Thursday, January 9, 2014

Quilting In Space

I watched an interview with Karen Nyberg who is currently working on the International  Space Station.
Karen is a quilter and made a star block. It was interesting, I don't know how she managed cutting it out etc. with zero gravity.
Karen has asked for quilters to make a star block to be sent to the 2014 Houston Quilt Festival.
Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge

You are invited to participate in a block challenge…with NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg!
While on board the International Space Station, Nyberg created a star-themed quilt block that will be returning to earth with her. Her block will be combined with other blocks submitted by quilters to create a quilt that will be displayed at the 2014 International Quilt Festival in Houston. (See a video of Nyberg--with her block--on board the ISS!)

How can you be a part of this exciting project? Submit your own star-themed block!

The details:
  1. Create a star-themed 9.5”-square unfinished block (so that when quilted, it will be a 9” finished block).
  2. The theme should be any variation on a star. We welcome all types—traditional, modern, and artsy variations. Limit one block per person.
  3. Use any color scheme and techniques you would like, but please do not use any embellishments.
  4. Sign your unfinished block on the font with a permanent marker. Please include your name and your location.
  5. Mail your block to us at the address below by August 1, 2014.
    • Star Block Challenge
      Attn: Rhianna Griffin
      7660 Woodway, Ste. 550
      Houston, TX 77063
We can’t wait to see all of your stellar creations!
Download a PDF of the Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge rules and details


  1. What a great idea Jenni. Are you going to send one? Think I will - will have to make it 'Australian' somehow.

    1. Yes Joy, I am going to make one. Will fudge a pattern to make it 9.5 inches.