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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... Celestial

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, April 02, 2015

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

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I love to knit with this color!

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City

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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 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 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.

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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... Ice

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Saturday, March 07, 2015

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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.

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Sky

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Abstract

Jellybeans

Spaceneedle

Duke

Enjoy your day!

XOXO

Valori


Color of the Week... Orange Spice

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Orange Spice...

There is something about this orange that makes me think of winter... warm fires and hot cider.

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Pumpkin

Beets

Moss

Sunset

Pottery

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I think I am finally on the up side of the flu...This time of year is so hard with the kids and the germs...

Hope you have a great day!!

XOXO

Valori


Color of the Week... Steel

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Steel... soft greys.. beautiful sun aged wood.

Even though the name implies metal...

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Metal

Building

Cat

Duke

Rocks

Trees

Sticks

This time of year is very grey in Central Oregon...so I love to try and find some simple beauty within Winter. The sage brush stalks on a wet morning hike stood out beautifully along the side of the trail. My husband and dog patiently waited for me to snap some photos.

Have a great day!

XO

Valori


Color of the Week... Purple

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Thursday, February 05, 2015

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Purple...Kona Solid... a very royal color. (Not one I take a lot of photos of.....) It is very dark and rich leaning to the blue side of the color spectrum.

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Tulip

Flower

Fish

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Finishing Purple with a little words of wisdom with a purple push pin!

Have a great day!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Chinese Blue

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Friday, January 30, 2015

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One of my biggest challenges is naming colors and designs... I named all of the Blueprint Basics a couple of years ago and I have no idea why I came up with Chinese Blue for this Stacked Books design. I love the color....I saw a lot of it in Morocco. So, so, many blues in Morocco, which is one of the colors I struggle to find in my library of photographs. I now look for blues all the time...

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Chair

Curtain

Landscape

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I normally only use my photography in the Color of the Week but this painting really spoke to me and I thought it was a perfect example of Chinese Blue....

Have a great day!!!

XO

Valori

Color of the Week... Walnut

Valori Wells-Kennedy - Friday, January 23, 2015

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Walnut...soft cool brown with hints of yellow. The color of shells, walls, & wood.

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Marrakech...

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Shell

Mushroom

Statue

Sand

Pottery

Have a great day!

I will be spending the day cuddled on the couch recovering from the flu...

XO

Valori