The Astronomical Star Challenge

Astronaut Karen Nyberg has invited all of us to join her in making a quilt! From NASA’s press release in October:

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 is in the final weeks of 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.”

Details are at and summarized here:

I’m in! How about you? Please feel free to share the link or reblog.

14 thoughts on “The Astronomical Star Challenge

  1. Thread crazy

    This will be a fun project – just a 9.5″ block. Should not be a problem at all. I would say they will indeed have to make multiple quilts….any idea on how many blocks they are expecting?

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      I hope they are counting on a lot! Imagine one mid-sized guild deciding to do that as a project — they could get 100 blocks just from that. A 9×9 quilt is 81 blocks and 81″ square. That’s already a biggish quilt!

      1. gayle ledyard

        Just think of all the guilds in and around Houston where space center is located and if each of them make even 50 squares apiece, they are going to have enough squares for many many quilts.,

  2. Doreen

    “Reblogged” to my blog!!!! Fascinating and great idea. Hope to make it my next little finish!!! Thanks for the posting!!!!! Hugs…………………………………


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