Space Shuttle Quilter
by, 02-02-2013 at 09:44 PM (1119 Views)
I got laid off from Kennedy Space Center in July 2011. I'm currently volunteering there (in the VAB),talking about how me and mt co-workers"The Sew Sisters" hand sewed parts and quilted quartz fabric with a Multi Needle Sewing Machine to cover the outside surface of the shuttle. As part of my presentation, I show tiles ,cargo bay blankets,Thermal Control Blankets(TCS),Fibrous Insulation Blankets(FIB)---Those quilted blankets that cover the upper/sides of the shuttle and other neat items.
My presentation has been very well received! I've been told it's the highlight of their tour especially if they or a family member quilts! The majority of people I speak to have no idea about the amount of sewing went into the shuttle!
I've had a few of our guests ask me if I would write a book or to speakto encourage young folks about special jobs"working with your hands".But I'm putting the word out and I want to ask my fellow quilters about the possibilty to speak at guild meetings, quilt shows or any suggestions they might have. First off, I want to know if any of you would find a presentation like that interesting and should I pursue this endevour? I do have some unique stories and photos as part of the presentation too.
I've recently joined NASA's Speakers Bureau (also volunteer) , and people from across the country can request a speaker from NASA to appear before any type of audience with a topic of interest to that group. Please let me know your opinions. Thanks!