It’s Today!


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.

7,000. 70273, Lori East Quilts, todayIf 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.



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Print out a provenance form and mail it and your block(s) to

Jeanne Hewell-Chambers
P.O. Box 994
Cashiers, NC  28717-0994

plugging, today, Lori East Quilts, 70273
Quilt #40

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.

7,000, 70273, today, Lori East QuiltsWill 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?

  • Becky Collis

    Thanks for reminding me of this important project! I’m going in to cut some backgrounds and make some blocks this AM!

  • Wendy Tuma

    Part of what I will be doing today is putting the quilt sleeve on the finished 70273 quilt from our quilt group, so I can get that mailed to Jeanne, hopefully this week. Then I’m going to take the rest of the white fabric and cut as many blocks as I can and make them up. Should be a good day of stitching, I hope!

    • Hooray, Wendy!! I am hoping to get at least ONE quilt to the sleeve stage. 😋 I still have blocks to make, blocks to finish, borders to cut…and so on.