Jeanne Hewell-Chambers

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Big News, Y’all



Some of you may remember that I launched The 70273 Project on 2/14/2016 . . . Valentine’s Day . . . my birthday . . . Love Day. It seemed Right to me because this is a project about kindness, caring, respect, and compassion – all feeding into the river called Love.

Since Launch Day, we’ve been floating along, allowing the project to unfold and evolve as it will. Many people along the way have asked me to point them to the finish line, wondering what’s my deadline. It’s a fine line I walk, navigating between the numbers and the commemorating. I don’t want to do anything to distract us from the reason we’re gathered here around The 70273 Project campfire, don’t want to do anything to get between us and our commemorating those who died, celebrating those who live, and educating all who will listen.

There I was, about 10 days ago, writing in my journal when The Crazy Idea paid me another visit, landing on my shoulder and dictating this to my fingertips:

It shouldn’t take longer to love than it takes to hate.

Not giving me time to catch my breath, The Crazy Idea explained . . . the German Nazis took 20 months to murder 70,273 disabled people. Can we . . . shouldn’t we . . . commemorate those 70,273 people in the same length of time? Should it take us longer to commemorate than it took them to kill? Launch occurred on 2/14/16. Twenty months later is October 2017, so y’all, we have ourselves a goal. A target date. A finish line.

Now I don’t want us to get so focused on numbers – quantities, and dates – that we crank the blocks out like machines. That’s who they were, not who we are. That’s what they were about, not what we are about. But it does seem Right and Good to my Bones that we strive to have the blocks finished in 20 months. Does it feel Right and Good to you, too?

The world will not stop spinning if we don’t have all the blocks by October 31, 2017. The moon will not pack up and move to another galaxy far, far away. Cloth and thread will not dry up, disappear, cease to exist. If we don’t have all 70,273 blocks by the end of October 2017, we will simply continue stitching until we do have them all – one block for each disabled person murdered. (Important note: I’m talking having all the blocks completed by the end of next October, not the quilts, though we will continue to work on them, too. I expect they’ll take a bit longer, though.)

So it will be a soft deadline.

I will not crack a whip or purchase a bull horn or declare you must work overtime. Your pay will not be docked should we not meet our goal. But we will try, right? We will galvanize with renewed enthusiasm and dedication, right? (Please say yes.)

How will we do it? By continuing to do what we’re doing now: Creating an eternal grape vine by telling at least three people every week about The 70273 Project. Being breathing billboards by stitching blocks wherever we are. Sharing links to blog posts, tweets on Twitter, posts on Facebook. Inviting friends over to sit and stitch a spell. Getting on the agenda of our clubs and guilds. Making blocks with our siblings, encouraging our children to make blocks with their siblings, inviting our friends to join the English-speaking Facebook group or the French-speaking Facebook group, liking the Facebook page, subscribing to the blog. We’ll continue posting photos on Instagram, following the Pinterest board, and encouraging friends and family to do the same.

And always, always, always we’ll remember, honor, and commemorate.

Will we do it? Will we create another 66,129 blocks in a year? Can we do this big thing? I’m pretty darn sure we can because when we join together, when we bring our hearts and our hands together, when we believe deeply and wholeheartedly in what we’re doing, we do Big Things.

Thank you for being part of The 70273 Project Tribe. ‘Tis a good thing y’all are doing.

A very good thing.

An Adventure for October 2016: Collaborate with Your Sibs

Jerry1My brother, Jerry. Or J3, as I call him.
It helps Mother tell us apart.

Last month we started a monthly adventure or theme, and we kicked our adventures off with Collaborate with Jeanne. If you missed it, don’t worry: there’s still time for you to send me up to 50 blocks.

Now for October, let’s collaborate again . . . this time with our siblings.

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 tribe.) – and Your Siblings. Yes, the very ones who crossed over into your space in the backseat. Yes, the very ones who touched your stuff without permission. Yes, the very ones who got away with everything. Those siblings.

You’ll stitch a duet . . . create blocks together . . . share. These blocks will go into their own quilt(s), and the quilt label will reflect both siblings’ names.

October 1 – November 30, 2016. Roughly.

You cut out a base in the one of the three sizes, lay down one red X in the technique of your choice, complete and sign a Provenance Form.  (Important note: Be sure to note on your P Form that these blocks are part of the Siblings Adventure.) Once that’s done, deliver the partially-finished blocks to your sibling and get them to stitch down the second X, complete and sign a Provenance Form of their own, then mail everything to me.  And maybe, if you’re feeling nice, you’ll include an envelope already addressed to me. (Yeah, you can let them pay the postage. It’s about time they pulled their own weight.)

Make as many blocks as you want with each and every one of your siblings – biological, chosen, or otherwise. The more blocks made, the more people commemorated.

And there you have it – our second 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 English Facebook group or the French Facebook group, or post on the Facebook page.

Now y’all be nice.

And no, we’re not there yet.

Don’t make me pull his car over.

Transporting The 70273


Once they’d received two red X’s, patients were transported to the “receiving centers” (“killing centers” is more like it)  in big gray buses of the Gemeinnutzige Krankentransportgesellschaft, the “Charitable Patient Transport Company.” The interiors of the buses were relatively comfortable with upholstered seats – enough to seat up to 70 patients and staff – large enough for two people on each side of the aisle. Everyone except the patients and their families (who knew nothing of the transport) knew the function of these buses. Though the logo of the transportation company was clearly painted on each side of the bus, windows were tinted (or smoked, as they called it) so that onlookers could not see in. It wasn’t long, though, before the townspeople figured out what was going on. “There goes the murder box,” children would shout when one of the Charitable Transport Company buses roared by.

Recruits from the SS ranks staffed the buses. Staffers donned white uniforms to disguise themselves as nurses, but they kept their SS boots on at all times, earning them the behind-their-backs title of “white coat-black boots” by hospital personnel who couldn’t help but notice the bizarre outfits. Though the literal translation of the name SS (Schutzstaffel) means “Protection Squadron”, the SS was known for their surveillance tactics and the terror they reined down during their tenure as the most powerful organization of the German Nazi party during World War II. It could be chalked up to degrees of comparison, but as inhumanely as members of the SS treated other humans, in their role as “nurses” for the Charitable Transport Company, they generally treated the patients with relative kindness. They helped physically disabled patients on and off the buses, and if the trip was a long one, they brought along thermoses of hot coffee and sandwiches to (allegedly) distribute to patients along the way. These “nurses” looked after the patients’ meager belongings and were responsible for transporting and delivering in good order the patients’ medical charts and personal histories.


Once they arrived, buses parked in secluded areas of the property so that patients could be unloaded in privacy to prevent their screams from being heard. Wheelchairs and stretchers were made available for those unable to move independently. Once off the bus, patients were herded into the front hall where tables were set up and various “receiving center” personnel stood ready to admit them. Patients were matched with their medical charts; their temperatures and pulse rates taken, and, if needed, they were permitted a short word with the doctor.

The transport program was a government-operated program, so there was naturally much bureaucratic paperwork. Floods of letters, directives, reports, and receipts were completed with carbon paper to create copies for the T4 central office as well as a host of other personnel along the way. Strict adherence to proper medical and program protocol was important to the credibility of the T4 program in the eyes of the medical leadership. Everything must be done in a proper and fully correct manner.


Here is an example of the paperwork sent from Berlin dated May 12, 1941 to the director of the hospital of the District Association of Swabia, Kaufbeuren/Bavaria and the ensuing paperwork that accompanied each relocation of patients:

Dear Director:

By order of the Reich Defense Commissioner, I must remove mental cases from your institution from the branch of Irrsee to another institution. A total of 140 persons are to be transported, seventy on 4th June and seventy on 6th June. I forward to you herewith transport lists number 8, 9, 10, and 11 in triplicate. The additional spaces on the lists are intended for possible deficits (discharged meanwhile, died, etc.).

The marking of the patients is most suitably done by means of a striped adhesive tape, on which the name is written in ink pencil, to be pasted between the shoulder blades. At the same time the name is to be put on any articles of clothing.

The hospital records and personal histories are to be prepared for transportation and handed to our director of transport Herr Kopper in the same way as the personal possessions of the patients, as well as money and articles of value.

I enclosed property information cards and information cards as to the defrayer of the expenses, which, accurately filled out, must be handed in at the time of transportation. Money and articles of value besides being noted on the property information cards must also be noted on separate special lists (in duplicate).

Our director of transport Herr Kopper will visit you the day before in order to discuss further details with you.

I further request you to provide the patients with food: (2-3 slices of bread and butter each and some cans of coffee).


Confirmation, 30 August 1940, of the Transfer of Mental Patients with Attached


In accordance with the decision of the State Ministry of the Interior (Public Health Division), dated 8 January 1940, on orders from the Reich Association of Sanitoriums and Nursing Homes [Reichsarbeitsgemeinschaft der Heil – und Pflegeanstalten] and as chief responsible for the Charitable Patient Transport Company [Germeinnutzige Krankentransportgesellschaft], I have taken charge of the transfer to a Reich institution of the patients enumerated in the list below.

[signature illegible]

Eglfing, 30 August 1940

Commissioner of Charitable Patient Transport Company



Handed over were:

  1. 149 patients with their own clothing, underwear, money, and belongings.
  2. 149 files with personal records (case histories).
  3. A list of the amount of money of each patient. A receipt was made out for this purpose.
  4. A list of the names.

Eglfing-Haar, 30-8-40
Head Nurse Lotte Zell


Director Dr. Falthauser, of the Hospital, Kaufbeuren

Your reference: 2080 Your letter of 13 November 1940.
Our reference: (must always be referred to). II-B-7-2.

Concerning the transfer of patients.

I have the honor to inform you that the female patients transferred from your institution on 8 November 1940 to the institutions to Grafeneck, Bernburg, Sonnenstein, and hartheim all died in November of last year.

[signatures illegible]


Note use of the phrase “I have the honor” in context of that last communication.
Revolting, isn’t it?


For more information on The 70273 Project:
Subscribe to the blog (where all information is shared).
Join the English-speaking Facebook group – our e-campfire – where you can talk to other members of The 70273 Project Tribe.
Join the French-speaking Facebook group – our other e-campfire – where you can chat with 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. (Please tag me, too, @whollyjeanne, so I don’t miss anything.)
And if you haven’t yet made some blocks, perhaps you’d like to put some cloth in your hands and join us.
Or maybe you’d like to gather friends and family together and make a group quilt.

What happens to the quilts once they’re made?

quilt1kittysorgenmjkinmanQuilt 1: Pieced by Kitty Sorgen (l), Quilted by MJ Kinman (r)

I am frequently asked, “What will happen to the quilts when they’re all finished?”

Quilt 1 is already going out into the world, and once they get their labels, Quilts 3 and 5 will find their way out of The Dissenter’s Chapel & Snug (my studio), too. And as they are completed and sent back to me, other quilts will be packed up and find their way out into the world. And so on and so on and so on.

quilt3margaretwilliamsQuilt 3: Pieced and Quilted by Margaret Williams

I created The 70273 Project, Inc. (a 501(c)3 organization) as a vessel to hold every quilt that’s part of The 70273 Project. I don’t own the quilts, the organization owns them . . .  though I must admit that it’s hard to think of them as being owned at all. The 70273 Project, Inc. is more of a caretaker, a guardian for The 70273 Project quilts.

The plan is that these quilts – all 1100-1200 of them – will travel the world, sometimes going solo, sometimes in small groups, and occasionally – whenever possible – all traveling together. They’ll rack up frequent flyer miles, finding their way into any exhibit space that will invite them in to hang out for a spell. And everywhere they go, they will commemorate the 70,273 disabled people who died, celebrate the countless numbers of people with special needs who live among us today, and educate everybody who will pause long enough to read about Aktion T4 and take it all in.

quilt18inprogresslorettaforestandfriendsQuilt 18: Created by Loretta Forest and Friends at a Recent Retreat

Yes, we will make sure the 70,273 people are not forgotten.
Yes, we will raise awareness of special needs and move us forward to a time when we talk not of disabled people, but simply of people.
Yes, we will do everything we can to make sure that an atrocity like T4 never, ever, ever happens again.

quilt11janethartjeQuilt 11: Pieced and Quilted by Janet Hartje

The quilts will do that. They are up to the task. And they will do it as far as the calendar can see.

Oh yes, you know they will.


How can you help get The Quilts out into the world?
~ Let me know if you’re willing to consider becoming The 70273 Project Travel Agent (a.k.a. Exhibit Coordinator).
~ Donate to the needs of the quilts: storage, shipping, mending and tending, etc.
~ Let me know whenever you think of a place that might be willing to put a quilt or two up on exhibit.


Other hangouts for The 70273 Project (be sure to tell your friends and family, y’all):
Subscribe to the blog (where all information is shared).
Join the English-speaking Facebook group- our e-campfire – where you can talk to other members of The 70273 Project Tribe.
Join the French-speaking Facebook group – our other e-campfire – where you can chat with 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. (Please tag me, too, @whollyjeanne, so I don’t miss anything.)
And if you haven’t yet made some blocks, perhaps you’d like to put some cloth in your hands and join us.
Or maybe you’d like to gather friends and family together and make a group quilt.

Week 32 in Review: 9/19 – 9/25, 2016


This was a week marked by planning for the future of The 70273 Project. I think you’re going to like some of the ideas, so be sure you keep tuning in to the blog so you don’t miss anything.

The Collaborate with Jeanne Adventure ends soon – there are still 5 days to get your one-red-X blocks in the mail – so stitch those single X’s and send them on over.

Kim Monins and Gisele Therezien emailed me this week, offering to rally quilters of The Channel Islands to make blocks and quilts and mount exhibits, so we’ve been in touch laying down the systems that will get both required and helpful information back and forth. The enthusiasm I’m hearing from The Channel Islands is phenomenal. I’ll be blogging more about this soon, so stay tuned. And hey, The Channel Islands are a mere 14 miles off the coast of France, so I’m planning to visit when I go over for Le Projet 70273 en Occitanie exhibit in Lacaze, France June 24 and 25, 2017. Join me?


MJ Kinman Pieced and Quilted Quilt #5 of The 70273 Project, and she delivered it in person when she came to visit for a few days.. It is so beautiful, y’all. (Shells  brought along one of her dazzling diamond quilts, so I got to see it in person and even touch it.)

mjquilt122sep16MJ Kinman with Quilt 1

quilt1jeannemj22sep16Jeanne Hewell-Chambers and MJ Kinman with Quilt 1

Quilt 1, Pieced by Kitty Sorgen and Quilted by MJ Kinman, was on  display as part of the Smoky Mountain Splendor Show at Western Carolina University on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

To date, I’ve been contacted by people in 89 countries.


And thanks to:
Bev Flowers
Erin Bross
Serena Bross
Margaret Andrews
and me,
our current block count is now 4144!

These are the highlights of the week that was #32.
Thank you for all you’ve done and all you continue to do to help commemorate those who died, celebrate those who live, and educate all who will listen.


Here are other hangouts for The 70273 Project:
Subscribe to the blog (where all information is shared).
Join the English-speaking Facebook group- our e-campfire – where you can talk to other members of The 70273 Project Tribe.
Join the French-speaking Facebook group – our other e-campfire – where you can chat with 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. (Please tag me, too, @whollyjeanne, so I don’t miss anything.)
And if you haven’t yet made some blocks, perhaps you’d like to put some cloth in your hands and join us.
Or maybe you’d like to gather friends and family together and make a group quilt.


Week 31 in Review (9/12-9/18 2016)


Another week of goodness at The 70273 Project Heartquarters . . .

Folks continue to pull up a log around The 70273 Project campfire (a.k.a. Facebook group). Some speak English (277 sit around that digital campfire), others speak French (76 sit around that e-campfire), and some (like moi, for example), have s’mores in both digital campfires. Others (currently 757 of them), who must be on diets and thus stay away from s’mores, stop by and “like” our Facebook page. If you haven’t already, won’t you please join one or both of our Facebook groups (you can thank me later cause you’ve never met a more big-hearted, fun, caring group of people) and/or like our Facebook page? And hey, while you’re at it, how ’bout telling all your friends and family and ask them to do the same. Not only will you have a big time in the groups, but we need a big ole’ headcount to demonstrate interest and enthusiasm for potential grants and sponsorships.

As of this week, I’ve heard from people in 87 different countries.

And a drum roll, please . . .
Katell Renon, Chloe Grice, and I have been feverishly working behind the scenes the past several weeks to make something very special happen: Le Projet 70273 en Occitaine! The enthusiasm and dedication of these women and so many others who I’ll be introducing to you as we go along is beyond heartwarming. I’ll be writing a blog post about the exhibit this week, and just wait till you see where it’s going to be held. (Today will be my 7th French lesson, by the way, and according to my “teacher”, I’m now 3% fluent . . . which is a long way to go by next June, but I’ll get as close as I can and hope that the good people of Occitaine will find a way to enjoy my Franglais.) (With a Southern accent, of course.)


Thanks to these who sent blocks to me:
my daughter Alison’s college class (GA, USA)
Kathy Shaw (AL, USA)
Nathalie Toulouse (Quebec, Canada)
Christina Aiton (FL, USA)
Bronca Martine (France)
Margaret Williams (GA, USA)
Catherine Wycliff (IL, USA)
Jill Hagererer (IN, USA)
Debbie Buckner (AZ, USA)
and these who sent blocks to Chloe Grice:
Chloe Grice (France)
Chantal Legein-Kierkhofs (France)
Nicole Dufour (France)
Claire Schwartz (France)

our block count is now 4073!

For all the ways you are involved in The 70273 Project, thank youthank you thank you.


Subscribe to the blog (where all information is shared).
Join the English-speaking Facebook group- our e-campfire – where you can talk to other members of The 70273 Project Tribe.
Join the French-speaking Facebook group – our other e-campfire – where you can chat with 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.
Or maybe you’d like to gather friends and family together and make a group quilt.

Inside Envelope #35: Eleanor Macmillan


I’ve been quilting since 1983. Mostly traditional quilting, till the last few years; and now, I find myself enjoying the art side of quilting, as well as painting. I’ve taught quilting for many years.


We’ve moved several times over the years, and quilting always proved a huge part in assimilating into our new communities. We winter in Florida, and I’m in a quilt guild and group here, as well as here in Canada. I also belong to the Canadian Quilters Association and  the American Quilters Association.


I’m married to a wonderful supportive husband, Jim, and we have four grown children. One of our children lives in Europe, so we visit there often. On one visit, we went to Prague and visited the Jewish Cemetery. The memorial to the victims of the Holocaust was chilling as were the stories we heard in Budapest.


I’m proud to send three simple blocks. Two were fused and one painted. I believe this is a wonderful tribute and great challenge anyone could and should do. Thank you for leading it.

Eleanor Macmillan


It’s wonderful to meet you, Eleanor. Thank you for being a part of The 70273 Project.

You can find Eleanor on Facebook and on Pinterest.


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

Week 30 in Review (9/5-9/11 2016)


Why yes, I am late . . . again  . . .


because I was out of town . . . again. This time visiting my cousin, Mary and her husband, Danny, and being treated to four days of trekking down memory lane and playing games and, of course, making blocks. We did two days of back road trips – aren’t they The Most Fun?! – seeing various parts left standing of the old textile mills and hearing the most wonderful stories about life in mill towns and villages. I’ll do a post about that later, but for now, let’s see what’s been happening in The 70273 Project.

I got back to around 3000 emails and over 500 Facebook posts, messages, and comments – isn’t that WONDERFUL?  Such gusto and enthusiasm for The 70273 Project! Blocks are being made. Quilts are being requested. Exhibit venues are being suggested. It’s all good. Real good. Now if you’re one who emailed me or communicated somehow on Facebook and you haven’t yet heard back from me, please don’t interpret my slow response as disinterest because nothing could be further from the truth.  I’ll get to you, I promise. This week finds me on deadline for two articles and a quilt that I’m selling to raise funds for The 70273 Project, so my correspondence time is rather limited, but I’ll get caught up, and in the meantime, Thank you for being such an enthusiastic and involved member of The 70273 Project Brigade.

Thanks to one app and one online program, I am learning and relearning French. (According to the app that sends me an alarm every night at 10 o’clock reminding me that it’s time for my French lesson, I am now 2% fluent in French. Ha.)

We have now been visited by people in 86 different countries. Yes, really.

And thanks to:
Dorothy Gibson  (Kansas, USA)
Greta Wells (Vermont, USA)
Sarah (United Kingdom)
Jan Stone (Missouri, USA)
Christine Escots (France)
Suzanne McCarthy, (Michigan, USA)
Mary Hewell Tate (Georgia, USA)
Danny Tate (Georgia, USA)
The Engineer (Andy Chambers, North Carolina, USA),
our block count is now . . . a cool 3803! Remember that Kitty Sorgen has set our next incremental goal at 5,000 blocks in my hands by 12/31/2016, so stitch on, y’all!

And always, always, always Thank you for all you do to commemorate those who died, celebrate those who live, and educate all who will listen. It’s what we are about here at The 70273 Project.

Berlin Memorial Dedicated to Victims of Aktion T4

BerlinMemorialTo AktionT4Victims

Dedicated in September 2014, this transparent 79 ft (24m) blue-tinted glass wall outside the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall is a memorial to Nazi’s first victims: people – men, women, boys and girls – with disabilities. Before this memorial, Tiergartenstrasse 4, headquarters for Aktion T4 from which physicians systematically murdered patients deemed “unworthy of life”, was marked with only a small plaque.

I might never have known of this memorial had my friend Annabel Barber not posted notice of it on my Facebook timeline today, so thank you, Annabel. As you know, through The 70273 Project, we commemorate the 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people who were murdered under Aktion T4, but various articles on this two-year old memorial cite numbers as high as 200,000 to 300,000.  Why the discrepancy, friends ask me throughout today via messages and emails.

The official lifespan of Aktion T4 is January 1940 to August 1941 (though Hitler backdated the official paperwork to 9/1/1939 to make it look like it was a war-related effort), and in those 20 months, murders of 70,273 disabled people were documented. Even though the T4 program officially and publicly ended and closed up shop in August 1941, murders of disabled people continued till the end of World War II, with many estimating the death count for people with disabilities as high as 200,000 to 300,000. We are commemorating the 70,273 murders that have been documented during the 18-month tenure of the T4 program, not the estimates of how many might have been murdered, though we do most certainly hold all who were murdered under the warped mentality of the German Nazis – gypsies, gays, Jewish people, and people with disabilities – in our hearts, our compassion permeating every stitch of every block in every quilt.

Any number – 70,273; 200,000; 300,000 . . . even 1 – is unfathomable and unacceptable.

In her remarks at the dedication of this memorial, German culture minister Monika Grutters said, “Every human life is worth living. The T4 memorial confronts us today with the harrowing Nazi ideology of presuming life can be measured by ‘usefulness.'”

Through The 70273 Project, we:
~ commemorate the 70,273 who were murdered between January 1940 and August 1941,
~ raise awareness and cherish people with special needs who live among us today,
~ honor and memorialize loved ones who most certainly would’ve received two red X’s were T4 in effect today,
~ educate ourselves and others to make sure that such anatroccity as Aktion T4 never happens again. Ever.

Whether you’re making blocks, piecing quilt tops, quilting quilts, making financial donations, offering to become a sponsor, searching for venues where the quilts can be exhibited, telling others about the project, creating sheets of identifying numbers for me to attach to blocks, organizing a group quilt, sharing posts on Facebook and links to blog posts, and/or raising your hand to help in any other way (see form below), thank you for being part of The 70273 Project cause one thing’s for sure: it wouldn’t happen without you.



You can find The 70273 Project here:
Facebook group, English 
Facebook group, French 
Facebook page


Weeks 28 & 29 in Review (8/22-9/4/2016)


While I was in another state with my 3-month old grandson in my arms, y’all were stitching and typing and reading and talking up a storm. What is happening in The 70273 Project over the past two weeks is so incredibly exciting. I now hear from 84 different countries and continents, and great, exciting plans are being made for blocks, quilts, workshops, exhibits, and other happenings in Europe. There is so much, you might expect more frequent blog posts over the coming few weeks.



On Saturday, 8/27/2016, my daughter-in-law and grandson took me to meet one of our most prolific block makers, Carolyn Katzoff for lunch. Yes, I really did get to call Carolyn “Sugar” to her face! It was so much fun, you just wouldn’t believe. Thank you, Marnie and Calder Ray, for taking me to meet Carolyn. And Carolyn, thank you for taking the time and for all the goodness you bring to The 70273 Project. Oh, and get this: while Carolyn was looking at the quilt I made for my son, Kipp, (you should see the quilts she is making for her granddaughter, Aero, and her daughters-in-law – oh, she has such an eye for colors!) a waiter came through, asked about the quilt, and told us that his wife has just started quilting. So what did I do? What any of you would’ve done: I told him about The 70273 Project, wrote the information down for him, and made him pinky swear to give it to his wife. You just never know when you’re gonna’ run into somebody who might join us.

After auditioning several apps and software programs, I have downloaded an app that will help me learn to speak in French without (too much) embarrassing myself.

Chloe Grice created a sister Facebook group in French for those who are more comfortable speaking, writing, and reading French. Go here to join the English-speaking group . . . here to like the English-speaking Facebook page . . . and here to join the French Facebook group

Quilt 3, Pieced and Quilted by Margaret Williams arrived. I’ll be showing and telling you more about that real soon. In the meantime, you can learn more about Margaret here and here.


And now, what you’ve all been waiting for: The Block Count. Thanks to delightfully decorated envelopes from:
Marti Anderson
Mary Callen
Janat Hillary
Carol Reed
Cameron Tobias
Cecile Denis
Kitty Sorgen
Jillian Urbach
Lucy Urbach
Jill Urbach
Sandra Urbach
Dan Sorgen
Andrew Urbach
Teddy Pruett
Deidre McConathy
MJ Kinman
Deena Sanders
Carolyn Katzoff
Rosalie Roberts
Monica McCarthy
Christina Cromwell
Margaret Wiliams
who sent in a whopping total of 589 blocks, I now have in my possession 3756 blocks! That’s a mere 1244 blocks shy of our next incremental goal set by Kitty Sorgen, our resident coxswain of 5,000 blocks by 12/31/2016. What say we meet that goal long before the end of the year?

We are now on Day 4 of The First The 70273 Project Adventure: Let’s Collaborate. You, Dear Makers, each have 26 more days (postmarked by 9/30/2016) to make and send me up to 50 blocks in the choice of your size (along with your completed Provenance Form, of course. Your blocks will have only one X on them, and I will make the second X. See? You and me, we collaborate. So get your fabric, thread, and needles going and let’s make lots and lots of beautiful blocks together.

Thank you all for everything you are doing to commemorate the 70273 disabled people who died, celebrate those with special needs who live among us today, and educate ourselves and others as a way to make sure such an atrocity as Aktion T4 never happens again. Ever.


And remember, there are more places to find and share The 70273 Project in addition to the ones linked to in the post:
Instagram (be sure to use #the70273project)

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