Nov 162013

As promised, here is the blog post regarding the Astronomical Block Challenge, that I originally posted November 16, 2013.

4/29/14 Update : Our vice president Scott offered to bundle up and  mail all our VMQG members’ blocks that are turned in to him by our July meeting.

Here is the original post:

You are invited to participate in a block challenge with NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg!   Read on for all the info.

According to NASA:

International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt.

Nyberg, who recently returned from her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to complete during her limited free time in space.  She is now inviting quilters from the public to create their own star-themed quilt blocks to help celebrate her mission and passion for the quilting arts.

“Now that I’ve tried my hand sewing in space, I can say one thing with certainty: it’s tricky,” Nyberg said in a video sent down from the space station. “This is what I’ve made. It’s far from being a masterpiece, but it was made in space. I’m inviting all of you to create your own star-themed quilt block. We’ll be combining them with my block to create a quilt for next year’s 40th anniversary International Quilt Festival in Houston. I can’t wait to see what we make together.”

Check out this great YouTube video of Karen Nyberg and her block on board the International Space Station.

Here are the details of the challenge.  It is important to read all the details in the pdf since there are restrictions as to block size and other design aspects. There is a limit of one block per person. The blocks are due in Houston by August 1, 2014, so you have plenty of time!!  We can’t wait to see what great star themed modern blocks you come up with!!

To get you started here is a link from Ellison Lane Quilts to a bunch of tutorials, some of which are modern looking star blocks.

Have fun!!