Category Archives: Commemorative Projects

Wednesday Thoughts

This is a little change from my Wednesday Wanderings posts, since I’ve been thinking on something this week.

Comparison is the thief of joy. 

–Theodore Roosevelt

I’ve spent a bit too much time there this week, comparing. I’m not asking for encouragement or sympathy. Just letting you know where I’ve been. I know better, so it’s time to put that behind me.

So what have I been doing to get me out of my slump?

Exercise. I’ve begun walking again. Now that my ankle is getting better, I’m up to almost 2 miles a day. It’s not really my favorite thing to do, but it’s necessary.

Clearing Clutter. Both in my head and in my quilt room, often simultaneously. Sometimes decluttering helps me process, and I can breathe so much easier now that my quilt room has some order to it.

Puttering with Little Projects.  Sometimes I just play with scraps, or try something new. It helps if I can just sew something, even if it’s not great.

All of that being said, I’m feeling better. So let’s talk quilts.

This weekend on Saturday I spent the day making blocks for The 70273 Project for their Global Block Day. Quilters from all over the world joined together and made blocks that day. The final count for the blocks made on just that one day was 3,397! I had fabric left over from making the quilt, so I decided to make blocks until I ran out of fabric. I ended up with 43 blocks. Those blocks will get shipped with the quilt, which is now complete with binding and rod pocket.

The 70273 Project - learn more about this project at -

Connie did a wonderful job of quilting around all those X’s, using a little meander and some swirls. (My pictures are darker than I like, but it does help show the quilting.)

70273 Quilt - Quilting Detail -

70273 Quilt - Quilting detail -

My goal for the week is to get this packaged up and on its way to Jeanne. I’m so delighted to have made this quilt with the help of my quilt group and a few other friends!

Enjoy the rest of the week, friends! Find joy in what you do!





Pieceful Monday

Hey! Thanks for stopping by! Why don’t you grab a cup of coffee or tea and let me tell you about my weekend. It was a good one; some time spent with friends, some sewing, some relaxing.

I had been looking forward to Friday for a few weeks. Two of my favorite people were coming to stitch some X blocks for The 70273 Project with me.  Ruth and her daughter, Emma, arrived around 10 am and we went right to work. Emma wanted to learn to do some stitching as well as commemorate some history, so these blocks were just the thing. She picked up the sewing so quickly, even making the quilter’s knot was easy peasy for her.

That beaming smile is so Emma! She is one of the sweetest people I know!

Her mom, Ruth, picked up the sewing quickly and made some too.

They made the trek all the way here (about an hour drive), so I wanted to give them a little something. And I was looking for an excuse to make two more zipper pouches. I made a little one this time for Ruth. I really think I need a little one. Perfect for a mini makeup bag for a purse!

It was a fun day, with sewing, chatting, a little lunch in Northfield and a teensy bit of shopping, and more sewing! Emma made four blocks, I made three, and Ruth two. We are hoping to do it again soon!

Saturday I spent most of the day in my quilt cave, working on the first block for the commissioned quilt. No pictures to show until the quilt is finished, but the blocks are really fun. Those little pieces and all that sewing on the bias made the first block a slow one. Now that I have the process down, I think it will be a little quicker on the next blocks. I have 30 of them to make in all.

I also needed to get Block 6 of the 182 Days of Winter Solstice Challenge done. Honestly, I had no idea what fabric to use with this block named Crosswalk. It had me stumped. I had two lovely pieces of fabric that I had received from Bernie of Needle and Foot when I participated in her Book Share last year. A few of us read The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian, and when we sent the book off to the next reader, we tucked in some fat quarters that made us think of something in the book. Bernie sent me the blue and the green patterned fabrics. And suddenly, an idea for Block 6 came to mind.

This block makes me think of walking board walks in nature sanctuaries that are surrounded by water. The figured green fabric makes me think of water with lily pads, the solid greens make me think of the lush greenery in the nature preserve and the blue, of course, is the water surrounding it all. It is probably my favorite block now of the challenge.

However, my blocks 1-6 are definitely an eclectic mix. My tendency toward having all things match is a little at war with this gathering. I keep thinking I should remake some of the blocks so they all go together, but I won’t. It’s good for me to have to stretch a bit.


Blocks 1-6

A couple of years ago, my two kids gave me a petite orchid for Mother’s Day. It is finally blooming once again. This poor little plant has had some rough going in my care, so I didn’t know if it would survive. I gave it some TLC and it has rewarded me with 5 little buds, one has opened to a pretty little bloom.

Yesterday I nicked my thumb with a knife while making lunch. I was rushing because I was hangry. My daughter suggested I not be allowed around knives any longer (my third cut, not nearly as terrible as the first). At any rate, I decided not to quilt yesterday and wait until there was enough healing so that no blood would stain the fabric. Aren’t you glad I shared that with you?

So yesterday, Max and I did alot of this.

So today I am ready to get going on those quilt blocks!

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to talk with you!

Linking up today with Cooking Up Quilts and Em’s Scrapbag.



The 70273 Project

My one-year anniversary of this blog passed a few days ago. It went by quietly, but I did reflect on it a bit.

As I do many things, I just kinda jumped into the blog thing. I had given it some thought, and my son kept telling me I should, and one night I just did. Armed with little knowledge of what I was doing, I just quit thinking about it and made it happen.

While I could go into reflections after a year of blogging, I’d rather talk about the joy I’ve had in meeting other quilters and friends in the blog world.

Let me introduce you to two. Somewhere along, I came across Lori East Quilts. Isn’t it funny how sometimes you try to remember how you met someone and you can’t, because you feel like you’ve known her forever? Lori makes me laugh out loud at times when I read her posts, or makes me realize that she and I have more things in common than I would have guessed, or she teaches me new ways of thinking on things. She is a creative, fun soul who loves the color red. What’s not to like?

Through Lori, I have met Jeanne Hewell-Chambers, and I’d like to share with you the project that she has undertaken and what I’m doing to help (and you can too). While I’m just getting to know Jeanne, I have been following her blog this past year and find her to be a warm and cheerful lady who obviously loves a challenge!

The 70273 Project. Jeanne was starting a new year, and had some goals for the year in mind. Little did she know what was about to commence. While watching a multi-series documentary with her family, and her “sister-in-love” Nancy, her goal for the next couple of years was changed within minutes.

70,273 people murdered. A quilt project to commemorate. White fabric signifying innocent victims; red fabric, the death sentence. I could explain further, but Jeanne does it so much better. You can read a brief overview here, or click on the link above for more of the story. Better yet, go spend some time on Jeanne’s site and her links to the history behind this project. Learn how you, too, can be involved.

I’m participating by making some blocks. They are simply done and take so little time to do. You don’t even have to know how to sew. Blocks can be made with paint, fabric markers, ribbon. Jeanne has a few specifications for making these, but they are easy to follow.

If you’re interested in joining me, you can find more information on Jeanne’s fact sheet here. If you’d like a good tutorial on making the blocks, Lori East has done a blog post on that here.

Local friends, if you’d like me to meet with your group and present this project, let me know.

This is a great project if your kids are studying this time in history — keep in mind that you could combine a history lesson, with a sewing lesson, or a painting lesson, etc. Even your littles could make a block with your guidance.

This is a great project for a youth group, or a family group project at your church.

This is a great project for a family reunion, or some other type of gathering.

This is a great project. Period.

70,273 precious people put to death. Life is precious. People are precious. Our differences add to the uniqueness and beautiful fabric of our lives. I’m doing this to commemorate them. Why don’t you join me?