This quilt is an excellent summer alternative to brighten up your bedroom. The fabric and stitching are beautiful, and the weight (we have it paired with a similar weight quilt) is just right for cool summer nights. The colors are much brighter than I expected and not quite as "old world" as they appear in this photograph, but the manufacturer's website shows a truer image. It's a beautiful quilt and lays nicely on the bed. The shams are also well-constructed and equally vibrant.