North Kent Embroiderers Guild

70,273 project

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11 August 2017 - Quilt #189 is finally finished!

Yes, North Kent Embroiderers' Guild have finished their quilt as part of the 70,273 project. It has been something that we feel humbled and yet privileged to have participated in with the majority of members making a block or two (or in some cases 12!).
For more pictures of the hangings in Rochester Cathedral, please click here for a copy of the pdf
We found a host of ways to create blocks – stitched, appliqued fabric, ribbon, fabric paint, buttons, screen print … the only guidelines were that the background fabric needed to be white (cotton, poly blend, wool, felt – this is a great chance to upcycle shirts and sheets) and the crosses red.

What is the 70273 project?

70,273 blocks of fabric are being gathered together from across the world, marked with two red crosses, to commemorate the number of physically and mentally disabled men, women and children who were murdered between January 1940 and August 1941 in the Aktion T4 Programme - a largely unrecognised atrocity which only received a memorial to the victims in 2014.

The red crosses represent the marks made by the assessing Doctors as to whether the person was deemed ‘unfit’ or an economic burden on Nazi society.  It is such a simple symbol, and in this project, the simplicity with which someone could sign someone’s life away is turned into a symbol of love and strength.  The white fabric represents the sheet of paper that their death sentence was signed on. Seeing the crosses stitched together sends a powerful message of tolerance, community and love.  Its impact comes from the huge variety of these two red marks - each beautiful in their own perfectly imperfect way.

The blocks were stitched into quilts and wall hangings and were displayed in Rochester Cathedral during January, February and March 2018, to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day.  Blocks will be on display throughout the world, in 77 countries. when the exhibition has finished

This project is the brainchild of Jeanne Hewell-Chambers, who woke up one morning with this plan for global domination with Love.  You can read more about the project and its progress, and join the community at

The overall coordinator for this project here in Rochester is Lucy, c/oFrancis Iles, 103 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX and for more information and ideas about how to make blocks visit