Last time I showed you “Take Me Back To Guana Quay“, the FIRST in my unintentional Travel Log Quilt series.
This second quilt is called “Bells, Baths and Bidets” and, as every good quilt should, there is a story behind it!!
In 1998, Michael attended a conference in Florence, Italy. We decided that the kids and I would join him after the conference was over. We visited Florence, Stresa and Venice but, by far, our favorite was Rome.
When we arrived in our hotel there was a church bell ringing. Having now spent a month in Rome, I know that it is not an unusual occurrence, but being from Watkinsville, Georgia, we were not used to that sound. The family rushed to the closest window to see where the sounds were coming from…..
….and found this gorgeous bell tower just across the street…..
Being good tourists, we now headed to the bathroom to check out the amenities……
We found a curtain-less shower and a bidet….something VERY unusual for our kids. BUT, what caught MY QUILTER’S eye was the ceramic tile in the top center of this photo……
Much to my children’s embarrassment I pulled out tracing paper and traced the design in full….
Note….I am not sure WHY I had tracing paper with me but it was certainly fortuitous!!!
When I got home, I did some additional work on the pattern……
It was certainly a fiddly quilt to make including some machine applique and paper piecing…..
….and just a lot of intricate, time consuming piecing!!!!
But, I loved how it turned out……
When I started thinking about a name, it had to be “Bells, Baths & Bidets!!”…another reminder of a fun hotel in Rome!!