When Sarah Wooley received the call for help in constructing some quilts that got their start from a NASA astronaut, she did not hesitate to accept the challenge.
Wooley is the owner of Kingwood's Quilts & Creations. As such, she stays privy to what's going on in the world of quilting.
While aboard the International Space Station, NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg made a quilt block with a blue star in the center, amid red and white.
Last year, quilters around the world received the challenge to submit star-themed quilt blocks from the International Quilt Festival, called the Astronomical Quilt Block Challenge. These blocks, were to be combined with Nyberg's to make one large quilt. Well, meet the challenge they did – more than 2,200 star-themed quilt blocks were sent in from around the world. As a result, another challenge was sent out asking for those who could piece the blocks into 28 quilt panels. Wooley agreed to make five quilts at her shop, with the help of friends and fellow quilters, Martha Posey and Susan Peterman.
The quilt blocks they pieced together came from all across the country, and from quilters around the world including from Venezuela, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Israel and many more.
“It's really amazing. I had blocks from all over, including Russia and right here in Humble, Texas,” said Wooley.
Among those whose stars will appear in the quilt made ‘round the world is The Tribune’s own longtime columnist and avid quilter Dixie Frantz.
“I picked up a flier at last year’s International Quilt Festival about the proposed astronaut quilt,” said Frantz. “My quilt bee friends and I all made blocks. I love that Karen Nyberg gave quilters all over the world the opportunity to be a part of this amazing quilt.”
She, Posey and Peterman completed seven of the 28 quilt panels which had to be sent in by Oct. 15. They will be combined with the 21 others and put together in the form of a huge mosaic to be on display at the International Quilt Festival Houston, coming to the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Nyberg will also be at the festival making several special appearances and offering photo opportunities for attendees.
After the festival the quilt will go to the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, and it will ultimately be given to NASA.
Quilts & Creations is located at 23858 U.S. Highway 59 in Kingwood. Tickets to the festival may be purchased at the store.
From left are Susan Peterman, Sarah Wooley and Martha Posey, who pieced together seven of the 28 panels to be displayed at the International Quilt Festival Houston at the end of the month.
Beautiful quilt blocks arrived at Kingwood’s Quilts & Creations from around the world.