70273 Project {make a difference}

As I come across ways for us as makers to support our community, I will share them on the blog. My first exploration into how to “make a difference” came from Jeanne Hewell Chambers. When she contacted me about her 70273 Project and I was immediately intriqued. As much of our collective history seems to be lost in the rhetoric today, I appreciate the opportunity to share information about a project whose goals is to share our history and hopefully not repeat it.

What is the 70273 Project?

Between January 1940 and August 1941, German Nazis murdered 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people. Assessing physicians made their evaluations solely by what they read in the medical records. Once two of the three physicians placed a red X at the bottom of the page, the person was murdered.

Jeanne is gathering 70273 quilt blocks from around the world to commemorate each of these people who might otherwise be forgotten. Blocks can be in one of three sizes, using white fabric as the base (representing the medical records) on which are laid two red X’s (representing the death sentence). Launched on 2/14/2016, the goal is to collect all 70273 blocks by October 2017. Why? It took these Germans 20 months to murder 70273 people, and it shouldn’t take longer to love than it took them to hate.

One of the 70273 quilts was hanging at Quilt Con. Did you see it?

Quilt #1, photo credit: Scrappy Taffy

If you want to make blocks to support the project, here is more information along with frequently asked questions. Let’s not forget those who couldn’t advocate for themselves.

Comments 4

  1. I am interested in this project and want to send the message to all my quilting friends but can’t get to the main information. Please can someone send me a link that tells me where to send the finished blocks to. Mags, Orpington, Kent.

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      Hi, Mags!

      The 70,243 Project website is currently unavailable but they are working on it. Until then, you can send blocks to: The 70273 Project / Jeanne Hewell-Chambers / POB 994 / Cashiers, NC 28717.

      Thank you!

  2. Thank you so much for penning this post, letting others know what we’re doing. I’ve had many computer problems (a complete meltdown requiring a time-consuming reconstruction effort) and site woes (on the server side of things, frustrating, but at least I didn’t have to repair it), we are finally back up. Now I just need to finish the makeover (wish me luck). Thank you again. xo

  3. Jeanne,

    Please contact me. I work with the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the Univ. of GA in Athens, GA. I am most interested in talking with you about a Symposium we are holding November 1, 2018 at the Special Collections Library at the University.

    Thanks, Gillian

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