My Trippy Quilt

Many many years ago I started a quilt. How many years ago? Well, this is what I have to go on: It came from this book


Which has a copyright of


Now, I was a senior in high school in ’87 so I am not certain if I would have started this quilt before or after I went to college. One thing I know for sure, the lavender fabric was also used in a skirt I made myself in high school (cotton but kind of thin, not quilting cotton). When I look in this book I can clearly see where my inspiration came from (and yes this one page was the entirety of the explanation on how to make the quilt).


because the quilt is shaping up to look like this (not a particularly creative departure), dated I know


Excuse dear Apollo dog, he likes to get in on the action.

Some detail


I added a star that I designed and some appliqué to the center and the corners back in the day



and I even have the out takes



take a look at the back of the flying geese! We didn’t use rotary cutters in those days, it was all templates made from cardboard and scissors


Note the random thread color, I had no idea that it mattered to match the thread to the project…or maybe I was lazy? Too broke to buy new thread?


When I pulled the quilt top out of it’s plastic storage box it needed two sides of braid completed (yes that would be my Hello Kitty slipper at the bottom of the picture) which were being sewn to a muslin foundation piecing backing (pre paper piecing) so I’ve just continued with it. As you can see that part is almost done…thank heaven, mighty time consuming that part. Once complete I will simply put the braid and corner blocks on and commence to sandwiching…I mean basting. Seeing as I have never done that part before I have been checking out you-tube videos and blog tutorials. I might finish up another old charity quilt before I commence to quilting this one so I can get some practice quilting on that one…is that wrong?

Why is it my Trippy Quilt? Well, I started it in North Carolina where I went to college, then it would have gone to Atlanta with me for a job, then to Rancho Cucamonga, CA where I was transferred and then to San Diego where I currently reside. It will end up in Berlin Germany where my sister lives. So it has been on some trips, not to mention I think it is a real trip that this used to be my design aesthetic. The difference 20+ years makes.

About animatedlibrarian

I am the Online Services and Instruction Librarian at San Diego Mesa College, I have a doctorate in Education Technology from Pepperdine University. When not quilty/sewing I like to do Muay Thai kickboxing :-)
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3 Responses to My Trippy Quilt

  1. Beanie says:

    You know Bec is going to love the story behind it.

    I’m kind of amazed, Ali, that even with all the miles between us we are doing similar things. Just this weekend, I quilted my first quilt on my home machine. Quilted! Yep, I did. If you feel the need for advice from a newbie, I’m here and still so excited that I’ll be glad to blather on and on about it.

    • animatedlibrarian says:

      Hopefully Becca won’t discover this blog before Christmas when she comes to visit and gets it as a gift!

      Yeah you for quilting! It’s a big step and we’re doing it. Just wait till we get really good and confident with it. It’ll come sooner than we think I imagine.

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