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Out of This World BOM Block Three: Places to Learn About Space
Pat’s theme this year, 'Out of This World!' is full of fun space tips, March has us learning more.

The block pattern download is further down the page after Pat tells you about the inspiration for this month's block down below.

PLEASE NOTE: The supply list for this year's BOM has changed, as one of the fabrics went out of print, so if you haven't already downloaded the update, click the link below and you can get it. The supply list and blocks during the year will always be found at our landing page for the Mystery. The five prior years are also still available at the ‘Mystery BOM’ tab above.

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At the end of our posts each month we showcase two amazing quilt shops. You will be able to find new shops to visit on your travels.

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Pat Sloan About This Month's Block - Places to Learn About Space

Once I start to think about a topic, I want to learn more. This month our block is dedicated to learning.

There are so many interesting places to learn about space:
Smithsonian Museums in DC & Virginia
• Planetariums across the country. My husband's high school had one, which I always found fascinating. Coming from a very small school we were happy to just have a gym, much less our own planetarium!
The Space Coast in Florida, something I want to explore.
• Museums in many locations have a Space section. Check out their websites.
• Universities often have something open to the public if they have space-related degrees. Check with their general information number or website to see what might be available.
• The National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

My home town museum is my favorite space museum in the world. I think because I live very close to DC, I've been able to explore the museum over the last thirty years. We even had a membership when we first moved to Virginia and attended several evening gala events. There is nothing as magical as an event held in a museum. So fun! The museum in DC has the largest collection of space items, like the Apollo 11 command module, John Glenn's Mercury capsule, Friendship 7, the first piloted American spacecraft to orbit Earth, and the Gemini 4 capsule from which Ed White became the first American to walk in space.

The photos above are from an event we went to geared around the star block that Astronaut Karen Nyberg stitched in space. Children drew blocks onto fabric to be sewn into quilts. It was a great educational event of space and quilts!
* Listen to my interview with Astronaut Karen Nyberg.

A few more places:
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Merritt Island, FL
The world's largest collection of the astronauts' personal memorabilia.
Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Wapakoneta, Ohio
All about Neil! Including an exhibition of the model airplanes Armstrong collected as a boy.
Henry Crown Space Center, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL

Here are 5 great vacation locations for those that love space!

Photo credits: website banner

Learning About Space Online

The internet has so much information that I always feel I need a tour guide to find the things that are interesting to me. That is what I love about having themes for my Block of the Month; the learning. Each month I take a memory or a thought and research it.

Here are my current favorite websites for Space. I love taking a break from daily work to learn something new!

• Amazing space 
Amazing Space is a site designed for students and a wonderful resource for anyone. From basic information like ‘what exactly is a black hole’, to more knowledge about Earth and how it was formed.

• NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day
This is so cool! Each day, the site shares one picture of space. They give you information about the image, why it was selected, and links to learn more. On 2/22/19 The photo was of "Magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4565 is viewed edge-on from planet Earth. Also known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile, bright NGC 4565 is a stop on many telescopic tours of the northern sky, in the faint but well-groomed constellation Coma Berenices."

• - best name ever right?
All kinds of information about what is going on now and what is coming up. More like a news station format and includes the ability to monitor space missions Check out the "SpaceViews" section for photos and videos of what's out in space!

• Find eighteen more interesting space resources online at Cnet.

Quote of the Month

Each month I’ll share a quote about space, it’s fun for me to look for them!

"Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another." Plato

I watched all the Carl Sagan Cosmos shows, wonder if I can still find them to watch? (Editor's Note: YouTube and Amazon Prime, as well as other online video services have this series as of the publication of this article for a small fee. If you do a Google search for 'Carl Sagan Cosmos Free', there are other resources that claim to have this for free.)
"Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns." Carl Sagan

Did you notice there are 4 of this block? It’s March so you have plenty of time to make the 4 blocks. They are identical so you can chain piece them.

** CLICK over to my website to see a few more photos of the shuttle at the museum, pick up a kit if you want one, there are still a few left, and then add your block to my quilt show on my website, you might be my monthly random pick to win a prize!

Do you have a favorite space TV show? What is your first memory of seeing a space show on TV? We’d love to hear it, tell us in the comments!

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Featured Shops
Meet another set of GREAT quilt shops this month! Once you download the block, visit them, it’s so fun to find new quilt shops to visit!

Blue Iris Quilt Shop, Palo Cedro, California
Blue Iris Quilt Shop, known for our Brights and Batiks, carries hundreds of Batiks from Hoffman, Island Batiks and Timeless Treasures, just to name a few. We also carry Stonehenge and fabrics that work well with Landscapes. In addition, you will find many designer fabrics by Art Gallery, Free Spirit, Moda, Clothworks, Henry Glass, Kaffe Fassett, Maywood Studios, Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, RJR, and Northcott, etc. . We carry a full-line of Floriani Embroidery Threads and Stabilizers, Hobbs Tuscany Batting in cotton, wool and silk fibers, as well as a great variety of notions including Creative Grid rulers.

Our staff is happy to special order products we don’t normally carry, so please do not hesitate to ask. Check out our fun and informative classes, and feel free to use our comfortable classroom when it’s not in use.

At Blue Iris Quilt Shop, we know that you have many choices to choose from when it comes to shopping for fabric and we appreciate that you have chosen us to fill your shopping needs. Customer Service is our number one commitment to you and we promise that you will not be disappointed in your shopping experience!

Owner: Jeri Daniel
Blue Iris Quilt Shop
9348 Deschutes Rd
Palo Cedro, California 

(530) 547-2228
Mon – Sat: 9am – 4pm
Sun: Closed

Speckled Hen Quilts, Aurora, Oregon
Karen Stephens has created a cozy slice of heaven at the Speckled Hen Quilts in Aurora Oregon. They Specialize in 1800's reproduction fabrics as well as late 20's early, 30's collections created by shop owner & designer Karen Stephens. If you keep your Quilt Sampler magazines, the Speckled Hen Quilts was featured as a TOP TEN SHOP in 2007 American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Sampler Magazine! Read more about Karen’s shop that has been in business for 27 years at her website!

Owner - Karen Stephens
Speckled Hen Quilts
25455 NE Boones Ferry Rd
Aurora, Oregon 97002

(503) 678-3368
Tues – Sat: 10 am – 4pm
Mon & Sun: Closed

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