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NOTES FROM THE STUDIO


Color of the Week... Basil

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Kona Cotton Solid

Basil....a dark, rich green.

A great color to use as a dark in quilts rather than black or dark blue. Sometimes it is good to take a look at our common go to colors and push your comfort zone.
Of course it makes me hungry for Tomato, Basil and Motzerella on a warm sunny afternoon in August.

Basil

Bushes

Gourds

Poppypods

Forest

Grass

Suculant

Have a great day!

Try something out of your comfort zone today...

XOXO

Valori

Color of the Week... Charcoal

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Charcoal... I think is my favorite piece of Blueprint Basics. Black and white photography is my first love. When I am desiging either a quilt or fabric design I use a gray scale to see what my color values are up to...

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Beach

Reflection

Zinnia

Hand

Lights

Flowers

Once in a while turn your camera to black and white and see what the world looks like.

XO

Valori

Around the World Blog Tour

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Monday, December 08, 2014

Around the World Blog Tour...

Sue Spargo invited me to play in the tour.... Sue is a very talented lady and someone I admire.

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This is Sue's recent class on Craftsy....Embroidery Texture and Dimension by Hand

Her embroidery and applique inspire me to be free when I create. Taking risks with mixing mediums and techniques.... Which fits right into what I am creating in my studio.

The studio is very busy and very messy....I wish I had a cleaning fairy! Fabric is exploding in here as I received all my Ashton Road fabric. I am thinking that I need to cut some off and give it away....wink, wink!

My new collection of fabric for Robert Kaufman - In The Bloom - will release at the end of the month. I am working hard in the studio with my sample yardage, creating quilts and projects to photograph and create a look book for the release of the fabric....

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I can only give you sneak peak.....I promise to share more once the fabric is released. I am so, so, so excited about this collection.

I spent the weekend in Seattle with my girls and my mom. I was teaching at a shop - The Quilting Loft - in Seattle. It was so fun to be with Olivia and Violette experiencing all of the new things a city can offer...staying at a hotel in downtown, the American Girl Doll store, the Spaceneedle, Chihuly glass garden and of course Pike Street Market...I loved every second.

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Teaching Silk Screening out of my new book....My Life in Fabric

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Pictures from my class on Saturday. We had so much fun printing and playing with color.

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My new work fills me with so much joy....teaching the silk screening class reminds me to do what I love and my work will show it.

My desire to work is as much about me as it is about my family.....they inspire me to be better at everything I do and everything I am....

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Traveling this weekend with these two filled me with so much love and happiness I know I can do anything...they are my world.

My wish for you is inspiration and love.....to enjoy every moment!

XO

Valori

 

 

Color of the Week...Moss

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Monday, December 08, 2014

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Deep in the forest under the canopy of trees you will find moss...It has a luxurious quality within the texture and color.

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Grass

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Palm

Water

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Have a great day!!

XO

Valori

 

Color of the Week... Cyan

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Cyan a lovely blue green that flirts with emerald and turquoise but maintains its blue standard. All I can ever think of is printing when I hear Cyan.... CMYK - crazy to think that combinations of those four colors can create any color...

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Glass

Bench

Wintersky

Marrakech

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Pillow

Have a great day!!

XO

Valori

Happy Thanksgiving!

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving! Due to this holiday....my favorite...Color of the Week will not be posted today but on Friday!
Have a great day with family and friends!
I am grateful for all of you!
XO
Valori

Color of the Week... Coastal Fog

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, November 20, 2014

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I am running late on Color of the Week this week.... Jet lag has taken over my life the past two days... But my adventure to Morocco was a trip of a lifetime and I would do it again tomorrow.

Coastal Fog reminds me of a overexposed, old black and white photograph...I am excited to share a few images that I took in Morocco that make me think of Coastal fog...as far as a fabric goes this subtle beauty is a great neutral.

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Heart

Light

When you accidently push a button on your phone and take a photo... love a happy accident!

Forest

Tulip

Petals

Design

Flower

I am editing my photos from Morocco and can't wait to share this beautiful place and people with you.

Have a great day!

Xo

Valori

 

Colored Happy....

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I am very excited to introduce you to Colored Happy... My quilt for the Kona 30th Anniversay.

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I absolutely LOVE this quilt. Several years ago I found this magazine clipping of pillows that I thought would make a great quilt. The images has been tacked to my inspiration board ever since.

 

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With all the 303 Kona Colors this was th perfect design to play with color. I fell in love with the new Kona solids and used them as my starting off point. The block itself is very easy to construct. It was a matter of playing with color. I choose 8 different color stories for the 25 blocks. This meant one of the color stories would have 3 blocks. I felt like this would set the balance of color just perfectly. (and I have a thing for odd numbers)

My biggest challenge Colored Happy was the quilting.....it is one of my favorite parts of the quilting process. There are times I run into a wall on what designs to quilt. I wanted to have the quilting add to the color and design of the quilt but not take over. With the variety of colors in the quilt how could I just pick one color to quilt with....I couldn't, so there are lots of colors in the quilting. The quilting designs are a mixture of "pebbles", curved organic shapes, and funky flowers.

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The Kona 30th Anniversary Look Book....

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Check out all of the beautiful quilts made by fabulous designers for the Kona 30th Anniversary Celebration.

The folks at Robert Kaufman are generously giving away Kona Charm pack with each blog posting over the 30 days. I picked the packet of new colors to give away to some lucky reader. Just leave a comment and you will go into a drawing to win this beauty....A great start to making Colored Happy. Colored Happy is a free pattern that can be downloaded from Robert Kaufman. (the give away is open for 24 hours starting at 10 a.m. pacific time Wednesday, November 19, 2014)

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Have a great day!!!

XO

Valori

 

Color of the Week... Apple

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Apple of my eye! This green is a granny smith apple...the best apple pie and a fresh, crisp color...

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Dahlia

Foilage

Glass

Hydranga

River

Tree

Have a great day....

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Bamboo

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, November 06, 2014

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I truly have come to LOVE this color... Yellow has come a long way from "sunshine" and "lemon"....a nice bold gold with a hint of green...the new yellow!

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Coasters

Daisy

Glass

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Sunflower

Lights

Orchid

I am off to Morocco today for an Artist Retreat. My stomach is filled with butterflies of excitment and nerves.... it will be a trip of a life time for me.

Have a great week!!!

XO

Valori