JOHNSON SPACE CENTER — Astronaut and occasional space seamstress Karen Nyberg has sewn a star-themed quilt block aboard the International Space Station and is asking quilters here on Earth to help complete the work.

Crafters can contribute their own quilt blocks to be stitched into one enormous “space quilt,” which will go on display at next year’s International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Video of Nyberg’s in-orbit sewing will be on display at this year’s quilt festival, which runs through Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The NASA exhibit at the festival will also feature other examples of space sewing, including samples from spacesuits and parachutes.

Quilters have until Aug. 1 to submit a block to the space quilt. For more information, visit

 Alex Macon

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