The Navajo Quilt Project Donation
The Navajo Quilt Project gathers fabric, quilting supplies and finished quilts to donate to the quilters that live on the Navajo Nation. We also collect monetary donations and use it to purchase scissors, thread and batting so that the Navajo sewers can quilt in the winter and make beautiful, warm blankets for their families.
Susan Hudson2720 County Road 334Ignacio, CO. 81137Otherwise, please ship all boxes USPS - this is very important - as other carriers do not deliver on the Navajo Nation regularly.Be sure to include a self addressed/stamped envelope and you will receive confirmation of your box. If you do not receive a confirmation - do not despair - your box will eventually be delivered to the correct location but this does take some time.
Ignacio, CO 81137
Watch Susan on Craft in America:
P.O. BOX 2038
Dennehotso, AZ 86535
Maggie Mae Lincoln
P.O. Box 571
Ganado, AZ 86505
Honorable Amber K. Crotty
P.O. Box I
Sheep Springs, NM 87364
For yarn donations, please ship to the following address:
How The Navajo Quilt Project Began....
I have been visiting the Navajo Nation since I was a little girl and my mom and dad would take all seven of us out to Arizona and Utah to camp in Monument Valley. I had no idea that seeds were being planted for a calling later in life.
Fifteen years ago, when JZ, Sofia and I moved from New York to Los Angeles, we traveled through the Navajo Nation and stopped off at the trading posts along the way. We bought Navajo rugs at Hubbell, Toadlena and Shonto. I began meeting the locals and learning about a very simple way of life. I fell down the rabbit hole. I sat with weavers and spinners and natural dyers and learned more about history, craft and landscape than I bargained for. I had no idea of the condition of life in the Navajo Nation. We have continued to visit this Native American territory, covering about 17,544,500 acres, and have found it to be a place of great beauty as well as great need. The population continues to disproportionately struggle with health problems, unemployment, and the effects of past uranium mining accidents
Five years ago, I met Maggie Mae Lincoln, a Navajo grandma, at Griswold's Trading Post in Shiprock, New Mexico while we were both buying wool. She asked me if I was a weaver and once we began our conversation, I learned that she was a weaver in the summer and a quilter in the winter. She told me that she had no access to fabric since there were no quilt shops on the reservation. I told her I would send her fabric from my collection - and that day, The Navajo Quilt Project began.
In 2017 I met Susan Hudson, a Master Navajo Quilter. Susan and I joined forces and became partners in The Navajo Quilt Project. Susan is, literally, the boots on the ground, she delivers fabric and supplies to the Chapter Houses as well as delivers finished quilts to the elderlies.
Here is Susan's Artist Statement:
Ya a’ tey, (Hello)
Susan Hudson yii niish yii
(I am Susan Hudson)
Kee yah aa’ niih nish lii’
(I am born of the Towering House People Clan)
Deshchii’ Nii ii’ ee baa’ shish chiin’
(I am born for the Apache People Clan)
Taabaa ii’ ee’ daa’ shi chei
(My maternal Grandfather is from the Water Edge People Clan)
Naaki’ Din na ii’ ee daa’ shi Naah lii’
(My paternal Grandfather is from the Apache People Clan)
I live in Tooh Haltsooi (Sheep Springs, NM) on the Navajo Reservation. My mother taught me how to sew out of necessity, since we were so
poor she couldn’t afford to buy us clothes. She learned how to sew while she was at Toadlena Boarding School.
In order to be able to tell many stories with my quilts they have to be able to evoke emotions in people and to speak for themselves.
From the very first dream that I have been blessed with, to sew it into reality, to the very last stitch I am able to convey the emotional impact that the quilt had on me.
To ensure that our Ancestor’s stories are never forgotten, I have made a mark on the Native Quilting world, and to open the doors for those that
will come after me. To show that it has taken generations of Native quilters to help me become the artist that I am. By taking quilting to
another level I have combined Quilting and Ledger Art consequently becoming a Contemporary Ledger Artist.
By using the best quality materials my quilts are able to withstand the elements and time and to ensure that our decedents will be able to look at my quilts.
The honoring of our ancestors, those that lived, cried, shed blood and died so we are able to be here and to tell their stories.
Thank you for your participation and help in this very worthy cause to help keep our brothers and sisters warm and able to create quilts to trade and sell.
Purchase The Navajo Quilt Project Tote HERE
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