Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NASA star block

Last summer, I came across this call from NASA for star quilt blocks. It turns out that Karen Nyberg, one of the NASA astronauts on the space station, is also a quilter, and she did this whole video about quilting in space. As part of the tie-in, NASA is creating a star quilt that will be shown with the video at a special NASA exhibit at this year's International Quilt Festival in Houston.
All they requested was a 9.5" star block. While any color scheme was allowed, I couldn't resist the opportunity to do something a little patriotic. Red, white, and blue is not a combo I use very often, so I figured this was my chance.
I made the 8.5" version of the Star-and-Pinwheel block used in the Sugar Snow Quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival. (By the way, that book is wonderful. Because I can't afford to buy every new quilt book that looks interesting, I've started checking them out from the library for a test run; then, if I really like it and think it's one I'll use frequently, I'll buy it. This one is definitely going on the buy list.) To bring the small block up to size, I added a border with more of the gray crosshatch fabric. The block actually came together quite easily, though my machine was giving me fits with the 1/4" seam allowance and eating up my fabric. Yeesh.
Anyway, this one's going in the mail ASAP. If you're interested in making a block, you still have a little time. Blocks are due by August 1. You can find more details right here.
Metro Living Circles in Red
Domino Dot in Navy
Crosshatch in Grey from Architextures
Kona Snow
Mystery light blue dot (maybe an old Michael Miller Ta Dot?)

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