Jeanne Hewell-Chambers

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Week 24 in Review (7/25 – 7/31/2016)


Highlights of the week include:

~~ A blog post by Lori D. Word’s still getting out, and, because we’re on the verge of applying for grants and seeking sponsorships which means we need to show interest, MJ Kinman set a goal for us of 500 followers on The 70273 Project Facebook page by the fall, so please make sure you’ve liked ti and tell all your friends ’cause I know you’re popular.

~~ A new category of quilts: Group quilts. You can read all about it here, but the thumbnail version is this: if you’d like to raise your hand and be Group Leader (we call them Gatherers) for your family, your coworkers, your club members, your quilt guild – wherever there are more than 2 people gathered, you ask them to make blocks, then piece those blocks into a top and quilt it to make a quilt for The 70273 Project.  If you’re interested in becoming a Gatherer, let me know.

~~ The Monday Meditational Morsels continue, with MJ Kinman posting for this last Monday. “We don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an endless succession of presents, and to live now as we think humans should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” ~ Adapted from Howard Zinn’s biography, “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train” If you’d like to submit a quote or a word or a positive thought that we can stitch into blocks for The 70273 Project, please let me know and I’ll assign you a date. (You can submit more than once, too, by the way.) The MMM’s go up every Monday morning around our Facebook campfire.

~~ Within hours of reading about the Group quilt category, Jan MacFayden from Australia, sent me a note saying she’s willing to be a Gatherer for the New Zealand and Australia areas. So if y’all live in that neck of the woods, feel free to reach out to Jan and figure out how to get your blocks to her for piecing and quilting. Thank you, Jan. You epitomize the spirit of The 70273 Project.

~~ Work on Quilts 2, 3, and 4 continues, and we have up to Quilt 18 in the queue right now  – meaning people have graciously raised their hand and offered to Piece and/or Quilt – so please keep making and sending those blocks!

~~ We remain at 77 different countries.


~~ Thanks to Carolyn Katzoff, we close out the week with a block count of 2542. Thank you, Carolyn, you prolific block maker you.

Thank y’all for continuing to be a part of The 70273 Project . . . for commemorating those who died and celebrating those who live.

Till next week . . .

Gatherers and Groups: Another Way to Make Quilts

KittySorgenBlockssome of Kitty Sorgen’s blocks

Calling all over achievers, natural born leaders, and pure bred angels . . .

Yesterday I revealed a new way to make quilts for The 70273 Project. Today we need to talk more about the systems that need to be in place to allow y’all the space to be creative and still get me the information I need. (Important note: This system is subject to change as suggestions come in and as we begin to implement it and discover better ways.)

First, the vocabulary:
Gatherers are the people who raise their hand and offer to (a) get members of a particular group to make blocks that are, in turn, pieced and quilted as a Group Quilt in The 70273 Project. Maybe you’ll invite coworkers to contribute a block, maybe you’ll ask classmates or members of your bridge club or maybe you’ll offer to gather blocks from nearby geographical areas and turn them into quilts. Gatherers take the lead and accept responsibility for gathering blocks and turning them into quilts.

Group Quilts is this new category of quilts. Instead of making quilts from a random selection of blocks contributed by Makers, blocks are contributed by members of a specific group or geographical area, and the eventual quilt represents their group’s participation in The 70273 Project.

Now here’s what we really need to talk about . . .


This is a screen shot showing some of the information I keep on each and every block that’s contributed to The 70273 Project. Even though the Group Quilts will come to me as a complete quilt instead of as an envelope of blocks, I still need this information for each block, so here’s what I’m proposing:

  1. If you have a hankering to be a Gatherer, contact me via email or Facebook Messenger before you proceed. We’ll huddle up and get you ready to go.
  2. Once we’ve talked, you can start getting the word out, encouraging people in your group to make blocks. Set a timeline, if you like (that’s up to you), and let group members know how to get the blocks to you. (Note: blocks must be made following the guidelines we follow now: bases on white fabric cut in one of these sizes 3.5″ x 6.5″ or 6.5″ x 9.5″ or 9.5″ x 12.5″ rectangles with 2 red X’s applied. No writing or other embellishments on the block.)
  3. Make sure each Maker downloads, completes, and signs a Provenance Form to send to you with their blocks.
  4. When blocks arrive at your doorstep, you’ll need to take a photo of the Provenance Form and each individual block. Scanning works really well, too, in fact, that’s what works best for me, and you will, after all, become a mini-Jeanne, so maybe it’ll work better for you, too. Scans are easier to name and keep track of in your computer.
  5. Assign each block a temporary number using this file name format: Your Initials.The Temporary Block Number. The Maker’s Name. Play along with me: You are a Gatherer, and your name is Absolute Angel. The Engineer and I send you three blocks a piece, along with our signed Provenance Forms, of course. You scan the P Forms, then you scan each block, saving it in your computer as: AA.1.JeanneHewellChambers.jpg; AA.2.JeanneHewellChambers.jpg; AA.3.JeanneHewellChambers.jpg and AA.4.TheEngineer.jpg; AA.5.TheEngineer.jpg; and AA.6.TheEngineer.jpg. Make sense?
  6. Create an i.d. tag for each block by writing the name (as generated in #5) on a small piece of cloth or a small piece of card stock paper and pinning it to one of the red X’s using a safety pin or one of those micro fastener gizmos (the 4.4mm size works perfectly), if you have one. This identification tag will remain on the block throughout Piecing and Quilting, and I will remove the tags once I have the quilt in hand and have all the information I need for the database and the quilt label.
  7. Piecing and Quiltlng is the same as always. MJ Kinman will make sure you have everything you need to know to get creative and get ‘er done.
  8. When the quilt is finished, get it to me (remember: with the temporary i.d. tags in place on each block) along with the Provenance Forms for each Maker, the name and contact info for the Piecer, and the name and contact info for the Quilter. And hey, if you want to hand deliver, come on out here and let the falls that run right (and I do mean “right”) by our house be your lullaby.

As a Gatherer, you’ll basically be doing what I do – making sure that each person who touches this project gets credit and that we can track who created which blocks. You can elect to be a Gatherer and a Maker and a Piecer and a Quilter or any combination of the four roles. Whatever hats you choose to wear, you will be responsible for the seeing that the quilt gets finished by the guidelines already in place, that it finds its way back to me, and that I know who all I need to thank.

Now listen, y’all, after reading yesterday’s blog post, Jan Ebbott MacFayden messaged me, raising her hand to be a Gatherer, Piecer, and Quilter for folks in the New Zealand and Australia neck of the woods. Jan writes:

Hi Jeanne, I have recently joined your inspirational group and have posted a share about the group on my FB page. I mainly make quilts to donate to the needy but this project really speaks to me. I started working with the disabled as a volunteer when I was 16, then went on to become a nurse and now work as a hospital manager. I have asked for blocks to be sent to me and will make them into quilts and send them on to you. I’m happy to receive blocks from other Australians and New Zealand if that is OK with you. Please feel free to post this on your group FB page if this is OK with you. Thank you for allowing us to participate in making your vision a reality. Hugs, Jan Mac, Australia

Have I told y’all lately how much I love my job? Y’all are magic. Pure, unadulterated magic.

Anyway, you can find Jan on facebook and on her good blog. And hey, for all you prolific Makers in Australia, maybe this can save you some postage money. Jan already  has ideas about how she’ll get the quilts to me, and I can’t wait till the day when I call her Sugar to her face.

In addition to commemorating those who died and celebrating those who live, I am committed to creating something y’all will feel proud to be a part of, something that you will be honored to have your name attached to. Big huge thanks to each and every one of you for making my job so enjoyable, meaningful, and easy.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas, just holler.

A Peek Inside Envelope 103 from Margaret Williams Herself


Y’all know how I love me some envelope jewelry,
and let me tell you: Margaret Williams never fails to delight.


In her most recent envelope,


Margaret sent these beautiful blocks


for The 70273 Project,
made in honor of the Little Light of Mine
choir and dance group composed of adults with special needs.


The choir, formed 40 years ago
and currently under the direction of Linda Weaver,


recently visited Margaret’s church
and regaled the congregation with song and signing.


“It’s always a wonderful week at St. Andrews
when the Little Light of Mine group leads the worship service,” writes Margaret.


Margaret also included
The Beatitudes for People with Special Needs
by Anne McKinnon.
I’ve never heard of this, and I like it.
Like it a lot.
It speaks to the energy
I feel and see and hear around The 70273 Project campfire . . .

Blessed are you who take the time to listen to difficult speech,
for you to help us know that if we persevere we can be understood.

Blessed are you who work with us in public places and ignore the stares of strangers,
for in your friendship we feel good to be ourselves.

Blessed are you who never bid us to “hurry up”
and more blessed are you who do not snatch our tasks
from our hands to do them for us,
for often we need time rather than help.

Blessed are you who stand beside us as we enter new and untried ventures,
for our Unsureness will be outweighed
by the times when we surprise ourselves and you.

Blessed are you who ask for our help
and realize our greatest need is to be needed.

Blessed are you who help us with graciousness,
for often we need the help we cannot ask for.

Blessed are you when, by all things, you assure us
that what makes us individuals is not our particular disability or difficulty
but our beautiful personhood which no handicapping condition can define.

Rejoice . . . and be exceedingly glad
for your understanding and love
has opened doors for us
to enjoy life to its fullest
and you have helped us
believe in ourselves
as valued and gifted people.


You can find Little Light of Mine on Facebook,




Right now, Margaret is minding her P’s and Q’s
which is to say
she is piecing and quilting
Quilt #3 of The 70273 Project.
I can’t wait.

Block2321MargaretWilliams9.5x12.5 1

Margaret also writes that she’s planning a block-making party (or two),
and this seems a fine time to tell you about my latest idea
(even though it’s not 8/1 yet,
and I was trying to save it till then).
(It’s the Aquarian in me.)
(Or something.)

Anyway, listen . . .

Raise your hand if you’d like to do a quilt all by yourself
or with your family
or your club
or class
or neighbors
or colleagues.

Say you’re having a family reunion this fall,
for example,
and everybody makes a block or three
then you piece them and quilt them
and the quilt becomes
My Crazy Family Quilt.

Maybe your library hosts a block-making
party one afternoon
and you piece the blocks made
into a quilt that becomes
The Local [insert name] Library Quilt.

What if your class makes blocks
that are then pieced
and quilted
and becomes the
We Learn Together Quilt.

Individual block makers will be credited
as always,
and I’ll need Provenance forms from each Maker,
as always,
and we’ll need to set a minimum number of blocks,
but the overall quilt will be from
a specific group of people
who are connected in one way or another.

Think how much fun it will be when
your quilt comes to visit
for all to see.
(There will be refreshments, right?)
(But not anywhere near the quilt, though,
cause white just begs people to
come forth and stain.)
The quilt will be a forever part of The 70273 Project,
but we can arrange periodic exhibits and viewings as desired.

Oh, and how ’bout this:
everybody in your group could trace their hands,
and the outline of hands could become
quilting lines.

(This is the way my head works
pretty much all the time, y’all.
I have mapped out a new idea a month
for pretty much the next year. I can’t
wait to start revealing them on
the first of every month.)

If this appeals to you,
(the group quilt,
not my popcorn popper of a brain)
let’s talk.

And hey, Margaret Williams,
Thank You for being such a
prolific, vibrant, enthusiastic
member of The 70273 Project Tribe.


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become part of The 70273 Project Tribe?
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Week 23 in Review (July 18-24, 2016)


Highlights of week 23 of The 70273 Project include:


~ Storms. Lots of storms. Three days’ worth of storms that uprooted trees and flickered our electricity. And what does this have to do with The 70273 Project, you ask? Just wanted to explain in case you think, from my absence in social media, that I’ve packed up and left without leaving a forwarding address.

IOOL1.1CashiersLibraryIn Our Own Language 1:1

IOOL2CloseupFullFront1In Our Own Language 2

Apocrypha1bApocrypha 1

CashiersLibraryExhibit1L to R: In Our Own Language 16 and
In Our Own Language 3

ApocryphaPiecesCashiersLibrarySmaller pieces from the Apocrypha Series

CashiersLibraryExhibit2L to R: In Our Own Language 1, Quilt 1 of The 70273 Project,
and In Our Own Language 2

~ We held a block-making party at our local library in Cashiers, NC with some of the collaborative pieces Nancy and I created as backdrops.

~ Posted our first Monday Meditational Morsel on Facebook – good, positive thoughts to think on as we stitch. The idea comes from MJ Kinman who’s posted some brilliant pieces in the past. If you’d be willing to send a word or a story or a quote or some other kind of short morsel for us to take in and live out one week, please let me know, and I’ll assign you a Monday.

~ Tami Immel Draxler wrote a beautiful blog post about The 70273 Project. When you get a minute, please give it a read and leave her a comment so she’ll know you’ve been by. Thank you, Tami.

~ I’ve now heard from people in 77 different countries.

~ Thanks to envelopes from:


MJ Kinman


Carolyn Katzoff


The Engineer


and a host of Block Makers at The Cashiers Library

we close out the week with 2522 blocks in hand. Think we’ll make Kitty Sorgen’s goal of 3000 blocks in my hands by 9/5/2016? Yeah, I do, too.

As we roll into a new week, thank y’all for being part of The 70273 Project.

Aktion T4: Correspondence with Families


Aktion T4 generated a great deal of correspondence. While families and friends were anxious to locate their loved ones, T4 official were determined to keep the whereabouts of these patients secret. Thousands of desperate letters were sent by concerned loved ones to officials, pleading for news.

Here is a letter from an American, penned before the U.S. and Germany were at war and addressed to the therapeutic establishment of Warneck in Wurzburg:

November 1, 1940

I learned that my mother Frau Gertrud Sonder is supposed to be no longer in Warneck. As her only child and as an American citizen who has contributed to the costs of my mother’s upkeep, I request you kindly to give me an indication as to the present whereabouts of my mother. I should be very thankful if you would give me such indication by return airmail. Please charge any eventual expenses to my privileged frozen account.

Hans Sonder


and this letter in search of a cousin . . .


Mainz, 1 December 1940

To the Management of the therapeutic and Nursing Establishment

Eglfing Haar:
I beg to inquire herewith whether my cousin Herr Oswald Feis is in your establishment. He reported to me some time ago from the Therapeutic and Nursing Establishment in Ansbach that he was being transferred to Eglfing. I wrote him directly three times enclosing a stamped envelope for answer without receiving any news from him. A parcel sent to him was also returned to me. I request you kindly let me have some news as soon as possible as to the state of his health and whether he is still staying in your establishment. I would like to prepare a Christmas treat for him.

Most respectfully,


Regardless of where the letters of inquiry were sent, they were answered with the same form letter:


To:         Mrs. Johanna Sara Moritz
Subj:     Rubell Marin, you letter of 1 December 1940

We have forwarded your letter to the competent agency because the name of the receiving center is unknown to us.



Note that the form letters state that the loved one has disappeared into some nebulous “receiving center” and the letter is signed with only an initial. Vague, impersonal responses that leave families and friends in limbo.

There were occasional exceptions, however, like this letter from a loving mother:

Dachau, 14 December 1940

Greatly Honored Herr Direktor:
Please forgive me if I approach you personally with a heavy mother’s heart in these days which also for you must be full of suffering. On 2 December I received an announcement from the institution that my daughter Anny Wild, House 8, had been transferred because the house had to be cleared and that the receiving institution would notify me, but to date I have no heard anything. I beg you urgently to tell me as soon as possible where my daughter is now. At the same time I want to express to you, Venerated Herr Director, and to the other doctors who helped to care for my daughter in her many days of severe suffering, my deeply felt gratitude. If you realize that she has been bedridden for almost a whole year but now at this season had to go on a journey, you will understand my great solicitude; and also if you consider that the holidays are near the we would have liked to much to visit her. I beg you urgency for an immediate reply.

With German greeting.
Elise Strohmaier,
Hermannstrasse 10


To this moving plea, the infamous Dr. Pfannmuller replied at once, likely the only time he didn’t use the standard form (perhaps because of her use of terms like “Greatly Honored” and “Venerated”?):

Greatly Honored Mrs. Strohmier:
In reply to you letter of 14 December 1940, I regret not being able to tell you to which reception institution your daughter has been admitted, since I personally was not informed about the matter. However, I have been assured that you will be informed about the condition of your daughter, Anny Wild, in a short time by the receiving institution. The transfer of the patient occurred within the frame of a planned evacuation of the institution for the purpose of making room for evacuees upon the direction of the Commissioner for Defense of the Realm. The direction of this institution has no influence upon the transfer of patients.


It won’t surprise you to hear that Mrs. Strohmier’s daughter, Anny Wild, was murdered along with 70,272 others.

I can tell you firsthand from my experience with Nancy how agitating, aggravating, and totally unnerving (not to mention unacceptable) it is to not be able to talk to anybody at the institution where the patient resides and for your phone calls, emails, and letters to go unanswered. Poor communication still happens today, unfortunately, though it hasn’t happened a single time since we moved Nancy a few years ago. We are now in constant communication with her caregivers, and let me tell you: that means everything.

Next week we’ll talk about correspondence from the T4 committee to families and friends concerning the deaths of their loved ones.

I mean, the murders of their loved ones.


Speaking of communication, there are many ways you can stay in the loop with The 70273 Project:

Subscribe to keep informed.
Join the Facebook group to enjoy digital s’mores around the campfire with other 70273 Project tribe members.
Like the Facebook page to get occasional updates.
Follow the Pinterest board for images related to Aktion T4.

Making Blocks at the Cashiers Library


When I told Serenity, Head Librarian of the most wonderful Albert-Carlton Cashiers Library about The 70273 Project and asked if we could use the community room to hold a block-making party, she answered with an enthusiastic Yes . . .  then she suggested we hang pieces of the collaborations in which I stitch the marks of Nancy, my mentally disabled sister-in-law. And with that,  plans began for the first solo exhibit for Nancy and me.


The Engineer and I arrived about 10 this morning to help Serenity and Sarah hang pieces. (What would I do without The Engineer? He took these pictures, too, you know. And he fixed my skirt when I came back from the restroom with it tucked in my panties. He loves me, you can tell.) It is the first time many of these pieces have felt air outside The Dissenter’s Chapel & Snug.


When In Our Own Language 1:1 and 2:1 proved too long and puddled on the floor, I pulled out needle and thread and hemmed to keep people from stepping on them or tripping over them. Nancy’s drawings proved a fine backdrop for the afternoon’s block-making party, just as Serenity knew they would.  


My cousin, Ginger stopped by and made some blocks, as did . . .










The Engineer,
and several others who made blocks
and others who took fabric home to make blocks
with their friends and families.

Megan plans to ask her family and the youth she works with
make some blocks.

Serenity likes the project so much,
she offered to tell her colleagues in other libraries
and suggest they invite me and hold a block-making party
at their libraries.

Gretchen teaches art at a nearby private middle school,
and she seems almost as excited as I am
about her idea to approach the social studies teacher
about a possible history lesson followed by
block-making session. 

She also raised her hand to piece and quilt a quilt.

Sarah plans to make more blocks
and tell her friends who work with
special needs folks about The 70273 Project
and encourage them to make blocks.

Ginger took a bundle of bases
to create blocks with her friends
when they go to the beach.

You get the idea.


Folks were willing – interested, even – but nervous.
“I can’t sew,” fell out of many mouths of people
who nevertheless picked up a needle and stitched.
“I can’t draw,” others said
then picked up a marker and sketched.
Stories were told, memories were shared.
Many were commemorated, and many were celebrated.

It was a good day.

Week 22 in Review (July 11 – 17, 2016)


I spent week 22 at Camp Arrowmont, learning a new surface design technique. I don’t see me repeating this technique in its entirety, but there are parts of it I will use again. Isn’t that how good teachers teach – watch what I do, listen to why I do it this way, ask me questions about things you don’t understand, do it my way once, then take off in your own direction? Yeah, I think so, too.


To date, I’ve heard from people in 76 different countries. Keep lighting up that map, y’all.

In my absence, I received blocks from Jeffrey Allen-Kantrowitz, Kathleen Evensong, Sue Beermann, and one anonymous maker, bringing our total number of blocks in hand to 2,398. Now remember, Kitty Sorgen set our next goal at 3,000 blocks in my hands by 9/5/2016, so keep stitching, y’all!



Tomorrow The Engineer and I will go to our local library to hang the first solo exhibit ever for Nancy and me, and on Tuesday, 7/19/2016, the library is hosting a block-making party for The 70273 Project. For visitors who might not know, Nancy is my mentally disabled sister-in-law who started making marks in June 2012. She draws, I stitch. Every time we go visit, I bring home a set of drawings, and once i’ve stitched all the drawings in a set, we have a new piece for the In Our Own Language series. In Our Own Language 1, 2, and 3 will be hanging in this exhibit, along with several pieces of the Apocrypha (a single stitched drawing surrounded by black and white) and Communion series (non-representational representations of what it’s like to have a conversation with Nancy). And, of course, Quilt 1 of The 70273 Project (Pieced by Kitty Sorgen and Quilted by MJ Kinman) will be hanging, too.

If you’re in the vicinity of Cashiers, North Carolina, please do stop by between 1 and 4 p.m. to make a block. Or several. I’ll have everything you need: a supply of base blocks and Provenance Forms, along with a plethora of materials – fabric, thread, glue, paint, markers – for making the two red X’s. We’ll have ourselves a big time, I promise.


MJ Kinman graciously agreed to become the coordinator for the P’s and Q’s – Piecers and Quilters – and tomorrow four bundles of blocks go out for Quilt 2 (to Michelle Banton); Quilt 3 (to Margaret Williams); Quilt 4 (to Caroline Redistill); and Quilt 5 (to MJ Kinman). Stay tuned for updates cause you know I’ll keep you posted, and thank you to all who have offered to piece and/or quilt. Would you like to piece a top and/or quilt a quilt for The 70273 Project? Drop off a comment here on the blog, on Facebook, or, if you’re a subscriber and receive this as an email, mash the reply button and let me know. Once I hear from you, I’ll put you directly in touch with MJ so y’all can get rolling.


Remember how a month or so ago our MJ Kinman posted on our Facebook page about stitching joy into the blocks she’s making? I thought we’d take a cue from MJ and post on our Facebook page, in our Facebook group, and here on the blog a Monday Meditative Morsel  – something good and positive we can focus on as we stitch during the week. If you’d like to be responsible for one or more weeks, please let me know so I can put you on the calendar. Doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or time-consuming – it can be a single word or a quote. You can write a paragraph or two or not, your choice.  The only things I ask are:
1) Let me know so we don’t have duplicates and I can make sure every week is covered.
2) We stay away from religion and politics.
I’ll start by scheduling the next three months, so let me know if you’re interesting and willing.

And with that, I bid y’all a hearty Thank you and big wishes for a marvelous week ahead.

Inside Envelope 37: Alida Palmisano



Blocks 481 and 482 were created by Alida Palmisano. Aren’t they stunning? Alida writes . . .

I am very new to quilting (I started early 2013) and I immediately fell in love with both the creative aspect of this art, and with the community efforts of projects to help others. I have been involved in making donation quilts since the beginning, and I think that projects like The 70273 Project are extremely important to raise awareness of present and past struggles that we, as society, have to deal with. I am blessed with a wonderful life that I appreciate a lot, and I try not to take anything for granted.

I am a researcher in the biomedical field, and when I am not in front of a computer I love to design my own paper piecing patterns, make scrappy and colorful quilts, and spend time with my significant other and with my kitten sewing helper.


Thank you for being a part of The 70273 Project, Alida. Your spirit is as beautiful as your blocks, and I’m delighted and grateful to have you be a part of The 70273 Project.

You can find Alida here, too:


P.S. I spent tonight doing a little work under the hood, trying to grow the font size to a decent, readable scale and cleaning up a few other things that have consistently gone awry between my blog and the mail carrier. I know what I’ve done, and I know it looks good in the previews, but the real test will be when it lands on your digital doorstep tomorrow morning. Of course you know this means no more kickbacks from optometrists. But you’re worth it.

Thank you for your patience as I give our eyes a much-needed vacation!

Of Turtles and Home

A house is not an end in itself, any more than “home” is just one geographic location where things feel safe and familiar. Home can be any place in which we create our own sense of rest and peace as we tend to the spaces in which we eat and sleep and play. It is a place that we create and re-create in every moment, at every stage of our lives, a place where the plain and common becomes cherished and the ordinary becomes sacred.”
― from “The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir” by Katrina Kenison
Thank you to my lifelong friend Susan Bray Green for reminding me of this book last week. I’m enjoying it the second time around as much as I enjoyed it the first time.
This is my home this week: the Wild Wing of Hughes Hall at Arrowmont. Camp, I call it, and it is the best kind of camp: a week long arts and crafts time . . . although what I learn this week is nothing like the lanyards I excelled in at Camp Inagahee, and my friend Dianna isn’t along. This week, I fly solo.
Monday I spend the entire day feeling befuddled as I walk on unfamiliar ground, trying to grasp what it is we’re doing and what lies ahead of us so I can plan.  I sleep 13 hours Monday night.
Tuesday is Photoshop day, and for this former freelance graphic designer, it is a homecoming. I feel a skoch better . . . but only a skoch because it’s been a l-o-n-g time since I used Photoshop, and what with all the upgrades through the years, about the only thing that is the same is the way it’s spelled.
Wednesday my best laid plans go kaput, but I keep moving, even though I’m still not quire sure where I’m headed. I make good use of some of the sit-a-spell-and-rest spots.
These signs aren’t posted (this one right behind my dorm room) just for the cuteness factor – a bear stops by at lunch time. A real skinny woman makes herself bigger and says authoritatively “Go away,” and the bear did. It’s funny how an animal that is so huge has no concept of size. And speaking of lunch, these camp meals are infinitely more delicious than what we were fed at my childhood summer camps. And nobody makes me clean my plate or drink milk.
Today (Thursday) I’ll print, (and tomorrow I’ll no doubt print do-overs for the ones that don’t quite turn out the way I’d like. It’s a given.)
The dorm room is comfortable in its simplicity, and the studio is magnificent. I have asked The Engineer to bring a tape measure when he comes to fetch me on Friday so I can at least dream about recreating one atop the mountain. The work table is sturdy and gives the sense it can withstand anything. This table is a partner, an accomplice, a studio assistant. It is constant, ready, and able. The top is covered with a layer of padding and topped off with white vinyl. Underneath the table is a built-in shelf, perfect for storing bags and whatnot. A strip of electrical outlets runs down the side of each wall so there’s never a need to search for a place to plug something in or a need for a multi-outlet gizmo. Several other outlets hang from the ceiling, making them perfect for irons. There is a place for and room for everything.
The design wall is massive – I need a step ladder to fully avail myself of it, and for one who hasn’t room for a design wall in The Dissenter’s Chapel & Snug, this is like working in a dream. There really is a tremendous difference when you can see things from a distance.
Done by Jeana Eve Kelin
This week renews my desire to print on fabric, and I’ve learned things that will take me further on that adventure.
I’m not sure I’ll ever recreate this technique, though, (even if I could!) because (a) Jeana’s technique requires painting, and I do not paint and have sub-zero interest in learning; (b) I like my quilts to warm you up when you get cold and to make you feel better when you’re feeling puny; and (c) this process is rather tedious and technical while I prefer intuitive and take-it-as-it-comes. But then I’m certainly old enough to know to never say never . . .

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Week 21 in Review (July 4-10, 2016)


It’s 3:34 in the morning here at The 70273 Project Heartquarters. Can you believe I’m (kinda’) early posting the week in review for a change? In a few hours, I’m heading out for a surface design workshop The Engineer found last year before The 70273 Project was even a blink of an idea, and though I could sure use the time here in The Dissenter’s Chapel & Snug (my studio),  I’m going and planning to thoroughly enjoy myself whilst I spend time by myself with cloth and thread in my hands (and 70273 project work at night).

Honestly, I’m getting a teensy little bit nervous about this because I (finally) read the information they sent me about the workshop, and I want y’all to know that this instructor likes math and she apparently uses it a lot in what she’s gonna’ teach us. Good thing there aren’t any grades involved cause I sense the distinct possibility that I’ll be winging it and stitching to the beat of my own drummer. (How’s that for mixing metaphors?) (Remember: no grades.)


I’ve prepared four more bundles of blocks that will head out the door to Piecers in the next week or so. And speaking of Piecers and Quilters . . . help me show a little love to our MJ Kinman who has graciously agreed to become The Coordinator for Piecers and Quilters. (She needs a snappy title. Ideas?) Blocks and quilts will continue to be mailed to me, and I’ll be the one mailing blocks out to Piecers, but everything in between will be handled by MJ. A big round of Thank you to MJ for taking this on.


Don’t let the short stack fool you. Even though the Independence Day holiday made for a short week, we still add 98 blocks to the count, bringing our in-hand total to 2392! Let’s have a big hip, hip, hooray . . . then get back to stitching ’cause our Coxswain Kitty has set our next goal for 3,000 blocks by Labor Day (9/5/16).

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, y’all have yourselves a fine week now, ya’ hear me?

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