|Apollo 11 Liftoff|
In 1980, my family was living in the UK, and we took a trip back to the states to visit family. At the end of that month long trip we spent a week in Florida, and on my 14th birthday we went to Cape Kennedy Space Center. It was an awesome day and it flew by way too fast. We got to see the launch pads, a real Saturn V rocket, and toured some part of mission control. It was one of my favorite birthdays as a kid, and it went by too quickly. At the end of the day I my family bought for me all of the Apollo and Gemini mission patches, along with a Viking Lander patch and the first Space Shuttle mission patch (STS-1) - keep in mind that the shuttle had not yet flown.
|Original "Space Quilt"|
In 1981, Mom finished the quilt, and we sewed on the patches at that time. I put the quilt on my bed and began to use it. I have had that quilt since I was 15 and used it for the past (almost) 40 years.
In mid 2020, my Mom was super bored in Covid - Quarantine, and I asked her if she could patch up my quilt. Time had not been kind to it, and I had used it for much of the intervening 40 years. She took it on as one of her many quarantine projects and began texting me as her work progressed.
Her first step was to take a look at the old quilt. Her initial assessment was "I've just finished cataloging all the work that needs to be done and I sorted thru my stash of cast off denim fabric and I think I have enough stone washed denim to replace the frayed patches in the top three rows. Saturn and Neptune have to be remade. Mercury, Mars and Jupiter need work but most of those planets are ok. I'd forgotten what a huge project this was. I believe it was my first major quilt project. It certainly has stood the test of time. I think I finished it for your 16th birthday. I want to replace the sun fabric and I still think fleece is the best choice. Perhaps a tie died print in yellow/orange would look good.... Time for that decision later."
First to be worked on was the Sun. She sent this image and a text. "Rediscovering the joy of applique. The fun part is the final round of seeing all together - all those dark basting stitches are a pain". Here are three views of the Sun, the original, the "In progress", and the Completed Sun. It was also cool that Mom was able to include some material donated to her by my sister-in-law Joni, who passed away from cancer 2 years ago.
|Space Quilt 2.0|