Vaolori Wells

NOTES FROM THE STUDIO


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

Coffeeswatch

Kona Solid

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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

Color of the Week... Bubblegum

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, September 04, 2014

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Bubblegum

(Kona Solid)

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YUMMY..... Having small children I have been re-introduced to Hubba Bubba Bubblegum. I feel like a  9 year old blowing bubbles with my girls. It is a happy color! One that brings back childhood memories and a sweet taste of sugar! Its a orangeier (if that is a word) pink that is soft but not pastel...

Livvy_3

Baloons

Poppies

Riniculas

Poppy

Tulip

Wishbird

I wish everyone a beautiful, happy day!!!

XO

Valori

 

In response to my lack of academic explanation of color:

Color of the Week is a visual exploration of color....My approach to color is instinctual I'm not always able to express why I pick colors or why I love a certain color in words. I express my love of color in the fabrics I design and quilts I make, on the canvas I paint and the fabric I print... I capture my love of color through the lens of my camera...and I share this with you. XO

Color of the Week... Aqua

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Aqua

Stitched.aqua

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I love all versions of Aqua.... from emerald to turquoise, my favorite of all colors. I felt like I didn't have any images of this color...but ended up with some unique photos.

Art

This is a detail of a Off The Wall Quilt by my mom - Jean Wells and fellow artist - Judy Hoiness.

Colorjournal

In my new book - out in October, My Life in Fabric - one of the projects is a color journal. This is a detail of the AQUA page.

Ducky

Elephant

Knobs

Pillows

Orcas

Quiltback

Have a great day!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Fuchsia

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Fuchsia

Fuchsiabooks 

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I love this color!!! Its so bold...it can make a quilt have a pop or play well with other strong colors. Sometimes I think about colors being people what would they be like... I think Fuchsia would wear her emotions like a badge of honor, with confidence and grace....(I strive to be more like Fuchsia)

I knew when I was looking for this color I would find lots and lots of flowers so my goal was to find a few images that were not just flowers....

Summer

Of course the Summer Bluepring Quilt is in the non flower bunch... mostly because the fabric on the right is Fuchsia Stacked Books!(Each Season of Blueprint Basics has a free quilt pattern, this is Summer)

Liv


Pinkwall

and now for the flowers...

Floweringtree

Geranium

Hydranga

Tree

Sweetpea

Have a Great Day!!!

XO

Valori


Color of the Week... Mushroom

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, August 14, 2014

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  Mushroomswatch

Mushroom

Kona Solid

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I love this Kona Solid...it is just a funky enough grey to make other colors jump out of quilts. My favorite neural is grey... all of them!

Beach

 

Rainycity

 

Sand

 

Sand2

 

Sticks

 

Tree

 

Duke

 

Even Duke made it to the Color of the Week....He loves rocks and was dunking his head in the river looking for his rock.

We are at Quilt Knit Stitch this week.... come by and see us if you are in Portland!!! August 14 - 16, 2014, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Portland Convention Center.

Stitchin' Post booth 2532

Have a Great Day!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Lilac

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, August 07, 2014

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Lilac

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Its funny as I was looking for images in the Lilac color I really only found Lilac Flowers... I don't seem to photograph this color very much.  Maybe that is why it is so beautiful...a light blueish purple...

Lilac0


Lilac3

Littleflowers


Daisy

Chive

Purpleflower

Iris

Sophie

I did snap a photo of Sophie cuddling next to my purple bakers twine...

Have a great Summer Day!!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Venetian Blue

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Venetian Blue

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Venetian Blue...

Refreshing...Cool...Calming...

Bubbles... Balloons... Blue Skies....and Babies...

Balloon

Birdie

Bluepainting


Bubbles 

Butterfly


Clouds


Threesisters 

Teaguebubbles

Yep... Babies and Bubbles.... Couldn't resist!

Have a great day!!

XO

Valori



Color of the Week... Buttercup

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, July 24, 2014



 


Ummmm Buttercup! One of those amazing wildflowers that grow all over the Metolious River and remind me of being a kid and running along the edge of the water. It is also a lovely Kona Solid. 


 



 

 

 

Have a great day!!!
XO
Valori