I’ve known for a long time that I wanted a “kitchen sofa” for the Swedish house, and I’ve been looking for one every time I’m in Sweden. I’ve seen a lot of these wooden sofas, but I had a very specific style in mind. Shortly before we left last summer, Torsten called one afternoon to say he was on a service call and the customer had a sofa for sale–a sofa he was sure I would like. And he was right!
It was in an out building at an old farmstead, and Bob and I took the trailer over and picked it up. I love the shape of the back, the rolled arms and, best of all, the faux finish. A lot of antique Swedish furniture is painted with a style meant to imitate a more expensive wood.
Oh, and the front pulls out so it can be used as a bed! This sofa is missing it’s seat, but that will be an easy fix. A wooden seat and a nice cushion and it will be good to go!
I had the bright idea that I might make a quilt that could be used to cover the cushion. I don’t do a lot of quilting with turn-of-the-century fabrics, but their earth colors seemed perfect for this sofa. Then I decided a postage stamp quilt would be “fun.” So, I set about cutting a lot of little squares and sewing them together.
I wanted the design to be on-point…
…so I had to construct the quilt diagonally.
That requires a lot of thinking! Finally, I had the top pieced. 4224 pieces, but who’s counting!
But I had a lot of squares left, so I decided I could use some of them for the “label.”
So, just five hundred and some more squares and I had a label.
I sewed it into the back of the quilt.
I wasn’t sure how to quilt it. In the end, I chose a Baptist fan design.
You can see it a little better from the back.
I’ve decided it will just be a sofa quilt, not a cushion over. I have something else in mind for that!
A little footnote. Last week, the farmhouse and the outbuilding where we got the kitchen sofa burned to the ground in a horrible fire. I’m so glad the sofa is with us.