I started working on this quilt about a year ago, choosing a pattern and fabrics to make the best of it. I decided on bright batiks with calming off-white designs to go with a pale cream background. And off I set to work: measuring cutting and patchworking. By the time it all was almost finished - and a few other projects had been completed - we found ourselves in lock-down, I was finally attaching the binding to this quilt and I saw it in a different light: when I started it I picked the colours just because I liked them... but I was now seeing a much deeper meaning in them: lots of white, red and green - the colours of the Italian flag - and blue, a colour very often used by our national sports teams. But from my sewing room, I also see the white on top of our magnificent Alps, the red of the sun setting, the green of our hilly countryside, and of course the blue of the Mediterranean Sea.
The pattern is called “hugs and kisses” - so very appropriate! At the time when we are not supposed to hug and kiss we have to find other media the express our love, and a quilt can do!!
A good-sized lap quilt that would also do well on a single bed.