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NOTES FROM THE STUDIO


Interrupting the silence

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, November 12, 2015

I am interrupting the recent silence on my blog (haha) to talk about a friend of mine’s new book. I am very lucky to be friends with some amazing people in our industry and Sarah Filke is one of them. Sarah is a resident of Australia. She came and taught at Quilter’s Affair last summer and was given rave reviews from her students.

I am excited to share with you her new book… Old Quilts, New Life

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In this book Sarah selected 9 quilts from the American Folk Art Museum in New York and used them as the inspiration for her 18 quilts. She asked me if I had a favorite antique quilt that I would like to share…. Why yes I do!

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I love this quilt! The contrasting fabric used in the chevrons intrigued me. I loved the varying widths of the rows and how the fabrics were all over the place but the way they are arranged made the quilt work. (I was privileged to see it in person at the Houston International Quilt Show in the Kaffe Fassett showcase.) I was so inspired by this quilt and my recent collection of fabric Mystic, inspired by Morocco, that I had to make something.

My something is this….

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The Souks

The souks are the market place in the center of Marrakesh that I enjoyed winding through, finding treasures and seeing the craftsmen at work. The colors are vivid and the smell at times intense but so full of life I found myself sucked into a magical place.

The antique chevron quilt was a maze of color but yet felt organized…. That is the Souks!

Stay tuned for more about the Souks of Marrakesh and the new Mystic fabric!

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... Leprecahun

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, March 26, 2015

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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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Succulents

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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... Cactus

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, March 12, 2015

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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...

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Suculant

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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... Basil

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, December 18, 2014

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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.

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Bushes

Gourds

Poppypods

Forest

Grass

Suculant

Have a great day!

Try something out of your comfort zone today...

XOXO

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

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Wintersky

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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