University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge [AKA NASA Quilts], 2013-2016



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Quilts, Inc.
Title: Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge [AKA NASA Quilts]
Dates: 2013-2016
Abstract: The Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge was inspired by a quilt square sewn by astronaut Karen Nyberg while on the international space station. For the challenge, quilters were asked to submit a star-themed quilt square, and nearly 2,400 quilt squares were submitted from all over the world. The Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge [AKA NASA Quilts] collection consists of 28 quilts constructed from these blocks, in addition to correspondence and documentation relating to the challenge.
Accession No.: 2016-316; 2016-325
OCLC No.: 973950155
Extent: 28 quilts, 6 in. manuscript material
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Access to quilts by appointment only; please contact Assistant Director for Material Culture for more information.

Use Restrictions

A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Nyberg, Karen LuJean, 1969-
Subjects (Organizations)
Quilts, Inc. -- Archives
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Subjects
Quilts
Star quilts
Quilts--United States--Exhibitions

Separated Material

Quilts have been separated to the Quilt Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge [AKA NASA Quilts], 2013-2016, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, February 2017.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4Q331 Correspondence - United States submissions, 2014
Correspondence - children's submissions, 2014
Correspondence - international submissions, 2014
Information about the challenge, 2016
Articles about Astronomical Quilts Block Challenge, 2013-2014
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4Q332 Photos of Karen Nyberg, finished quilts and quilt squares, 2013-2016
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2.325/B21 Flash drive - contains documentation on astronomical quilts project