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Quilt 55

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

Photo Description: Quilt 55, a quilt with a white background covered with pairs of red X’s. Photo by Margaret Andrews.

Meet Quilt 55 of The 70273 Project. This beauty – measuring 60″ x 68″ or 152cm x 173cm – is made entirely (blocks, piecing, quilting, finishing) by The 70273 Project Ambassador, Margaret Andrews who hails from Missouri in the United States. Completed in January 2017, 121 lives are commemorated in this quilt.

closeup photo of a quilt - white background covered with pairs of red X's

Photo description: closeup of Quilt 55, white background covered with pairs of red X’s. Photo by Margaret Andrews.

Writes Margaret of this quilt . . . The 70273 Project grabbed my heart and pulled me in when I first became aware of it in late summer 2016. I have one precious grandchild, and he has been diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome, a rare disorder present from birth. I firmly believe that he, along with very other person I’ve met who has been labeled “handicapped” or “disabled” (lis Shawn and Janice and Jonathan and Josh and Dale) have added to the beauty of my life.

In working on this quilt representing 121 lives extinguished, I have had the opportunity to share the story of The 70273 Project with many people. I will continue to gather blocks (and Provenance Forms), piece, quilt, and finish quilts, and recruit others to join us until all 70,273 lives are commemorated.

closeup photo of a white quilt covered with pairs of red X's

Photo description: closeup photo of Quilt 55, white background covered with pairs of red X’s. Photo by Margaret Andrews.

Being a woman of her word, Margaret has made many quilts, recruited many stitchers to help commemorate, and is always sending me information about places to exhibit quilts. Thank you, Margaret, for your heartfelt contributions to The 70273 Project and all we stand for. Wishing your grandson the best. I know he’s a treasure in your life and the lives of all he touches.


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


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.


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.



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.


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.

Snowy Range Academy Students Doing A+++ Work


After seeing a flyer in a Michigan fabric store, Catherine Symchych messages me to say that she wants to work with her students to make a quilt for The 70273 Project. “Seventh graders study the Holocaust,” she tells me, “and they’re the ones I’m thinking about.” We work out a plan, she gets permission from her principal, and they begin.


One group to students asked Catherine to read to them while they sew.  She selects A Lucky Child, by Thomas Buergenthal who survived Auschwitz as a child. “They know we’re commemorating a different atrocity, but it brings home the impact of the project even more,” Catherine writes.


In their enthusiastic dedication, the students have decided that 80 blocks – enough to make a 60″x60″ quilt – simply isn’t enough, so they’ve now set their sites on a twin size quilt.

Please join me in giving a hearty Honor Roll-worthy round of applause and appreciation to the middle school students and their teacher, Catherine Symchych at Snowy Range Academy in Laramie, Wyoming who are hard at work! We look forward to more photos, y’all, and we thank you for helping us commemorate these people who might otherwise be forgotten. It’s good work you’re doing there. Real good work.


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.

Inside Envelope #35: Eleanor Macmillan


I’ve been quilting since 1983. Mostly traditional quilting, till the last few years; and now, I find myself enjoying the art side of quilting, as well as painting. I’ve taught quilting for many years.


We’ve moved several times over the years, and quilting always proved a huge part in assimilating into our new communities. We winter in Florida, and I’m in a quilt guild and group here, as well as here in Canada. I also belong to the Canadian Quilters Association and  the American Quilters Association.


I’m married to a wonderful supportive husband, Jim, and we have four grown children. One of our children lives in Europe, so we visit there often. On one visit, we went to Prague and visited the Jewish Cemetery. The memorial to the victims of the Holocaust was chilling as were the stories we heard in Budapest.


I’m proud to send three simple blocks. Two were fused and one painted. I believe this is a wonderful tribute and great challenge anyone could and should do. Thank you for leading it.

Eleanor Macmillan


It’s wonderful to meet you, Eleanor. Thank you for being a part of The 70273 Project.

You can find Eleanor on Facebook and on Pinterest.


Other places to find The 70273 Project:
Facebook group, French
Facebook group, English
Facebook page

Inside Envelope 64: Bev Haring

Block1198BevHaring3.5x6.5.300dpi copyBlock 1198 made by Bev Haring

I’m Bev Haring, and I’m a fiber artist. Fifteen years ago I retired from the corporate world, and now I spend much of my time making art.

Block1199BevHaring3.5x6.5.300dpi copyBlock 1199 made by Bev Haring

I was introduced to this project by Margaret Blank. She and I came to know each other because we were both serving as Representatives in our respective regions (her’s in Quebec, Canada; mine for CO/UT/WY) for Studio Art Quilts Associates.

During our conversations online, I learned of her project Mark on the Body which deals with her late husband’s Type I Diabetes. She was looking for people to make a little square for part of her project, and I volunteered because there were some similarities between the Type I Diabetes her husband had and the Type II Diabetes my husband has.

When Margaret posted about The 70273 Project, I immediately knew I needed to make some blocks.

Block1200BevHaring3.5x6.5.300dpi copyBlock 1200 made by Bev Haring

Along with my husband’s diabetes, which would have made him one of the 70,273, he had polio as a child and as a result has one leg that has no calf muscle – another reason he would have been one of them. And without him, there would be 3 adult children, 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren that simply did not exist.

Block1201BevHaring3.5x6.5.300dpi copyBlock 1201 made by Bev Haring

There are some other interesting coincidences along the way for me – my daughter’s degree is in history and her major focus was Europe in the WWII era. She spent many weekends during her college years meeting with and talking to survivors of the Holocaust. During that time I helped her create a piece of fiber art that was donated to Hillel at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Block1202BevHaring3.5x6.5.300dpi copyBlock 1202 made by Bev Haring

Much of my adult life I have felt a connection to this time and the people that suffered through it. Interestingly, during the time I was working on these blocks, I sent my DNA off to be tested and discovered that I do have a real Jewish connection.


Wow, Bev. That’s interesting that you’ve long felt a special connection to this time period and now find that you have some Jewish ancestry. Many “coincidences” here with your life, your daughter, and The 70273 Project. Thank you for giving your time to be a SAQA  Rep and to making blocks for The 70273 Project. I’m honored and delighted to have you be part of this.

If you’re reading this and would like to join in, here are some stepping stones (links) that might help you find your way:

Specific block information
The Facebook Group
The Facebook Page
The Pinterest Board
A subscription form to blog posts

Inside Envelope 86: Deena Sanders

When Deena Sanders saw a post on the Tree City Quilter’s Guild Facebook page, she jumped right into her studio and made five blocks.



Deena writes:

I feel so bad for those people that were murdered for senseless acts of hate. I work for The University of Florida in the Gene Therapy Department in the Vector Core Lab and what we do is make up vectors for the researchers to use in their work against diseases that people have based on congenital problems (lacking certain genes to do certain jobs in the body, and therefore making diseases, some fatal).  The majority of the diseases that we work with have to do with muscular dystrophy and the like. (Pompe disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, etc.).  I am afraid that the children with these diseases would probably fall under the red X’s back in the time when this happened. It is for this reason that I am contributing my blocks to this project.  I hope this helps.


It does help, Deena. It helps so much. Thank you for being a part of The 70273 Project, for the work you do when you’re not making quilts, and for realizing the importance of your work and the relevance to The 70273 Project.



You can find Deena in these digital locations. Stop by and have a look at the beauty she creates.
Facebook page
Etsy shop


Have you . . .
made some blocks?
joined the Facebook group?
liked the Facebook page?
followed the Pinterest board?
subscribed to the blog?
considered making a Group quilt?


Inside Envelope #46: Carol Howard Donati

Carol Howard Donati 1

Carol, in her own words . . .

Hi there, my name is Carol Howard Donati. I am a Canadian mixed media artist. I found your blog on line, Jeanne, and was impressed, first of all with who you are, and then with this very important project. Thank you for bringing to our attention this hidden fact of history that is so relevant to our understanding today. I knew right away I wanted to take part in celebrating the value of the lives of the 70,273!

Your project is a good fit with my own work, the theme of which is to draw attention to the rituals and patterns of our everyday lives and things we might take for granted. I sewed my first block using a scrap of embroidered table linen as the base.


For my second block I printed the X’s with a stencil cut from an acetate sheet (I am currently in an Artist Residency Program at the Ottawa School of Art’s Print Studio!).

Thank you for welcoming me to the project.

Jeanne here . . .

You know, Carol, after a dark thirty in the morning epiphany several years ago, I realize that the focus in my cloth work, performance, and perhaps in writing, too is to shine a light between the cracks to see who and/or what fell there. It seems we’re walking parallel paths, you and I. Lucky me!

Thank you, Carol, for being a part of The 70273 Project.  Your work is beautiful.


Wanna’ make some blocks for The 70273 Project?
Wanna’ subscribe so you don’t miss anything?
Wanna’ gather round The 70273 Project campfire on Facebook?

A Peek Inside Envelope 103 from Margaret Williams Herself


Y’all know how I love me some envelope jewelry,
and let me tell you: Margaret Williams never fails to delight.


In her most recent envelope,


Margaret sent these beautiful blocks


for The 70273 Project,
made in honor of the Little Light of Mine
choir and dance group composed of adults with special needs.


The choir, formed 40 years ago
and currently under the direction of Linda Weaver,


recently visited Margaret’s church
and regaled the congregation with song and signing.


“It’s always a wonderful week at St. Andrews
when the Little Light of Mine group leads the worship service,” writes Margaret.


Margaret also included
The Beatitudes for People with Special Needs
by Anne McKinnon.
I’ve never heard of this, and I like it.
Like it a lot.
It speaks to the energy
I feel and see and hear around The 70273 Project campfire . . .

Blessed are you who take the time to listen to difficult speech,
for you to help us know that if we persevere we can be understood.

Blessed are you who work with us in public places and ignore the stares of strangers,
for in your friendship we feel good to be ourselves.

Blessed are you who never bid us to “hurry up”
and more blessed are you who do not snatch our tasks
from our hands to do them for us,
for often we need time rather than help.

Blessed are you who stand beside us as we enter new and untried ventures,
for our Unsureness will be outweighed
by the times when we surprise ourselves and you.

Blessed are you who ask for our help
and realize our greatest need is to be needed.

Blessed are you who help us with graciousness,
for often we need the help we cannot ask for.

Blessed are you when, by all things, you assure us
that what makes us individuals is not our particular disability or difficulty
but our beautiful personhood which no handicapping condition can define.

Rejoice . . . and be exceedingly glad
for your understanding and love
has opened doors for us
to enjoy life to its fullest
and you have helped us
believe in ourselves
as valued and gifted people.


You can find Little Light of Mine on Facebook,




Right now, Margaret is minding her P’s and Q’s
which is to say
she is piecing and quilting
Quilt #3 of The 70273 Project.
I can’t wait.

Block2321MargaretWilliams9.5x12.5 1

Margaret also writes that she’s planning a block-making party (or two),
and this seems a fine time to tell you about my latest idea
(even though it’s not 8/1 yet,
and I was trying to save it till then).
(It’s the Aquarian in me.)
(Or something.)

Anyway, listen . . .

Raise your hand if you’d like to do a quilt all by yourself
or with your family
or your club
or class
or neighbors
or colleagues.

Say you’re having a family reunion this fall,
for example,
and everybody makes a block or three
then you piece them and quilt them
and the quilt becomes
My Crazy Family Quilt.

Maybe your library hosts a block-making
party one afternoon
and you piece the blocks made
into a quilt that becomes
The Local [insert name] Library Quilt.

What if your class makes blocks
that are then pieced
and quilted
and becomes the
We Learn Together Quilt.

Individual block makers will be credited
as always,
and I’ll need Provenance forms from each Maker,
as always,
and we’ll need to set a minimum number of blocks,
but the overall quilt will be from
a specific group of people
who are connected in one way or another.

Think how much fun it will be when
your quilt comes to visit
for all to see.
(There will be refreshments, right?)
(But not anywhere near the quilt, though,
cause white just begs people to
come forth and stain.)
The quilt will be a forever part of The 70273 Project,
but we can arrange periodic exhibits and viewings as desired.

Oh, and how ’bout this:
everybody in your group could trace their hands,
and the outline of hands could become
quilting lines.

(This is the way my head works
pretty much all the time, y’all.
I have mapped out a new idea a month
for pretty much the next year. I can’t
wait to start revealing them on
the first of every month.)

If this appeals to you,
(the group quilt,
not my popcorn popper of a brain)
let’s talk.

And hey, Margaret Williams,
Thank You for being such a
prolific, vibrant, enthusiastic
member of The 70273 Project Tribe.


Want to sit beside Margaret and
become part of The 70273 Project Tribe?
Make blocks.
Join the Facebook group.
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Subscribe to receive blog posts.


Inside Envelope 37: Alida Palmisano



Blocks 481 and 482 were created by Alida Palmisano. Aren’t they stunning? Alida writes . . .

I am very new to quilting (I started early 2013) and I immediately fell in love with both the creative aspect of this art, and with the community efforts of projects to help others. I have been involved in making donation quilts since the beginning, and I think that projects like The 70273 Project are extremely important to raise awareness of present and past struggles that we, as society, have to deal with. I am blessed with a wonderful life that I appreciate a lot, and I try not to take anything for granted.

I am a researcher in the biomedical field, and when I am not in front of a computer I love to design my own paper piecing patterns, make scrappy and colorful quilts, and spend time with my significant other and with my kitten sewing helper.


Thank you for being a part of The 70273 Project, Alida. Your spirit is as beautiful as your blocks, and I’m delighted and grateful to have you be a part of The 70273 Project.

You can find Alida here, too:


P.S. I spent tonight doing a little work under the hood, trying to grow the font size to a decent, readable scale and cleaning up a few other things that have consistently gone awry between my blog and the mail carrier. I know what I’ve done, and I know it looks good in the previews, but the real test will be when it lands on your digital doorstep tomorrow morning. Of course you know this means no more kickbacks from optometrists. But you’re worth it.

Thank you for your patience as I give our eyes a much-needed vacation!

Inside Envelope 14

Block112BarbaraAtwell3.5x6.5 copy

Block140BarbaraAtwell3.5x6.5 copy

Block125BarbaraAtwel3.5x6.5l copy

Block149BarbaraAtwell3.5x6.5 copy(Some of the blocks made by Barbara Atwell, 3.5×6.5)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

Block150BevWiedeman3.5x6.5 copy

Block155BevWiedeman3.5x6.5 copy(Some of the blocks made by Bev Weideman, 3.5×6.5)

only light can do that.

Block156AnonymouseMaker4 copy(Block made by Anonymous 4, 6.5×9.5)

Hate cannot drive out hate;

Block157AnonymousSix copy(Block made by Anonymous 5, 3.5×6.5)

only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barbara Atwell’s first batch of blocks arrived on 3/22/2016, a little over a month after The 70273 Project launched. Envelope 14 also included blocks from some of Barbara’s fellow Truckee Meadows Quilters guilt. To this day, Barbara remains devoted in her support, regularly sharing links to blog posts on her Facebook timeline, stitching more blocks, and continuing to share information with fellow members of the Truckee Meadows Quilters.

Thank you, Barbara and Bev, and thank you to your two friends who wish to remain anonymous.

Would you like to become a part of The 70273 Project?
Make some blocks.
Subscribe to the blog and share the posts.
Like the Facebook page.
Join the Facebook group.
Follow the Pinterest board.

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