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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.

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~~ 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 . . .