Take a look at her quilting space in the International Space Station!
And I'm pretty sure there's never been a more beautiful display wall.
She also made this star block during her stay 220 miles above the Earth.
This block is the first in a new Star Block Challenge presented in cooperation between Karen, NASA, and the International Quilt Festival. If you're a quilter (or want to be), create your own star-themed quilt block by August 1, 2014.
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Houston, Texas is home to both NASA's Johnson Space Center and the International Quilt Festival. According to Rhianna Griffin, a spokesperson for the International Quilt Festival, nearly 600 blocks have already been submitted from all corners of the world, including Australian, Brazil, Canada and Ireland. The blocks will be pieced and on display at the annual festival in Houston this fall before being permanently display at NASA headquarters.
Clearly, this was a project both my son and I could get behind!
I use PowerPoint to design a block. The only requirements were that the finished blocked needed to be some variation of a star and have a finished size of 9" (unfinished 9.5"). I chose red, white, and blue as the primary colors to represent both the USA and the Netherlands (to honor our dual nationality family--do you see the red tulips?). I used black along the edge to represent space, and the blue arrows to express exploration.
I realized when I was making this that 32 2" squares don't leave a lot of room for error! The 3.5" NASA square seemed positively huge in comparison!
I started with the HSTs by cutting 6" squares as follows: 2 blue, 2 black, 1 red, 1 white. I learned a new trick while making this block, and it was really handy for making 8 little half square triangles (HST) at a time. First, I drew an X on one 6" square, then secured it to another 6" square, right sides together, with hair clips. (Refer to the chart for color pairings).
Then sew a 1/4" seam on either side of both lines.
Here's where the magic happens. By making four cuts, you end up with eight HSTs.
Repeat with all three blocks.
After this, the block came together quickly.
Close up of the center.
And done with a month to spare!
D drew this picture to go along with our block.
If you have made (or are will make a block for this project), post a link below. I'd love to see what others are creating!