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.

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