Monday, 24 October 2016

The 70,273 Project

Recently I heard about a project set up by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers at The Barefoot Heart. Jeanne has a heart for disabled people. When she heard on a documentary that between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began), many of Germany's loved sons, daughters, father's, mother's, relations and friends were murdered at the command of the Nazi's because they were deemed "unfit" or an “economic burden on society", Jeanne decided those people had to be commemorated. Some were visibly disabled, some were old, some were mentally disabled, some were slowly recovering from an illness or injury. They were men, women, teens, boys, and girls.
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. Very few of these 70,273 people were even met by the doctors who wrote an X, let alone examined.

The 70,273 Project involves collecting 70,273 pieces of white fabric, each with 2 red X's on them. These will then be made up into quilts to be exhibited in various places around the world.

This speaks to my heart, too. And is made even more poignant knowing people like my 96 year old mother-in-law who would have never reached that age under those circumstance. Or my brother who lived over 20 years after having a kidney transplant. Or to bring it even closer home - me...with my pains and headaches and 'malaise' or what ever you might want to call fibromyalgia.

I have read a lot about that period of history. I recently read about a nurse who was made to let them come and empty the building of her disabled patients...being told they were being taken to a lovely place in the country where they could get much better. But I didn't know about the totality of the decisions on this aspect of the Nazi regime.

So, I decided to make some of the blocks. Here is the info about the blocks.
Because each block commemorates a perfectly imperfect person,
blocks can be perfectly imperfect, too.
There are only other two guidelines:
~ finished blocks must be made in one of three sizes 3.5″ x 6.5″ (9 cm x 16.5 cm) or 6.5″ x 9.5″ (16.5 cm x 24.2 cm) or 9.5″ x 12.5″ (24.2 cm x 31.8 cm)
~ A completed and signed Provenance Form (release) must accompany the blocks.
For more information about The 70273 Project, visit There are also links on Jeanne's blog where you can find out how to get involved, more specific detail about making the blocks, and how to get your group or family involved.

If we don't tell people, who will stand up if we are the ones on a list somewhere? Actually, in some places people are being ticked off a list.
More information on the "T-4" programme can be found on the website of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

I have started out with the small size. I want to document them on the blog.
I haven't the skills to do a patchwork quilt, but I can contribute blocks for the people able to do that!








While we were visiting my Mother-in-law in hospital last week, I made the first 5. They don't take too long. Just the thing for keeping your hands busy. Perhaps I will put a few blank pieces and some red thread in the kitchen to do while waiting for things to cook.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on...16-22 October

week 42 - Oct 2016








Friday, 21 October 2016

Harvest - last Sunday

Last Sunday we had our harvest celebration.
I usually decorate the front table.

And this year, we did a fry-up or Full Cooked English Breakfast instead of a dinner.
Fun! Everyone had their part in the kitchen or out of it.
My part was cooking Scrambled Eggs. (easier than getting individual fried eggs right!) We had sausage, mushrooms, tomato, baked beans, hash browns, bacon and more!

We are collecting to send to Haiti via MAF - who fly teams of doctors and health professionals, building teams and more to places that are inaccessible. In this case, inaccessible because of the damage.
We have supported them in other ways in the past, including the teams who went to Nepal. MAF has a slogan 'Flying for Life' So they had already planned for a fund raiser called 'Frying for Life'... and we decided we could do it as a meal! And then the Haiti disaster happened, so it gave us even more impetus.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Bubbles-foam for a Cascade

This morning I got a bright idea of making bubbles or foam for a cascade of water.
Crochet several types and colours of threads.

As you do.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Seams on bodice

Finished the seams on the bodice. Each side of each seam took between 6-10 minutes! Pedal to the medal and all.
Do you think it gives a sort of abstracted idea of tree limbs with a bit of foliage between? More things will happen to give it a 3D look. But this is a start - a base.
Beneath the 'tree' will be water, so thinking about the technique for that. I know what it looks like in my head, and I think I know how I will do it.

Monday, 17 October 2016


After a busy weekend with Harvest and outings to a Drama play with friends, I am back at the current project.

I mentioned joining the parts of the bodice made of hair canvas with fabric that lines as well as turns to the front. I hadn't thought about how much the quilting fabric would fray. But, I found a solution that adds to what I am trying to show.
One of the seams...caught down with a fancy featherstitch from my machine.
The seams were meant to be like foliage peeking between limbs of a tree anyway, so this works well. The little frayed bits will eventually add to the whole.

At the moment, the working title is Willows by the Watercourses. So, thinking about developing the willow a bit more. I don't want to recreate a willow, because I want to focus on the water side of it.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on...9-15 October

Week 41 - Oct 2016








Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Pattern work ad change of use

Today, (between bouts of unexpected pain flare up in my leg - what was that about!) I worked on the pattern. Very nearly like the bodice of Golden Grace, but not.

Cut from dark brown horse hair braid No, hair canvas. (I knew I would do that!)
Why? not for structure, but because it is the right colour and texture!

Change of use permitted. Is that something like artistic license?

and because it is not for a medieval monk, (if anyone actually wore this it would be very bad for the skin), this is being the lining which will cover the edges as well and peek through the gaps in the seams.

I think.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Hunter - Gatherer Stage

There is a SAQA call for entry coming up called H2OH!. They are accepting wearables.
I had thought maybe to develop further my Ripples and Swirls top from the Pattern Review Sewing Bee...add beads in an 'eddy' here and there. But it is so very comfortable I don't want to lose sight of it should it be accepted!
Furthermore, a small top in a big place would not make much of a statement. So, I have been thinking and have had an idea for something watery for sometime. So, I am going with it. I have had a few more thoughts and bright ideas and now it is time to begin to develop it.

SO, today I started the Hunter-Gatherer stage. Collecting fabrics and embellishments which might contribute to the whole.
I am also not yet at the stage where I want to say what I have in mind, but it will come!



I may add to this and will almost definitely take some things away. I guess you would call it a palette from which I will work.

I have also oiled Mademoiselle because she squeaks very loudly as you turn her this way and that draping and stitching things. This was almost too much when I was stitching on the 'tears' to the last piece!

And should these pieces not be accepted, no worries. It will mean I am ahead with garments for shows! The solo show the last 2 weeks of March at Lady Sew and Sew, Henley Art Trail and The fashion show at the Festival of Quilts.

Monday, 10 October 2016

And the bead keeps going on and on...1-8 October

week 40- Oct 2016
I decided on copper metallic sequins. More in keeping with the rest of the things I have been doing. The bright orange will come in handy for something else I am sure! I realised that my blue sequins I will use in December are metallic, so too, I think have other ones been.









Sunday, 9 October 2016

orange sequins for the daily beading

Too much over doing Even more meetings and not enough recovery catching up going on around here.
... On Thursday, after asking at all the bead stands I could find at K+S who did not have orange sequins, I finally found some at Glitterati.

Well, they shout ORANGE. and I am not sure about how much they overwhelm the more subtle orange beads I will be using. The sort of look like Halloween which was not my intent for October. I wanted to say Autumn.

The sequins I have used for other colours are translucent, these are matt. I knew they were bright, but after getting home and using these, they seem are fairly florescent.
So, I am deliberating about using copper ones after all.
What do you think? The 2 bits I have already sewn are using the new bright sequins.

For comparison, orange sequins from last year when I ran out:
orange translucent on left and a goldish one I thought was most like the first.

So, still working this out. Sorry there is so much catching up going on with this project lately! I am thinking that I need to really cut back on how much time this is using up.
Or do less?

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Stitching at Knitting and Stitching

Just a couple photos from going to the Knitting and Stitching Show on Thursday.

One of the first things:
Getting involved with a communal stitching project...based on an idea in the book shown about how girls were judged on the amount of their stitches. This was part of the exhibition by the group Un.Fold.

So, we took 2 pieces of calico and did stitches. Competitive if you wanted. I have never took the time to aim for few and/or even (or even straight!).
They counted the stitches and wrote them on the tag. Well, I counted them and wrote a number, but she said to count the ones on back as well! Ok. So it was 56.
They are going to do something with all of them at some point.

I found another person working with fishing net techniques! Gail Baxter All under the name of contemporary lace.
Now you see 2 makes it not so strange. She was also excited that someone else saw the potential. Only she has discovered further 'stitches' and shapes!
Start with one thread and get a circle by adding some (I need her to tell me how!)