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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  1. Hilke Kurzke

    Have I sent you the following comment already? I am confused about how commenting works here on your blog… If I haven’t can you please remove this preamble before approving it? And I also edited it a little, so maybe even if you received the first version, you could toss that and post this? Thank you!

    Hello Jeanne,

    thanks for sharing links to my sites. Just a few corrections: I don’t have boys, it is a boy and a girl. But usually I just identify as twin mother, and don’t find it very remarkable that they have some special needs. Just mentioned it in the context of this project. So you won’t find any direct mention of it on my blog. Not out of a position of shame, but out of a position of refusal to point it out as too essential information. Just as well I could identify as a mother of two curly-haired children..

    The twitter account is ancient, I don’t use it (anymore), somehow twitter just isn’t for me 🙂

    I’ll let you know when I (or we) have finished some blocks and are ready to send them to you. Indeed I have plans for at least one more, and I’ll see whether the kids want to join in and make one each, too.

    And as for a guest post on my blog: I’ll be happy to hear from you!
    All the best for your project! It sounds like you do have a pile of work ahead of you now 🙂 I think it is a brilliant idea, and hope it will continue to be well received and supported!


    • whollyjeanne

      I know Disqus (the commenting system installed) is confusing. I’ve tried deleting it, and when I do, I am overrun with spam. Tried other systems, and they had their own set of problems. Haven’t looked in a while, though, so I’ll poke around next week and see what’s available that might be better. Even though folks can comment as a guest, I fear that’s not made abundantly clear so some folks just don’t bother. There has to be a better way!

      Thank you for the post you put on your blog. And for telling me about your children – I don’t know why I thought they were both boys. I’ll fix that in the post, too. So sorry. I know exactly what you mean about not always attaching the word “disabled” to them. I feel the same about my sister-in-law. I only asked because we met in the context of this project, and someone sent me the idea yesterday morning of having at least one block of every quilt be created by someone who is disabled, and I thought they might want to make a block or so. Not going to draw attention to it by putting a bright neon border around it or anything. It just felt Right to me.

      I’ll get my follow-up post over to you by week’d end, and thank you again for helping me get the word out about this project. Yes, I need all the help I can get!

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