Friday, May 1, 2009


Speaking of C O L O R did any one's grandma have a chair like this where the little steps pulled out to make a step stool? Mine did. Grandma's was a ghastly green. I found this little treasure at the thrift store, it was a ghastly yellow, so I looked for some red Naugahyde and spray painted it (after doing a mile of taping.) I love it!
I would like to show you a picture of my darling green fabric shelf. I found this piece at an antique shop and I knew I wanted it for my sewing room. It weighs a ton and has all kinds of sentiments written in pencil on the was probably in some boy's bedroom...some are pretty funny. Please notice the lack of fabric..... My husband asked, "Does that mean you need to go fabric shopping?" I said, "Maybe!"
This is how the poor thing looked just a few hours before.....all my scraps just thrown in embarrassing! I sat and sorted for over and hour.... I was inspired by some one's blog that had gotten new shelves for her sewing room...(sorry, I can't remember who it was because I was blog surfing late the other night)
I don't typically buy fabric to store for a future project, but sometimes I will buy a piece of green, red, or yellow that is a "good color." However, I did have some pieces that were 1/2 yards or bigger that I was holding onto for......I don't know what. So I made three piles.
1. Large pieces to give to the local charity to make quilts; pieces that I wondered, "Why did I ever buy that?"
2. Smaller strips and pieces that my sewing friend will take to make scrappy quilts.
3. Keep for me because I will use that piece.
I am happy to say I gave a large black garbage bag to the charity, and an even larger black garbage bag to my friend....I could hardly lift it!
Speaking of color......Did anybody have a troll bank like this? My sister had a blue one. This is her outfit I made from felt when I was probably 12 years old. She has stood the test of time....(and so has the felt!) She keeps guard of my swap gift, and the sewing room!
This is the happiest picture I have taken in a long time....I love all those pencils together. So, what is colorful in your life?


Stephanie said...

My grandma had a grey stool just like that. I do wonder whatever happened to it! I purge my fabrics several times a year and give a very large bag to a friend who makes charity quilts.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Very colorful! I love the green shelf. There is just nothing like an old, well made, wooden shelf for good sturdy storage. My husband brought a shelf like that home from work that was going to be thrown away, so I sanded it down and stained it. It's perfect for the kids' large collection of books.

My MiL loved trolls...I always thought they were a little creepy myself!


Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

My grandma had the chair in yellow, I loved it as a lillte girl. She also had the black cat clock that his eyes and tail went back and forth, I collected trolls too! I also do the same thing with fabric unless it is pink, never ever give or throw out pink, I have been known to share it!!

Natasha said...

too bad my name isn't "Charity" you could send the fabric to me!

Things that are colorful. . . There is a BEAUTIFUL tree in my front "yard" that is blooming with pink flowers. This morning when the wind blew, it looked like it was snowing pink petals. It was wonderful!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I still have my troll and all the clothes I made for it, but it is not a bank. Yes, I think my mother still has the step stool. Memories...

Rachel said...

why yes my grandmother had that stool too...and in that ugly green color.

Tracy said...

If you ever want to give away scraps again, I would love them. I love the fabric you buy so your scraps would be lovely too. I don't remember Grandma's stool. But I love yours! I wish I still had my troll. The things we get rid of when we are kids are often the things we want as adults.

Dawn Heese said...

My grandma had a stepstool like that but hers was plain white. My fabric shelves look like your before picture all the time.

dotti white said...

My grandma had a yellow one, too! I loved it! I am impressed that you don't have a huge stash. I am very bad--people say my sewing room looks like a little quilt store. I am trying to do better! It is very colorful in there, though! Have a happy and colorful weekend!

Dawn said...

I have an ugly yellow one...I gotta get me some red paint!!

Quilt Hollow said...

I think many of us grew up with stools like that! I've seen them in the antique stores and now after seeing yours painted may have to snag me one!

thequiltersalley said...

Thanks for the kind words on Tipping Point.
P.S. I am also a Howard

Sherri said...

What a great post...I'm going to have to think about the color in my world! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Noodle said...

Thanks for the suggestion! Color in my world...for one thing, my swap gift quilt from your sister Tracy! It's hanging from a thick dowel, below some white shelves, and I can see it right now, a few feet away. :)
Also, my "Mary Englebreit" quilt, made by my daughters as a gift to me. Very colorful!
The green grass and yellow dandelions outside our French doors, the gold and black tones of Leto, our German Shepherd Dog, and my turquoise chest of drawers I got off Craig's list, topped by a painting my husband did.
Just now the sun came out for a moment - hurray! That always sparks all the colors outside. A yellow tulip is blooming by our little patio, too.
I had a troll doll with soft black hair, and I miss him! My parents got him for me when I was sick once. I may have him put up in one of our keepsake bins. I'll have to find him!
Again, thank you for your pictures and the ideas you share with us, Sheri!