70273 Project

70273 Project Quilt

Following the Great British Sewing Bee exhibition I read several posts who mentioned the 70273 Project, I’ve never got into ‘protest quilts’ but this one touched me. I was intrigued and started to look into it and decided I wanted to make some quilt blocks for it; so what’s it about…

Jeanne Hewell-Chambers is the lady with the inspiration and the motivation to make it happen. She writes

“Between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began), 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people – men, women, teens, boys, and girls – were murdered by the Nazis. Though they never even laid eyes on the disabled person they were evaluating, the Nazi doctors read the medical files and, if from the words on the page, the person was deemed “unfit” or an “economic burden on society”, the doctor placed a red X at the bottom of the form. Three doctors were to read each medical file, and when two of them made a red X on the page, the disabled person’s fate was sealed. Most were murdered within 1-2 hours.

I will commemorate these 70,273 voiceless, powerless people who were so callously and casually murdered by gathering 70,273 blocks of white fabric (representing innocence and the paper the doctors read), each bearing two red X’s (representing one person), and I will stitch them together into quilts. “


70273 Project Quilt

These quilts are going to exhibitions all around the world, in the meantime Jeanne is asking for quilt blocks with just two simple red crosses on, they can be sewn, drawn with a marker pen, embroidered, anything really, so long as all that is on it is two red crosses. There are three different sizes to make so if you would like to make some too please do have a look at her website here.

October 14th is Global Block Day, the challenge is out to see how many 70273 project blocks can be made in one day. I’ve got some red ribbon ready…

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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16 Responses to 70273 Project

  1. Catherine says:

    What a tragic story. The Nazi’s had ‘odd’ and strange thought processes. The meaning of human life must have been lost on them. What a great idea this is, and your quilt looks lovely.


  2. sewchet says:

    Wow, very poignant way to remember those murdered. Yet another holocaust set of events to make you shudder. I’ll try to add a couple of blocks to the project.

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  3. KerryCan says:

    I’ve seen a lot of protest quilts, or quilts with a strong message, that I love and think make a point that couldn’t be made in another medium. This project is very moving and very important!

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  4. Deb says:

    This touches my heart in a very real way, as awful as the killings were ,are the heartwarming deeds of this wonderful commemorate to remember these dear souls. Truly a day brighter!

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  5. The Great British Sewing Bee? Like the Great British Baking Show?(which I just finished watching the 1st season that was available on Netflix).
    Wow I never heard of the 70273 Project, very powerful, thanks for sharing this important exhibit!


    • craftycreeky says:

      GBSB is just like the GB Bake Off, I think there are 3 or 4 series now, it’s given sewing a real boost here, we actually have fabric shops opening!!
      It’ll be good to see some of the 70273 quilts when they go on display.

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    What an amazing and worthwhile endeavor. The atrocities of the Nazi’s happened because, over time, many decent folks who might have been horrified at the final happenings were neutralized by propaganda and many small steps, not realizing how far down the road they had gone. I’ve heard About the frog put in a pot of warm water heated very slowly that never jumps out, because he doesn’t notice how hot the water got!
    It is so important that we remember what happened, and guard against it happening again!

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  7. Jeanne Hewell-Chambers says:

    Thank you so much for joining in with the commemorating and for letting others know how they can, too. I’m very excited about finding my way over there early next year to see Rochester Cathedral and hopefully Durham Cathedral if I can make the scheduling work out and having the pleasure of meeting as many of you delightful stitches as possible. You’re quite right: to walk into a room and find yourself surrounded by these quilts is powerful. Did you see the video of the exhibit in Lacaze, France? Thank you again for the commemorations and this lovely post.❌❌

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    • craftycreeky says:

      I’d love to see them on display, have you thought about York Minster? I haven’t seen the video so I’ll look it up. Hope you get a few more people through my blog, good luck with the project.


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