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That just rolled off the tongue, but I don’t know how accurate it will be.

As many of you know, my life for the last three weeks, has not necessarily been my own. A little more than two weeks was spent working from 5:00pm to 3:30am. I adapted to those hours quite nicely. Our last week or the third week, the second through fifth night was from 1:30pm to 12:00 midnight. Wasn’t too bad, except I was still up until about 4:00 or 5:00am. The very last shift was on Saturday, October 11, from 10:00am to 7:00pm. It was difficult getting up at 8:30am, as I didn’t get to sleep until almost 5:00am. It was very strange however, driving to work in the morning, and seeing the morning light, and cars.

I am having difficulty adjusting to “normal” hours however. Saturday night, I slept for 12 hours, and I lost Sunday morning. I must have needed the sleep.

Last Sunday, which was my day off, I paper-pieced an origami crane. I wanted something that I could work on, that was not too quick, and something a little different.

I wasn’t to sure on a few of the fabric choices, but its growing on me. I think I would have liked a little more contrast on the neck and tail portions.

I am thinking of making two more this size… hard to believe it is only 4″ (sort of square). I am thinking of perhaps doubling the pattern, and placing all four in a setting. Perhaps even reversing one of the cranes so it is looking at the large one… or (as this thought occurs to me), having the large one, lower right hand corner, and the smaller ones “following” it… like a momma with her babes. I’ll have to get the blocks done to figure out what I’ll do with them.

I had considered trying to get them done for my binding class which I am doing on Thursday, but I have spent too much time sleeping yesterday and today.

Which brings us to the next topic. I am demonstrating Sharon Schamber’s Binding Technique to our guild on Thursday. I have been using this technique for a little while now, and I do enjoy using it, instead of using pins or clips. You can visit Sharon’s website and watch the 90 minute video, or you can check out my video listings, and watch the video in 3 portions of approximately 30 minutes each. I don’t have the perfect corners yet, but with each binding I do, it gets better. I have even discovered a few additional tricks of my own to add to this technique. I have since changed my mind on what I’ll be using for the sample. As I was writing a message to an online quilting friend on one of the Quilting Communities

Now for something completely different. Last Wednesday (October 8), I was heading home, and I noticed on the other side of the road a bird… a seagull or something I thought. I turned around, and pulled up about 10′ away from the bird. I noticed it was a duck. For those of you who don’t know… most birds, such as chickens and ducks become “stupid” when it is night time. It’s not that they are really stupid, they do not have very good night vision (practically none at all), and are fairly easy to snatch up. Bears know this, and they liked to raid chicken hutches at dark. We have chickens, so I know from experience… but back to the Duck. I grabbed my cell phone to call 911, but it was dead, and even plugging it in to the van, didn’t give me enough to make a call. I got out of my van, and checked the bird out. I noticed it was a relatively young duck, and probably a Muscovy (this is not the specific duck I rescued). He was not too worried about me being near him. He was standing on one leg about 6″ from the edge of the road. Although there is not very much traffic on this road at midnight, there were a few vehicles, so I walked him a little off the road. During this, I noticed one eye was injured and slightly bulging, and he had an abrasion on one “elbow” of his legs. I didn’t want to leave him for the wildlife (bear, cougar, raccoons), so I took off my jacket and after a few attempts, I had him. It was a good thing I was only about 500 metres (yards) away from home. I found a box and placed him in it. He was very curious as I put him in the box, and none to happy, that I was shutting him up in it. When I called the SPCA the next morning, they asked me to take him to the vet, which I did. The vet’s office called on Friday, to let me know the duck was doing fine, and they were wanting to know the location I found him. Apparently there are a few people around there that have ducks. I think he made it home safely.

Today is our Thanksgiving Day! I was really hoping for a Turkey, but DH decided to have a ham. We’ll have all the kids and granddaughter her for dinner. It will be nice to visit with all of them, as I really haven’t seen much of them over the last three weeks.

Now, all I need to do, is get my life back to some sort of normalcy (whatever that is), and sort out my projects, as well as home stuff.

On one of the quilting groups I belong to someone posted this link – http://woodgears.ca/eyeball/ I don’t have a “Fun Friday” post or anything like that… as of yet *wink*, but I thought this was neat to share with you.  My first time through, I didn’t understand some of what they were looking for, but I figured it out.  Try it once and then post your score.  My first was 5.5, the second 4.4.

I hope your week fulfils your quilting needs, and remember, you’ll only have to time to quilt if you make the time… you’ll never find the time!

-Alice

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Just an update… now that I realize I should have done this over a week ago.

I have a three-week job working 10 hour night shifts, 6 days a week. My quilting and blogging has been put on hold until after this little job.

Once I get back on top of things, and my life is a little more normal (whatever that is), I have a number of things to get started, and that I’m working on.

I’ve been receiving lots of good feedback on my jean shopping bags, and opening an Etsy store will be one of the things I’ll be working on.

Be sure to keep a watch here, after October 13!

Until next the next stitches!

-Alice


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