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NOTES FROM THE STUDIO


Color of the Week... Tomato

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, October 30, 2014

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TOMATO...

Thoughts of summer...

Fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella...The word creates these thoughts and the color is rich, deep and full of life.

Amarillis

(double exposure of an amaryllis)

Glass

Metal

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Vase

Tomatostripes

Strawberry

Grapetomato

Can't have Tomato without tomatoes.....

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Have a great day!!!

XO

Valori


Color of the Week... Turkish Sea

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, October 23, 2014

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This blue has a slight green tint too it when you look next to a true blue. I love that feel. It is refreshing and calming...

Camera

Bluebird

Islands

Wall

Water

Fire

Mountain

At market this week... lots of fun and inspiration to be shared after the trip. Have a great day!!

XO

Valori

 

Color of the Week... Amber

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Amber makes me think of two things...

beer and sap.

Beer, not because I drink it (makes me feel bloated) but because my husband brews it. And we live in Central Oregon...so many breweries in our area.

Sap that has been hardened over the years to create amber...Love the variety of color that comes from amber.

Beer

Cardboard

Lights

Flowerlight

Sunset

Suitcases

Candle

Have a great day!

XO

Valori

Ashton Road Candy Picnic...

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ashton Road was released the end of July....for my collections to release complete I like to do a "look book" for the salesmen and women to show to shop owners when they show the fabric for the first time. The look book is full of inspirational photographs and projects. Some of the projects are free pattern downloads and others are recreated Sewing Cards. I try to come up with a theme for the photo-shoot that reflects what the fabric means to me. To get the look book to Robert Kaufman in time I receive sample yardage about 4 to 6 weeks before my deadline. That being said I try to be really prepared for the projects that need to be made and the photo-shoot. I received Ashton Road in the beginning of June. In the images below you will see all the work that goes into getting ready for a release. I have some of the most wonderful staff at the Stitchin' Post and friends that help me with all the sewing and pattern writing as well as the photo-shoots. I could not do it without them!

For Ashton Road the photos-hoot had to be with the kids....it had to be outside on a summer day. The colors in the fabric remind me of candy so we created a "candy picnic" for the kiddos. Two of my good friends helped me with the shoot. We each had cameras - perfect for three kids! It was the best day and one of the funnest photo-shoots I have ever done. The images are priceless and really express the happiness and love that created Ashton Road.


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The Round-table...

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My Tent...

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Playtime Treehouse Quilt (free download).... made out of the flannel.

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Vivi loves her Cruzin' Everyday Skirt....(new sewing card)

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The Everyday Skirt pattern will be released at Fall Quilt Market.

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Playtime Bikes.... out of the cotton sheeting. (free pattern download)

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Urban Baby Quilt... (free pattern download) Flannel...

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Three Times Around... (free pattern download) Cotton Sheeting...

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This quilt is adapted from one of my patterns - The Zoey Throw.

That was our day.... lots of laughing... lots of sugar and LOTS of great photos!!!

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This is my other new pattern coming out at Quilt Market, Diamond Lane.

I am doing the final touches for Quilt Market next weekend....My booth will be featuring Ashton Road... Photos to come....

Hope you have a great day!!!

Enjoy those little things in your life.... like laughing kids with lolipops!!!

XOXO

Valori

PS We are working on getting all of the Ashton Road free patterns up for download by the end of Ocotber.




Ashton Road....

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Monday!!!

With International Quilt Market just around the corner I thought I would share my newest collection of fabric with Robert Kaufman, Ashton Road.

This collection was inspired by these three lovlies.....

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We love drawing together... even Teague with his 5 year old attention span. I wanted to do a kids collection that also had prints that didn't scream juvenile..... Out of their love and creativity came this colleciton Ashton Road....(Ashton is Teague's middle name)

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The Neighborhood....

The Neighborhood is repeated the length of the fabric and there are 4 panels of Treehouses in the width of the fabric.

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Cruzin'

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Flower Stand - Summer

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Flower Stand - Cubana

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Flower Stand - Extract

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Keys - Extract

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Keys - Cubana

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Keys - Vermeil

BlogDottedindigo

Dotted - Indigo

BlogDottedgrass

Dotted - Grass

BlogDottedcharcoal

Dotted - Charcoal

BlogDottedpersimmon

Dotted - Persimmon

BlogDottedpomegranate

Dotted - Pomegranate

BlogBlossomemerald

Blossom - Emerald

BlogBlossomorchid

Blossom - Orchid

BlogBlossompeoney

Blossom - Peoney

BlogBlossomMarigold

Blossom - Marigold

BlogBlossomcharcoal

Blossom - Charcoal

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Leaves - Grass

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Leaves - Indigo

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Leaves - Poppy

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Leaves - Charcoal

There you go.... Ashton Road the Collection.... these beauties come in cotton sheeting and cotton flannel!

Tomorrow I will share the fun photo shoot and projects that I did to support Ashton Road.

Have a great day!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Honeysuckle

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, October 09, 2014

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Honeysuckle

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Honeysuckle...

pink...on the orange side but not quite salmon pink....

rich in color.

Peoney

Bigpoppy

Blossoms

Pillows

Poppy

Zinna

Have a Beautiful Day!!!

XOXO

Valori


PS... I will be emailing winners of Summer Blueprint Basics Friday!

Color of the Week... Bluejay

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, October 02, 2014

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Bluejay

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  Some days it is hard for me to come up with just the right words to describe a color... or words at all. It is one of those days, I'm a little burnt out and on overload....

so I found this great poem....

"A Blue Jay


A blue jay's feathered back holds spots of white clouds
And soft, glistening blue.
Upon its wings is painted days of sapphires
And snowy flurries, too.
I peeked out beyond the open curtain
At the big, flowering rhododendron.
There a bright, silent blue jay landed suddenly.
Amoung our pink fairy blossoms it stopped by me,
Jewelled with patches of rich blue - perhaps a gift
From the azure sky.
We might even think some of pure heaven
Is in flight when blue jays fly.
This dappled blue jay then soon quietly moved from branch to branch
In the green blooming shrubbery outside my window.
By boughs of cool leaves like sheaths
All at once it paused for a moment
And surprisingly looked up at me from below."

Gayle Sweeney

Bluejay

Quilt


 Bluebird

Eveningsky

Sthelens

Sky

Littleboyblue

This is the last instalment of Blueprint Summer... Next week starts Autumn.....

Tell me your favorite summer color to be entered to win some Summer Blueprint Basics.


Have a great day!

XOXO

Valori

Color of the Week... Sundance

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Sundance

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Sundance is one of those funky neutrals that can really make colors pop. It is a yellow, cream, & beige mixed together in different per-portions. It is kind of a dirty color, kind of tea-dyed, but sometimes you need something not quite pretty but useful.

Driedflowers

Grass

I like how the "sundance" in this photo really makes the green in the background stand out.

Deadgrass

Field

Stick

Zinnia

Feet

Dancinglight

You can't have Sundance without the sun dancing through the trees showing us a new side of a leaf... even though it isn't exactly the color...

Next week is the close of Summer Blueprint Basics and we are heading into Autumn...

I have some yummy Summer bundles to give away to say good-bye to summer.

Tell me your favorite color of summer to be entered to win (it doens't have to be Blueprint Basics just your favorite summertime color).

Have a great day!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Coffee

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Coffee

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Enjoying some coffee right now...although my coffee has cream in  it so it isn't the beautiful Kona Solid Coffee color..

Coffee is a great brown...rich, dark, and full of flavor! In a quilt, Coffee can make other colors pop if it is used as a background, or you can use bits and pieces as an accent. I think this brown is a nice alternative to black. Enjoy my "unique" images of coffee...

Water

Splash....

Tile

Wood

Hourse

Bowls

City

Espresso

Can't show photos of Coffee without a shot of espresso!!

Have a great day!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Sage

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Sage

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I was in my mom's studio recently looking at a piece she was working on. At the bottom of her sketch was this...

Overthinking

Who doesn't need that advice once in awhile? I had to take a photo... Don't over think your project this week...

Sage... I live in sage brush! Even though I don't go to sage on a frequent basis, I have to admit once you start looking at the color you will find its subtle beauty. A greyish green that is soft but also carries a fresh spring green to make the perfect sage.

Stalkleaves

Pods

Leaves

Leaf

Suculant

Canyon

Our canyon...full of sage, it is beautiful how the sage changes with the seasons....I love September for back to school and the fleeting evenings of summer. You can still sit outside and enjoy without being too cold or too hot...the perfect time of year.

Have a great day!

XO

Valori