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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The 70273 Project
One of the donation projects I've decided to work on this year is called The 70273 Project. Jeanne Hewell-Chambers is gathering 70,273 quilt blocks to commemorate the 70,273 disabled people deemed "an economic burden on society" and murdered by the Nazis in 1940 and 1941. Each quilt block has a white background and two red X's to signify the two red X's placed on someone's file when Nazi doctors determined that they were "unfit" and sealed their fate. You can find more information at her websitehereor on her Facebook pagehere. I volunteered to sew some blocks together and two sets came in the mail the other day.
You should see how well documented this project is. Each block donated is assigned a number, and each quilt is numbered. A record is kept of who made each block as well as who quilted each quilt.
Today I started putting blocks together for quilt number 409. I settled on a layout knowing I would have to increase the size of some of the blocks to make it work.
I found a ziploc bag full of small white scraps in my stash that will come in handy. See why quilters don't like to throw out odds and ends of fabric bits?
I only got the first row put together today, but I think this is going to go quickly.
Just as soon as I get quilt 409 and 410 pieced I'm going to volunteer to do more. I would definitely like to make at least one entire quilt this year for the project. Please check out the website and Facebook page for more information and to see if there's some way you can help.