A Guide to the Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge [AKA NASA Quilts], 2013-2016
The Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge was sponsored by Quilts, Inc. and announced during the 2013 International Quilt Festival in Houston. A quilt square sewn by astronaut Karen Nyberg while on the international space station served as inspiration, and quilters were asked to submit a star-themed quilt square for the challenge. Nearly 2,400 quilt squares were submitted from all over the world. From these squares, volunteers created 28 quilt panels, which were displayed at the 2014 International Quilt Festival.
The Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge [AKA NASA quilts] consists of 28 star-themed quilts, as well as correspondence from people submitting their entries, and information and articles about the block challenge. The collection also includes photos and articles about Karen Nyberg, photos of the finished quilts, and submitted quilt squares, as well as a thumb drive with additional documentation.
This collection is open for research use.
Access to quilts by appointment only; please contact Assistant Director for Material Culture for more information.
A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge [AKA NASA Quilts], 2013-2016, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, February 2017.
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