Jeanne Hewell-Chambers

& her barefoot heart

Why I Catalogue Every Single Block

Block 1600 made by a student who attends the day program with Nancy

Block 1600
made by a student who attends the day program
with Nancy

You mean to tell me that you’re cataloguing every? single? block? you ask.

Yep, that’s right. I catalogue every single block that is created for The 70273 Project. Everything you put on the Provenance Form and lots, lots more goes into the catalogue entry for each and every block. Even though it would be easier if I didn’t. Even though I would have more time if I didn’t. Even though my dropbox wouldn’t be bulging and costing me extra money if I didn’t. To do all the things I’m about to tell you about (and more that I’ll tell you about as we go along), I need the information on the Provenance Form along with the dimensions and a photo or scanned image of each and every block.  With other countries stepping forward with blocks (Bonjour, France! Hello, New Zealand! Welcome, Morocco and Belgium! Greetings, Canada! Glad you’re here, Columbia! G’day, Australia. How do, United Kingdom! Welcome, y’all. We’re all glad you’re here.) it gets more and more costly to mail blocks to me then to Piecers then to Quilters and back to me. So we’re  busy setting up Gatherers in these continents and countries and asking that Makers and/or Gatherers (whichever they decide or whoever might happen along and volunteer) help me out by emailing scanned images of photos of each block along with the dimensions, so I can add them to our block count and assign them block numbers, which the Gatherers will attach to each block just like I do here. From there, blocks will go to Piecers and Quilters per usual and the Provenance Forms will come back to me with the finished quilts.

So why bother?, you ask. Why can’t you just count them then send them on to be pieced into tops and made into quilts? I’m glad you asked. I’ll tell you . . .

NOW
In terms of “right now”, cataloguing each block individually gives me a current block count, which I share with you, dear readers, every Sunday in the Week in Review post. We always know where we stand and are assured that we’re moving forward. (There hasn’t been a single week in the past 6 months that I haven’t received new blocks for The 70273 Project. Thank y’all for that.)

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If I didn’t catalogue the blocks, how could I tell you, for example, that Debra Baker Steinmann made these evocative blocks from her mother’s old linens. Writes Debra, “She fought depression for much of her life and would be pleased where these are headed.”

Yes, I keep more than just contact information and block numbers, I keep stories, too. I promise to  tell you about my collecting and filing system one day cause I know there are other systems lovers out there, and besides that, you might very well know something I don’t know that could make my cataloguing life easier.

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I also refer back to the information – especially the scanned image and sizing information – when checking, double checking, triple checking information before bundles of blocks head out to our Piecers. (Hold that thought. I’ll tell you more about the bundling process soon.) (Maybe tomorrow, depending on what Calder Ray wants to do.) (He’s my 3 month old grandson. Wait. I forgot to say “adorable.” He’s my adorable 3-month old grandson.  I’m babysitting him this week and next, and as you might imagine, he’s clearly the director of this show, and he may not want to write another blog post tomorrow. We’ll see.)

Soon enough, I’m gonna’ get around to penning some technique posts showing you how different people are making those two red X’s. Photos of and information about the blocks will come in mighty handy for that (and mean that I don’t have to re-create them all by myself.)

It’s also handy to keep track of how many different people have participated in The 70273 Project, how many countries and continents are represented, how many families, schools, organizations are taking part. Information like that is not only interesting and inspiring for us, but sponsors find it interesting, too, and MJ Kinman and I are working on applying for some grants and sponsorships to defray the costs of The 70273 Project. Stay tuned (not tomorrow or next week, even, but soon) for a list of expenses. Postage, you know about, but there are many other expenses you may not have thought of. So if you can think of anybody who might like to be a sponsor or where we might apply for a grant, please let me know.

And the label for each quilt is a sketch of the quilt top showing the block placement and each block’s number, along with a legend giving the name of the Piecer, the Quilter, and each Maker with the identifying block number.

But that’s not all . . .

THEN
Down the road,  this information is gonna’ come in mighty handy to do the things that are on My List, things I think you’re gonna’ really enjoy and be proud of – things I can’t tell you about right now because I need to lay a little bit more foundation for them and besides, I don’t want to tell you everything at once. I like to surprise you every now and then. I can, however, tell you this:  part of my vision is to have an online database where y’all, as  members of The 70273 Project Tribe (and even folks who aren’t part of The 70273 Project Tribe, but we’re talking about y’all right now) can come to find your name, your block numbers, which quilts your blocks are in, and from there, where in the world those quilts are  on any given day.

Why on earth do such a tedious, time-consuming thing, you ask? (My goodness, you’re just full of questions today!)

Because it is my deepest, most fervent hope that The 70273 Project is important enough to you, Dear Makers, Piecers, Quilters, Donors, and Sponsors, that years – maybe even decades – from now, you’ll want to take your children or grandchildren or great grandchildren or nieces and nephews to see these quilts. With my whole body, I imagine you standing there, looking, looking, looking to find the block you made with your own two hands and how proud you feel and how proud your family feels knowing that you had a part in commemorating these 70,273 people, in making sure they aren’t forgotten, of doing your part to make sure such an atrocity as the T4 program never, ever happens again. To the deepest part of my bones, I imagine your quiet satisfaction knowing that you, with a piece of cloth and your own two hands, stand shoulder to shoulder with people from all around the world to take a stand against discrimination against disabilities and those who are different.

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And those, my friends, are just a few of the reasons I ask for all sorts of information, photos, sizes and catalogue each and every block.  Have more questions? Just holler . . .
Subscribe to the blog (where all information is shared).
Join the Facebook group, our e-campfire, where you can talk to other members of The 70273 Project Tribe.
Like the Facebook page where you can check in for frequent updates.
Follow the pinterest board for visual information.
Post using #the70273project on Instagram.
And if you haven’t yet made some blocks, perhaps you’d like to put some cloth in your hands and join us.

Inside Envelope 64: Bev Haring

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I’m Bev Haring, and I’m a fiber artist. Fifteen years ago I retired from the corporate world, and now I spend much of my time making art.

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I was introduced to this project by Margaret Blank. She and I came to know each other because we were both serving as Representatives in our respective regions (her’s in Quebec, Canada; mine for CO/UT/WY) for Studio Art Quilts Associates.

During our conversations online, I learned of her project Mark on the Body which deals with her late husband’s Type I Diabetes. She was looking for people to make a little square for part of her project, and I volunteered because there were some similarities between the Type I Diabetes her husband had and the Type II Diabetes my husband has.

When Margaret posted about The 70273 Project, I immediately knew I needed to make some blocks.

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Along with my husband’s diabetes, which would have made him one of the 70,273, he had polio as a child and as a result has one leg that has no calf muscle – another reason he would have been one of them. And without him, there would be 3 adult children, 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren that simply did not exist.

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There are some other interesting coincidences along the way for me – my daughter’s degree is in history and her major focus was Europe in the WWII era. She spent many weekends during her college years meeting with and talking to survivors of the Holocaust. During that time I helped her create a piece of fiber art that was donated to Hillel at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Much of my adult life I have felt a connection to this time and the people that suffered through it. Interestingly, during the time I was working on these blocks, I sent my DNA off to be tested and discovered that I do have a real Jewish connection.

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Wow, Bev. That’s interesting that you’ve long felt a special connection to this time period and now find that you have some Jewish ancestry. Many “coincidences” here with your life, your daughter, and The 70273 Project. Thank you for giving your time to be a SAQA  Rep and to making blocks for The 70273 Project. I’m honored and delighted to have you be part of this.

If you’re reading this and would like to join in, here are some stepping stones (links) that might help you find your way:

Specific block information
The Facebook Group
The Facebook Page
The Pinterest Board
A subscription form to blog posts

An Adventure for September 2016: Let’s Collaborate

Block1332NancyChambersJHC6.5x9.5 copyA collaboration block
made by Nancy Chambers and Jeanne Hewell-Chambers

Beginning September 2016, I’ll be releasing themes (most will be revealed 10-14 days prior to the starting line) for The 70273 Project – challenges,  as quilters call them (at least here in the States) – Adventures, we’re gonna’ call them. Because we’re spread all over the world, most adventures will spread out over 2 months. Some will be 3. Some might run the course of a single month. You just never know.

To kick things off, I thought we’d do some collaborating.

WHO
You – anybody who wants to participate (and you need never have made a block for The 70273 Project before now. This can be how you become part of The 70273 Project.) – and me.

WHAT
We’ll create a block together. The quilt label will reflect both names, and these blocks will go into their own quilt(s).

WHEN
September 1 – September 30, 2016. As in you can start making the starter blocks on 9/1/2016, and all blocks being sent to me must be postmarked by 9/30/2016.

Me, I have until the first anniversary (2/14/2017) to finish the collaborations because I’m optimistic and  hoping for an enthusiastically overwhelming response from y’all.

HOW
You are the Originator.
I am the Collaborator.
As the Originator, you cut out a base in the size of your choice, lay down one red X in the technique of your choice, complete and sign a Provenance Form, then mail the form and the block base(s) to me. I lay down the second red X in the technique of my choice, and we have ourselves a block for The 70273 Project and a collaboration. A partnership. A duet. And most importantly: another person commemorated.

HOW MANY
Each Originator can send me up to 50 blocks.
For those of you who commit to make a certain number of blocks by our next incremental milestone of 12/31/2016 set by Kitty Sorgen, you get 1/2 credit for each block you send as an Originator. Soon enough I’ll be calling for commitments in the Facebook group.

And there you have it – our first Adventure in The 70273 Project. Questions? Ask me here in the comments, send me an email (see envelope icon in upper right-hand sidebar), send me a message on Facebook, post in the Facebook group, post on the Facebook page.

Keep me busy, y’all.

Please.

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I told you about the Facebook group and page, here are other places of interest for happenings in The 70273 Project:
Subscribe
to the blog so you don’t miss anything. (There’s a lot going on and a lot coming up, let me tell you.)
Follow the Pinterest board.

Week 27 in Review (8/15-8/21 2016)

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Week 27 of The 70273 Project seemed to be – without any direction from me and definitely not by design – the week of spreading the word . . .

HARK THE HERALD, HEAR US SING
Many people shared or wrote Facebook posts about The 70273 Project:
Ann Grasso
Pam Patterson
Charles Clifford Brooks
Kimberly Brock
Chloe Grice
Laurie Dunn
to name a few. (If I missed you, please let me know. Sometimes folks forget to tag me or think they’ve tagged me, but it doesn’t take.) (Then there’s the distinct possibility that I forgot to make a note, too.)

Barbara Schaffer wrote a blog post about The 70273 Project. So did Cecile,, who lives over in France. Cecile has already made her block and dropped it off in the post, and I received Barbara’s blocks this past week.

Jackson County, NC (where I live)  is creating a new Directory of Artists, and I got us listed in it. I figure it can’t hurt, might help.

Nancy Fenstermacher invited me to drop off a post on her Facebook page, Bakers at Red Lion. Thank you, Nancy!

I know you’re busy making blocks and piecing and quilting and I thank you big for that. And if you’re on Facebook, might you please take a minute periodically to post about The 70273 Project and tag either the group or the page? Or maybe you’ll share a blog post or a post somebody else made on Facebook. Perhaps you’d like to write a post about The 70273 Project or have me write one for you and become your guest blogger, just let me know. However you get the word out, thank you. This is a grass roots effort, that’s for sure, and the way it grows is with everybody telling somebody else.

QUILT 1 IS GETTING OUT INTO THE WORLD
Thanks to the generosity of folks like Linda Smith, Michelle Banton, Frances Holliday Alford, Phyllis Hendricks, and MariAnn Stephanelli, I was able to pay the submission fees for The 70273 Project: Quilt 1 to be in two upcoming quilt shows: one in Asheville, NC (9/30-10/2), and the Smoky Mountain Splendor quilt show in Franklin, NC (9/22-24). We live close enough that I can deliver and pick up the quilt, so no postage was required. Plus I’ll admit to being a little bit nervous about letting these go. It’s like children going off to college – thrilled and at the same time scared to death to let them go.

MONDAY MORSEL
Our Monday Morsel was contributed by our Julie Weller . . .
A Good Fight
I once watched a movie on the last years of Martin Luther King Jr’s life not was an excellent movie that taught me a lot. The best “take away” I had was a quote by one of MLK’s close advisors. It was: “If you see a gods fight, get in it.”
I absolutely love this quote because it reminds us that some causes are worth taking a risk to fight for the desired outcome. See somebody getting bullied? Join the fight. See somebody getting abused? A kind word and HELP can make all the difference.
Thank you, Julie, for giving us something so positive and good to take us through the week, for reminding us of why we’re gathered here around The 70273 Project campfire. If you’re willing to provide a Monday Morsel – can be a quote, a photo, a short story, a positive thought, whatever – message or email me.

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ANOTHER BUNDLING DAY HAPPENED
Friday was Bundling Day in The Dissenter’s Chapel & Snug.  Because it’s only the third time I’ve done this, it’s still quite time-consuming – lots of checking, double checking, triple checking, logging in, and stuff, but the good (or at least encouraging) news is that I think I’ve come up with a system that will streamline things, making it more efficient.

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MORE QUILTS IN THE MAKING
Bundles of blocks for Quilts 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 went out on Saturday morning. Quilt 6 bundles will light on the front steps of Fran Saperstein. Bundles for Quilts 7 and 8 are  destined for Kitty Sorgen. Quilt 9 bundles are winging their way to Becky Lewis, while blocks for Quilt 10 should be landing in MJ Kinman’s mailbox any time now. A bundle of blocks for Quilt 11 is headed straight to Janet Hartje. All are scheduled to arrive today. Our quilt inventory grows and grows – thank y’all for that. If any of you would like to raise your hand to join the P’s and Q’s (Piecers and Quilters), please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with MJ Kinman, our P’s and Q’s Coordinator and she’ll get you all scheduled up.)

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AND NOW, WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR . . . THIS WEEK’S BLOCK COUNT:
Thanks to Barbara Schaffer and Millie Long (who even included a present for Nancy), our block count is now – wait for it – 3167! I’m not kidding – I have 3167 blocks in my studio – so you know what that means: we need a new goal! Kitty Sorgen, our 70273 project coxswain, set us a goal of 3,000 blocks by 9/5/2016, and y’all met it early! Congratulations. And thank you.

OUR NEXT MILESTONE
Kitty’s new goal? 5,000 blocks by 12/31/2016. Can we do it? Of course we can. As Kitty says, we’ll close out this year with a BANG.

TUNE IN TOMORROW
Be sure to come back tomorrow, y’all, cause I have something to tell you. I’m calling it an Adventure, and you . . . well, just come back tomorrow, okay?

MY EXCUSE FOR BEING TARDY
If you’ll allow me a personal note . . . this edition of the Week in Review is a day late because this happened:

Yep, I’m in Denver on my first (well, technically my second, but this is my first solo) babysitting gig. Meet Calder Ray, y’all. I’m spending all week with this bunch of awesomeness, folks, popping in and out as I can, so please keep stitching and posting and emailing . . . just expect delays in my response time. (And if there are any typos in this post, it’s his fault.) Thanks for understanding . . . and for being part of The 70273 Project.

Calder Ray’s Standing Invitation

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The clock ticks loudly. Time to make that quilt for my soon-to-be born grandchild. I have no idea what I want it to look like – something that doesn’t alarm me cause I usually start with only the vaguest notion of what I want to do. Even on the rare occasion when I do have a detailed, clear idea, it seldom turns out the way I envisioned, creativity being what it is and all. Not knowing the gender or room color, I gather my supplies, selecting colors that tickles my eyes and cloth that satisfies my touch. I trust my Bones.

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Ideas and images come to call as I go along. I cut scraps into ovals and send them out to my elves, asking them to get signatures for me. And when the pieces come back, I decide I have to – I just have to – stitch over the autographs to make them more visible, more lasting.

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I stitch wherever I am – in the car, on the sofa, in the studio. Sometimes I stitch in the darkness of a hospital room.

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and at my niece’s house. (Which reminds me: I need to order them some more bubble juice.)

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My 2 year old great nephew is gracious enough to model a monkey for me, something to fill that unexpected bare spot. Once it is stitched, he seems a little under-enthusiastic about my monkey (which indicates his bend towards the more literal-brained side of the family). (Which is all of them except Nancy.) (Though a couple of them seem to be melting a little bit as they go along.)

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I stitch the bird and the nest and the flock of birds while at my son’s house. Because all I could hear on the inside was a short tape of things my father-in-law said when I showed him the sketches I made on my first day of drawing class, I decide to cut freehand instead of drawing on the fabric and cutting on the lines. I feel like a proud kindergartner when I show my son the impromptu birds and nest.  I’m not sure he noticed the heart-shaped eggs. They were a last-minute addition. Of course.

(Note: See that autograph just to the right of the top bird on the left in the picture above? That’s Nancy’s signature. And the one to the right of it? That’s my 2-year old great-nephew’s siggie.)

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I stitch the trunk (which was originally hanging down below the quilt) and the branches while at my daughter’s house. Oh those branches. What a fit they give all of us – Alison, The Engineer, and me. I lay down fabric for each branch to indicate the different branches of the family tree. But it is too chaotic – too much visual clutter. The three of us grow quite cranky. Nobody knows what to do. Finally, in a Hail Mary foot stomp kind of move, I find enough of the same fabric, fold it over and over again, lay it down on the already-attached branches, and voila! My eyes calm and purr. Each branch now sports a different base and the same top cover. The same, but different. Together, but separate. I like that. And the trunk? It is far too distracting hanging down, so I snip it off and hem it up.

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At The Very Last Minute, I add an impromptu gathering of our cats and dogs, sitting in a surprise flower bed. Then I add the invitation . . . When becoming gets too hard, go to the Forest. Maybe this is one time I should’ve printed my words on paper and stitched through the paper cause then I might’ve had room to say “family” forest. Hopefully everybody – and most especially You Know Who – gets the idea.

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Finally this happens

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and this (oh those Chambers men)

and 3 months later, when they come for a visit here atop the mountain,
this happens while Calder Ray lays on a pallet of 3 quilts made by my grandmother,
his great great grandmother. First we sing our first duet . . .

. . . then one sings and the other dances.
In this neck of the woods, we call that a Hootenanny.
(And um, about that singing. It’s fairly obvious to everybody
that Alison does not get her talent from me.)

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And now the quilt  – Calder Ray’s Standing Invitation – hangs in his room.
Signed. Sealed. Delivered.
(Note the wall color – ha!)
Everybody calls him Calder, but I’m Southern,
and we like double names, so I call him Calder Ray.

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And on top of the shelves under the quilt is this blue elephant. I bought it before he was born cause I knew – I just knew – he was gonna’ be a boy. Because so many different colors of dirt and rocks lie between Calder Ray and me, I keep Mr. Blue Elephant filled to the brim with handwritten bedtime notes from me. When he’s old enough to appreciate it, his parents are supposed to pull one out every night when he’s tucked into bed and read it to him. Eventually he’ll be able to read them himself, of course, and I already know things I want to write him when he’s off at college or heading down The aisle. You know I do.

I also have an inkling of another quilt I want to make him. Well, 12 or 15 quilts, actually. One to wrap up in when he is sick. One to wrap up in when he needs fortification. One to lay on for nap time. A quilt to sleep under on Christmas Eve, another for Valentine’s Day (also my birthday, so that one will have to be special), his birthday quilt, a New Year’s quilt, a First Day of School quilt, and a big, anytime/anywhere quilt that will remind him of the special sauce I’ve already begun whispering to him every chance I get:

You are kind.
You are funny.
You are smart.
You are creative.

This quilt I can already see.

Inside Envelope 86: Deena Sanders

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When Deena Sanders saw a post on the Tree City Quilter’s Guild Facebook page, she jumped right into her studio and made five blocks.

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Deena writes:

I feel so bad for those people that were murdered for senseless acts of hate. I work for The University of Florida in the Gene Therapy Department in the Vector Core Lab and what we do is make up vectors for the researchers to use in their work against diseases that people have based on congenital problems (lacking certain genes to do certain jobs in the body, and therefore making diseases, some fatal).  The majority of the diseases that we work with have to do with muscular dystrophy and the like. (Pompe disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, etc.).  I am afraid that the children with these diseases would probably fall under the red X’s back in the time when this happened. It is for this reason that I am contributing my blocks to this project.  I hope this helps.

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It does help, Deena. It helps so much. Thank you for being a part of The 70273 Project, for the work you do when you’re not making quilts, and for realizing the importance of your work and the relevance to The 70273 Project.

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You can find Deena in these digital locations. Stop by and have a look at the beauty she creates.
Facebook page
Etsy shop

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Have you . . .
made some blocks?
joined the Facebook group?
liked the Facebook page?
followed the Pinterest board?
subscribed to the blog?
considered making a Group quilt?

 

Action T4: Correspondence with Families Concerning Deaths

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The ‘Black Triangle’ was worn by Aktion T4 (Tiergartenstraße 4) officials. The name is taken from a villa in the Berlin district of Tiergarten which housed the operation headquarters.

In a previous post we talked about the correspondence from family members desperate to know the whereabouts of their loved ones and the form letter responses sent by the T4 committee in response. Soon after the transfer of a person from the institution to the so-called receiving center, a letter was sent to the family. Typed on the stationery of the hospital and signed by the doctor “handling” the case, this personalized form letter would announce with great sadness the death of the patient. The cause of death was explained, condolences offered,  suitable disposition of the remains discussed, and reminders issued that because the patient’s tormented life was now ended, loved ones could rejoice and be glad.

A typical example of a condolence letter from one of the receiving centers:

My Dear Frau S . . . 

We are sincerely sorry to tell you that your daughter F. S., who had to be transferred to this institution in accordance with measures taken by the National Defense Commissioner, died suddenly and unexpectedly here of a tumor of the brain, on the 5th August 1940. The life of the decreased had been a torment to her on account of her severe mental trouble. You should, therefore, feel that her death was a happy release. As this institution is threatened by an epidemic at the present time, the police have ordered immediate cremation of th body. We would ask you to let us know to what cemetery we may arrange for the police to send the urn containing the mortal remains of the deceased. Any inquiries should be addressed to this institution in writing, visits being for the present forbidden as part of the police’s precautions against infection.

Dr. Koller

And another similar letter from a different receiving institution . . .

My dear Doctor  _______:

We regret to inform you that your son, who had to be transferred to our institution, has died here unexpectedly as a result of abscessed tonsils on 17 February. We are sorry to say that all our medical efforts were in vain. He died quietly and without any pain. With his serious and incurable disease, death means relief for him.

Due to the present danger of epidemic here, the body of the deceased had to be cremated immediately according to police request. We are asking you to inform us at your earliest convenience whether you want the urn with the earthly remains interred at any special cemetery. In that case we ask you to name the cemetery and give its correct address so that we can have the urn transferred to the administration of that cemetery. If you have no special wishes as to the burying or if you fail to inform us within a month, we will have th turn buried here free of charge. The belongings of the deceased had to be burned due to the danger of spreading of disease.

We enclose two copies of the death certificate which you will carefully keep in order to submit eventually to the authorities.

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by order

Dr. Meyer

T4 leadership insisted the letters be “personalized” to deflect suspicion and thwart an onslaught of questions from families. In a Top Secret document, local authorities were directed to keep the letters the same, but different – to alter form letters just enough to avoid irritation, suspicion, questions.

Cause of death proved a sticky wicket for T4 officials. To avoid questions and suspicions, physicians took great pains to find a cause of death suitable to the patient. A guide was developed by the T4 leadership committee for use by doctors and staff preparing death letters and certificates. A list of acceptable causes of death was made, complete with notes of things to keep in mind to ensure that the cause of death assigned and medical history of the patient were consistent. For example, septicemia (also called sepsis) was on the list of acceptable causes of death for the mentally ill, with cautionary notes to avoid using this particular illness as a cause of death if the patient was known to be meticulously clean. Sepsis was preferable for “young, strong patients who smear readily.”  The notes, fairly thorough in their scope, also cautioned that if septicemia was used as a cause of death, care should be taken to remember that “seven to eight days have to be allowed for the illness to take effect.”

In the Nuremberg trials, one T4 physician testified that it would not have looked right for carbon monoxide asphyxiation to be given as the cause of death for all the patients in his care. It would have been “unprofessional”, he said, indirectly suggesting that T4 physicians maintained their sense of propriety by lying, fabricating credible causes of death for the patients they murdered.

It makes my heart hurt, this kind of “logic” that allowed T4 physicians to feel noble, live with themselves, and sleep at night.

Also at the Nuremberg trials, the director of one of the receiving centers insisted that the killing program known as T4 was fully, absolutely legal. As a follow-up question he was asked, “If that was the case, why bother with false death certificates?” to which he replied, “I did not want to scare the population by not filling in a diagnosis. I could not put down on the death certificate, ‘We killed them.'”

Week 26 in Review (8/8 – 8/14 2016)

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Here’s a thumbnail view of what happened this past week in The 70273 Project:

~~ If you’ll look in the right sidebar, you’ll see code you can copy and paste on your blog to show that you’re a member of The 70,273 Project Team. Please grab the code and display it proudly.

~~ We currently have 637 likes on The 70273 Project Facebook page and, thanks to the efforts of Debbie Spouse Buckner, the number of folks gathered around our virtual campfire in The 70273 Project Facebook group has grown to 207 folks. As MJ Kinman mentioned recently, we will soon be petitioning for grants, so please do stop by and show your support by liking the Facebook page and joining the Facebook group and encouraging folks you know to do the same. It warms the hearts – or should I say checkbooks – of grantors to see that the project is supported far, wide, and consistently.

~~ Chloe Grice penned our Monday Morsel. Won’t you please send me a quote or a thought or a photo – something for an upcoming Monday Morsel?

The whispering voices of these blocks are already increasing in volume in my ears even as their numbers swell into life. They call me to work, their voices becoming at times demanding. Do this! Take that out, I don’t like it. That’s not me.

I have spent the last two weeks trying to do other, absorbing sewing tasks, projects left incomplete in the chaos of my life that have their own distinctive calls. I am pulled almost without will, back into the red and white world we are creating with our fingers, our collectively clever hands.

The pure, clean white, cleansing the now ancient memories of pain, of dirt, of neglect and suffering. I think of those suffering within their minds, aware but trapped inside. I think of children, mute with anguish and loss. I think of men with damaged bodies, yearning for escape from their inevitable fate. And women. Grieving, screaming, dying. The white cloth soothes me and tissue thin it sits with me, this epitaph, an unspoken prayer for release. Souls set free.

~~ I continue to receive encouraging, enthusiastic emails like the one from Catherine Symchych, who saw a flyer about The 70273 Project in a quilt shop in Michigan, and wants to do a Group quilt with seventh graders in her school. And I heard from Susan Himmelman Bianchi that she received permission from the board of directors to make a presentation about The 70273 Project to a 500+ members of an association she belongs to. After the general meeting, notices about The 70273 Project will be posted on their facebook page and go out in their newsletter. Thank you Catherine and Susan and all the rest of you who are regularly spreading the word and encouraging others to join us in commemorating the 70,273 disabled people who died at the hands of Aktion T4 and celebrating the countless numbers of special needs people who live among us today.

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~~ Thanks to envelopes and boxes from Tari Vickery, Linda Heron, Linda SmithMargaret WilliamsLaurie Dunn and her grandchildren Steven, Grace, Jillian, and William, our block count climbs to 2843! Kitty Sorgen, it sure looks like I’ll have 3,000 blocks in my hands by 9/5/2016, so be thinking about our next goal.

Till next week . . . y’all keep smiling and stitching.

Week 25 in Review (8/1-8/7 2016)

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What a week it’s been . . .

~~ Issue #4 of The Blue Mountain Review came out containing an article I penned about The 70273 Project.

~~ Megan Null penned our Monday Meditational Morsel. If you’d be willing to contribute food for thought and stitching for one (or more) weeks, please let me know. Here’s Megan’s good MMM:

Happy Monday! 

Here’s something to think about as you count blocks. 

This project is important to me and something I think and talk about often. How many blocks have I made so far? Three. Does that mean that I’m slacking? NO!

We’re commemorating and celebrating 70,273 people. Each block is special and important. We’ll get to the final number, don’t worry. Let’s appreciate the progress. “Only” three represents three actual real human beings. 

Try to resist the urge to compare yourself to others in order to put yourself down. If you’re here in this group you CARE and that means you’re doing great!

Thank you, Megan!

~~ I am doing some tinkering under the hood here at the blog, and one thing I’m doing is adding links to blogs and web sites, so if you’re a member of The 70273 Project Tribe and have a blog or web site, please email me the name and a link so I can include you.

~~ I’m also adding a collection of blog posts penned about The 70273 Project, so if you’ve written one, would you please send me a link to that, too.

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~~ Thanks to envelopes from Lori East, Frances Holliday Alford; Bobbi Penman; Maryellen “Graz” Gryseqicz; Lori DeJarnatt; Deborah McKinnon, and Pat Gaska, our block count is now at . . . are you ready for it . . . 2692! Being allergic to math, I asked The Engineer, and he tells me we need only 308 more blocks to hit Kitty Sorgen’s goal of 3000 blocks in my hands by 9/5/2016. That’s about 4 weeks from now, y’all, so I have no doubt we’ll make her goal and then some. Thank y’all.

And that’s about all I can think of that happened last week, so I’ll excuse myself and head on back to visit with my friends who came to visit.

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How can you be a part of The 70273 Project?
Make blocks.
Pen a Monday Meditational Morsel. (email me: whollyjeanne (at) gmail (dot) com)
Subscribe to the blog.
Make a Group Quilt.
Write about the project or have me write one for you. (email me: whollyjeanne (at) gmail (dot) com)
Join us around the FB Group Campfire.
Like our FB Page.

Inside Envelope #46: Carol Howard Donati

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Carol, in her own words . . .

Hi there, my name is Carol Howard Donati. I am a Canadian mixed media artist. I found your blog on line, Jeanne, and was impressed, first of all with who you are, and then with this very important project. Thank you for bringing to our attention this hidden fact of history that is so relevant to our understanding today. I knew right away I wanted to take part in celebrating the value of the lives of the 70,273!

Your project is a good fit with my own work, the theme of which is to draw attention to the rituals and patterns of our everyday lives and things we might take for granted. I sewed my first block using a scrap of embroidered table linen as the base.

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For my second block I printed the X’s with a stencil cut from an acetate sheet (I am currently in an Artist Residency Program at the Ottawa School of Art’s Print Studio!).

Thank you for welcoming me to the project.

Jeanne here . . .

You know, Carol, after a dark thirty in the morning epiphany several years ago, I realize that the focus in my cloth work, performance, and perhaps in writing, too is to shine a light between the cracks to see who and/or what fell there. It seems we’re walking parallel paths, you and I. Lucky me!

Thank you, Carol, for being a part of The 70273 Project.  Your work is beautiful.

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Wanna’ make some blocks for The 70273 Project?
Wanna’ subscribe so you don’t miss anything?
Wanna’ gather round The 70273 Project campfire on Facebook?

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