Block Drive for The 70273 Project

The 70273 Project Global Block Day October 14

Now that #GlobalBlockDay is past, the time is ripe to keep making blocks and drop them off at Fabric Depot. We will send them to Jeanne and The 70273 Project to be made into finished quilts and added to the official count! To date, 24,720 people have been memorialized. Keep reading for more information:

Red X Block 17311 Example

What is The 70273 Project?
A worldwide art project commemorating the lives of the 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people murdered by German Nazis before the Holocaust officially began during 1940-41. These individuals were identified by Doctors with Red X's on their medical paperwork, anyone with 2 Red X’s on their paperwork were murdered within hours. We memorialize these people and return some of their individuality by making a block with 2 Red X's on a white or cream background for every last one of them. These blocks come together into beautiful art quilts that remember hundreds of individuals. Join us in remembering.

This project is immense and hard to talk about, but talk we must, and busy hands make it easier.
We need everyone who hears the call to act. Thanks for your help!

Blockapalooza aka The Block Drive:
We are collecting your Red X blocks, minis, middlings, & quilts (more info on these sizes here) at our Retail Store through November 14! Make sure your blocks match the sizes we're collecting, click that link above or see below! We will ship them to Project Headquarters after that date to be added to the official block count. Leave your mark on this global art project, grab some friends and spend some time remembering a brutal past to ensure a more beautiful future!

Please deliver your Red X’s to our Wholesale Counter in-store and don't forget to make yourself an official stitcher by filling out a Provenance Form available at our Wholesale Counter or downloadable here. Thank you for your generosity!

Red X Quilt In Progress Example

The blocks need to be rectangles of white fabric (white represents the paper of the medical records). The rectangles you send me need to be one of these sizes: 3.5″ x 6.5″ or 6.5″ x 9.5″ or 9.5″ x 12.5″. Important note: please leave a margin of 1/4″ – 1/2″ margin on all sides so your red X’s don’t get lost when we’re stitching the blocks together. The red X’s can be made from a variety of red textile-related materials using a variety of techniques.

Past Event:
Join us for #GlobalBlockDay on October 14! Share the image below or any images of blocks you've made or are making to Instagram or Facebook on October 14, make sure to tag @FabricDepot & use #fabricdepot #globalblockday & #The70273Project to have your blocks included. Let's see how many lives we can commemorate in one single day!

The 70273 Project Global Block Day October 14



October 20, 2017 at 8:42 AM

I am so glad you posted this article about the 70273. I had no idea it was that many disabled people killed in Nazi Germany. I'm glad there is more acceptance and care for those that aren't able-bodied. I understand it can be ridiculously easy to hate business travel when there is a system that wasn't designed for you. This is a beautiful project and I'll commemorate the lives lost.


Hannah (Social Media Coordinator for Fabric Depot)

October 20, 2017 at 9:16 AM

Thank you, Dennis! We are proud to partner with such an amazing organization and we look forward to your participation too! Thanks for helping us make the world a little brighter.


Carol Nolan

November 22, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Hi Hannah! Is this project closed? I will be teaching Girl Scouts next year how to sew. I would really like to include in the curriculum a charity project. This one would teach them some history as well as several sewing techniques. Please let me know if the project is ongoing and still accepting blocks.