The Space Quilt.

On this day in 1958, the United States Congress passed legislation formally inaugurating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). One year earlier the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into orbit around the earth, causing U.S. officials embarrassment and resolve to create a focused and organized space program.

Sue Nickels and sister Pat Holly, both of Ann Arbor, Michigan, made this machine pieced, appliqued and quilted piece, titled “The Space Quilt” in 2004. The quilt is part of the Founder’s Collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, and won the Bernina Excellence in Machine Workmanship Award in the 2004 American Quilter’s Society Quilt Contest. Visit Sue Nickel’s website to read about this quilt, a tribute to Sue and Pat’s father and a promotion of the U.S. Space Program.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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