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Celebrating Our Third Birthday With a Block Count Update

white cloth with two red X's on top

Where it all started: Block 1

Three years ago, I had a  big, fat, crazy idea to commemorate the 70,273 disabled people murdered between January 1940 and August 1941 under a program called Aktion T4, Knowing I’d think myself out of it if I didn’t move quickly, I got a few things done then  mashed the send button on a blog post. Here we are, three years later, with a shiny new block count update that I think is gonna’ make y’all smile real big.

When people ask me how this all got started, I tell them the truth: I planted a field of digital dreams . . . a.k.a. wrote a blog post, sent it out, and y’all came, your arms filled with love, compassion, kindness, and pairs of red X’s.

For the past three years, tens of thousands of us from 140 or more countries have come together, sharing the stories from our lives and the tears of our hearts. We have forged deep, lasting friendships that transcend cultural, geographical, and language differences and distances. We find that we have much more in common than what separates us, and we now know with absolute certainty that there is more goodness, more kindness, more compassion in every corner of the world than there is hate. We have proven that love and respect makes it possible to love and learn from those whose lives are not the same as ours. This is big, y’all. This is big.

So is our new block count.

Drum roll please . . .

I am honored to know y’all and tickled beyond words to tell you that as of today, the block count for The 70273 Project stands at . . .

72,055 

You read that right: in just three years, The 70273 Project has commemorated 72,055 people. I hope you’ll take a minute to let this seep in, get your heart around it, then share your responses and reactions. I also hope you’ll know how hugely grateful I am to each and every one of you. Like I said in my first blog post about this big, fat, crazy idea: I could never do it by myself.

Here are a few pictures of the quilt that took us across the goal line:

A Middling by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers commemorating 5500 people (Better pictures to come)

Closeup of the Middling by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers

I know y’all like the back of my hand by now, and I can hear you asking these good questions:

But we’ve commemorated more than 70,273 people . . .?

I know, I know. It’s rather stunning right now, isn’t it? Here’s my answer to the question that will eventually form into coherent words: Though we don’t have a firm count, we know that there were far more than 70,273 disabled people murdered during World War II. Some estimations as high as 300,000. The reality is that I cannot store an infinite number of quilts, but for now, it’s as simple as this: we keep stitching; we keep sharing; we keep honoring.

What if I still have blocks to send? What if I haven’t finished my quilt? What if our group is planning to make a quilt?

You keep stitching and send them to me just like always. (Note: I will soon be adding a Checklist for Sending Quilts to the web site, so stay tuned for that.)

Will you continue to hold Block Drives, do presentations, attend Special Exhibits?

Oh you bet I will. I have been asked to take The 70273 Project to college campuses, museums, quilt shows, and all sorts of gatherings this year and beyond, and I continue to say “Yes!” So if your group, church, school, scout troop, organization, college or university, or most any other kind of gathering would like me to visit with quilts in hand and stories in the heart,  let me know. i’m delighted to be asked and welcome the opportunity. And I’ll continue showing up with block making materials at every presentation so folks can stitch while I talk and to host block drives before and after my presentation. We’ll do just like we’ve always done: turn the blocks into a quilt bearing the name of your organization on the label.

What now? What’s next?

We’re not done yet, but today we celebrate each other, the people we commemorate, and what can happen when good people join together for a good reason. More to come, so keep your eye here on the blog so you don’t miss a thing.

Um, you promised party favors?

I sure did, and here they are. These ready-to-share-in-social-media badges were created by 70273 Project Ambassador Sarah Jespersen Lauzon, so help yourself. We have them in English, French, and German.

(On a Mac,  command key, click on image, select desired destination. On a pc, right click on the image and select your desired destination.)

Here they are in English:

In French:

And in German:

Thank y’all again for rising to this monumental challenge. On we go to the next chapter.

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A Happy New Year Block Count Update

a box filled with bundles of fabric, letters, and notes

In this neck of the woods, superstition holds that how you spend New Year’s Day is how you’ll spend the year. If that holds true, I’ll be opening mail most of this year! Over the course of New Year’s Eve and New year’s Day, I spent more than 20 hours checking in blocks and quilts for The 70273 Project. Yes, I got a little behind because The Engineer and I have been home only four non-consecutive weeks this year, and checking in blocks and quilts is one of the few things I have to physically be here to do. Thank y’all for your patience, and for continuing to make and send.

I checked in and registered 4391 commemorations from these good people . . .

QUILTS

197, a bundle Long  Skinny quilt Pieced and Quilted  by Laura Brainard (FL, US)
227, a Middling made by Beth Schmidt (FL, US)
228, a Middling made by Beth Schmidt (FL, US)
275, a block quilt made by Kate Elliott (FL, US)
415, a bundle quilt Pieced and Quilted by Elaine Smith (TX, US)
416, a bundle quilt Pieced and Quilted by Elaine Smith (TX, US)
417, a bundle quilt Pieced and Quilted by Elaine Smith (TX, US)
481, a Middling made by Elaine Smith (TX, US)
525, a group quilt Pieced and Quilted by Laurie Dunn and her Grandchildren
Jerrod, Ariana, Gracie, Steven, Colton, William, and Jillian and her Daughter-in-Law Marlesa. (PA, US)
554, a Middling made by Pam Patterson (TN, US)
578, a bundle quilt top Pieced by Edna Jamandre (MD, US)
582, a bundle quilt Pieced and Quilted by Kathleen Kashmir
596, a bundle quilt Pieced and Quilted by Elaine Smith (TX, US)
598, a bundle quilt Pieced and Quilted by Elaine Smith (TX, US)
604, a bundle quilt Pieced and Quilted by Karen Swiech
605, a bundle quilt Pieced by Karen Swiech
606, a bundle quilt top Pieced by Edna Jamandre (MD, US)
607, a bundle quilt top Pieced by Edna jamandre (MD, US)
627, a block quilt made by Elaine Smith (TX, US)
628, a group quilt made by members of the Town and Country Quilt Guild:
Peggy DeLaVergne (Piecer); Elaine Smith (Finisher); Mary Phail Boyd;
Kathie Cherry; Carol Srajer (TX, US)
652, a group quilt made by members of the Sandstone Piecemakers (MI, US)
655, a Middling made by Sarah J. Lauzon and a friend (FL, US)
656, another Middling made by Sarah J. Lauzon (FL, US)
657, a Mini made by Shawn Taylor
658, a Middling made by Shawn Taylor
659, a Middling made by Aradria Csercsevits (FL, US)
660, a Mini made by Debra Jalbert (FL, US)
661, a Long Skinny quilt made by Beth Schmidt (FL, US)
662, a Middling made by Beth Schmidt (FL, US)
663, a Middling made by Pam Patterson (TN, US)
664, a Middling made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
665, a Middling made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
666, a Middling made by Jennifer Lario- Moya (AUSTRALIA)
667, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
668, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
669, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
670, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
671, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
672, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
673, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
674, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
675, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
676, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
677, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
678, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
679, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
680, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
681, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
682, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
683, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
684, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
685, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
686, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
687, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
688, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
689, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
690, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
691, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
692, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
693, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)
694, a Mini made by Jennifer Lario-Moya (AUSTRALIA)

BLOCKS

Amy Chambers (GA, US)
Angie Cullett (LA, US)
Ann Burnett (MN, US)
Anonymous
Betsey Chambers (CO, US)
Breanna Crassno (MO, US)
Deb Cashatt (CA, US)
Drew Chambers (US)
Edna Jamandre (MD, US)
Elaine Pfeiffer (MO, US)
Glenda Scott (MO, US)
Janet Olsen (UT, US)
Jeanne Hewell-Chambers (NC and GA, US)
Joy Avery (FL, US)
Joyce Graff (MA, US)
Joyce Mullis (NC, US)
Katia Johnstone (ME, US)
Laurie Dunn (PA, US)
Linda Williard (MO, US)
Mary Belcourt (ND, US)
Muriel Richardson (ND, US)
Pam Patterson (TN, US)
Penny B. Holland (NC, US)
Rachel Williams (LA, US)
Rosalyn R. Buck (ND, US)
Rosemary Sevigny (ND, US)
Shirley R. Boyd (MO, US)
Susanne R. Silbernagel (ND, US)
Shelley Folkedahl (ND, US)
Silvia Conte (ITALY)
the Walsh Quilters (ND, US)
Wendy Forsyth (MO, US)

Added together, our current block count is . . . are you sitting down . . .

60851!

A few notes:
~ The graph we used since the beginning of the project went kaput, so I’ve installed a new one. To view it, scroll down to the bottom of the page. It’s on the right side.
~ A bundle quilt is one made from an assortment of blocks from around the world. Blocks arrive, are checked in, then bundled with other blocks from around the world, and are sent to volunteers who Piece and/or Quilt them. For a long time, I did all this by myself, but now, I’m tickled and grateful to tell you that thanks to a group of Helper Angels, I now receive, register, then pass along to the Helper Angels. Be watching for interviews with them soon. And if you are a Helper Angel, thank you. If you live in the vicinity of Fayette County, Georgia and would be willing to pitch in every now and then, let me know.
~ The monthly 70273 Project XXtra comes out around the 14th of every month, so subscribe if you haven’t already cause there’s precious little duplication of information.
~ I am behind in my Thank You notes, so until you get yours, please know that I am incredibly grateful to be on this beautiful rock with each of you.

The Block Count Grows Again!

male wearing bluejeans and a jacket brings a box filled with parcels, packages, and envelopes from the post office

The Engineer fetches the mail

If you visit Jeanne’s Time Journal page, you’ll see that I’ve been on the road a good bit lately, and while I still manage to get a lot done, I haven’t been here to check-in blocks. I’m delighted to tell you that Peggy Thomas has generously offered to take over The 70273 Project record keeping! Never one to let moss grow under her feet, Peggy has already enlisted the help of Nancy Carroll, Lori Grillo, and Gladys Loewen who are busy entering information into a . . . spreadsheet . . . called The Missus.

Note: Spreadsheets shut me down and stomp me flat – and I mean just the word “spreadsheets”. I can’t even say it out of my mouth without stuttering and stammering. So Peggy and Nancy and Lori and Gladys have agreed to use “Landscape Oriented Tables” or “LOTs” when talking to me.

Anyway, that’s all happening in the background, and we’re figuring out new systems for handing off and recording and sharing and all such as that. For now, here are the newly-received items I’ve checked in (so far):

QUILT TOPS pieced by
Ellen Binsfeld
Carliss Paige
Edna Jamandre
Joyce Baumgarten
Cale Koltes

QUILTS quilted and finished by
Mary Ellen Swanson
Alejandrina Pattin
Erin & Serena Bross
Carlyn Clark
Hayling Island Piecemakers
Teddy Pruett
Sew and Sewcial Group
Wittering Quilters
Bonnie Larrison Anderson

BLOCKS from
Anonymous
Bonnie Larrison Anderson
Amy and the GT Quilters

Just look at that graph at the bottom of the page grow towards the sun as this brings our block count to 56,119!

We have bundles of blocks ready to be sent out to volunteers who will piece and quilt or just piece them, and we have quilt tops ready to go to volunteers who will quilt and finish them. If you’re willing to receive bundles and/or tops, please let me know which you prefer and how many you want. As always, I thank you with my whole heart for being part of The 70273 Project Tribe.

And of course we still need blocks/commemorations, so tell everybody you know.

I know many of you are working on blocks and tops and quilts, and while I don’t want to rush you, I sure would appreciate it if you could finish them and have them to me by our third anniversary: 14 Feb 19. If you could get them to me by 01 Feb 19, that would be even better as Peggy and I will have time to check them in.

Besides a new Recordkeeping Group, there’s much that’s new and exciting and coming up in The 70273 Project, so stay tuned.

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Other places to gather around The 70273 Project water cooler:

Shop with Amazon Smile and support The 70273 Project.

Subscribe to the blog (where all information is shared).

Subscribe to The 70273 Project XXtra monthly newsletter.

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.

Get folks to help celebrate your birthday by making blocks and/or donating bucks.

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, colleagues or students, club or guild members, etc. together and make a group quilt.

A Block Count Update

72 white quilt blocks, each embellished with a pair of red X's

Blocks made by Alida Palmisano

What you’ve all been waiting for (for far too long). There are so many reasons it’s taken me this long to update the block count, but I’d rather list the Makers, wouldn’t you? This is only a partial update, mind you. There will be another update next week. And there are still many blocks and quilts coming from all over the world. The 70273 Project has exploded to the point that I no longer add blocks to the count until the blocks or quilts are in my hands. I just don’t have the brain bandwidth to keep up with what’s here, what’s not, what’s been counted, what hasn’t.

This week’s Honor Roll of Makers includes:

Jackie Reichardt (FL, US) for her daughter Katerina Lynn Reichardt
Kathy Seelbach (NV, US)  for Rosemary Kalitzki, her mother and a Holocaust survivor
Peggy Hicks (TX, US)
Anonymous
Jeanette Parker (UT, US)
Diane Aronson (MN, US) for the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust Shoah
Virginia Waymire (CA, US)
Jenelll Henning (OK, US) for Thomas Henning, Cevin Forrester, and Austin Blackwell
Jane Gehring (TX, US) for all who suffered at the hands of the Nazis
Jane Melon (MN, US)
Alida Palmisano (MD, US)
Shellie Specter (FL, US)
Ivy Jensen (TX, US)
Jo Ann Luco (TX, US)
Rita Joseck (TX, US)
Yvonne Wilson (TX, US)
Vian Tompkins (MO, US)
Cheryl Cramer (WA, US)
Judy J. Cobb (WA, US) for The Lintz Family from Prussia to Philadelphia, PA
Susan Carpenter (WA, US) for Helen Engelmann, Huberta Terwilleger, and Polly Carpenter
Marylu Cunning (Wa, US) for Jeremy Ray Cunning and Michael Witt

Thanks to these good, compassionate people, our new block count is:

55,863!

And remember: there are more waiting to be checked in next week, so subscribe or remember to drop by. Are you going to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX this year? Would you like to meet up and/or deliver blocks and quilts to me? Email me and let’s make a plan.

Jersey, Channel Island Quilts

Kim Monins and Gisele Therezien have been Ambassadors for The 70273 Project from the get-go (note the quilt numbers), ultimately convincing people in every Parish and most (if not all) of the reporters they contacted to make blocks. They’ve been involved in the project so long, in fact, that Kim was scanning and labeling each individual block just like I do here. That simply was not sustainable, yet I had already counted some of those individual blocks, so I’ve spent many spare minutes sifting through the good information Kim compiled along with my records to make sure I didn’t duplicate blocks. Now it is done, so allow me to introduce you to these beautiful Jersey, Channel Island quilts. Unless otherwise noted, all photos were made by Kim Monins. Don’t the quilts look right at home in this breath-taking landscape?

Quilt #35

Made by Members of the Jersey Modern Quilt Guild
Gisele Therein
Kim Monins
Liz Webb
Anne Hill
Sue Harris
Rosalie Hollis
Lorrain Brogan
Lucy Baker
Becky Porter
Val Porter
Ella Andrews
Jackie Tardivel
Ella Andrews
Angela Rybarczuk
Jenny Marshall
Karen Scott for beautiful people whose individualism never had the chance to shine
Elizabeth Webb for Capt. David Seath who died during the London Marathon 2016

 

Quilt #87

Quilt # 87 made by Gisele Therezien using blocks
made by Grouville parishioners in Jersey, UK
Janet Harrison
Julie Le Bailly
Christopher Clark
Margaret LeQuesne
Patricia Gurgan for The Doublet Bros.
Mandy Corbett
Dorothy Perriot
Cara Leanne Thomson
Anthea Pomroy
Karen Clark
Mobile Waring
Maureen Harrison
Miriam Higginson
Sylvia Milne
John Edward LeMaistre for Edna and Alan LeMaistre
Charlie McArdle for all those whose fate was sealed with 2 crosses
Ian Webb for Dianne Neal, great Aunt who worked at Bletchlley Park during WW II

 

Quilt #88

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
St. Brelade’s  parishioners in Jersey, UK
Joanne Anderson
Margaret Bellee
Anonymous
Cara Bryant
Veronica Bryant
Betty Bullock for Elizabeth Nicholson
Joan Couvain
Maureen Cobon
Sheila de Caux
Betty Ellis
David Ellis
Laura Ferdinando
Sarah Fitz
Julie Long
Charlotte Monins
Daniel Monins
Steve Monins
Mrs. Rita Pinel
Sarah Raper
Fiona Smith
Sheila Sykes
Mrs. Pauline D. Tagg
Eric Vezie
Marlee Vezie
Susan Ann Le Gresley for Almire Norman
Revd Jo Milliner for all the wonderful contributions which those with Downs make to our world
Andy Milliner for all my mentally handicapped pupils I taught in my 30 years in Special Education
Helen Miles for Duncan Brian Sykes (brother born with Down Syndrome) and Autism Jersey

 

Quilt #89

Quilt made by Gisele Therezien using blocks made by
St. Clement’s parishioners in Jersey, UK
Sarah Weymouth
Natalie Payne
Cassie Leeuwenburg
Muriel Freeman
Irene Beaumont
Jean Anderson
Ann Laframboise
Christine Bunting

Quilt #90

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
St. Lawrence parishioners in Jersey, UK
Lynn Bouchard
Mrs. Gladys Dunell
Mrs. Brenda Emmanuel
Jackie Le Brun
Lynne Lusby
Deidre Mezbourian
Mary Mimmack
Mary Moody
Holly-Hope Perrier
Ann Pipon
Sienna Springett
Simone Springett
Theo Springett
Norma Thomas
Margaret Ward

 

Quilt #91

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
St. John’s  parishioners in Jersey, UK
Sandra Coutanche
Vivienne Day
Thelma Fry
Carole Gowlett
Suzanne La Marquand
Dary Monins
Pat Monins
Mrs. Jane Osborne
Emily Renouf
Sophie Renouf
Sue Renouf
Stuart Rowe
Denise (Dee) Shrives
Jill Keogh

 

Quilt #92

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
Gladys Dunell for the Parish of St. Lawrence in Jersey, UK

 

Quilt #93

Quilt made by Gisele Therein using blocks made by
St. Martin’s parishioners in Jersey, UK
Mrs. Barbara Le Troquer
Jo Ann Perchard
Annie M. Richardson
Jane Hardy
Helen Toole
Diana Toole
Carole L Broco
Stephen Gooch
Mr. Michel Le Troquer
Anastasia Stone
Paddy Haversham-Quaid
Alice Ferguson
Susan Cuming for Sheila and Stanislaw Elimek
Lizzie Keogh
Miriam Gotrel-Hill
Megan Gaudin
Marlene Henley
Joan Richard

 

Quilt #94

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
St. Mary’s  parishioners in Jersey, UK
Jennifer Bratch
Anne Harris
Sue Heppolette
Sharon Knight

 

Quilt #95

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
St. Ouen Parishioners:
Loretta Cullinaine
Joyce Du Feu
Amy Milner
Emilia Milner
Carolyn Romeril
Mrs. Pauline Syvret
Alex Vautier
Anonymous
Mrs. Brenda Ann Pirozzolo for The Hurel Boys
Theresa Crehan-Ferey for Gary Marck Ferey (husband)

 

Quilt #96

Made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
St. Peter’s parishioners in Jersey, UK
Joan Adamson
Margaret Finch
Connor Le Cuirot
Val Le Cuirot for April Gren and Ivy Evans
Yolanda Logan
Pippin Newton
Freya Pallant
Brenda Smith
Jean M. Vibert

 

Quilt #97

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
St. Saviour’s parishioners in Jersey, UK
Gisele Therein
Kim Monins
Liz Webb
Anne Hill
Sue Harris
Rosalie Hollis
Lorraine Whiting
Jane Mallet
Ella Andrews
Fatima Dos Reis
Linda Denny
Caroline Glamey
Anonymous
Ella Andrews
Lynsey Hairon
Julie Ferrey
Angela Journeaux
Astrid Corbel & Laura Goldstein
Tina Ware
Kathleen McGill
Linda Denny
Kerry Moisan
Tina Anne Ware
Lynsay Hairon
Linda Denneny
Caroline Blamey
Jane Mallet
Barbara Coram
Pat Derrien
Mary Milon
Janet Averty
Jean Renouf
Beverly Ferey
Margery Gallichan
Sue Quérée
Dawn Heaney for the none survivors
Sadie Le Sueur Rennard for Caroline Monamy

 

Quilt #98

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
Trinity parishioners in Jersey, UK
Jennifer Bell
Anonymous
Philippa Bertram
Eliana Cowslip
Andrea Elcock
Poppy-Anne Elcock
Tammy Fage
Jayne Grochy
Alison Keogh
Karen Minty
Mrs. Margaret Moisan
Sarah Nugent
Jane Powell
Daphne Tingley
Mrs. J. R. Leighton for James Ross and Philip Leighton, our sons
Carol-Anne Philpott for all the people who suffered under the Nazis
Mrs. K. Powell for Victor Amos Letchford who died in France during World War I

 

Quilt #99

Quilt and blocks made by Kim Monins
for the Parish Of St. Brelade in Jersey, UK

 

Quilt #133

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by Jackie le Brun
for the Parish of St. Lawrence in Jersey, UK

 

Quilt #167

Quilt made by Gisele Therezien using blocks made by
Theresa Crehan-Ferey in memory of her husband
whose racing number was 67.
Photo by Gisele Therezien

 

Quilt #255

Quilt made by Gisele Therein, using blocks made by Barbara Le Troquer
for the Parish of St. Martin in Jersey, UK

 

Quilt #260

a Middling made by Sue Harris for the Parish of St. Brelade in Jersey, UK
(I met Sue when I was there to see the exhibit in January 2018.)

 

Quilt #261

a Middling made by Gisele Therezien
Photo by Gisele Therezien

 

Quilt # 273

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by Margaret Bellee,
for the Parish of St. Brelade in Jersey, UK

 

Quilt #335

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by
St. Helier parishioners in Jersey, UK

 

Quilt #336

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by Lynn Bouchard,
for the Parish of St. Lawrence in Jersey, UK

 

Quilt #367

Quilt made by Kim Monins using blocks made by Kerry-Jane Warner
for the Parish of St. Helier in Jersey, UK

Information on two Jersey quilts got lost somewhere between
this gorgeous spot of earth and me.
Will post I when the information on Quilt #337 and #394 is found.

And you want to know something fun and thoughtful? When Tari Vickery, The Engineer, and I were there in January 2018 to see the exhibit of all of these quilts at the Jersey Heritage Center, Kim drove us around to see most, if not all, of her photo locations. (Tari, Andy, and I plan to go back and visit One Day. It’s gorgeous.)

The addition of these quilts brings our new Block Count to . . . 41,084!

A huge thank you to Kim and her husband Steve; Gisele and her son Ed; and all the people who commemorated. I can’t wait to visit again.

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Our Commemorations Grow

hands stitching a second red x onto a white piece of fabric

After receiving blocks and quilts from these good people:
Sharleen Jespersen (US)
Nancy A. Erisman (US)
R. Jeffrey Miller (US)
Frederick J. Seitz III (US)
Gabrielle Stephenson (US)
Chester Austin (US)
Alyssa Wilson (US)
Anna M Courier (US)
Michael Williams (US)
Barbara Douglas (US)
Sandra Engstrand (US)
Patti Brletich (US)
Patty Ericsson (US)
Lori Inkel (US)
Helen McPherson (US)
Joyce Thordson (US)
Penny Carpenter (US)
Anonymous
Sheryl Koeur (US)
Karen Dormois (US)
Gayle Jonston (US)
Jeanie Jinkel (US)
Annette Meyers (US)
Laurie Dunn (US)
Mary Vanhecke (US)

Quilt #524 (a Middling)
Laurie Dunn (US)

Quilt #553 (a Long Skinny)
Bev Haring (US)

Quilt #555 (a Middling)
Jeanne Hewell-Chambers

Quilt #558 (a Middling)
Jenny Hicks (UK)

Quilt #559 (a Mini)
Kim Monins (UK)

Quilt #560 (a Mini)
Kitty Sorgen (US)

Quilt #561 (a Mini)
Pam Patterson (US)

Quilt #562 (a Mini)
Pam Patterson (US)

Quilt #563 (a Mini)
Pam Patterson (US)

Quilt #576
with blocks made by:
Linda Hurl (Spain)
Linda Lewis (Spain)
Dee Stephenson (Spain)
Susan Westcott (Spain)
Rita Bowler (Spain)
Jenn Seaborne (Spain)
Debbie Moore (Spain)
Christine Laycock (Spain)
Christine Furnurge (Spain)
Linda Garett (Spain)
Veronica Conway-Smith (Spain)
Sally Ann Cox (Spain)
Barbara Oldham (Spain)
Jan Strange (Spain)

Quilt #577
with blocks made by members of the GT Quilters
(who heard of The 70273 Project from my interview with Sylvia Priest on UKQU):
Ivy Barkhouse (England)
Lynn Banks (UK)
Donna Sales (UK)
Sylvia Priest (England)
Madeleine Stocks (UK)
Dee Ball (England)
Lucy Durston-Birk (UK)
Kay Radford (Australia)
Sheila Chapman (UK)
Amy Watson, leader of GT Quilters (UK)

the number of people we have commemorated is now 39,742.

Though there will be more long-overdue updates in the next few days, we still have more to commemorate, so please keep stitching and sending. And please always remember how grateful I am to have each of you walk beside me on this path.

~~~~~~~

Perhaps you want to . . .
make a Mini
make a Middling
make a Long Skinny
make blocks

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Durham Cathedral Quilts Added to the Count

an ancient cathedral made of brown bricks

The Coxhoe Quilters who hail from Durham, U.K. have been commemorating people through The 70273 Project from the get-go. Their first quilt is #33 – that should tell you something.  Many of the quilts made by the Coxhoe Quilters  were displayed in  Durham Cathedral in January 2018 as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Some of the quilts made by the Coxhoe Quilters have already been added to the block count, and as you can tell, it’s taken me a while to find the time to sift my way through the records to pull out what’s already been counted so there’s no duplication that leaves us short of our goal.

Here are the quilts made by the tireless and talented Coxhoe Quilters. Some have already been profiled in a blog post, all will be eventually.

9 women hold a quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 33
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by:
Anne Barre
Christine FitzGerald (dedicated to Elizabeth FitzGerald)
Ann Hewitt
Margaret Jackson
Dawn Kirk Walton
Karen Mitchell
Anonymous
Norma Corner
Patricia Harvey
Lesley Shell
Janice Tilbury
Alison Wilson

a white quilt covered in pairs of red X's

Quilt 39
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by members of Coxhoe Quilters (U.K.)

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 71
Pieced and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Quilted by Mary Turner (U.K.)
Blocks made by members of Brighter Skies Group:
Elizabeth Budgeon
Savvy Christophides
Jane Coulter
Joyce Duncan
Chrissy FitzGerald
Margaret Grieves
Helen Grindley
Margaret jackson
C. Knight
Mary Turner
Shirley Oliver
V. Pearson
Linda Smalley
Ellen Smith
Anonymous

a large white quilt covered with pairs of red X's covers a sofa

Quilt 72
Pieced and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Quilted by Mary Turner (U.K.)
Blocks made by members of the Brighter Skies/Leisure Time Crafting
Jacqueline Ellis
A. Turner
Ann Hewitt
V. Pearson
Mary Turner
Jean Rees
Ellen Smith
Carol Chisholm
Brian Clarke
Margaret jackson
Margaret Grieves
Jane Coulter
Kieran Ryan
Emmajayne Sanders
Jan Tilbury
Joyce Duncan
Ellis Rowe
M. Burns
N. Collins
Heather Ryan
C. Knight
W. Crac
R. Mindiff
Lesley Snell
Savvy Christophides
Anonymous

a large white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 79
Pieced and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Quilted by Mary Turner (U.K.)
Blocks made by:
Ann Hewitt
Barbara Harland
Chrissy FitzGerald
Ellen Smith
Emmajayne Sanders
Glenda Connor
Jan Tilbury
Jane Coulter
Janet Emery
Jane Hedley
Katie Wilson-Clement
Lesley Snell
Lorna Presly
Margaret Jackson
Marjorie Powell
Mary Turner
Pamela McRobert-Watkins
Pat Wiffin
S. Barker
Shirley Oliver
Suzanne Hopper
V. Pearson
Wendy Gibson

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 122
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson, (U.K.)
Blocks made by:
Students at Deaf Hill Primary School
Assisted by Janet Watson of Age
Volunteers with the Intergenerational Project (U.K.)

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 123
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by students of Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (U.K.)

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 124
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by students at King James College (U.K.)

a long white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 125
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by three generations of Margaret Jackson’s family:
Steven Wiley
Sharmai Wiley
Cnheylee Wiley
Demi-lea Wiley
Alisha Wiley
Margaret Jackson

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 126
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by students at Hermitage Academy (U.K.)

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 148
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Mary Turner (U.K.)
Blocks made by Members of Coxhoe Beaver Scout Group

a white quilt with pairs of red X's

Quilt 149
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by Eva Jackson of Coxhoe Durham, U.K.

a small white quilt covered with many pairs of red X's

Quilt 150
Made by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)

Quilt 163
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by members of the Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles (U.K.)

a small white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 170
a Middling made by Ann Hewitt

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 171
Pieced by Ann Hewitt (U.K.)
Quilted by Mary Turner (U.K.)
Finished by Mary Turner (U.K.)
Blocks made by Members of The Art Group (UK):
Michelle Taylor
Michelle F. Taylor
Anonymous
B. Dyer
M. Simpson
S. Barker
Julie
Audrey Gillet
Gwyneth Halliburton
Noreen Freeman
Dorothy Sheroot
Mary Turner
Jean Lister
Lynda Elston
Debbie Duncan

a group of women hold a large white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 173
Pieced, Tied, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by:
Members of Leisure Time Crafting and Brighter Skies ,
a Fundraising Group of Spennymore, Durham, U.K.

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 240
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by members of the Durham Embroiderers Guild (U.K.)
Rita Bell
Eileen Hunter
Sarah McGeorge
Lesley Wood
Alisa Dredge
Rona Bruce, dedicated to Lynne Herkes 30Dec58 – 31Dec58
Lesley Hagan, dedicated to Sarah and Stephen Hagan Hord

a large white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 241
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by:
People from Coxhoe
Members of Painting for Pleasure Art Group
People in various villages in Durham, England, U.K.

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 242
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by:
Ann Hewitt
Wendy Gibson
Pat Harvey
Isla Green (5 years old)
Mary Woodward
Amanda Coltas
Alison Wilson
Lesley Snell
Karen Mitchell
Chrissy FitzGerald
Margaret Jackson
E. Budgeon
Anonymous

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 243
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by students at Hermitage Academy (U.K.)

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 244
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Mary Turner (U.K.)
Blocks made by members of Coxhoe Quilters (U.K.)
Chrissy FitzGerald
Eva Jackson
Margaret Jackson
Mary Turner

a white quilt covered wit pairs of red X's

Quilt 256
Pieced, Quilten, and Finished by Mary Turner (U.K.)
Blocks made by members of Thornily Library Age Concern Craft Group (U.K.)
Celia Turnbull
L. Watson
Elizabeth Ann Smith
Marlene Jones
Ethel Howarth
Margaret A. Ollett
Florence Ann Richardson

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 257
Pieced and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Quilted by Mary Turner (U.K.)
Blocks made by citizens of Durham, U.K.
M. Jackson
Lorn Presley
Melanie Tolson
S. Barker
Janet Emery
Brenda Press
Edna Oswald
Ann Hewitt
Suzanne Hopper
V. Pearson
J. Stephenson
P.  Harvey
Lesley Snell
Samantha Sproates
Carol Chisholm
Emmajayne Saunders
Shirley Oliver
Anonymous

a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Quilt 258
Pieced, Quilted, and Finished by Margaret Jackson (U.K.)
Blocks made by people from Dean Bank Crafters, FerryhillDurham, England U.K.

When I add the Durham/Coxhoe Quilters blocks that haven’t been counted to the block count, i brings our new total of commemorations to 37,754. Now I finish sifting and tallying block snd quilts from the Channel Islands. Stay tuned for a new block count soon.

To Margaret Jackson, Chrissy FitzGerald, Mary Turner, their husbands John, Steve, and John, the other members of the Coxhoe Quilters, to Charlotte, and to all the citizens of Durham  – A great big Thank you. Your dedication to commemorating and your hospitality when The Engineer and I were there in January will be long remembered and always appreciated.

Margaret Jackson took all the photos except the first one of Durham Cathedral. I took that one. It’s majestic, isn’t it? She doesn’t take a bad picture, that Durham Cathedral. I have more I’ll share with you soon.

Just What You’ve Been Waiting For

a bag filled with mail - some boxes some large envelopes

In the past several weeks, I’ve received blocks from these good people:

BLOCKS

  • Margaret Allen (US)
  • Edna Jamandre (US)
  • Susan Blexrud (US) (We’re gonna’ meet live and in person sometime this year.)
  • Iris Harris (US – and from my hometown Fayetteville, GA!)
  • Patricia Costantini (US) dedicated to the 70,273 innocent souls
  • Pepe Bowman (US)
  • Anonymous
  • Irmgard Römer (Germany)
  • Sandra Engstrand (US)
  • Bill Croft (US)
  • Stephanie DeAbreu (US)
  • Lis Binns (US)
  • Theresa Vaarga (US)
  • Shannon Timberlakd (US) dedicated to Emma Leah Timberlake
  • Chrissy Cozzi (US) dedicated to her daddy: Wm. L. Ellis, Jr., Nazi POW
  • Kathy Westmoreland (US) dedicated to her daddy: Wm. L. Ellis, Jr., a Nazi POW
  • Nancy O’Donnell Glosup (US) dedicated to Maeve Watson T1D
  • Sieg Leland (US)
  • Roland Bostick (US)
  • Sherry Searcy (US)
  • Cissa Kamakura (US)
  • Susan Melton (US)
  • Joan E. Beier (US)
  • Stephanie Bowen (US) dedicated to Nancy Chambers and Jeanne Hewell-Chambers (Thank you.)
  • Katharine Wall (US)
  • Nancy Erisman (US) dedicated to Laila and many, many, many others
  • Sharleen Jespersen

These students in the KMS Gifted and Talented Program in Kennett, MO also sent blocks:

  • Ethan Davis
  • Sophie Boone
  • Saraity Morris
  • Destiny Lloyd
  • Delaying Dalton
  • Jordan Crawford
  • Craig Noblin
  • Macy Bazzell
  • Camden Moore
  • Cody Holden
  • Taylor Isenhour
  • Alec Holden
  • Lani Heeb
  • Camille Thomas
  • Conner Thomas
  • David VanDyke
  • and their teacher, Cindy Thomas

QUILTS

  • #549, a Long Skinny made by Grace Ann Cannon (US) dedicated to Aubrey Hendley
  • #552, a Middling made by Maria Conway (Argentina)
  • #550, a Mini made by Jan Snell (CAN) dedicated to Spruce, Melissa, & former students
  • #553 Bev Haring, a Long Skinny

Our last block count update found us with 33,491 commemorations in hand. When we add these in, we have commemorated 36,647 people.

Now I’ve been sifting, sorting, wading, and winding my way through the blocks and quilts from Durham and Channel Islands to make sure I don’t duplicate or leave out anything. You see, those two  have been making blocks and quilts since the double digit quilt numbers, and back then . . . well, I’ll explain it all later. Just come back around soon because my plan is to  add the blocks from Durham, Channel Islands, and Rochester over the next week.

Happy Second Birthday To The 70273 Project!

bags and boxes full of mail to be opened

photo description: boxes and bags filled with mail to be opened

Happy birthday to us . . .

Two years ago today, I launched The 70273 Project, ten days after the big, fat, crazy idea came to call and before I had time to think myself out of it. It has changed my life in the most astonishingly wonderful ways:
I have friends – good friends – all over the world.
I am seeing part of the world I never dreamed I’d walk on and breathe in.
I never have to look for something to do.
I could go on, but y’all want to know how many people we have commemorated, so on we go. Here’s what I’ve checked in since last time:

a bag filled with large envelopes of mail

photo description: a bag filled with large envelopes of mail

Happy birthday to us . . . 

BLOCKS
Pat Loveland (US)
Erin Bross (US)
Becca Brackett (US)
Paula Golden (US)
Judy Munford (England)
Anonymous
Suzanne Elswick (US)
Diane Dresdner (US) – She’s made 700 blocks to date and is creating a Middling next!
Maria Conway (Argentina)
Sara Foster (US)
Linda Crews Carter (US)
Sarah Arrington (England)
Amanda Jane Ogden (Durham, U.K.)
Sonja Koons (US)
Lea Ann Ferring (US)
Alamo Heritage Quilt Guild (US)
Members of the Sewing Servants Ministry in Escondido, CA (US)*

a box filled with large envelopes

photo description: a box filled with envelopes

Happy birthday 70273 Project,

QUILTS
Quilt 306, Pieced and Quilted by Diane Lewis
Quilt 307, Pieced and Quilted by Diane Lewis
Quilt 529 (a top) made by Australian Stitchers**
Quilt 530 (a Long, Skinny) made by Lois Sullivan (US)

*Members of the Sewing Servants Ministry:
Ann Drake
Mary Barker
Elias Espinoza
Lupe Cox
Rosa Maria Mendoza
Beatrice Eaton
Linda DeSaverio
Marlene English
Mahbanoo Iradipanah
Beritna Cazarez
R. K. (beautiful handwriting, but I just can’t make out the name)

** Australian Quilters
Musse Harper
Kerry Rochford
Anonymous
Alicia White
Alison McFadden
Lynn King
Rose Cooney
Rebecca Nguyen
Phoebe Adams
Marcia Cameron
Bonnie Niu
Janet Hay
Joanna Stanek
Victoria Cameron
Charis Harper
Cubekal Jasper
Christine Rose B Esmenda

QUILT TOPS
Quilt 409, Pieced by Sandy Panagos
Quilt 410, Pieced by Sandy Pangs
Quilt 392, Pieced by Edna Jamandre
Quilt 393, Pieced by Edna Jamandre

This means I have 4 quilt tops ready to be quilted! If you’re interested, leave a comment, email me, or find me on Facebook or Instagram and let me know.

an envelope, a postcard, a drawstring bag, and a ceramic heart

photo description: an envelope, a postcard, a drawstring bag, and a handmade ceramic heart

a magazine and quilt labels from The International Festival of Quilts

photo description: a magazine and quilt labels from the International Festival of Quilts

Happy birthday, to us.

OTHER GOODIES
~ Pam Arena is at it again – doing something creative and fun. This time she’s started making hearts of clay and leaving them for strangers to find, and she sent me one to leave as a surprise for some attentive passerby.
~ Labels for all the quilts that were in the Special Exhibit at the International Quilt Festival. Last year (or was it the year before?) the Truckee Meadows Quilt Guild in Nevada asked if they could attach one of their quilt show labels on the back of the quilt that hung as part of their show. I thought it was such a good idea, I vowed to make a label for every quilt show every quilt has or will be in. Thank you,  Good People at Quilts, Inc.. You’ve saved me a lot of time!

As of today, we have commemorated 33,491 people, y’all.

And this doesn’t include those commemorated at Durham Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, or the Jersey Museum. Way back when, I counted some of the blocks and quilts from Durham and Jersey, then I realized it’s easier to count once the quilt are finished and on exhibit, so I have to go back through my records to figure out which ones were counted so I don’t count them twice. I’ll do that next week, so look forward to a new update soon.

Any day now, I’m going to have all the photos from Durham Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, and Jersey Museum titled and organized so I can share them in blog posts. And I’ll be sharing info about some digital adventures you won’t want to miss, so subscribe to the blog and to The 70273 Project newsletter,.

Thank you for pouring your kind, compassionate, respectful hearts into this project and into the world. I can feel the difference it makes, can you? Happy birthday to us.

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Block Count Update: How We Begin the New Year

pairs of red X's sewn to bases of white fabric

Blocks made by Jeff Rich, fellow member of the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild

Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I checked in blocks from these good folks:

Rachel Williams (US)
Barbara Jensen (US)
Alida Palmisano (US)
Jeff  Rich (US)
Brenda Andrews (US)
Robin Olsen (US)
Elizabeth (Liz)  Sutcliffe (US)
Cindy Ridgedell (US)
Anonymous
Patsi Brletich (US)
Gayle Visher (US)

and quilts from:
Quilt 335 from the Channel Islands (U.K.)  (there will be many more. I’m compiling them now for a series of blog posts.)
Quilt 206 made by Wendy Tuma and others
Quilt 482, made by Patricia Gaska (US)
Quilt 483 made by Susan Bianchi (US)

When we kicked off 2017, we had commemorated 6845 people. Do you want to guess how many commemorations we have as of January 1, 2018? If you said 32,922, give yourself a gold star ’cause you’re exactly right! In case you think your eyes are playing tricks (and because I like saying it), as of January 1, 2018, we have:

32,922 commemorations

or, according to The Engineer, 46.8% of the 70,273 people we will commemorate 

Thank you to all of you who continue to commemorate by making blocks, block quilts, Middlings, and Minis, and to all of you who turn bundles of blocks and quilt tops into finished quilts (if you want a bundle or top, let me know). Please don’t stop stitching and sharing news of The 70273 Project, inviting others to pick up a needle and thread, too. And please keep sending me your stories. They fuel me. They really do.

There are some exciting things right around the bend, so be sure you either subscribe to the blog or check back often. And remember the occasional newsletters called The 70273 Project XXtra.

I hope each one of you know how amazing you are.

Wishing all of you The Best Year Ever in 2018.