Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Finishing Stuff.











Yes, I have been finishing things in my cupboard; but first have a look at my Spider's web. The Orb Web spider who built this is a resident around here. It's web is easily seen in the early morning with the sun behind it and drops of dew adding sparkle; it's right outside the dining room ranch slider slung between Kingianum orchids which grow on the side of a now sawn off Ponga Fern trunk. I might try and get a photo of the spider....it won't be as dramatic as the spider at Molly Bawn's place - hers is something else!
As I am doing a demonstration at our group soon on all the uses for Quilt as You Go Hexagons, I put together some little tiny ones I made with Christmas type fabric and have sewn them on to a length of gold and green ribbon as a hanger decoration type thing. (I still have to put a pin of some type at the top. )
Lurking in my cupboard unused was a large square of Chenille I made. After we had a demo on how it was done I made this sample and hadn't made it into anything. It could have been a bag or cushion but I made it into a big zip lock bag ( material instead of plastic ) for carrying sewing stuff. It has some pockets inside and a zip across the top. I realise one with a zipper around 3 side to open out flat would have been ideal but at the weekend when I was making this I didn't have a zipper on hand that size - so used what I had. I put a name label on the outside back and will carry my current project in it. In the close up photo I scrunched the fabric up so you can see how it is made. 4 layers of fabric different colours all sewn down in narrow rows then the 3 top layers cut. These should rough up with use or I could brush them or wash them to make that fluffy chenille look.
As things are still very damp outside I am off to Spring clean the Office drawers that are getting over full.....Oh what fun.
The very bad news is another tooth has broken off ( what is going on ? ), so that will mean even more visits to the Dentist. My next appointment is not till Thursday morning, next week, so I hope it doesn't start aching.

7 comments:

meggie said...

Love that hexagon decoration.
I think it is a sad fact that Kiwis of our generation had rather bad teeth. Something to do with lack of something in NZ soil. I do believe that fluoride improved the younger generations.
We bought some NZ kiwifruit, 5291, & I was thinking "Wouldn't it be fun if these came from Ali's orchard!

Ali Honey said...

Yes, it's a pain about the teeth, wouldn't want false ones though.

Good for you spotting the number on the kiwifruit tray; not our # unfortunately. Go look for 7579, that's our number. When you next look it might give a packhouse name or code as well....you can be my detective.

MargaretR said...

That spider's web is beautiful Ali. The hanging decoration is lovely. I wonder if we get the kiwi frui with a code on too? I have jotted it down.

Molly said...

Beautiful web! Those spiders are awesome craftsmen.....Love your hexagons. It's comforting to know that I can dig through your archives for instructions when I get around to trying them, which won't neccessarily be in THIS lifetime........

anne bebbington said...

Those Christmas hexagons on the ribbon are so beautiful

Guðrún said...

Your christmas hexagons are lovely, why don´t you put a bell at the bottom? The spiders are very talented, the webs they make are so beautiful.

Ali Honey said...

Thanks Gudrun, That's good idea...I will.

The number on the individual stickers that you should find on all Zespri Kiwifruit will be the same ( denoting Zespri Kiwifruit )To find the grower's number ( stamped usually )you have to look on the end of the tray or pack they are in.