X
GO

Knowing Your Quilting Community

Summary

For quilt shops, knowing your community pays off.

Rating: Not enough ratings.
Your rating: Sign in to rate

Knowing Your Quilting Community

The Navajo design quilts delighted me as I entered the Southwest Decoratives and Kokopeli Quilting Company in Albuquerque. The strong connection between the shop and the surrounding area was immediately apparent. But it wasn't until I talked with the owner that I learned how important the relationship was.

Knowing Your Quilting Community

 

On their website, you will learn that they started in 1992 with a home-based catalog business featuring Southwestern themed quilt patterns. In 1994, they launched their website and added the brick and mortar business in 2001. This is unique because they started with a niche and expanded to brick and mortar, not the other way around. They have become a destination for tourists and Native Americans.

swshop

 

Mary-Jo knows her community and points out that the Native American women shop for fabric in her shop for dances and other community celebrations. The Navajo are weavers and great quilters, but I learned from Mary-Jo that these are different and distinct communities. The Navajo nation encompasses parts of four states: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. The Pueblos of New Mexico, however, are different tribes and each is independent. There are 19 active Pueblos just in New Mexico.

sw3

 

The Pueblo people are more known for their pottery, baskets, and jewelry than for fabric arts. This quilt shows many symbols of Southwestern Native Americans. It may or may not be a coincidence, but the quilt shows an Acoma Pueblo owl sandwiched in between two Navajo symbols. Historically, the Pueblos were raided by the Navajo.

sw2

 

Being a community-based shop, they are involved in charity projects such as masks to prevent Covid-19 and quilts for victims of recent forest fires. Please check out both their website AND their Facebook pages to see the range of activities in this shop!

 

Check This Out!

Check out the most popular tool on QuiltingHub. Use the search 'Map Of Resources' or the 'Resources Trip Planner' to the right (or below).

Author
Quilting Contessa

Quilting Contessa is a collection of various authors around the world that have submitted articles for the QuiltingHub 'How To' quilt wiki.  These are authors that do not write enough to have their own authorship, yet provide valuable content for the site.  If you wish to submit an article, contact us on QuiltingHub.

Search Articles
Map Of Resources Near
Resources Trip Planner