The Navajo Quilt Project
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
Three years ago, I met Fannie 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 started 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.
The Navajo Quilt Project gathers fabric and quilting supplies 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 grandmas can quilt in the winter and make beautiful, warm blankets for their families.
If you would like to send quilting fabric, embroidery scraps, notions (including thread, scissors, etc), batting, old bits and pieces, sewing books or quilting supplies, please send to one of the P.O Boxes below.
Want to donate a quilt? Please write to us at email@example.com and we will send you a address for a woman in need of a quilt.
Please ship your boxes through USPS and be sure to include a self-addressed/stamped envelope for a confirmation that your box has been received.
The Senior Centers are not accepting fabric at this point, PLEASE DO NOT SHIP FABRIC TO SENIOR CENTERS UNTIL WE CONFIRM THEY HAVE RE-OPENED - many are being used as food/water distribution and testing/vaccine centers.
BE SURE TO ALWAYS SHIP USPS WHEN SHIPPING TO THE NAVAJO NATION SO THAT THE POSTMAN DELIVERS TO THE CORRECT ADDRESS.
DURING THE PANDEMIC, NOT ALL SENIOR CENTERS ARE OPEN, PLEASE ONLY SHIP TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:
P.O. Box 223
Ignacio, CO 81137
Watch Susan on Craft in America:
Maggie Mae Lincoln
P.O. Box 571
Ganado, AZ 86505
PO Box 1633
Window Rock, AZ. 86515
Honorable Amber K. Crotty
15 West Navajo Housing Authority
P.O. Box A
Sheep Springs, NM 87364
*Special call for homemade cloth/fabric masks, which can be sent via FedEx/UPS to:
Window Rock Wellness Center Building 4496
State Highway 264
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Or via USPS to:
Navajo Department of Health
Attn: Donation Branch
PO BOX 1390
Window Rock, AZ 86515
To make a monetary donation directly to the official Navajo Nation Covid-19 Relief Fund, please visit this site:
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
SENIOR CENTERS TO VISIT IF YOU ARE DRIVING THROUGH THE NAVAJO NATION - THESE CENTERS ARE NOT OPEN EVERYDAY.
Many Farms Senior Center
Many Farms, AZ . 86538
Puebla Pontado Senior Center
Cuba, NM . 87013
Nahodishgish Senior Center
Crownpoint, NM . 87313
Olijato Senior Center
Monument Valley, UT 84536
Requests: batting, sewing threads, rotary cutters, needles, straight pins