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From the Archives: U.K. Quilts and Exhibits

A quilt with a white background covered in pairs of red X’s hanging high in an ancient cathedral

Durham Cathedral

White quilts covered with pairs of red X’s draped over church pews and chairs

Durham Cathedral

White quilts covered with pairs of red X’s draped over church pews and chairs and on the floor

Durham Cathedral

Two white banners covered with pairs of red X’s hang in the front of an ancient cathedral

Rochester Cathedral

White quilts covered with pairs of red X’s hang in an ancient cathedral

Rochester Cathedral

White quilts covered with pairs of red X’s on display in an ancient cathedral

Rochester Cathedral

White quilts covered with pairs of red X’s

Jersey Heritage Center and Museum, Channel Islands U.K.

White quilts covered with pairs of red X’s on display in a museum

Jersey Heritage Center and Museum, Channel Islands, U.K.

White quilts covered with pairs of red X’s on display in a museum

Jersey Heritage Center and Museum, Channel Islands, U.K.

 

Every year Europeans mark Holocaust Remembrance Day at the end of January. The Engineer, Tari Vickery, and I are honored to be in attendance and participate in January 2018. Quilts of The 70273 Project were on display in Durham Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, and the Jersey Heritage Center and Museum in the Channel Islands. It’s been two years, and I still can’t adequately express my feelings or tell you about the people, the quilts, the stories, the connections, the tears of laughter, sorrow, and of Knowing, the immense hospitality and warm welcome. I’m still processing . . . And smiling . . . And chortling . . . And whispering gratitude. What an honor it was to meet people I knew only in social media, to bear witness to their stories, to feel the power of the quilts they made.

A big, huge, ginormous bouquet of gratitude to The 70273 Project Ambassadors – Margaret Jackson, Mary Turner, and Christine FitzGerald in Durham; Lucy Horner in Rochester; and Kim Monins and Gisele Therezien in the Channel Islands – who spent countless hours scheduling, coordinating, and staging Block Drives and these massive exhibits. And more bouquets of gratitude to the patient, supportive spouses, siblings, children, pets, grandchildren, and friends like Sharon Howell, Bev Bunn, Wendy Dawes, Edina Geering, Beryl Connelly, Annie Labruyere, Sue Harris, and countless – and I do mean countless – others in the U.K. who went above and beyond to commemorate tens of thousands of those we memorialize and create exhibits and events that will not soon be forgotten by those of us in attendance.

In case you’re wondering, The Engineer, Tari, and I paid our own way to these exhibits – as we always do – and we’re very grateful to those who gave us a bed to sleep on, fed  us, and ferried us hither and yon while we were there. Whenever we travel to an exhibit, each of us pays to take an extra large suitcase so we can bring home as many quilts as possible. We still have a few quilts in need of a ride home from Durham, however, so if you’d like to give them wings, please donate what you can and help us get them home to 70273 Project Heartquarters. When you donate through the Pay Pal Giving Fund, it only takes a few minutes to register and designate The 70273 Project – a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation – as the charity to receive your donation. There are no fees deducted when donating through The Pay Pal Giving Fund, which means The 70273 Project keeps your entire donation. Thank you in advance.

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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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Upcoming Exhibit in Jersey, Channel Islands

A stone building with a sculpture of a man pulling a chain

From Monday, January 8, 2018 to Saturday, January 27, 2018
this building – TheJersey Heritage Museum
will be filled with quilts made by residents
of Jersey, Channel Islands, U.K.

70273 Project Ambassadors Kim Monins and  Gisele Therezien
have worked tirelessly for more than a year,
hosting block drives, piecing tops,
quilting and finishing quilts.

Gisele and her son, Ed and Kim and her husband, Steve spent all day Sunday, 1/8/2018 hanging the quilts.

and creating information centers to enhance
the experience for visitors.

Go visit if you can.
Treat yourself to what promises to be some amazingly beautiful quilts

and some gorgeous spots of Earth.

Thank you, Kim and Gisele, for all the time, energy, and expertise
you’ve invested in these commemorations
and for taking and sharing such beautiful photos.
I’ll be profiling each individual quilt in future blog posts,
so you might want to subscribe so you don’t miss a single thing.

Quilt 335 of The 70273 Project

A white quilt with paris of red X's being held on the beach in front of the ocean

Some of the first people I heard from when I launched The 70273 Project were Kim Monins and Gisele Therezein, two creative, talented, dynamo women who immediately stepped up and put Jersey, Channel Islands U.K. on The 70273 Project map. Here we see Quilt #335 made of blocks made by these residents of Parish St. Helier:

two red x's stitched onto a white background

two red X's stitched to a base of white fabric

aa pair of red X's - one large and one smaller - stitched to a base of white fabric

Helen Asplet
Maureen Baxter
Edward Bell
Alison Brown
Amanda Carroll
Louise Cave
Martina Coppinger
Vic Tanner Davy
Susan De La Haye
Doreen Drever
Kathleen Freeley
Gloria Freeman
Sue Frost
Steph HaIron
Annie Le Brun
Anonymous
Pauline Le Bailly
Emily Martin
Simon Mash
Jean McLaughlin
Dorothy Patterson
Yvonne Rabet
Anne Richardson
Paul Routier
Pauline Routier
Bailey Shaw
Eberhard Stegenwalner
Marlene Stegenwalner
Andrew Sugden
Julie Sugden

pairs of red x's stitched to a background of white fabric
Quilt #335 measures 46.5″ x 79″ (118cm x 200cm) and commemorates 100 lives. Kim Monins is the Piecer, Quilter, and Finisher, and she’s also the woman who took these gorgeous photos. Doesn’t #335 look right at home in nature? From January 7 to 28, 2018, the Jersey Heritage Center is hosting an exhibit of The 70273 Project Quilts made in Jersey, Channel Islands U.K., and  I’ll be profiling more Channel Island  quilts in the coming days and telling you more about Kim and Gisele. They’re awesome.

Remember to sign up for The 70273 Project XXtra newsletter. First edition coming out soon. And thank you for continuing to commemorate the 70273.

The Channel Islands, UK Comes on Strong for The 70273 Project

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Gisele Therezien and Kim Monins at the BBC studio

“The Channel Islands,UK were occupied by the Nazis for 5 years during WWII, so we have many historical and emotional links to those dark times,” Kim tells me in her first email after hearing about The 70273 Project. Kim Monins and Gisele Therezien – both talented, creative, accomplished quilters – immediately begin stitching blocks with dedicated enthusiasm.

From Blocks to Quilts to Exhibits in Rapid Succession

After stitching a few blocks, the Dynamic Duo decide they want to collect blocks and make quilts there in the Channel Islands, so we work together to develop a system that gets me the information I need on each block for documentation and cataloguing purposes and allows them to keep moving forward without having to spend the time and money shipping blocks back and forth across The Pond.

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Blocks made by Gisele Therezien

They’ll need blocks to make the quilts, so on Saturday 5th November between 10am-3pm at St Brelade’s Parish Hall in Jersey, Chanel islands, UK, Kim and Gisele are hosting a Drop In and Stitch Day. If you’re in the area, please do stop by, and if you’re reading this and know people who live in the area, won’t you please tell them about it? Let’s post it on Facebook, tweet it out, put it in blog posts – let’s get it out there any way we can cause you never know who’s gonna’ see your post and think of somebody they know who would love to attend. Let’s help them have a good turnout (and lots of blocks to document!).

And why make quilts if you have nowhere to exhibit them, right? Yesterday Gisele and Kim had a successful meting with authorities at Jersey Heritage who offered exhibition space for the month of January 2018 and the possibility of enough space for a small display in January 2017.

Getting the Word Out

Kim and Gisele never miss an opportunity to spread word of The 70273 Project. Gisele recently received an email from Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine UK asking permission to write an article and use photos of one of her quilts that’s currently on display at the Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.

They sent project flyers to each of the 12 elected parish constables and leaders of other groups, encouraging them to get involved and get others involved, and they’ve ben in touch with local newspapers who’ve promised to run articles about both The 70273 Project and the upcoming Drop In and Stitch Event.

 

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Kim Monins stitches by the pool on a recent holiday

And as if all this isn’t enough, this morning Gisele and Kim were interviewed by Charlie McArdle on his BBC radio show. To give a listen, click here and move the bar to 2:13:24 to hear their interview.

Kudos and Gratitude to Kim and Gisele, The Dynamic Duo, whose good sense, keen quilting abilities, dazzling personalities, and indefatigable tenaciousness are moving The 70273 Project forward in great strides! ‘Twas a lucky day for us all when Kim and Gisele  discovered The 70273 Project.

Do you know of a radio or tv station in your vicinity that might be as hospitable to The 70273 Project as Charlie is? Is there a magazine, newspaper, newsletter, or other periodical that we might submit a press release to? Do you want to gather blocks and make quilts in your area? Did anything Kim and Gisele are doing spark an idea of something you might do? If so, please contact me and let’s make a plan.

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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).

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.)

Tell your friends what you want for your birthday.

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.