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Making Blocks in Stephenville, Texas

Now listen: I know y’all are making plans for your weekend, so I want to tell you about this . . . if any of y’all are gonna’ be in the vicinity of Stephenville, Texas (or feel like taking a road trip), get yourselves over to The Stephenville Native & Heirloom Plant Sale where you can do more than shop for plants. Elaine Fields Smith and Pam Patterson will be there, for example, with materials ready to make blocks for The 70273 Project. Children of all ages are welcomed to stop by, and they have a good plan that doesn’t require much time or any stitching: they’re asking people to “fingerprint” the two red X’s . . . and I’m more than pretty sure they’ll have wipes on hand to whisk any lingering red paint right off your fingers.

Many thanks to Elaine and Pam for taking The 70273 Project Campfire to what promises to be an entertaining, informative event.

Feel free to share this post (or the one on my Facebook timeline) and make some people happy who might not have heard about this fun day.


Other places to find The 70273 Project:
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Facebook group, English 
Facebook group, French 

Inside Envelope #255: Kellye Rose

Blocks made by Kellye Rose

My name is Kellye Rose, and I live in Burnsville, Minnesota. I have lived in the Midwest my whole life. Growing up, I received quilts from a set of “farm wife” aunts who lived in Nebraska and gifted all the nieces and nephews with quilts for major events. I have sewn my whole life (off and on), but only started quilting in 2013. I have since made 31 quilts. I have a Master’s degree in Strategy and Sustainability, and an semi-retired after working in Corporate America (airline industry) for 20 years

Kellye Rose

I am drawn to The 70273 Project for a number of reasons:
~ the commemoration aspect
~ the exposure aspect – to create visibility and awareness that people with mental/physical challenges are valued people, and to REMIND people how this horrible stuff could creep into our world again if we aren’t vigilant.
~ I can envision (somewhat) how amazing these exhibits will look when completed, and I want to be a small part of it.

Thank you for having the idea and for following this path!

Let me know if I can help with piecing.

Kellye Rose


Kellye, first of all, 31 quilts in four years is phenomenal! And for the record, you are not a small part of The 70273 Project, you are a big part of it, and I am deeply delighted and grateful. I mailed you three bundles of blocks on my way out of town last Saturday (hopefully they’ve landed), and I can’t wait to see what you do with them. If any of you, Dear Readers, want to volunteer to quilt 1, 2, or all 3 of Kellye’s tops, please let me know. Thank you for being part of The 70273 Project Tribe, Kellye.

The 70273 Project: And On We Grow

Less than a week after Launch . . .


My friend Kitty Sorgen made a couple of blocks as she rode the ferry yesterday and sent me these photos. Isn’t that a beautiful commute? Here’s what she had to say:


“Had an hour long commute this morning on the Kitsap from Friday Harbor to Anacortes. It’s like ‘old home week’ when we ride the ferry……seeing all your neighbors off to do shopping or having doctor appointments. This morning I sat stitching my first blocks as the islands slipped silently by in the misty morning.”


“The black spots in some of the reds represents to me the darkness of heart there must have been in someone who could have participated in such a plan as this.”

Kitty on Facebook



Yesterday I received an email by Hilke Kurzke of Büchertiger Studio & Press is a German national who now lives in the UK,  a book artist, and the mother of two disabled boys. She read about The 70273 Project and has not only started her first (I hope there are more) block, she featured the project on her blog today.  How’s that for fast turnaround! And, as if all that isn’t enough, she’s invited me to pen a guest post, too. I’ll let you know when it goes live. You know I will.

Where to find Hilke:



Web site


Etsy Shop


Over on Facebook, Merle Halliday Westbrook, a talented, fun, and funny woman I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person, asked the title of the documentary we were watching when the idea for The 70273 Project lighted on my shoulder and whispered in my ear. It’s a multi-part documentary called Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution. The few sentences about this atrocity appears about 2/3 of the way through the first episode of the first season. (They don’t mention the number 70,273. That came from my subsequent research.)

This Q/A has now been added to the Thoughtfully Asked Questions page. Keep those questions coming, y’all.


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