Friday, September 30, 2011

Solitary Hotel Retreat!

I think there are times when it is GREAT to be able to be alone and to de-stress by throwing myself into a project.

As much as I love being out there and doing, doing, doing, sometimes I just have to go into AWAY FROM IT ALL mode to re-charge.

I’ve enjoyed my time with the guild here, we had an awesome Spider Web workshop today ((pictures to come later!)) and a great dinner out at a Hungarian place. Tomorrow is a Pineapple Blossom workshop, and we are full to the gills with quilters coming from as far as Ohio, and other places. I know tomorrow will be such a great experience too ---

But last night after dinner, this morning before going to the workshop, and this evening…..my focus has been SO SIMPLE!

I’m all set up and I’m having a Solitary Retreat. It even includes a free breakfast downstairs, and I even got in 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer this morning ---but most of all-- I’M SEWING!

Yes, see that pic? About a trilion-gazillion half square triangles have met their match! To be able to sew like this without even having to have a CONVERSATION with ANYONE is just so nice! Like a self imposed vow of silence, this time belongs to me.

I’m SEWING ---With no distractions. With whatever I want on the TV…….I’ve watched many episodes of NCIS, and tonight’s feature….”He’s Just Not That Into You”…..FUNNY MOVIE!

And I’m alone with my own thoughts, my own plotting and planning and reflecting and just “being.”

And I know this is not a very newsy informative exciting post, but it is just what I needed to remind myself that sometimes even being away from home can be set aside as a time for “ME.”

That’s all.

Gotta get back to the triangles….


  1. Glad that you are able to unwind and get some ME time to work on your own projects. Everyone needs some time to be by themselves from time to time. Curiosity has got me, are those HSTs black/white? It is exciting to see peeks of what you are sewing.

  2. You always have other things and other people on your mind, it is important to just think about yourself. Leaving for UK and Germany on Tuesday, for 2 weeks. Making heart pillows while I am there for cancer hospital and learn to knit socks.

  3. I find that the ME time is a great time for all the little things that hide out during the day to surface in subtle easy waves. As I quilt, I get those "not why didn't I think of that before" moments that just pop into my head. I also find that sometimes nothing pops into my head and the whole time I am quilting, I am relaxing, unstressing, and creating a really amazing object. Not sure how to explain it but sometimes I think that I am addicted to it!

  4. Yes being with just ourselves is just the ticket sometimes.

  5. I agree - I really like the time spent at my sewing machine just "being in the moment". Enjoy!

  6. I know exactly what you mean! I have to have ME time or I get extremely cranky! Wish I was there for your workshops. I love love love the Smokies.

  7. Anonymous12:40 PM EDT

    In the zone! I took a hexie project away for a solitary long weekend by the sea-a self indulgent three days with the surf and my sewing. Bliss

  8. It is SOOOOOO important to have these mini retreats! They help keep us sane and on an even keel! So glad you had this time for YOU!!

  9. Bonnie....I'm so glad you are taking a little time for just you.....and I LOVE the part about not having to talk to anyone.....so true!

    Enjoy every minute of your solitude....you deserve to just 'be one with the fabric'! :o)

  10. Appreciate that you took a break from your solitude to think of us.

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  12. I'm glad you can find some peaceful "me" time in your busy schedule.

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  14. Bonnie, I loved reading about this. I thought I was the only person in the world that did this. There's a chain on casinos in Tunica, Ms. which is about 4 hours away from here. About every 3 months, I rent a hotel room for 4 days, and go right by myself and sew. it is such great therapy. The hotel room is real cheap, and I come back home totally refreshed feeling very accomplished. sqquilter@rocketmail.com


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