Beauty is looking great. Perfect combo of geometrics and floral elements.

    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      thanks 🙂

  • Belarmina Oct 26, 2016

    Karen preciosos los diamantes!!!
    veo tus restos de tela me consuela,
    los mios estan en la mismo estado

    • Karen Oct 26, 2016

      our scraps will just not leave us alone – we will have them forever I think

  • maggie fellow Oct 26, 2016

    really love the diamond border,and now I have to search out crinum lillies:) I am convinced scraps grow if left under something ..or on top…or well anywhere
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    • Karen Oct 27, 2016

      thanks Maggie – scraps continue to grow even if you start to use them!!

  • Rachel Oct 27, 2016

    Scraps do seem to multiply when you’re not looking. I really like how the diamonds look the long way! Very pretty!
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    • Karen Oct 27, 2016

      thanks Rachel I much prefer this way also

  • Anneli Oct 27, 2016

    The diamonds will make the perfect border! It is going to be beautiful! I have also pins of scraps and I have to cut them and try to organize but I feel never to get them organized! Amazing how big the bulb is!

    • Karen Oct 27, 2016

      I never am in the mood to organize my scraps more – I would need to be on a deserted island with no distractions!! I am too distracted most of the time and do not feel like pressing scraps and cutting

  • Janet Oct 27, 2016

    We talked ages ago about the wash away sheets. I’ve since used them on the applique for a grandson’s quilt and have to say they’re great. They have softened with time, but made the machine applique so easy to do. Watching this project evolve is so much fun, great work.

    • Karen Oct 27, 2016

      thanks Janet – I have used the wash away sheets just a little bit but I do like them –

  • Laurie Oct 27, 2016

    Hi Karen,

    I LOVE that diamond border. That’s just beautiful! I’ve never seen the washable applique paper…so I’m going to have to check that out. I don’t do much applique…but I’ve always thought that it would be fun to do.

    Isn’t it funny how the scraps in the bins grow? I have on big bin of uncut scraps in the storage room off the great room. It started out about 3/4 full…but now the lid doesn’t fit tight. I have three bins in the sewing area with pieces that are too small to cut into any of the sizes that I’m using for current scrap projects. Then there are several bins which contain the cut scraps.

    The scraps just seem to keep multiplying!
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    • Karen Oct 28, 2016

      scraps do multiple!!

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