THE KAYENTA QUILT

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THE KAYENTA QUILT

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The colors in this quilt were inspired by the landscape of Monument Valley, Navajo Nation, a stunning region in the Arizona desert that we are lucky to see when driving west to visit family. We always stop in the town of Kayenta where there are beautiful rust colored buttes rising out of the desert.     

The rust color in this quilt was produced by cutch (wood from an Acacia tree) and is reminiscent of the rusty buttes scattered throughout Monument Valley. The turquoise was produced by tannin and indigo and is a symbol of the turquoise jewelry that the indigenous peoples of the area wear and sell. I hand spun the wool yarn ties that are placed in the center of each block and they represent the Navajo Churro sheep that are dotted across the landscape.

This is a traditional quilt block called "Variable Star". The quilt back is constructed of linen, and a vintage cotton stripe fabric. The linen makes this a durable quilt that will soften and gain character with every washing. 

Materials used: organic cotton/hemp blend, linen, linen/cotton blend, vintage cotton stripes, unbleached cotton batting, pearl cotton thread, hand spun wool yarn from our sheep.

Measures approximately 41 x 53 inches (crib size, or wall hanging, or use as a wrap).

Machine pieced, hand quilted with pearl cotton, and hand bound with a pretty running stitch. Unbleached cotton batting.

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