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.