Quilts for the Forgotten Navajo People of the Bennett Freeze Area

Late last year I attended my 40th (YIKES!! How did THAT happen????) High School Reunion, and reconnected with many people I knew from those years. One of those people, Kathleen Satterfield, contacted me to learn more about QBB. Kathleen spends most of her year in Arizona, and has a great interest in Native American culture. She suggested that quilts might be very needed on some of the reservations, and set out to find us a very good opportunity. Soon after she sent me a note which included the following:

“Forgotten People is a Navajo non-profit working on behalf of the Navajo living in an area known as the “Bennett Freeze”. It’s a long complicated story, but for over 50 yrs these folks have not been legally able to repair their homes or rebuild them. Only last year was the last of the legislation that created this nightmare repealed. So they have been living in broken down shacks, no heat, runnning water or electricity. (There’s a book that explains how this situation came to be, called “The Wind Won’t Know Me”). Forgotten People has been working with volunteers to build new homes, get water tanks installed, etc.”

Kathleen linked us up with Marsha Monestersky, the Program Director of Forgotten People, and we put together an initiative to deliver 100 quilts to children and their grandmothers (who are caregivers for the children).  The area these people live in is very cold this time of year, often reaching down to the 20’s at night.  It’s particularly cold this year, as many of you might know if you watched professional golf this week!

Quilts have come from Karen Vander Stoep and the Gold Canyon Quilters in AZ, the UU Quilters of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tarpon Springs, FL, and Donna Sciandra, one of QBB’s most prolific volunteers.  Marsha will send us pictures of the distribution of the quilts in Arizona, but in the meantime, I’d like to share with you some of the pictures of the quilts that Donna made for this initiative:

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Donna’s quilts are always a treat to see.  She uses scraps like nobody’s business!  Sometimes her quilts are more traditional, like the friendship star quilt, and others are very free form, inventive and modern, but they’re always wonderful!  (Click on the thumbnails to see them close up.)   I know the children who receive these will love them!

If you look hard, you’ll see Donna’s feet in a couple of these pictures, but there’s more to Donna than just her feet and her quilts!  Donna, who lives in New York, came to Houston to help us in our booth at the 2011 IQF.  Here are a couple of pictures of Donna in our booth.  In one she’s helping one of the quilters who put together a top at our sit ‘n sew, and the other one I took in a quiet moment while she was sitting down for a well-deserved rest.

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Donna, thank you for all you do for us!  Also, great thanks to the Gold Canyon Quilters and the UU Quilters who have helped us out with so many initiatives over the years!   And thanks to Kathleen Satterfield and Marsha Monestersky for making this delivery possible!




5 Responses to “Quilts for the Forgotten Navajo People of the Bennett Freeze Area”

  1. Kathleen Satterfield Says:

    This is so awesome Carla! Can’t wait to see photos of the kids and their grandmothers. Hope Marsha has time and gets you photos. The quilts are so beautiful.

  2. quiltsbeyondborders Says:

    Thanks, Kathleen, for all your help getting this initiative off the ground for us! I’m also looking forward to seeing Marsha’s photos. Donna does great work, doesn’t she! I’m so happy that she quilts for us!


  3. Kathleen Satterfield Says:

    The quilts are simply gorgeous! Donna is a real talent.

  4. Linda collins Says:

    I would be happy to quilt some tops for this

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