Astronaut Karen Nyberg just made quilting history by completing the very first quilt block in space. The weightless environment proved to be a challenge, but she persevered.
Watch the YouTube video to see how she completed the block: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0c1CijmH7o
Astronaut Nyberg is now inviting quilters to create their own star-themed block, to be included with hers on a display at International Quilt Festival 2014 in Houston, Texas.
This is a project that is near and dear to The Fabric Garden. Edward Murphy, late father of Kala and Celia Murphy (owner and manager of The Fabric Garden, respectively), had a hand in several NASA space projects including the Lunar Module (LEM), Space Shuttles and the International Space Station.
The Fabric Garden invites quilters to send in photos of their quilt blocks before shipping them off to Houston, to be displayed in a Photo Gallery on their website and Facebook pages.
Details including videos of Astronaut Karen Nyberg, the Press Release from NASA, and requirements for creating your very own star-themed block for the challenge may be found at http://www.fabricgarden.com/Space_Quilt.html