Pendleton’s Cotton Quilts & Blankets for Warmer Weather

Pendleton cotton quilt sets

Spring Options for your Bed

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.

All our current options are here: Cotton for the Bed by Pendleton

Cotton Quilt Sets by Pendleton


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.

The Pendleton Saguaro cotton quilt set

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.

The Pendleton Sierra Madre cotton quilt set

Sierra Madre works in cool greys and blues in a pattern inspired by the beautiful star quilts of Native American quilters.

The Pendleton GLacier national Park cotton quilt set

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!

THe Pendleton Arrowhead cotton quilt set

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.

THe Pendleton Conejos cotton quilt set

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.

The Pendleton Talise River cotton quilt set

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

Sierra Blue

Duvet Cover Set

The Pendleton Rio Canyon cotton duvet cover setWe 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.

Cotton Blankets

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. These blankets are expertly woven for us in Germany, home to some of the finest cotton looms in the world.

Pendleton cotton bed blankets hanging from hooks against a white wall

All our current options are here: Cotton for the Bed by Pendleton

Remember–think spring!

Happy Father’s Day to “the officer in the Pendleton.”

A Pendleton Dad

We received a letter from Sharon Myers Knoph with some wonderful photos of her father, Fred Myers. We decided to save this post for Father’s Day, because it’s about a Pendleton dad.

Here are Sharon’s words about her father.

My dad, Fred Myers, was born in Parkdale, Oregon.  He joined the United States Marine Corps and served in Korea.  He married Margaret Hinrich of Hood River, Oregon, in 1956.  They eventually settled in southern California where he graduated from the Police Academy. He was an undercover narcotics officer during the 1970s. After retiring from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, my parents traveled the country in their motor home.

mom and dad 2013

My dad loved his Pendleton shirts. He bought his first one in 1957, a shirt that he actually wore for 57 years.  He was described more than once as “the officer in the Pendleton”.  He held his first grandchild wearing a Pendleton shirt.

Dad with Newborn

When he passed away in May of 2014, my mother couldn’t bear to give away his Pendleton shirts. She decided to use them to make three quilts. They are very special to us, reminding us of the man that his friends and family loved very much. In the photo below, his first shirt from 1957 is circled.

Original Circled, shirt quilt

Here at Pendleton, we have seen quite a few quilts made from our shirts. But we have not seen one made with the pockets, which is a charming touch. What a way to have your dad keeping you warm forever.

Quilt Close--Pockets!

Happy Father’s Day

To all the admirable fathers out there, happy Father’s Day from Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Luke Haynes, Fine Arts Quilter, Will Reveal New Work at the Woolen Mill Store

Work of Art at the WMS

We are excited to invite you to the unveiling of a new quilt created just for us by Luke Haynes. Luke is an artist, and his medium is fabric. The photos below (along with his words) are used courtesy Luke Haynes.

Luke Haynes poses next to one of his quilts.

To quote his bio:

­I am an architect turned Quilter. I come from a strong art and design background that informs my quilt work in a different way than is generally associated with quilting. I make quilts to discuss utility in aesthetics and because I like the tactile craft of constructing works out of fabric.

A Luke Haynes quilt that echoes "Christina's World" by Wyeth.

I am interested in the choices we make to express ourselves to our world. We create an environment around ourselves to inform others how we desire to be perceived. By quilting I am initiating a dialogue between the immediate environments we create for ourselves, and the environments we inhabit.

Luke says of this quilt, "on my bed #1 Tradition 9"

Where cloth, what we know to respond to as clothes, linens, drapes and all kinds of covers becomes the language of my work. The cloth becomes the medium that I use to create images and scenes rather than conceal and contain.

The American Context #14 by Luke Haynes

A Storied Artist

Luke’s works hang in galleries around the planet, and he’s been also commissioned by private collectors the world over. He’s created something magnificent and astonishing for us. How did this happen, you might ask? Mary and Tawnya, manager and assistant manager of the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store, told us the story in e-mail.

Luke Haynes was introduced to us by Michelle Freedman from Modern Domestic Quilt Shop and Susan Beal. Luke visited our store in the spring and asked if we would be interested in a quilt collaboration. We viewed Luke’s website and spoke with Michelle Freedman. We were amazed by his work and agreed. Luke picked out jacquards with a special project in mind. He was also very interested in our plaid fabric which has been made into an amazing suit he will wear during his quilt reveal!

We can’t show you the quilt, but here’s a view of the suit:

Luke Haynes poses in his Pendleton fabric suit.

Come Join Us

We are hosting a special event for this, where everyone can learn about quilting with wool, meet Luke in person (he’s delightful) and share the thrill of the reveal. Our quilt is dizzying and beautiful in photos, and we will be thrilled to have it hanging on permanent display in our store.

Yes, we are just a little excited, can you tell? So please join us!

What: Quilt Reveal with Luke Haynes

When: Thursday, October 30th from 1 PM to 7 PM, with reveal at approximately 1:30 PM

Where: The Woolen Mill Store

Quilt strips and squares: photo of Luke Haynes process for the Pendleton wool quilt.

Sewing strips: photo of Luke Haynes process for the Pendleton wool quilt.