Her hope was to win the contest, which would have meant the piece would have been on board one of the last space shuttle flights.
The piece did not make it to the voting stage of the contest, however. Disappointed, she decided to watch a documentary on the Apollo program to raise her spirits. She describes what happened next:
As I watched, my heart filled with excitement once more and I was reminded why I spent so much time on this project; why I stitched craters until I had calluses on my fingertips, why I took the piece with me everywhere I went so I could stitch at any given opportunity, why I delighted in sharing the subject matter with anyone who was gracious enough to ask about it. It wasn’t because of the contest, it was because of the Moon. And space. And embroidery. And the pure joy that these things bring to me. And I can’t let what a random handful of judges think of my work keep me from loving these things and sharing them with other people.
This story really touched me, because it reminded me that one of the most important things in life is doing what you love. Read her post about the experience in full here, and be sure to check out her blog – there’s always something awesome going on there.