Project 70273

Today it’s #Global Block Day where hopefully lots of people around the world are making blocks for the 70723 Project. This is the brainchild of Jeanne Hewell Chambers, she is making quilts made of blocks which simply have two red crosses on. Each block represents another person who was deemed unworthy of a place in society by the Nazi’s in the early 1940’s. Jeanne needs 70273 blocks, one for each man, woman and child. For more information on the project, please follow the link at the bottom of the post.

The blocks are being made into quilts which will be displayed around the world. I think it will be very moving to see a large display of these quilts.

The blocks just need two red crosses on white fabric, very simple. Anyone can make them, they can even be made with a red marker pen. I’ve just made six simple ones this evening;

I cut a length of white fabric which was 6.5″ wide, then cut blocks which were either 3.5 x 6.5″ or 9.5 x 6.5″. Jeanne has listed three specific sizes for the blocks so they will stitch together easily. The first one I stitched was from red ribbon which I hand-stitched along the edge. I cut two squares from red felt and stitched those onto a big block…

I embroidered two of the smaller ones, I used two layers of ribbon with a running stitch down the middle for another little one.

My final one shows that you don’t even need to be able to sew as I just painted two crosses with my silk paints, but felt tips or marker pens would work just as well. These quilts are not going to be washed so there is no need to worry about colourfastness etc. As my fabric was patterned white I felt it needed edging so I just went round the edge with a red running stitch.

If you would like to make a block (or six!) please click over to the Project 70273 website where Jeanne has lots of help and information.

Jeanne says: “a big Thank You to y’all for helping us remind and/or convince the world that Every life has value. Every. Single. Life.”

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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11 Responses to Project 70273

  1. tialys says:

    I’m surprised I’ve never heard of this project. I see that quite a few quilters in France have joined in and even made complete quilts. I’m sure I could rustle up a couple of blocks – off to read the instructions and information.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    I am so glad you shared about this Margaret, this is today’s afternoon sewing project. I want to take my finished blocks down to the local quilt shops and ask them to display them and some info, and see it we can get a Rapid City quilt made.

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  3. Catherine says:

    Thanks so much for sharing such an important post today! Your blocks look brilliant.

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  4. So fantastic to be sewing along side you today!
    I hope to finish my middling blocks and am proud to be part of this project too!

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  5. Suzanne says:

    What am amazing project. Thank you for sharing the info with us!

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  6. I just learned about this project from Kathy’s blog the other day, and sewed along yesterday. Such a simple block, but so much meaning!

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  7. magpiesue says:

    I’ve only just learned about this today too, although I have the faintest memory of having come across the project before. I’ve checked out the web site and have already stitched up a pair of X’s on a 3.5″ x 6.5″ piece of muslin. I may try for a half dozen like you did, just to make the postage worthwhile.

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