Astronomical Quilts! block
Have you seen the YouTube video of astronaut Karen Nyberg aboard the International Space Station describing the process of sewing a quilt block in space? Together with the International Quilt Festival she has invited quilters worldwide to contribute star-themed quilt blocks finishing at 9” to join with hers in a quilt to be displayed at International Quilt Festival 2014. Go here for more information. I know Marsha blogged about this and shared her block.
With an astronomer husband how could I not participate? Here’s my contribution, designed by me.
The center leaf block measures 3” so each patch in it is 1” finished. I’m not used to piecing that small. I also ended up paper piecing the 2” square sections for the corner points and complaining about that too. When I voiced my displeasure with the fussiness of the piecing the astronomer suggested I should take it up with the designer. Yes, well, the designer part of me likes the design so the piecer part of me just had to carry on!
I really do like the design and I think I might have to make it again in a larger, less fussy size and figure out a way to avoid the paper piecing.
So, will you be making a block to send?