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The 70273 Project

Monday, October 17th, 2016


I don’t remember where I first heard about this project, but I was immediately drawn in. It was founded by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers. You can followalong and find out more on her blog. Here is what she has to say about how she came to start this:

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. 

She soon realized she could not accomplish this alone so she reached out to the world via the internet for help. She has specific dimensions and some instructions, but how you make the red x’s is up to the maker. Here are my first 3 in the 3 different sizes. I fused some red linen x’s to white cotton.


I then stitched them down.


Here is one of the quilts that Jeanne has made.


This is a big deal and a lot of work. I do hope that some of my readers will jump in and help with this. Just go to her blog. In the sidebar, you will find every thing you need to know.

I have finished one HRC hat and am working on the second one.


I am busy cleaning, packing, purging and moving my studio. Most every thing but the furniture has been moved. The furniture will get moved on Sunday. Then Mr C and I have to clean and paint the old studio so that I can get my deposit back.


A Hectic, Satisfying Day

Thursday, January 7th, 2016


When I took this quilt (without the tree) to my critique session last fall, the critic said it was not finished, it needed something else. I had always thought about putting a California Oak on it because you often see a lone Oak on the golden hills. I thought it might be too realistic for the overall tone of the quilt. But, today I did it. And, I am still not sure, but I sure love the tree.

I took off for the studio this morning to get this done. I cut a trunk.


I auditioned some green fabrics and ended up using this batik. I think it worked well.

I fused the tree together on a teflon sheet.


Then, I auditioned it in different spots on the landscape and fused it down.


I took it home and quilted it.

I also finished this little quilt. I scattered a few more leaves on it before I added the facing.


Tonight, we took the street car down to the Pearl to the opening of an art exhibit that 3 friends are in. I also retrieved my Blue Picasso Woman and brought it home. It has been traveling for a year and a half.


I took all 3 of these quilts to Kristin LaFlamme who is taking them to Seattle with her tomorrow to be photographed by Mark Frey, who is a great photographer of textiles and art objects. Kristin has a 3-D piece that needs to be photographed for a catalog for a SAQA exhibit at the Textile Museum, Migration Stories. Here she is photographing it in our condo hallway for a video she plans to make of it in various sites.


And so, I am feeling pretty good tonight. Got a lot accomplished. Tomorrow, I start an online dyeing class with Elizabeth Barton. While I was at the studio, I checked on my supplies. In this workshop she promises:

If you’ve never dyed before, this is the class to take. If you have taken a class but ended up feeling confused about the whole process, this is the class to take. If you have taken a class, and felt like it was all too much work, this is the class to take! If you have taken a class and had wimpy or muddy results, this is the class to take! If you have read about a class where you had to dye thousands of little square samples before you could even think about what you needed to make that quilt you have in mind, this is the class to take! If you want to be able to dye a reasonable approximation of any color you see anywhere, this is the class to take! In five lessons, I explain the process of hand dyeing in simple, safe, clear, easy to remember terms. We make enough dye concentrate in the first class to last us through the whole course – and beyond! You really don’t need to be mixing up dye every single time! There are only a few key factors to successful dyeing and I’ll explain them very clearly, so failure just simply is not an option! We will cover: dye mixing, gradation dyeing, pure versus mixed colors, how to derive your own recipes, how to dye neutrals and why you need them and the benefits of overdyeing. In the last class, working from a color inspiration source, we dye the fabric for your next quilt!



Day 15

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015


It has been a pretty good day despite the gloom hanging over Portland. I had lunch with Amy Frazer, who I met through SDA. She used to work in the sock division of Nike and traveled a lot meeting with athletes regarding their sock needs, I guess. She was doing fiber art work, mainly embroidery, on the side. Now, she no longer works for Nike and is pursuing a more artistic life.

Here we are enjoying our decadent desserts at Papa Haydn’s, known for their desserts. That is my cheesecake with a toffee crust (so good). She had the Buche de Noel. We both took half home to our significant others.


I wore my bionic brace for more than four hours today. I find that if I wear it during my most active time, it saves my knee from getting enraged and screaming at me.

Tonight, we toodled over the hill to Kristin La Flamme’s home and had some munchies and then went to hear her daughter, Katja, play bass with the Wilson High School Jazz band. Such fun and good memories for me of the days when I was a band, orchestra and choir member in high school. Plus, I adopted Kristin several years ago as my art quilt daughter, so Katja is sort of my grandchild!!


The other good thing is that I got to miss the republican debate!!

So, it has been a good day.

Printed Fabric Bee – April Edition

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015


I was Queen Bee this month and it was a good thing. I have been so busy I would have had a hard time printing fabric for someone else. I chose geometry as my theme and I can’t wait to see how my friends interpret this.  If you would like to win the giveaway set, leave a comment here on my blog and on the Printed Fabric Bee Blog. I will select a winner on May 15th. Good luck!

Moving Outside With The Fiber Rebels

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


It has been a week since I posted, but honestly, I have been very busy! I finished up my four seasons piece for the Moving Outside exhibit. I created an 18 by 24 inch plastic sign for the exhibit and started plans for my workshop that I am doing at Trinity next month.

We installed the exhibit this morning and it really looks great. Up above is the piece by Betty Daggett and Jean Wells. They were inspired by a Chihuly installation, titled Call of the Wind.


This is  Ephemeral, a lovely piece by Carol Heist.


I just love this horse by Chris Brown. It is fashioned from telephone wire and fabric bits. Click it to see it larger.


This is a piece by Janet Hiller from Eugene. She repurposed a quilt that she had made and had friends and family write messages on it. It is titled, An Old Story.


Barbara Friedson created these shoes with words and symbols, titled, Walk in My Shoes.


We all had fun helping Laura Jaszkowski lace bomb this tree. It is titled, Fragments. The streamers have childhood memories written on them.


Diane Born made this installation titled, The Spiral of Life.


Here is my piece. I wish I had taken a photo from farther away. I promise I will. We have steel rods inserted between each panel and at the ends. I awoke every night for the past two weeks, worrying about whether this installation would work. With the help of Mr C, it seems quite stable. Here is a detail shot of the winter panel so that you can see how I added some paint marks. I also coated the panels on both sides with Golden matte medium and I am hoping it will hold up to the inevitable rain.


Here is the sign that I made.


And here is the flyer I made to have at the SAQA conference. Hoping some people come by to see the exhibit.


Tomorrow, the conference starts and I have to be their by noon to wear my expert badge to help folks find their way around the hotel and Portland. I will be spending the next few days there. I will be at our exhibit on Saturday afternoon so if you live around Portland, come by and say Hi!