Week 35 in Review (October 10-16, 2016)

Things came to a rolling stop in week 35, as my computer gave me the dreaded “Your startup disk is FULL”. So as I tended to our daughter and her concussion, I researched storage options, learning that whatever I put in Dropbox places a mirror image on my computer – a key piece of information I did not know. I thought Dropbox was cloud storage, but it’s really more of a file organization system, and as some of y’all know, I save everything 70273, and it’s all those files placed in Dropbox that slowed my computer down then brought it to its knees.

So after much research and consideration that consumed 3 or 4 days, I purchased a 4TB portable external hard drive that I’m calling The 70273 Project Mother Lode Closet and began moving things out of Dropbox and storing them there. That external drive is set up to backup continuously through Backblaze, so there’s my redundancy. For purposes of convenience, I will leave some things in Dropbox, but the photos and files and other space-consuming items will go into the new red external backup drive. The rearranging continues, but I’m back on a productive track after feeling stalled out dealing with storage issues last week.

I’ve heard from people in 95 different countries.


Quilt #11, Pieced and Quilted by Janet Hartje arrived in this week’s mail. It is gorgeous, and I’ll tell you – and show you – more about it real soon.



It is SO much fun opening the mail – seeing the decorated envelopes – reading the notes and letters – finding surprises – bawling. Y’all just amaze me, you always amaze me. Thanks to the generosity and creativity of these folks that you’ll see and hear more from in future blog posts . . .
Velia Antila (CA, USA)
Donna Bailey (CT, USA)
Sandie Ehrman (CA, USA)
Suzanne McCarthy (MI, USA)
Pam Arena (GA, USA)
Margaret Williams (GA, USA)
Caroline Rudisill (TX, USA)
Barbara Winfield (MD, USA)
Shane Dallman (OR, USA)
one Anonymous Maker (OR, USA)
I now have 4878 blocks in hand!

Remember: You still have time to collaborate on blocks with me and with your siblings, so stitch on.

Thank y’all for everything you’re doing to commemorate these 70273 people who might otherwise be forgotten.


Other places to gather around The 70273 Project water cooler:

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.

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.


  1. Nancy Carroll

    WOW!!! We’re almost at the 5,000 mark — what a milestone that will be!!!! I will start sending you blocks next week, Jeanne. Congratulations to all the talented block and quilt makers out there, who have gotten us this far …. 🙂

    • whollyjeanne

      I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again: this project has brought out the most big-hearted, caring, creative, and compassionate people you can imagine. And that includes YOU. xo

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