My bookshelf now houses three of the many books my friend Susan Beal (aka West Coast Crafty) has authored. Log Cabin Quilting treks with me to every log cabin workshop I teach, Sewing for all Seasons gets grabbed when the turning of the weather prompts new ideas and now Hand-Stitched Home has its own special place in my heart.
When Susan asked me to contribute to this book it was very hard to say no. Not only is it fun collaborating with friends, but Pendleton blankets fill my linen closet when not in use.
Susan’s introduction states, “It seems like everyone has a Pendleton story.”
Well, yes I do, and here’s my stack of Pendletons.
I’m a quilt girl, but before that I was a Pendleton Junkie. When living in Flagstaff I worked for an ethnobotanist that also had a gallery selling native art. Between the Zuni, Hopi and Navajo goods nestled Pendletons. So I started collecting. The warehouse was amazing! It’s nice to see such an heirloom still being produced and trending with seasonal colors for a new generation of collectors.
Roan had so many as a baby I’ve started giving them away, but now with this book I’m rethinking re-use in a different way. Time to make some new projects!
There are two in particular I’ve picked out. The first is of course a pillow made by my friend Sandie of Sleepy Owl Studio. There are several pillows that I really like in the book. I need more pillows;)
I like the idea of sewing useful items and this clutch is perfect iPad storage and cushioned with the thickness of the wool. I’ll add it to the list.
Even though I wasn’t able to contribute I did. Susan adapted my invisible zipper installation technique for wool.
Good luck with the book Susan! It’s beautiful book.