Spring is on the way, and Pendleton’s cotton quilts and blankets are a beautiful way to make a home ready for the warmer days ahead.
This year’s runaway favorite blanket is now a cotton quilt set. Shifting dunes of shining white crystal rise from the Tularosa Basin at New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument. Erosion from the surrounding mountains constantly replenishes the world’s largest gypsum dunefield, encompassing 275 square miles. During the day, the dunes shine white against the blue sky. At sunset, the sands glow with vibrant hues of twilight, while desert flora—yucca, cholla, rice grass and more – reach toward the last rays of the setting sun.
We have used this pattern as a Heritage Collection blanket (now retired) and in three colors for our muchacho baby blankets (also retired). Now we bring Saguaro to a cotton quilt set. The saguaro is the largest and most recognized cactus in the world, and stands as a symbol of the desert Southwest. Its upraised arms bloom with white flowers in the spring, red fruit in the summer, and protective spines all year round. In the right conditions, these slow-growing giants rise to 60 feet and live for 200 years. A blanket from the earliest days of Pendleton Woolen Mills inspired this design, in which serrated bands show the arrival of dusk in the desert. The setting sun plays across the sand, cacti and mountains of the Sonoran desertscape.
Sierra Madre works in cool greys and blues in a pattern inspired by the beautiful star quilts of Native American quilters.
Don’t forget our favorite; the Glacier Park stripe, as iconic today as when we brought it out to commemorate the opening of Glacier National Park in the early 1900s. Modeled after the popular “candy stripe” blankets of the day, it’s a classic!
Another favorite is the Arrowhead Quilt. This design takes a smaller element from the Pendleton Arrowhead blanket and makes it large! Can you see the arrow-shaped details in the stitch pattern? Such a special touch.
For fans of neutrals, Conejos has sand/grey hues that are perfect for soothing decor. This pattern is drawn from the retired Pendleton Conejos blanket, which was vivid in coloration; green and purple on a grey background.
The Crossroads quilt is a simplified version of our Crossroads pattern, with a large central motif drawn from one of the elements of this vintage-inspired blanket. You can read more about the pattern (and see the amazing vintage coat that inspired us to make it again) here: Crossroads.
Talise River draws on Pendleton’s plaid expertise, especially the warm woolen plaids of our Board Shirt. This cotton quilt uses plaids, solids and ticking stripes. The arrowhead-shaped piecing makes it very Pendleton, don’t you think?
Sierra’s pattern takes us way back to the earliest days of the blanket loom, when looms couldn’t weave in diagonal lines. Patterns were composed of lines, dots and dashes. We brought this pattern out in some cool shades of blue, too. You can see this quilt used in actor Tahj Mowry’s home here: HGTV
We also have a gorgeous cotton duvet cover and sham set, too! Rio Canyon uses design elements from the Rio Canyon blanket, inspired by the narrow slot canyons of the American Southwest. These geographic wonders have spiritual significance to local tribes. Carved over eons by streams, rivers and washes that now run dry, the canyon walls today reveal colorful layers of Navajo Sandstone and a rich geologic history. In times past, Navajo carefully entered these deep formations, mindful of the presence of the Great Spirit. Our Rio Canyon design nods to this magical beauty and the subtle striations of color revealed by water moving through stone.
Check out our beautiful cotton blankets and throws, great for beds–and living rooms. Willow Basket on the left, Pima Canyon on the right. We also have a gorgeous quilt-inspired pattern called Yuma Star–check it out at our website: YUMA STAR. These blankets are expertly woven for us in Germany, home to some of the finest cotton looms in the world.