Quilt Story: This quilt design was submitted for the March 2008 EQ challenge. This quilt design was born out of my deep admiration and respect for all the people at NASA and their ongoing contributions and my love for our fragile Blue Planet. I designed the quilt stencil so it could be done with my walking foot. Can you recognize the rocket ships pointed nose to nose in the outside border? If I could do it over again I wish I had used a different color of thread for the actual quilting. You can hardly see the quilt design. I should have used a silver metallic thread for the NASA logo in the four corner blocks and the large central rocket, and a light teal for all the other quilting.
Quilt Credit: The quilt pattern was inspired by a pattern called Star Shine from a book called Mile-A-Minute Quilts by Sharon Hultgren. I altered the pattern from rectangular to square, altered the design of the small star to make it stand out more from the background, and split the Large Star into two different colors to give more sense of movement to the quilt. The quilt stencil design is my own original design. I pieced and quilted the quilt myself (just me and my walking foot with lots and lots of turning the quilt.)
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