Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday's Stuff and Things

So it's Tuesday, a typical, unremarkable weekday, and it's time once again for Stuff and Things. Can you believe it? Where do the days go?

Being part of a community of like-minded writers rocks. I love sharing my thoughts and ideas with others who understand the process and drive (and even those who aren't writers but appreciate it nonetheless), and I really enjoy the network I've been able to build. Thank you all for being a part of it.

I love beautiful, crisp fall days, when you can open the windows, air out the house, and freshen your soul. There's something nostalgic and stirring about the colors, the smell, the feel. What do you like about fall?

I bought an old quilt over the weekend, with fabulous muted colors (some so pale you have to look closely), that I'm hoping to use on my bed someday soon. The only problem is that one of the stars virtually exploded at some point in the past, and the quilt batting is visible. There are women I can ask about repairs, but I dare not wash it in my machine and damage it further. I just need to figure out what to do that's not cost prohibitive. Any ideas? I also need to lay it out in the sun to freshen it just a bit. Any other suggestions?

Just when I think my writing goals are headed one way, inspiration sends them another. When I think I can only fit so much on my plate, a spot opens up for something on the side. Do you find the same?

And God is awesome.


What's going on for you today?

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In response to yesterday's post about the Omaha Lit Fest I attended, Joanne asked, "Can you share any specific themes/tips/advice you might have learned there?" I'll collect my thoughts and check my notes, and that shall be tomorrow's post.

15 comments:

Joanne said...

The quilt sounds pretty - I love stuff like that. I've heard that if you hang it in the bathroom and leave it there for the course of a few hot showers, the steam helps clean it too. Hope this helps!

Melanie Avila said...

I've always dreamed of having a quilt of my very own. My grandmother had a room full of quilts and one in particular had all our family pictures printed onto fabric and those were the different squares. I think my aunt has it now. As soon as I'm someplace where I need a blanket, I'm either making or buying one!

Janna Qualman said...

I tried to post a pic of the quilt, but the altered format really frustrates me. *grumble*

Thanks for the tip, Joanne!

You should totally get one, Melanie. I've been keeping my eyes open at antique stores, and finally found this one, which wasn't overpriced.

colbymarshall said...

I love that fall brings with it a cooler air than the hundred degree heat we have during GA summers...

Today, I'm at home in bed (or on the sofa with the laptop) sick. Uck.

Janna Qualman said...

Ugh, we've got the same kind of sickening summer heat here, too.

I really hope you feel better soon, Colby!

Melissa Marsh said...

I love fall. I love the colors, the smells, the food, the cooler temps - everything! I feel ALIVE during this time of year, like I've come out of a cocoon (which is actually my air-conditioned house!).

WendyCinNYC said...

I love fall as well. It's 70 degrees and sunny today, with no humidity. I think I'll take the dog out for a while.

Terra Chandler said...

I love quilts!! My mom has about 10 from my great grandparents, and I am hoping to take one or two with me when I leave the area. (She is wholly unaware of my evil quilt plan).

On a side note, I am so glad I stumbled on your blog!! (Now I have cute decorations to!) I think I may stick around to see what else you have to say!! :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Quilts and fall and writing, what a mighty threesome. I've got one of my great-grandmother's quilts with the same blow-out problem. Guess I need to find a really good seamstress.

Rachel Burton said...

My husband's grandmother made us a beautiful quilt for our wedding. I went with her to pick out the fabrics and everything. It's a gorgeous keepsake, but I'm scared to wash it! I think I'm going to breakdown and take it to a pro...

Janna Qualman said...

I know exactly what you mean, Melissa and Wendy. I just love going outside to absorb all those good seasonal changes!

Terra - Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by, and I do hope you come back.

Rachel, good to see you again! :)

Seems like my post about the quilt was well received... ;)

Joshua said...

awesome! cant wait to see the quilt :)

Terri Tiffany said...

Don't lay it in the sun--it could fade more:) I love quilts-- my house is full of them and I have a quilt room. When my daughter was young she took quilting for years and I learned as she did but could never make them as well as some women can. Now I don't anymore but I sure like to look at them.
Hope you get many writing opportunities this week!:) And I love our network too!

rosemerry said...

I have a quilt from my great grandmother. It's whole cloth potato sacking from the 1920's. I had to get it repaired and bound.

My grandmother before giving it to me had washed it in the washer. But I was able to take it to a professional quilter and she was able to photocopy the cloth pattern and match it up. While the patch is lighter than the rest of the quilt it does match perfectly.

After living with my mom and my other grandmother for awhile. (My grandmother smokes) The smoke smell had gotten into my quilt. I hung it up outside in the shade on a sunny breezy day. I was told I could febreeze it but I didn't want to take the chance. Airing it out in the shade did the trick if you are trying to get rid of a musty or smoky smell.

Janna Qualman said...

Great tips, Rosemerry, thanks!

And I'm just curious... your name appeared with an "ie" in your first comment, but otherwise with a "y." Do you know why? :)