A Family That Stitches Together, Makes Memories Together

You’ve binge watched every season of Downton Abbey.
You’ve served the turkey and cleaned up while everybody else napped.
You’ve lost the dog, the cat, one child, and your mother-in-law in the apocalypse that inevitably follows the opening of gifts.
Now what?

Hey, I have an idea: Why don’t you make a Family Quilt for The 70273 Project? It’s our December Adventure, you know, and get this: you define who’s family and any age can participate.

Laurie Dunn’s family is making a quilt, for example, as is Suzanne McCarthy’s family, Chloe Grice and her sister, and Kitty Sorgen’s family.

L to R: Sandy Urbach, Dan Sorgen, and Lucy Urbach

Kitty’s family gathered on the deck to stitch last summer. Let’s look in on the Sorgens and Urbachs as Kitty introduces them to us . . .

Block #3716 made by Andy Ubach. 6.5″ x 9.5″

Andy is our son-in-law, and an absolute prince. We’re so blessed. He works as a corrections officer, and is also an entrepreneur, chef, and inventor.

Block #3713 made by Sandy Ubach, 6.5″ x 9.5″











Sandy is Andy’s mom, and she’s visiting us at just the right time.

Block #3697 made by Jillian Ubach, 3.5″ x 6.5″

Jillian wanted to reflect the “defective” DNA that made someone be “of no value”. 

Block #3706 made by Lucy Ubach, 6.5″ x 9.5″

Lucy is our artist and loved being able to draw her blocks.

Block #3709 made by Jill Ubach, 6.5″ x 9.5″

Jill is my actress/singer/teacher, etc. daughter. She’s amazing . . . and always multi-tasking.

Block #3714 made by Dan Sorgen, 6.5″ x 9.5″

Dan is my true love and an engineer (physicist). He wanted his block to show that the evil stemmed from an ideology.

Block #3720 made by Kitty Sorgen, 6.5″ x 9.5″

And last, but certainly not least, there’s Kitty, the woman we’ve quickly grown to adore for her talent, her commitment, her kindness, and  her smile that shines through in her words shared digitally.

A little annoyed that she wasn’t invited to the table and given some cloth, Missy takes matters into her own hands – um, paws – and finds a way to be part of the Sorgen/Urbach Family Quilt for The 70273 Project.

Thank you Sorgens and Urbachs, one and all. Y’all are such a vibrant part of The 70273 Project Tribe, and I just can’t wait to see your quilt!

So how ’bout it – are you inspired to cut up some blocks and put needle and thread in everyone’s hand? I sure hope so, and I hope you’ll snap some photos and share bits of your story with us. If you have any questions, just holler.


  1. Kitty Sorgen

    Awwww, thanks Dear Jeanne, for spotlighting our block-making. Now that the holidays will soon be over, and my shoulder mending, it’s time to get busy with this again. Merry Christmas to you and yours! So happy you’ll have Calder Ray with you for his first Christmas.

  2. jayne

    I love the DNA block – really clever.

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