A title that is a little misleading; it makes it sound like I have been traveling or working all the time. Here’s the story. Bill and I have been in a relationship for nearly seven years. He has a place, I have a place. I have been content to keep my place because it’s MINE and I can be here whenever I want, alone, all by myself. My “free”, quiet time is very important to me which is the main reason that we have not moved in together. I am comfortable with myself and don’t need constant company or entertainment. In fact, I don’t want either.
As firefighters, we have a different schedule than most people. It’s too complicated to explain; however, I have four days off every week and Bill works on my third day off, which I generally spend at home. For the past several years, I have spent three of my four days off at Bill’s house. That means packing a little bag and dragging my stuff over there, spending the night, coming home, then spending the last day together. I’m tired! It doesn’t mean that I don’t want to spend time together, it just means that I miss having time at home. Imagine trying to accomplish everything that you need to do and everything that you want to do in one day a week. It becomes very frustrating. The things you need to do take too much time away from the things you want to do. As you can imagine, some things aren’t getting done.
This week I told Bill that I wanted to spend my four days off at home. I don’t think he ever really understands my need for alone time but he didn’t object (which is probably a good thing). We met one day for coffee and today we went grocery shopping. Those were my ideas so it was okay.
It was a wonderful four days off. I actually feel like I had four days off, which is not usually the case. I’m relaxed and ready to go to work tomorrow. I did lots of sewing, listed some things on eBay (still no bids), cleaned the bathrooms and got all the laundry done. It felt so good to climb into my own bed at night and wake up in my own place in the morning. I didn’t have to pack anything or think ahead about what to take to wear for the next two days.
I’m not complaining about my relationship, just about the fact that I don’t get to spend much time at home. My condo is for sale (who else tries to sell property in the worst real estate market in years?) and when it’s sold I will move to Bill’s house. At least then I will be home on my days off which I think will be much easier for me.
Now for sewing content…I worked on the FM quilt and completed sewing the large blocks together. I got the small inner border cut and discovered that the original fabric I was going to use for the outer border won’t work. I found a different fabric to use but don’t have enough of that! DRAT! Now I have to try to find it online because the LQS doesn’t have any.
Funky Monkey top w/o borders
Yesterday I worked on a companion quilt for Ella. I used a 2 1/2″ block of each of the different fabrics in her dad’s quilt. From there I did a half log cabin in blacks and whites. I used the Project Improv method and it was very fun, free, easy and liberating. No measuring, just sew and trim.
Ella's improv blocks
Ella's improve blocks close-up
I’m having trouble deciding on a sashing fabric. I was thinking of a predominately black with small white polka dots. But then I’m thinking, maybe a red, or orange or some other color that’s incorporated in the border fabric…
a little blurry
My concern is that if I choose a color that is contained in one of the blocks, the block will fade into the sashing, which is why I was thinking black with a little white but orange might work.
That’s what I spent some of my “at home days” doing and it was very enjoyable.
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