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A New Way To Make Blocks and Quilts: Middlings

Remember how I’ve always said that I want quilts of all sizes so we can fit into any venue that will have us? Remember how I’ve always said I want our displays to be a feast for the senses?
Remember how I’ve always said I want viewers to feel the full impact when viewing The 70273 Project quilts?

A Middling Quilt for The 70273 Project made by Margaret Williams

Well now, thanks to an idea seed planted by Lynn Krawczyk, I’m opening up a new way to make not just blocks, but quilts for The 70273 Project. It’s a whole new category of quilts called Middlings, and I asked a few elves to stitch up some to give you some ideas.

A Middling Quilt for The 70273 Project Made by Margaret Williams (GA/USA)

Most guidelines remain in place: background is white, pairs of red X’s, no writing or other embellishments to distract from the red X’s, but then . . . Middlings are quilts that measure 18″ x 22″ (46 cm x 56 cm) (yes, fat quarter size) when finished, and, as long as you remember the basics, you are free to get as creative as you want.

A Middling Quilt for The 70273 Project made by Margaret Williams (GA/USA)

And are you ready for this? You can also commemorate many more people because as long as the red X’s are presented as easily recognizable pairs, you can commemorate as many people as desired in one Middling quilt. In the quilt above, there are 119 pairs of red X’s which means that Margaret made 119 blocks which means that she commemorated 119 people. Yes, that’s right: each pair of red X’s counts as one block. I’m not kidding.

A Middling Quilt for The 70273 Project Made by Margaret Williams (GA/USA)

Guidelines for Middlings:
~ Background fabric must be white (representing the medical records, the only information assessing physicians used to make their life and death decisions).
~ Red X’s MUST be presented as easily recognizable pairs because each pair of red X’s represents one person.
~ Get as creative as you like and put as many red X’s as desired on the Middling, just remember to place the red X’s so that they are easily identifiable as pairs.
~ An amended Provenance Form includes a space for you to tell me how many pairs of red X’s are on your Middling. We’re gonna’ operate on the honor system, and I’m sure you can figure out why.
~ Finished size of Middlings is about 18″ x 22″ (46cm x 56cm).
~ Bindings or facings (finished edges) must be white.
~ Backing fabric must be white (quilting cotton or bleached muslin is okay).
~ Middlings must come to me completely finished and ready to hang.
~ Middlings need a hanging sleeve attached to the top of the back.
~ There must be an official 70273 project label on the back of the quilt. When you’ve completed your Middling, contact me, and I’ll create the label for you and send it digitally. You’ll simply print and stitch.  I’ll be writing a post about that in the next few days, so check back for more details.

Important note: We are still making blocks and piecing them together to make Big Quilts. This does not replace blocks, it simply provides another option for those who are interested.

A few more Middlings in progress to send you looking for your sketch book:

A Middling for The 70273 Project Being Made by Maria Conway (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

A Middling in the making by Gisele Therezien (Channel Islands, UK)

Gisele writes: Prepping my Middlings background from a vintage doily & the edge of an old embroidered sheet donated by Mum which originally was part of her wedding trousseau 59 years ago, also have some vintage red lace which may fit in nicely. So we see that when it comes to stories and layers of meaning, size doesn’t matter.

Over the next several months, I’ll be revealing at least 3 more ways to make quilts for The 70273 Project over the next several months, so be sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out.

Your homework:
Check back for the shiny new Provenance Form.
Tell others about The 70273 Project.
Start sketching!


UPDATE 2/2/2017:

Good clarification questions, asked and answered:

Q: Is it ok to have cream color in the background?
A: Yes, provided there’s mostly white. Think of the creme/off white as an accent.

Q: Is it ok to have a textured background in cream or white i see that too?
A: Yes.

Q: i see that the middlings are finished with top quilting also
which requires batting. Can we do that too and what thickness of batting?
A: Yes, use batting. Doesn’t matter what kind, though most folks are using the 80/20 mix. You can find a little more about that on the Information for Piecers and Quilters page.

Q: Also what is the seam allowance for the larger size?
A: Just so long as the finished size is about 18″ x 22″ (46cm x 56cm),  the seam allowance is up to you.

Q: Also i see a heart design out of the x’s which i love. So am i free to make any shape as long as it signifies pairs of x’s On white Or cream?
A: Yes! Isn’t that fun? You can use pairs of red X’s to make shapes, just remember that the red X’s must be stitched in pairs, so be sure to leave space between each pair like Margaret did.

Q: Can the red x’s just be on whole cloth or do they still need to be pieced?
A: The background of Middlings can be whole cloth or pieced, your preference, it just has to be about 18″ x 22″ (46cm x 56cm) when finished.

Q: How will you catalog these?
A: Each pair of red X’s = one block (so be sure to tell me on the Provenance Form how many pairs are on your Middling) and my database is set up so that one block = one entry. That is, I must enter each block (or in this case paris of red X’s) separately. Here’s how the Middling process will go:

1. You make a middling
2. When finished, you email me and let me know.
3. I assign a quilt number, design the label and email it back to you.
4. You print and attach the label.
5. You send the Middling to me, with a Provenance Form (even if you’ve already completed one) telling me how many “blocks” (or pairs of red X’s) are on the Middling.
6. I enter each pair as a block (to update the block count and keep my records straight), giving you credit for each one. So you get credit for those “blocks” and for the Middling quilt itself.
Q: Do I need to complete a Provenance Form for each Middling, even if you already have a Provenance Form on file for me because I’ve sent you blocks?
A: Yes. I need a Provenance Form completed, signed, and sent with each Middling. If you send me 3 Middlings, I’ll need a Provenance Form pinned (safety pins, please) to each Middling because I’ve added the space for you to tell me how many blocks, or in this case, pairs of red X’s, are in each Middling. It will help me so much if I don’t have to count every pair of red X’s, so thank you for taking the time to do this.

Quilt 125: a Long Skinny from Margaret Jackson’s Family

The 70273 Project Quilt 125: 52 lives commemorated. Dimensions: 15 in x 111.75 in / 38 cm x 284 cm

Blocks made by Sharmai and Cheylee

Blocks made by Demi and Alisha

Dear Jeanne,

My son and the children were invited to Sunday Lunch one Sunday in March 2017. This was not an unusual occurrence as they often come for lunch, but on this particular Sunday they found the dining table covered in materials for making blocks for The 70273 Project.


They were told, in an age-appropriate way (Alisha was only seven years old at the time) about the project and the plight of the 70,273 people who lost their lives. They all agreed to make as many blocks as they could before lunch was ready. The result was 41 blocks made by my son, Steve, and the children. I added 11 blocks that I had made previously. I then piece and quilted all of the blocks to make Quilt #125.

Three generations of Margaret’s Family

I am so proud of my family, especially my son Steve who lost his wife, Donna, to cancer five years ago. Steve then took on the task of raising not only their two little girls – Alisha, aged 2 and Demi-lea, aged 6 – but also Donna’s four children from her previous relationship.

Donna was only in her thirties when she died; Steve is only in his mid-forties now. Steve has brought these six children through those long, dark days of Donna’s illness and then her death. He is a wonderful father to them all.

The older children are beginning to go out into the world to make their own lives, but they will always have a wonderfully loving home and father to support them when needed.


Margaret Jackson


What a lovely and loving family you have, Margaret – I know you are proud of them –  and despite being a Picky Eater of the First Order,  I sure do like what you cooked up for lunch on this particular Sunday in March! What a compassionate man your son, Steve, is – obviously, he was raised Right. Thank y’all for adding another beautiful Long Skinny quilt to The 70273 Project, and thank you for all you’re doing to share The 70273 Project in the UK. Exciting things are percolating across The Pond!

Would you, Dear Reader, like to make a quilt for The 70273 Project? It’s easier than ever, and you have options. You can make a quilt from blocks, you can make a Middling quilt, or you can make  a Long Skinny quilt like Margaret and her family did. You can find the information you need right here. And if you’d like to support The 70273 Project but quilting just isn’t your thing, perhaps you’d like to make a financial contribution by mashing the “Donate” button in the righthand sidebar.



Blocks and a Story from Annie H

Blocks made by Annie H. who lives in France

Annie H.’s beautiful story in French, then English . . . 

J’ai exercé le métier de préparatrice en pharmacie jusqu’à 55 ans, puis je me suis occupée d’une tante âgée de 93 ans atteinte de la maladie d’Alzheimer, jusqu’à ses 98 ans. Je suis mariée et mère de 3 garçons, grand-mère de 2 petits-enfants. Je suis maintenant à la retraite et j’en profite pour faire toutes ses occupations que je n’avais pas vraiment le temps de pratiquer avant.

Mon hobby de prédilection est le point de croix que je pratique depuis de nombreuses années, mais j’aime aussi beaucoup le crochet, le tricot, la couture, les miniatures au 12ème et… le patchwork. C’est en inscrivant sur le blog de Katell: La Ruche des Quilteuses, que j’ai découvert Le Projet 70273.

J’ai été sensibilisée par ce drame, mais surtout en lisant tous ces témoignages de personnes qui ont des souvenirs personnels de cette époque. Et aussi par toutes celles qui ont dans leurs proches quelqu’un de plus ou moins handicapé, qui aurait été sans aucun doute des victimes de ces monstres.Moi-même, j’ai eu un fort strabisme jusqu’à ce que l’on m’opère à 12 ans, je pense que j’aurais pu avoir droit à mes 2 croix.

Ces blocs représentent pour moi un geste affectueux envers les victimes, et en même temps, la colère à travers les croix rouges pour les “médecins” nazis qui les ont tracées. Ces bourreaux ont les mains ensanglantées, c’est pourquoi l’un de mes blocs comporte une croix faite d’empreintes et l’autre de vernis à ongle rouge symbolisant le sang de la victime. Mes premiers blocs ont laissé place à l’émotion plus qu’au rendement. Les suivants seront plus simples et rapides à faire, pour faire “du nombre”, parce que bien que la mobilisation s’intensifie, il y a encore BEAUCOUP BEAUCOUP à faire pour arriver aux 1100 quilts.

Je suis fière de participer à ce projet, et j’espère qu’à son terme, il fera réfléchir les jeunes générations à ce qu’une minorité d’extrémistes peuvent accomplir en horreurs au nom d’un certain idéal. Ce projet prendra du temps, mais il ne faudra jamais l’abandonner! l’union fait la force, ne l’oublions pas.

Blocks by Annie H., France

And now, in English (with a little help from Google Translate, just so you know) . . . 

I worked as a pharmacy preparer until age 55, and then I took care of a 93-year-old aunt with Alzheimer’s disease, until she was 98 years old. I am married and mother of 3 boys, grandmother of 2 grandchildren. I am now retired and I take the opportunity to do all his work that I did not really have time to practice before.

My favorite hobby is the cross stitch that I have been practicing for many years, but I also love crochet, knitting, sewing, miniatures on the 12th and … patchwork. It is by writing on the blog of Katell: La Ruche des Quilteuses, that I discovered Project 70273.

I was sensitized by this drama, but especially by reading all these testimonies of people who have personal memories of that time. And also by all those who have in their relatives someone more or less handicapped, who would undoubtedly have been the victims of these monsters. Myself, I had a strong strabismus until I was operated at 12 years, I think I could have been entitled to my two crosses.

These blocks represent for me an affectionate gesture towards the victims, and at the same time, anger through the red crosses for the Nazi “doctors” who have traced them. These executioners have their hands bloodied, that’s why one of my blocks has a cross made of prints and the other of red nail varnish symbolizing the blood of the victim. My first blocks have given way to emotion rather than to performance. The next ones will be simpler and quicker to do, to make “of the number”, because although the mobilization intensifies, there is still MUCH MUCH to make to arrive at the 1100 quilts.

I am proud to participate in this project, and I hope that in the end it will make the younger generations reflect on what a minority of extremists can accomplish in horror in the name of a certain ideal. This project will take time, but it should never be abandoned! Union is strength, let us not forget it.


Thank you, Annie. Your words are every bit as beautiful as your blocks. And you’re right: There is much, much more to do before we’ve commemorated every one of the 70,273 disabled people who were murdered, and we won’t stop stitching until every one of them has been remembered in stitch.

Perhaps you’d like to make blocks, dear readers? Maybe you’d like to request a bundle of blocks for you to piece and quilt? Or maybe you’d like to make your own complete quilt using blocks made by you, your family, your friends. And hey, if you’d like to do something a little different, if you’d like to flex your creative commemorative wings, you can make Middlings or Long Skinnies. (Other ways to make quilts are coming soon, so stay tuned for that.)

Making a Quilt and Registering It with The 70273 Project

Blocks from Australia made by Faye and Elizabeth (Libby) Cook

You’ve made blocks
or maybe your family
or your quilt guild
or your school
or your church
or your club
made blocks.
Would you like to take those blocks and turn them into a quilt for The 70273 Project? You can do that, you know, and the good news is that it’s easier than ever. For a quilt to become an official part of The 70273 Project, it must be registered with me, Jeanne Hewell-Chambers, and here’s how you do that:

Once the quilt or even the quilt top is finished, send me the following information:

  • 2 high resolution photos of the full front of the quilt
  • 2-3 high resolution detail photos of the quilt
  • any photos of the blocks and/or quilt being made if you haven’t posted them on social media and tagged me
  • finished dimensions of the quilt
  • month and year the quilt was completed
  • the total number of lives commemorated (blocks) in the quilt
  • the names and country of residence of each person who made blocks used in the quilt
  • the number of blocks each Maker has in the quilt
  • information about dedications if blocks were made in honor or in memory of someone
  • name and country of residence of the person who Pieced the quilt, Quilted the quilt, Finished (binding and hanging sleeve) the quilt
  • a current, working email address of the person who has the quilt in their possession
  • scanned images of all Provenance Forms from people who made blocks for the quilt
  • photos and story bits about the making of the quilt (For example, Where was the quilt made? Was it made at or for a special event? Was any special cloth used in the quilt, such as a tablecloth that belonged to someone special, or baby clothes, or clothing belonging to ancestors)? How did participating in The 70273 Project make people feel? Why did people participate?)


Every one who makes a block that is used in the quilt must complete and sign a Provenance Form. I need scanned copies of every Provenance Form to be sent with the other quilt registration information, and all original Provenance Forms must be mailed to me with the quilt.


Once I receive this information, I will assign the quilt a number, place it in the official 70273 Project database, create and email the quilt label to the person who has the quilt in their possession. That person, or the person of their choosing, will print the quilt label on fabric and hand stitch it to the back of the quilt in the lower left-hand corner. Do not attach the binding over the quilt label. Once the quilt label is attached, please send me a photo of the back of the quilt showing the quilt label.


Please post photos of quilts in progress in social media, and please be sure to tag me because I keep copies of these photos in each quilt’s registration folder. (See the icons in the upper righthand sidebar for places to find me in social media.) I will not register quilts (which means they will not be an official part of The 70273 Project) I see posted on Facebook unless and until I have received all of the above information.


Finished quilts can be mailed to me at the address on the Provenance Form. In the foreseeable future  I will be making arrangements to get all the quilts back to HEARTquarters for taking professional photos and preparing for The Great Gathering and Launch, so any changes in possession of quilts must come through me so that I always know where each quilt is located.


If you’ve made a quilt and have not sent me the above required information – if you have not received an official The 70273 Project Quilt Label from me – please send me the information  now, even if you’ve already completed the quilt and attached your own label.


  • Now that you’ve read this, do you notice anything? Right! You no longer have to scan and tag each individual block or make the quilt map to show block placement! (You’re welcome.) As long as I have the information requested in this post, we’ll all be just fine.
  • The information on this page applies to any kind of quilts you’re making: Block quilts, Middlings, Long Skinnies, or any of the other ways to make quilts that I’ll be telling you about in the next couple of months.
  • If you are not comfortable enough with technology to take and email photos or to print the label on fabric, promise me you won’t be embarrassed or let that keep you from making a quilt. Simply make your quilt – stitch it full of kindness and compassion – then mail it to me with your Provenance Form, and I’ll take it from there. (The mailing address is on the Provenance Form.)
  • Once your quilt is registered as an official quilt of The 70273 Project, it becomes the property of The 70273 Project, Inc. and will travel the world with the other quilts, fulfilling the three-point purpose of The 70273 Project: commemorating those who died, celebrating those with special needs who live, and educating all who will listen. Thank you for helping me stay organized and have all the information I need on each quilt. For your convenience, I will be adding a copy of this information as a file in the Facebook group. If you have any questions, just holler.  And most especially, thank you for helping commemorate the lives of these 70,273 people.


Join us in social media:
Facebook group, French
Facebook group, English
Facebook page

A New Way to Make Quilts: Introducing the Long, Skinny

Meet The 70273 Project Quilt #34, our first Long Skinny.

62 blocks, 62 souls commemorated

15″ x  41″ / 38 cm x 104 cm

All blocks, piecing, quilting, and finished done by Gisele Therezien.

Would you like to make a Long Skinny for The 70273 Project?
Here’s all you need to keep in mind:

~ block guidelines remain the same
~ finishing, binding, and hanging sleeve requirements remain the same
~ finished quilt must be 15″ or 38 cm wide and can be as long as you want.
~ when you finish piecing the top, email me the following information:
~ # of blocks
~ dimensions (width and length)
~ total number of blocks
~ name of person or people who made blocks and the number of blocks each person made
~ name of people responsible for Piecing, Quilting, and Finishing the Long Skinny
~ photos of the quilt in progress

When you email me this info, I’ll assign you a quilt number and information for the Quilt Label, and when the quilt is completely finished, send me photos of the finished quilt along with stories about the cloth and stitches used, what made you want to create a long skinny, why you chose to become involved with The 70273 Project and anything else you want to share.

Long Skinnies can be hung vertically (perfect for high ceilings or narrow walls) and horizontally (perfect for a display in an information booth or stall).

Whether you choose to make blocks, Block Quilts, Middlings, Long Skinnies, or make financial donations (use PayPal button in sidebar), thank you for helping commemorate the 70273 people who died so needlessly.



Week 52 (2/6-12/2017) Recap

And here we are, 52 weeks . . . one year . . . after we started. What a year it has been and what a week it’s been. Without any planning or cajoling on my part, our week 52, my friends, turns out to be the grandmother of all weeks. That’s the way the entire project has gone since I first mashed the “publish” button on 2/14/2016 – an amazing series of astonishments. I’m still feeling behind (only because I am behind!), and we just roll along, keeping The 70273 Project free of stress and angst. Let’s tune into my journal and see what happened in week 52 of The 70273 Project . . .

One morning I walked and breakfasted with Peggy Thomas, who delivered blocks made by her sisters and herself.

Front row, L to R: Robyn Donaldson and moi. Back row, L to R: Lori Banks and Carol Lunsford

On 2/7, I gave a presentation about The 70273 Project to the Mu Chapter ofKappa Kappa Lambda State Kappa Kappa Iota in Fayetteville, GA. They were such a delightful group, and the members, along with one of the young guests, asked such thoughtful and pertinent questions, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

On 2/8, after weeks of needlessly frustrating dealings with doctors’ office staffs, we finally got The Engineer in to let an orthopedic specialist in North Carolina have a look at his finger. Yep, it’s broken. Nope, there’s really nothing they can do.

Theresa and Paddington of itv do some stitching, too

On 2/10, Gisele Therezien was interviewed on itv about The 70273 Project, and the show hosts, Theresa and Paddington, even stitched up a block to commemorate.

Stitching up blocks in the Channel Islands, UK

On 2/11, there was another successful, well-attended stitch-in at St Peter’s Parish Hall in Jersey, Channel Islands UK organised by Kim Monins and Gisele Therezien . People of all ages came by to commemorate.

Carrie Cooper did an excellent interview on BBC Radio with Gisele about the project.  (Note: Once you’ve opened the link, slide on over to about 1:11:07 for to hear the interview.)

Les Amis and their blocks!

Kim Monins paid several visits to Les Amis in Saint Saviour, Jersey and enjoyed making blocks with her new friends. The motto of Les Amis is “Disability does not mean inability.” You know I love that, and I’m sure hoping that Kim will take me to visit Les Amis one day.

On our way out of town to catch a flight to spend time with Calder Ray, we stopped by the post office to mail these bundles::
Quilt 56 to Jackie Batman
Quilt  57 to Margaret Williams
Quilt 58 Margaret Williams
Quilt 59 Margaret Williams
Quilt 60: Margaret Williams
Quilt 61:Denniele Bohannen and Becky Collis
Quilt 62: Kellye Rose
Quilt 63: Kellye Rose
Quilt 64: Kellye Rose
Quilt 65: Kellye Rose
Quilt 66: Margaret Andrews
Quilt 67: Margaret Andrews
Quilt 68: Margaret Andrews
Quilt 69: Angie Abella
Quilt 70: Kris Phillips
More bundles and/or pieced tops will soon be winging their way to Kris Phillips, Kellye Rose, Sandy Martin, Debra Steinmann, and Georgeanne Hawley. And just so you know, there are more bundles where those came from, so if you’re willing to Piece and/or Quilt, please let me know and I’ll hook you right up.

I received word from Brenda Wartalski that Quilt #54 is nearing completion, so I’ll soon be sharing photos and info about that.

When I met Margaret Williams for lunch, she hand delivered the most captivating Middlings:

Quilt 47, Middling 1: 119 pairs of red X’s. Made by Margaret Williams. 17.75” x 21.5” (45.09 cm x 54.6 cm)

Quilt 48, Middling 2: 109 pairs of red X’s. Made by Margaret Williams.        22”  x 18” (56 cm x 46 cm)

Quilt 49, Middling 3: 83 pairs of red X’s. Made by Margaret Williams.          21” x 17” (53 cm x 43 cm)

Quilt 50, Middling 4: 59 pairs of red X’s. Made by Margaret Williams.       21.5” x 17.75” (65 cm x 45 cm)

Quilt 51, Middling 5: 74 pairs of red X’s. Made by Margaret Williams.           21” x 17.75” (53 cm x 45 cm)

Quilt 52, Middling 6: 110 pairs of red X’s. Made by Margaret Williams.        21” x 17” (53 cm x 43 cm)

And remember: for the Middlings, each pair of red X’s (as long as they’re presented as distinct pairs) counts as a block, these pairs will be added into this week’s block count.


Peggy Thomas (GA/USA)
Pat McGregor (MN/USA)
Linda Moore (TX/USA)
Laurie Nash Johnson (GA/USA)
Tonia Ronas Uram (NE/USA)
Barbara Wise (VA/USA)
Carol Soliday (IL/USS)
Diane Dresdner (VA/USA)
Brigitte Gudaer (Belgium)
Nyriam Nexnier (Belgium)
Marianne McCurrach (Belgkum)
Anne Visartoa Bocarne (Belgium)
Martens (Belgium)
Suzanne Baeken (Belgium)
Cooreman Francoise (Belgium)
Dominique Collet (Belgium)
Marie-Louise Hanique=Huylebroeck (Belgium)
Singlele Majo (Belgium)
Scailquin Sylviane (Belgium)
Debongnie harie-France (Belgium)
Quilt 47, Middling 1
Quilt 48, Middling 2
Quilt 49, Middling 3
Quilt 50, Middling 4
Quilt 51, Middling 5
Quilt 52, Middling 6
which brings out official block count to – are you ready for this –8431! Yes,  really. We’ve commemorated eight thousand four hundred and thirty-one people.

Thank y’all from the epicenter of my swelling heart for joining my Big, Fat, Crazy Idea called The 70273 Project, for embracing it with such tenderness and such tenacity. Thank you for being willing to use your needles to pierce the veil allowing consciousness and awareness. I am so very, very honored to stand seam to seam with y’all.

Week 51 (1/30-2/5/2017) Recap

Quilt #22. Blocks made by the middle school students of Catherine Smychych at Snowy Range Academy. Piecing, Quilting, and Finished by Catherine Smychych.

There was all kind of good news in Week 51 . . .

You guessed it – The Engineer and I were out of town on family business, but we did manage to get in three days atop our mountain in western NC.

My mother, class of 1945, was elected to the Fayette County High School Hall of Fame. I am so proud of her.

Good news from our Chantal Baquin: If you are going to l’ Aiguille en Fête ” in Paris, this week end, please stop at FRANCE PATCHWORK ‘ s booth and drop off your blocks ! Thank you very warmly, Catherine Bonte and France Patchwork to be our ” mailbox”.

There’s a new way to make quilts in town: Middlings were introduced. (And let me tell you, the response has been nothing short of phenomenal! If you haven’t started yours yet, I have to ask: What are you waiting for?)

Our monthly mixer for February was released, and this month – thanks to the efforts of Nancy Carroll – there’s a French version, too. If you’re fluent in English and another language and would be willing to translate the monthly prompts, please let me know. (Remember to tag me and use #the70273projectmonthlymixer when posting your photos.)

Quilt #55 assigned to Margaret Andrews!

Quilt #22 from Catherine Symchych and her middle school students at Snowy Range Academy landed in my arms, and she is a real beaut. Catherine and I took photos, and I’ll share those with you real soon. At one point, Catherine thought they were finished with the quilt, but her students weren’t satisfied, so they sat down to make more blocks, winding up with a total of 129 blocks! Thank you Catherine and Middle Schoolers!

Other blocks received were from:
Diane Dresdner (VA/USA)
Pat McGregor (MN/USA)
Linda Moore TX/USA:
Catherine Symchych
Betty Czerwinski (NJ/USA)
Carol Esch (NJ/USA)
Cheryl Kopeck (NC/USA)
Danny Wood (NY/USA)
Joan Katz (CT/USA)
Kellye Rose (MN/USA)
blocks in Quilt 22
bringing our block total to . . . 7652! Isn’t that wonderful? Y’all keep sewing, and we’ll keep growing.

Come on back around in a few hours for our final block count update of the day as we celebrate our first anniversary, giving us the current total of how many blocks have been made in our first year. I’ll be here waiting for you.

Other posts today you might want to take a look at:
Let’s Celebrate
Week 48
Week 49
Week 50

And here’s a short link you can copy and paste here ‘n there as you’d like to share this post:

Happy One Year Anniversary

Enjoy a digital cupcake while you read.

One year ago today, I launched The 70273 Project, and thanks to you, it’s been a wonderful, glorious, magnificent year, and I have a few ideas of how we can celebrate . . .

~ Make a block or start a Middling today and post photos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and on your blog (using #the70273project and tagging me so I don’t miss it), and when you’re ready to send it to me, be sure to note “One Year Special Edition” on the Provenance Form because special quilts will be made and special exhibits will be staged.

~ Make a donation to help cover shipping materials shipping and postage costs, office supplies, and a host of other necessities by mashing the “donate” button in the sidebar or by writing a check made payable to The 70273 Project, Inc and mailing it to me at POB 994 / Cashiers, NC / 28717.

~ Make it known. Tell people about The 70273 Project. Share posts on Facebook. Post photos in social media. Participate in The 70273 Project Monthly Mixers. Invite people to join the English-speaking Facebook Campfire group. or The French-speaking Facebook group. In fact, what say we get 70,273 people to like The 70273 Project Facebook page and 70,273 photos on Instagram using #the70273project?

Today I’ll be posting here on the blog throughout the day, each post bearing highlights of the past 5 weeks, each a stepping leading us up to the official current block count. (Hint: buckle up!)

If you’re already part of The 70273 Project tribe, thank you.
If you’re not, join us today and help commemorate 70,273 special people.

I’ll see you in about 3 hours with the first update.


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And here are the other posts on  today’s catch-up marathon:
Week 48
Week 49
Week 50

Story Time: Block #3771

Block #3771 Made by Margaret Williams

These X’s are made from the seams of a sweatshirt worn by my best friend’s father. He died a few years ago, and I was making a quilt for her mama from his clothing. Mr. Evans was a huge World War II history buff, and he would’ve loved this project.

Do your blocks have a story? Please share.



Information for Piecers and Quilters

Other links of interest:
Making Blocks
Making Middling Quilts


Quilt #24 is from Cécile Milhau

There are so many ways to be part of The 70,273 Project Tribe and help commemorate these 70,273 disabled people who were murdered by Nazis in 1940-41. Perhaps you want to make blocks, or maybe you want to gather blocks from others who share your genes, geography, or interests and make a group quilt with them. (And hey, there will be other ways to participate coming here in the next several months, so subscribe or check back often.) Maybe you want to help commemorate these 70,273 victims in more than one way. And perhaps you want to raise your hand with an offer to piece tops, quilt quilts, or piece and quilt . . .

A big, hearty Thank you to all the people who’ve graciously donated their time and talent to piece, quilt, or piece and quilt quilts for The 70273 Project. If you, your guild, or your group would like to add your names to this Honor Roll, let me know by mashing the envelope icon in the sidebar to the right of the page to send an email.

While I am excited about how each quilt is going to reflect the personality of its maker(s), and while I do want quilts of all sizes – something to fit in every venue that will have us – I do have a few strict parameters that we all must follow when piecing and quilting these works of art. I’ve listed them below. If you have any concerns, questions, comments, or suggestions, just holler.

Quilt #23 is made by Maïté Findeling


Here’s how it works . . .
§ When you’re ready, I will send you a bundle of blocks. There might be 50 blocks, there might be 80 blocks – it all just depends because I want you to have room to be creative.  Your job is to use as many blocks as you can in the top, assembling them in a way that delights you. Please return to me any blocks you do not use so that I can make amendments to my record keeping system and add the unused blocks to a bundle headed to another Piecer.

§ When I receive blocks, I assign each block a number, and the block is marked with the id number it’s been assigned. Blocks are tagged in one of two ways: the number may be on a bit of paper that’s attached to the front of the block or it may be written by hand on the back of the block. Please do not  remove the numbering tags from any of the blocks during the process. This is critical for tracking the thousands and thousands and thousands of blocks that will be transformed into quilts. I have a very precise cataloging system that will allow me to provide the all-important authorization documentation for exhibit venues, art historians, and viewers. Here’s good information from Trish Lehman, a quilter, about documenting the block numbers that will later be used to create the quilt map, showing the placement of each block and its Maker:

A very important part of the cataloging process is to ensure that the id numbers remain on each block during the piecing and quilting process. Once the blocks are arranged to a Piecer’s delight and before they are stitched together, Piecers create a map or record of their final layout with tag numbers clearly visible before the piecing and quilting begins. This could be done in a couple of ways:

  1.  Sketch the final layout on a piece of plain paper or graph paper (for more precision) and write the number in each square.
  2. Take a photo of your final layout on your design wall or on the floor, print it out, and write the number in each square.
    If the blocks you receive have the numbers handwritten on the back of the blocks, you might create the sketch (making sure that you flip the sketch so that the blocks appears as they will to the viewer, or you may find it easier to stitch the blocks together THEN take a photo of both the front and back of the top, making sure that the block numbers are visible and readable when the photo is enlarged.

Please send any photos and sketches to Jeanne so she can create the final quilt map for inclusion on the quilt label, and if you’re not quilting, send it to the person who is. Of course, if you are making your own quilt from blocks you made, none of this will be necessary as the quilt label will say that all blocks are made, pieced, and quilted by you.

§  If a blocks are too small, please add fabric to enlarge it to the standard size. Conversely, if a block is to large, please trim it to the standard size.

§  Blocks can be turned vertically or horizontally as you see fit.

§  lf another block would make things work more to your liking, it’s fine to make one provided you let Jeanne know right away so she can add it to the catalogue. She’ll need to know the size of the block, too.

§  Add 2-inch border of white fabric must to each side of the finished quilt. (Cut 2.5 inches so that it is 2 inches when finished.)

§  If you are handing off the quilt to another person to be quilted and you have designed the quilt with a definite orientation (the quilt should be displayed with one particular edge at the top), please indicate that on the quilt by pinning a note to the edge that is to be the “TOP”.

§ Kitty Sorgen pieced the first top for The 70273 Project, and she penned these notes for future Piecers:
Thank you for volunteering to do the piecing of one of the quilts for the 70273 Project! Your help is vital to the success of this endeavor. Below are a few guidelines that may be helpful to you. When you first receive your packet of blocks, it may feel overwhelming. You may feel, like I did, that you’re in over your head. Take a deep breath, and let’s break down what you’re going to need to do.

  1. Start with your largest blocks . . . 12.5″ x 9.5″ size. You will want to measure each of these to be sure they are the correct measurement. If not, you may need to trim or add an extra strip of white fabric. A “slight” shortage of the block you can “fudge” in the seam allowance, but anything more than 1/8″ you will need to add to the block. When adding strips to the block, cut them larger than you need, add to the block, then trim the block to the correct size.
  2. Once you get the large blocks to the correct size, place them on your design wall, randomly. You will be filling in around and between these blocks with your other smaller blocks. Remember that all the blocks do not need to be placed horizontally. There will be some blocks that will “read” equally well placed vertically. Use your sense of design to determine placement of the blocks.
  3. Take your next group of blocks . . . 6.5″ x 9.5″, and after checking their measurements and fixing any that need trimming or adding, begin to add these to your design wall. Remember, nothing you’re doing at this stage is cast in stone. Once you get all your blocks on the design wall, you will be able to move things around. The 9.5″ side of these blocks will fit nicely against the 9.5″ side of the larger blocks. Be sure you have these medium sized blocks spaced throughout the quilt.
  4. Now, after measuring, and fixing if necessary, add your 3.5″ x 6.5″ blocks. Three of these vertically, or two of these horizontally, will fit along the 12.5″ side of the large block, and they will fit horizontally against the 6.5″ side of the medium size block. Shift and change things around until everything fits and you have a pleasing arrangement. I found that I needed lots of the small and medium size blocks and not so many of the largest size. But all of our quilts will be different, and you need to do what works best for your quilt and the blocks you’ve been sent.
  5. Study your layout. If you have any blocks made out of stretchy material, you might want to be sure they are in the middle of the quilt and not along the outside edges. The same goes for any blocks made of material that frays easily. By placing them in the interior of the quilt, they will be stabilized by the blocks surrounding them.
  6. Now you have the challenge of sewing your top together. Your blocks may not make straight rows across the quilt. I found that sometimes my blocks needed to be sewn together horizontally, and sometimes vertically. I found that it worked best to piece my quilt in sections. You may find this to be true for you, too. Take your time to study your layout. How does it make sense for you to do the piecing?

Quilt #1, pieced by Kitty Sorgen and quilted by MJ Kinman


§  That numbering tag you see on each block? Please don’t remove it during the process. See the second bullet point in the Piecers section. If tags do fall off, immediately replace them by stitching or pinning it back onto the block. If you wait until multiple tags fall off, you won’t have a clue where they go.

§  The quilting (both topstitch and bobbin thread) must be completed in white thread (or a light neutral that matches the color of the majority of the blocks in the quilt).

§  Be creative with your quilting designs, and  enhance the red X’s and make them pop by quilting around and even up to BUT NOT OVER the red X’s. 

§  The backing fabric must be a white, preferably quilter’s cotton or bleached muslin. Seams are okay, so it’s not necessary to purchase 108″ wide fabric. it’s not necessary to wash the fabric first – you can, but you don’t have to as these quilts will never be washed.

§  Use a thin-loft, white batting – not puffy crafting batting, nor the off-white/ivory color. (This will help provide some consistency among the quilts AND conserve storage space.) Use whatever material or manufacturer you feel most comfortable using (100% cotton; 80/20 Cotton/Poly; All Poly; Wool; Warm & Natural; Quilters Dream Cotton, etc.)

§  Quilters differ on how “clean” the backs of their quilts need to be. Since these are going to be hung on walls the majority of their lives, follow your personal preference about burying the threads.

§  The quilts can be finished using a standard binding technique or a facing technique in white fabric.

§  The quilts must have a 4-inch rod sleeve attached to the back of the TOP edge of the quilt and must have a 1-inch gap between the side edge of the sleeve and the side edge of the quilt. Rod sleeves should be made from the same or similar color to the back of the quilt and facing.  

Quilt #25 made by The Bees from La Ruche des Quilteuses: Andrée, Evelyne, Brigitte, Maïté, Kristine and Katell


I love to document and share your progress as you piece or quilt the top, so please send photos along the way as you can and will. I want to be able to use these images (with your permission, of course) for future publications, books, etc., so please send them directly to me instead of through Facebook because Facebook automagically reduces the size to a point that renders images not suitable for print. So, if you’d like your images to be part of the pool that I can choose from when publishing, here’s how to do that:

§  Save each image as a JPEG (.jpg) file. Most cameras/phones already do that.

§  Name the image as follows: QUILT#_YOUR LAST NAME_IMAGE#.JPG    (So, for example, when working on Quilt #5, MJ Kinman sent images using the following filenames: Quilt5_Kinman_1.jpg,  Quilt5_Kinman_2.jpg).


Again, thank you for being such an important part of The 70273 Project and for making others aware of it in can they want to offer to piece or quilt. I can’t wait to stand in the presence of these quilts.

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