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NOTES FROM THE STUDIO


Inspired by... Clouds

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, May 21, 2015

May in Sisters, Oregon... rainy (which we are all very, very, very, happy about since our winter was extremely dry) and full of great clouds. May is also a busy time for me. I just returned from Quilt Market and we are 6 weeks away from Quilter's Affair and Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show....OMG how does that happen so fast? Reminding myself to breathe and enjoy the excitement of preparing to celebrate 40 years of quilt show.... and this weekend is the shop's 40th birthday party....all of these things will happen only once and I have to remember to be there..... 

The Clouds this time of year really speak to me... oddly enough keeping me grounded and in the moment.

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Canyonfog

Living on a canyon we get really amazing fog...

Mts

Bigsky

Rainbow

and then this happens....

Sunset

Pinksky

Agatesky

Oregon Coast has fabulous clouds...

Washingtonsky

Who doesn't photograph clouds when your flying?

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Esuariasky

I couldn't show photos of clouds without some from Morocco.....

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A sunset on the roof top of Peacock Pavilions in Marrakesh, Morocco! When I see this image I can remember the smell of the air, giggling with Louise as we ran out of the main house to the roof top to capture this amazing sunset... trying not to mess up the Henna tattoos we had just received...

Isn't this why we love photographs so much...

Have a great day!

XO

Valori



Inspired by.... Paths of Peacock Pavilions

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Friday!

Today is my first post of Inspired by....

I had the honor of staying at the Peacock Pavilions in Marrakesh, Morocco. This place is MAGIC... While staying there you travel from house to house and tent to tent through the olive groves over paths. These are unique paths, each step is either too close or too far apart so that you are conscious of every step you take. You are present! My biggest goal and desire while I was in Morocco was to be present, soak in every moment. From my room in the morning I walked through these olive trees to the main house for breakfast. Starting my day being present in the moment.... this has stayed with me and I am so grateful for Maryam and Chris for creating such a unique and magical place.

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My Path through the olive grove.

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The Path to the artist tent.

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The Path to our house.

I knew I would make a quilt at some point based on my love of these paths and the colors of Peacock Pavilions.....

At the beginning of the year Robert Kaufman asked if I would design a quilt out of their Essex Linen to show at market. Of course I said yes.... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE working with Essex Linen! As I looked through the colors I realized that this was the quilt that I would make to honor those paths!

Some of the beautiful colors from Peacock Pavilions...

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Dinner in a traditional Arabian Tent.... This was our first night there and was the most fun experience... the floors are covered in soft Moroccan rugs you sit on firm embroidered pillows... with soft lighting and bougainvillea hanging from the lights. The tent is covered in traditional Moroccan stencil designs. Seriously how could you not start off your experience with this and not be in LOVE with Peacock Pavilions!!

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Olive

Pillow

Handsoffatima

Fountainflowers

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Bowl

Oliveleaves

Statue

Thepool

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The Main house...

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From the rooftop of our house looking towards the main house over the olive grove.

Nightblues

I loved the nights at Peacock, the pool would darken as the sun went down, the lights would start to glow in the seating area and everything would slowly turn into an Indigo night... so beautiful.

So.... drum roll...... the quilt....

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Paths of Peacock Pavilions (photographed on the canyon at our house)

I quilted Olive leaves and Olives all over the paths. I am truly in love with this quilt... the memories of such a special place that helped my path to changing the need to always think about what is next or what I have to do or, or, or to being present and in the moment. Enjoying my children and my husband in the moment! It brings tears to my eyes because I am so full filled by this by the love I receive and give by being in the moment.

I hope you have a magical day!!!

XO

Val

Here is a great description of Peacock Pavilions   from their web site. They are amazing people!

"Peacock Pavilions is a handmade, artisanal boutique hotel in an olive grove on the outskirts of Marrakesh.  Part of the M.Montague offerings,  Peacock Pavilions  was designed and built by American blogger and designer, Maryam Montague, and her American husband, Chris Redecke.  

The hotel, like the rest of M.Montague brand,  supports Project Soar, a non-profit organization established the couple to uplift underprivileged communities, especially its girls and women, through art, and fitness. 10 % of profits from Peacock Pavilions go to sourcing Project Soar.

Maryam, her husband, and two children continue to live at Peacock Pavilions where they share their own slice of a Marrakesh oasis with resident peacocks Maurice, Persephone and Gigi, five cats, one mischievous yellow lab, and any guests lucky enough to be stopping through."

Learn more about MMontague products and experiences at www.mmontague.com

 

Good-Bye Color of the Week...

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Good- Bye Color of the Week... you have been good to me.

Over the past year I have been pushed at times to find images of a certain color.

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I found out that most of my photographs of blue are of the sky. It was my hardest color to find photos of. Which I find very interesting because my favorite color is turquoise.

Peonywhite

All of the neutrals were the easiest and I loved finding just the right ones.

Suitcases

Sometimes I had to call my husband to ask him what he thought of a color because I had no words.

Yarn

I made a point of posting at least 7 photos of the color. And at times I know I took creative license in picking photos...

Rainycity

I tried to make sure that not all of my photos were of nature. My favorite thing to photograph is the natural world. I wanted to show color in unexpected places.

Cardboard

I loved using my Hipstamatic App on my phone to take photos, sometimes they ended up perfect for colors others not so much. It was unexpected and exciting.

Light

I saw color in more depth than I ever have....

I have been overwhelmed with the response to Your Favorite Color of the Week... thank you so much for all of your kind words. They make my heart so full....I wish I could give some fabric to everyone who took the time to comment.

The kiddos and I picked winners and I will be emailing you directly.

Have a great day!!!!

XO

Valori



Color of the Week... GIVEAWAY

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Monday, April 06, 2015

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Color of the Week started with my collection of fabric, Blueprint Basics, and the desire to share my color inspiration through photography. I mixed in some Kona Cotton Solids to complete the color spectrum. The 52 weeks were split into the four seasons...

Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter....

I designed a quilt for each season ending with a trip around the world quilt, Celebration, that uses all 52 pieces.

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All of these quilts are free pattern downloads on Robert Kaufman...(left to right: Winter, Spring, Celebration, Summer, Autumn)

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To Celebrate the Color of the Week I have 12 of these babies to give away, 52 fat 1/4's in each bundle....

To be entered in the giveaway just tell me what your favorite Color of the Week was? I will close the giveaway next Sunday night and pick 12 winners next Monday.

Thanks for your support!

XOXO

Valori

Color of the Week... Celestial

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, April 02, 2015

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Celestial

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Celestial is a luscious deep teal...rich and vibrant.

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Knit

Knitting

I love to knit with this color!

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Paint

City

Pottery

The last Color of the Week. This has been an adventure for me. Finding photographs that I have taken over the years that fit (sometimes I have stretched this notion) the Color of the Week has been challenging but very rewarding.  I am more aware of color and the variety of colors.

Thank you for following this journey that started with an idea for a collection of fabric and turned into a year of seeing color. Love it....so much!

I plan on continuing a weekly blog of inspiration. Leaving my options of images open to fit a variety of creative subjects...texture, line, emotion, color, etc. I love the challenge of seeing something new in my everyday.

XOXO

Valori

 

PS.... I totally forgot to put this in last weeks post...

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Color of the Week... Leprecahun

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Leprechaun

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Leprechaun Kona Solid is a very traditional green. Fits in between lime green and emerald green. Makes me think of  fresh cut grass and a late summer breeze...

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Pineneedle

Succulents

Bamboo

Moss

Field

I hope your day is full of fresh new green sprouts as a sign of spring coming your way.

Next week is the last posting of Color of the Week....Kinda sad but at the same time so very rewarding to see all the images over the year. I will be doing a BIG give away after the final Color of the Week....stay tuned!

Have a great day!

Xo

Valori

Color of the Week... Stone

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Stone

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Stone is a beautiful grey....It leans towards the warmer side. I have a love for grey...all shades of it. It is a beautiful neutral that can make any color sing.

Sophie

Palm

Braclets

Marrakech

Rocks

Stick

Tree

Stonewater

Only two weeks until the final Color of the Week.... so many fabulous giveaways...stay tuned!

Have a great day!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Cactus

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Cactus

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This yummy green Kona Solid reminds me of spring green. The new sprouts of wild flowers...young grass and moss. I am so looking forward to spring and gardening...

Grass

Suculant

Chair

Yellowpot

Palm

Greensucculant

Jeanquilt

Had to show a bit of one of mom's quilts. As this green is what we call "Jean green" at the shop.

There are only 3 more weeks of Color of the Week. I can't believe it has almost been a year since I started this blog series. Stay tuned as I have some FABULOUS giveaways!

I have loved doing Color of the Week and have decided to continue with a weekly blog of Inspiration! 

Have a great day!

XOXO

Valori

Color of the Week... Ice

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Saturday, March 07, 2015

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Ice

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So sorry that this is two days late... I just sent out my fall collection of fabric to Robert Kaufman and was so consumed Ice fell by the wayside....

Ice is almost a sky blue...a little deeper and more on the purple side of blue.

Morocco

Sky

Mts

Abstract

Jellybeans

Spaceneedle

Duke

Enjoy your day!

XOXO

Valori


Color of the Week... Black

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Black

Blackswatch

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It is always amazing to me how many different blacks there are. You really see the difference when you look at all of the different black solids out there each company is a little different.

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Snag


Horse

Table

Fire

Lights

Sunflower

These beauties were in my garden this year. I didn't know they would be almost black. So beautiful....

Have a great day!

XOXOX

Valori