Week 12 of The 70273 Project (May 2 to May 8, 2016)

Here are the highlights of the 12th week of The 70273 Project:

Because I was away the week before,
last week found me with a backlog of scanning.
Milestone blocks scanned this week include:


Block 600, a 3.5″ x 6.5″ (9 cm x 16.5 cm) beauty made by Laurie Dunn


Block 700, a 9.5″ x 12.5″ (24.2 cm x 31.8 cm) made by 5 year old Chloe Nycz
a student at Blanchard Valley School


Block 800, a 9.5″ x 12.5″ (24.2 cm x 31.8 cm) beauty made by Brenda Shimshick


Block 900, a 3.5″ x 6.5″ 9 cm x 16.5 cm) beauty made by Janet Hartje


Block 1000, a 3.5″ x 6.5″ (9 cm x 16.8 cm) beauty made by Glenda Williams


Because it occurs to me that maybe I ought to be
counting each 100th block ending with #73, here’s
Block 1073, a 9.5″ x 12.5″ (24.2 cm x 31.9 cm) beauty made by Glenda Williams.


And because my head kinda hurts to think in terms of anything
but hundreds, here’s Block #1100,
a 9.5″ x 12.5″ (24.2 cm x 31.8 cm) beauty made by
– wait for it –
Glenda Williams.
(She sent me a box filled with 160 blocks.
so of course she hit several milestones.
I’ll tell you more about her soon.)

Total blocks in hand as of this post:
Drum Roll, please:

Give yourselves a big, fat standing ovation, y’all.
You’ve certainly earned it.


Chloe Grice continues to help me
make The 70273 Project more
internationally friendly.
This week, she translated the block sizes
into cm’s for me, and I’m busy
adding it everywhere block sizes are mentioned.
3.5″x 6.5″ = 9 cm x 16.5 cm
6.5″ x 9.5″ = 16.5 cm x 24.2 cm
9.5″ x 12.5″ = 24.2 cm x 31.8 cm
Thank you, Chloe!


Several weeks ago, I received a private message
from Beth Thrift, an artist I had the pleasure of meeting in the waiting room
at a local hospital as I sat with my friend, April Harrison.
Beth sent an email to a local magazine, The Laurel Asheville,
and Leah, one of the writers on staff, emailed me by email.
The article came out last week with the release of
the May issue. Note: it’s on page 111.
Thank you Beth, and thank you Leah.


I have been contacted by people in 63 different countries.


Last but not least,
a Major Happening of last week:
Let’s all give a rousing exclamation of glee to say Thank you to
the talented one called Kitty Sorgen who received
the bundles of blocks

then promptly (and very quickly) pieced
The First Quilt Top for The 70273 Project!
And that’s not all.
This week finds Kitty delivering the quilt top
and backing fabric to MJ Kinman
who will quilt it.
This quilt top is exactly what I envisioned
since that night in late January
when the idea came and whispered in my ear.
Can you imagine standing in the presence of 800+ of these quilts?
Thank you Kitty and MJ.
Thank you big.
I think this calls for cupcakes, y’all.
With sprinkles.


So keep making those blocks
and visiting the Facebook Page for updates
and posting in the Facebook Group to let us know what you’re doing
and reading the blog to seep up with all that’s happening
with The 70273 Project.

1 Comment

  1. Chloe

    Imagine standing in a room surrounded by these whispering voices!!! Really, I can’t wait to see this and I can’t believe how quickly Kitty brought those blocks to life, and what progress we are making – Jeanne, you should feel so proud of yourself for inspiring so many people. Thank you again for your mention – I still don’t feel worthy, compared to your Herculean tasks 🙂

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