NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg’s Quilt Block Challenge

Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge

My friend Carol V. told me about this unique call for Star Blocks. I think it is a fun was to support the space effort from the ground! So check it out and if you have time to make a star block before August, jump in and do it. We can’t all get up in space (I’m a Star Trek fan!) but we can all make one star quilt block. Here is some information about the challenge from the Quilts, Inc. website:

Karen Nyberg AstronautWhile on board the International Space Station, Nyberg created a star-themed quilt block that will be returning to earth with her. Her block will be combined with other blocks submitted by quilters to create a quilt that will be displayed at the 2014 International Quilt Festival in Houston. (See a video of Nyberg–with her block–on board the ISS!)

How can you be a part of this exciting project? Submit your own star-themed block!

The details:

  1. Create a star-themed 9.5”-square unfinished block (so that when quilted, it will be a 9” finished block).
  2. The theme should be any variation on a star. We welcome all types—traditional, modern, and artsy variations. Limit one block per person.
  3. Use any color scheme and techniques you would like, but please do not use any embellishments.
  4. Sign your unfinished block on the font with a permanent marker. Please include your name and your location.
  5. Mail your block to us at the address below by August 1, 2014.
  • Star Block Challenge
    Attn: Rhianna Griffin
    7660 Woodway, Ste. 550
    Houston, TX 77063

Download a PDF of the Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge rules and details

Happy quilting! And if you DO decide to submit a block, send me a photo and I’ll post it here!


Challenge Fabric Table Runner

Using the challenge fabric from the 2014 Pine Needlers Fabric Challenge, (the results of which will be displayed at the annual Blackberry Jam Quilt Show in July), Virginia G. made this fabulous table runner. The challenge fabric is the paisley fabric, and Virginia added the cream and the red fabrics in with great results. I knew she was going to use it as a counter top quilt for potlucks (it’s 82″ long!) so I decided it would look good with some fairly tight quilting, throwing in some straight lines to offset the whimsical paisley quilting. Yep, paisley quilting to go with the paisley fabric! It just keeps getting better and better…..doesn’t it?

Challenge yourself and made a table runner today! Happy quilting!

Block Builder Runner Up from Generation Q Magazine!

This just in from the Generation Q peeps! I’m so excited! Here is what they said about my entry:

In every issue of Generation Q we present you with a new “starter” block in our Block Builder Challenge. And we ask you to take some time to play with the creative side of your brain to “finish” a block concept from that point. In our June-July 2013 issue, we gave you this block to play with:

Our starter block in our Winter 2012 issue.

We had SO MANY great entries that it was hard to pick just the top five.  We managed, though, and  you can see those winners in our just-released June/July 2013 issue.  However, we just had to share these “runners-up” to whet your appetite for more.

Lisa Bee-Wilson of  Towerhouse Quilts, Lowell, Oregon came up with this block. We love the cool, modern palette with the strong graphic. A mix of subtle and strong all wrapped up in one.

Lisa Bee-Wilson’s “ZAP” Block

Lisa says,  “I call it “Zap!” because it just zapped into my consciousness one afternoon. I think I might even make it into one big quilt….there would be lots of room to play with longarm quilting designs.

Vote for me!

Quilters' Show and Tell

Oh boy! A contest of sorts. Be daring….use your democratic rights and VOTE! This week’s contest theme is Garden Flowers. And have I got the quilt for that! You guessed it. I entered my “Garden Gradation” quilt!

You can vote for your favorite quilt (uh, that would be mine, right?) and enter the weekly give-away by leaving a comment on the voting blog post at Quilter’s Show & Tell. Voting begins Friday, May 24th. If you like my quilt, vote for ME! And hey, maybe you’ll win something too. You just never know!

NOTE: When I went to vote for one of my friend’s quilts, I had to go through multiple screens to find the right place to vote. So lock in your patience before heading to the voting site at Quilting Gallery. Just saying….

Garden Gradation Quilt by Lisa Bee-Wilson in McCall's Quilting Magazine

Happy quilting!