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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... 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

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... Honeysuckle

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, October 09, 2014

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Honeysuckle...

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

rich in color.

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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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  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."

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Sky

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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 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.

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

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Field

Stick

Zinnia

Feet

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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... Fuchsia

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, August 21, 2014

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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....

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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)

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and now for the flowers...

Floweringtree

Geranium

Hydranga

Tree

Sweetpea

Have a Great Day!!!

XO

Valori


Color of the Week... Salsa

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, July 03, 2014

 

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Salsa.... makes me smile and want to do a little dance. OR eat! HAHA! We have been getting the shop ready for next weeks classes and quilt show and I am already feeling a little punchy. But it is going so good, the shop looks great our staff is amazing they work together so well and I love the energy right now.... But I am here to talk to you about SALSA... yummy red, cherry tomatoes,and gerber daisies... just a few of the possible Salsa images. This red falls on the orange side of the color wheel....This is one of those punchy colors that a little goes a long way. It also reminds me of Freddy Moran... she uses red as a neutral in her quilts....

What do you use red for? I realize that I don't use a lot of red in my quilts...I might have to push myself and try Freddy's approach to making Salsa a neutral!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 4th of July to all of you...I will be working but we might get a little fun in the afternoon!

XO

Valori

PS...Next week starts the Summer Blueprint fabrics... So excited! Good-bye spring HELLO SUMMER!!!!

Color of the Week... Pomegranate

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Pomegranate is such a rich, bold and vibrant color. Over the years I have grown to love all pinks. I think it is my sweet little girls that have opened me to the color. I love this color in the garden...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found that all my Pomegranate photographs were of flowers....I am going to try to find other Pomegranate things in my life this week...

Have a great day!!

XO

Valori

Doing another drawing this weekend....Don't forget to comment to be entered to win! Or post a pic on Instagram @valoriwells #valscoloroftheweek or on Facebook Valori Wells Designs page....


Color of the Week... Smoke

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, June 05, 2014

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Smoke...

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Smoke is a great neutral... I love mixing warm and cool together in prints as well as in quilts. You just can't have equal parts or they compete with each other. This is one of my favorite Blueprint fabrics because I have always loved Queen Anne's Lace. When I was young my Grandma Clara and I would go out and pick wild flowers to put in a flower press to dry and then make cards. The delicate Queen Anne's Lace was perfect for flower pressing. Such a happy childhood memory! 

What is your favorite neutral?

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I am inspired to use some neutrals today...

Have a Great Day!

XO

Valori

PS Remember to leave a comment to be entered into the pool for free Blueprint Basics fabric.... Thanks Robert Kaufman!!