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Expediton 36’s Karen Nyberg and her new space “craft”

"This is what I've made. It's far from being a masterpiece, but it was made in space."

Astronaut Karen Nyberg has had “sew” much fun during her spare time on the ISS (yes it’s a pun, but please bear with us).  Using found materials, Nyberg, an avid seamstress, has made some out-of-this-world crafts for her family. Her pieces include a dinosaur for her young son, made from scraps of food-packaging liners and a T-shirt, and a flag of Texas for her husband. Now Nyberg invites the public to join her in a new project: a global community space quilt.

Nyberg’s efforts have already made the rounds on the social media network and are doubtlessly serving to inspire a new generation of stitchers.

Left: A dinosaur that Karen stitched for her young son. Right: . A memento for my husband, made with pieces cut from t-shirts I wore during my stay on Space Station, stitched lightly onto a Russian food container liner. We met in Texas, got married in Texas and had our son in Texas. A special place!  (Photo credit: Karen Nyberg/NASA)

Left: A dinosaur that Karen stitched for her young son. Right: . A memento for my husband, made with pieces cut from t-shirts I wore during my stay on Space Station, stitched lightly onto a Russian food container liner. We met in Texas, got married in Texas and had our son in Texas. Photo Credit: Karen Nyberg / NASA

“Now that I’ve tried my hand sewing in space, I can say one thing with certainty: it’s tricky,” Nyberg said in a video sent down from the International Space Station. “This is what I’ve made. It’s far from being a masterpiece, but it was made in space. I’m inviting all of you to create your own star-themed quilt block. We’ll be combining them with my block to create a quilt for next year’s 40th anniversary International Quilt Festival in Houston. I can’t wait to see what we make together.”

Blocks should be made of fabric, 9.5″ x 9.5″ with a star motif. We’re excited to see what our followers come up with, and are looking forward to seeing a beautiful galaxy of handmade squares in the finished quilt! The deadline for submitting your completed piece is August 1, 2014. Click here for guidelines and instructions.

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Video Courtesy of NASA

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