Monday, 1 August 2011

Stash use report for July, and PIF still open

July with the hot, lazy summer days is gone, and it's time to look back at the fabric piles. It  looks like they didn't melt away! I didn't manage not to buy any fabric at all, but I only bought 1 m calico for stitching as it is something I don't usually have in stash. My fabric use was very moderate too, but I had a lovely little project I finished last night. Earlier this year I got this old iron bed:

I cleaned and washed it, mended the net on the sides, and washed the fabric covering the original bottom half, and made a new one to replaced the missing half. They are hinged together with twine in the middle.

Then I made a mattress and a pillow using old mattress fabric to suit this antique bed. I don't want to repaint it.

The bed needed sheets as well, naturally, and I unpicked the lace from an old, worn out sheet and used the good parts for the pillowcase and the top sheet.

I finished the hexagon quilt in about 17 days.

It is in the bed now, with the lace sheet and pillowcase. Too bad the bed is too small for me to sleep in! All I need now is to make myself some dolls to keep in the bed.

Here is a better look at the little hexagon quilt. The border is the same fabric as I used for my DD Kaija's quilt three years ago, the one that took me 17 years with pauses to finish.

The bed project used about 1.5 m fabrics in all, and washpeg aprons, a secret bag and a bag for Mr. K's bamboo rod took 2.2 m more, so the stash was reduced by 3.7 m. I hope to show the bag soon, and I'm planning to make a completely not quilting or sewing -related post about Mr. K's bamboo project. Oh I almost forgot the polka dot bag, I don't even have a picture of the white one. They were both sewn in July, and used up 2 m of fabrics. Total use was 5.7 m, not very much but not too bad either.

There are still two more possibilities to sign in for my PIF, as Barbara and Heather are so far the only ones on my list. You can read more about this offer in my previous post, if you are interested.


  1. What a lovely project to finish and have the quilt to go on the bed too. Well done! Not 17 years this time! :-)

    Lovely looking bag- a good size for shopping.

  2. What an absolutely beautiful bed Ulla,you have made it look so lovely with your gorgeous quilt. Love your bag also.

  3. Wow what a beautiful bed Ulla. Sooo much history!

  4. What a sweet bed. Your hexagon quilt looks perfect. When will we see a photo with a doll? I'm sure Raggedy Ann and Andy would love the bed. :o)

  5. I love what you have done with the old iron bed - the transformation is wonderful!

  6. How very precious a bed and quilt, Ulla! Your work on the bed and quilt is so wonderful! Will Raggedy Anne or Andy sleep there? I can't wait to see Mr. K's finished bamboo project - I know it has been a long time in the making!

  7. Your quilt is perfect for that little bed! Will you let Ann and Andy use it?

  8. Welch grossartiges Fundstück, dieses schöne alte Eisengitterbett. Da kommen deine schöne Quilts und die Puppen wunderbar zur Geltung.Ein solches hatte es auch im Haus meiner Grossmutter, aber wohin es beim Aufräumen kam, weiss ich nicht. Jetzt würde ich es sofort nehmen :-) !!
    Uebrigens, es scheint nicht einfach zu sein Quilterinnen zu finden, die auch gerne beim PIF mitmachen. Ich warte immer noch auf jemanden, der beschenkt werden möchte ;-) !!
    Liebe Grüsse

  9. I LOVE your antique bed make over. Fit for a home style magazine! Such a pretty hexagon quilt. And some great quilting.

  10. It is a beautiful bed with all of your touches. What a perfect spot for your quilt. Love the lace on the sheets.
    Thank you for sharing!

  11. The doll quilt is just adorable! I love the little hints of oranges and lfowers between the blues. Lovely!


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