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Navajo Quilt Project

The Navajo Quilt Project gathers fabric, quilting supplies and finished quilts to donate to the women that live on the Navajo Nation.  We also collect monetary donations and use it to purchase scissors, thread and batting so that the women can quilt in the winter and make beautiful, warm blankets for their families.

The quilters and sewers in the Navajo Nation are incredibly thankful to receive gently used and new sewing supplies - including clean fabric in useable condition, thread, rulers, and batting.
Sewing machines are always needed. Please consider donating a new or used, fully functioning, sewing machine to the quilters in the Navajo Nation.
All sewing machines should be sent directly to Susan Hudson.
Finished quilts are always appreciated!
We are not accepting books or patterns at this time.
For sewing machines and heavy boxes, please ship Fed-Ex Ground to the following address:
Susan Hudson
2720 County Road 334
Ignacio, CO. 81137
Otherwise, 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.
Following is a list of quilters and Navajo women who help us distribute fabric and supplies - feel free to send to any of these addresses:

 

Susan Hudson

P.O. Box 223

Ignacio, CO 81137

 

Watch Susan on Craft in America:

https://www.craftinamerica.org/short/susan-hudson-segment

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Alberta Begay

PO Box 248

Red Valley, AZ 86544

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Maggie Mae Lincoln

P.O. Box 571

Ganado, AZ  86505

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Lola Woods

PO Box 1633

Window Rock, AZ. 86515

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Honorable Amber K. Crotty

PO Box I

Sheep Springs, NM 87364

For yarn donations, please ship to the following address:
Moria West
1406 W. Apricot Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436

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.

  

Purchase The Navajo Quilt Project Tote HERE

 

Thank you for your participation and help in this very worthy cause to help keep our sisters warm and able to create quilts to trade and sell.

 

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of
others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and
daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest
walls of oppression and resistance
."  — Robert F. Kennedy

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SENIOR CENTERS TO VISIT IF YOU ARE DRIVING THROUGH THE NAVAJO NATION - THESE CENTERS ARE NOT OPEN EVERYDAY - PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU MAKE THE TREK!

 

Emily Harvey

Many Farms Senior Center

Many Farms, AZ . 86538

(928) 781-6996

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Rena Murphy

Puebla Pontado Senior Center

 Cuba, NM . 87013

(505) 655-5413

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Emerson Tully

Nahodishgish Senior Center

Crownpoint, NM . 87313

(505) 786-2375

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Bonnie Crank

Olijato Senior Center

Monument Valley, UT  84536

(435)727-3202

Requests: batting, sewing threads, rotary cutters, needles, straight pins