Travel Log Quilt #2

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……

Sorry for the bad photo….but this was 1998!!

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!!


Inspiration Tuesday

I just got off of a Zoom meeting with some friends from our quilt guild. It was planned at the last minute so a lot of members didn’t hear about it in time to join, but it was sure fun to see faces ….

and hear what these amazing people have been doing. Several of these are serving our country by making hundreds of masks. THANK YOU!!!

Now, on to the……

Last week my friend Chandler sent an email that included a link to this photo…..

She said that, when she saw it, she was reminded of some of the “travel” quilts that I have made. I quickly responded and sent my own picture……


This scene had gained my attention on a documentary that we were watching on TV and I took the photo to help me remember the inspiration.

I love the stair-step designs in both pictures but really like the idea of adding the splashes of color from the women’s sari’s.

As I looked more at these photos, I decided to learn about the structures themselves. I found that they are called “Stepwells”. Apparently they originated in India and are designed so that people can walk down to the pool of water rather than having a “normal” well where the water has to be brought up in a bucket from below ground level.

So, I learned something AND have been inspired…..I would call that a day well spent!!!