Hey there! Today’s the day!
It’s #Globalblockday for The 70273 Project. What does that mean? It means people the world over are joining in today to commemorate one, or a thousand, of the 70,273 people who were so tragically murdered by the Nazis prior to the Holocaust. These were people that the Nazis deemed unworthy of life. They may have had physical disabilities, mental disabilities, we can’t know why. But they were, in fact, murdered.
To learn more straight from the project’s originator, please visit Jeanne Hewell-Chambers at her own site. Be forewarned: there is a LOT of information there. It’s all good, very informative (and tragic), but will take some time to read.
If you’d rather just get going on the blocks today and read more about the project another time, here’s what you need to know.
- Cut a piece (or ten) of plain white cotton fabric (solid white or white-on-white, nothing else on it) in one of the following sizes: 3-1/2 X 6-1/2″, 6-1/2″ X 9-1/2″, or 9-1/2″ X 12-1/2.” Please pay careful attention to the size.
- Paint, draw, stitch, or otherwise attach two (and only two) red x’s anywhere on the block (leaving a 1/4″ margin for piecing on all sides). Please do not put any other writing or decoration on the block.
- Print out a provenance form and mail it and your block(s) to
P.O. Box 994
Cashiers, NC 28717-0994
I’ve told you about the project before, here, here, here, and here. And… although I slipped behind last spring, I am back today to make some more blocks AND finish these quilts that I pieced together and have been sitting on ever since. All they need is to have borders stitched on, and then be quilted and bound. I probably won’t finish all of that today (although you never know!), but I do want to get them going so I can mail them to Jeanne sometime in this century.
Will you be joining us today? I will post process photos as I work on Facebook and Instagram. You can also see photos from all the folks all over the world in The 70273 Project Campfire on Facebook. You are welcome to post your own photos too, and be sure to tag them with #Globalblockday, and #the70273 project.
Please, won’t you make a block today?