If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Valori Wells or have seen her speak at a Quilt Market, you know that she is nice, funny, authentic and super talented! We love that all of her fabric collections are a bit of a surprise–they are each unique and versatile, but still reveal Valori’s signature artistic style. We’ve just received her latest group, Jenaveve, and we have to say that this is our favorite so far (which says a lot, considering how much we loved Del Hi.) The cotton/linen blend is amazingly soft, yet sturdy enough for home dec and apparel, the colors are incredibly rich and the designs are gorgeous. Valori does it again!
In addition to being a fabric designer, Valori is a quilter, pattern designer and co-owner of the infamous Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon (home of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show). She is immersed in the sewing industry! We knew we had to ask her to share her 2010 reflections and 2011 predictions, which we bring to you today. Valori also shared a few sneak peeks at her upcoming Wrenly collection, due in shops this spring. She recently received strike-offs for the collection so look for those in today’s post… Beautiful!
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Sew,Mama,Sew!: Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?
Valori: A trend that stands out in my mind is the new love for a variety of textiles and for sewing. Having a shop in a tourist/small town is very different than in the city so I think what we see here is not always the same as in the “real world.” But for us we are seeing a lot more use of solids. I do think part of that is because of my mom and her teaching here at the shop.
I love that we are seeing more and more people making their lives out of fabric, like sewing clothes for themselves and their family. They are making gifts, rather than shopping at the big box stores for a fraction of the price but none of the love.
I am trying to become more in tune with other bloggers and such out there… So I don’t know much about what is new to the blogging world except that I have found some wonderful people and blogs from being on Twitter, thanks to Bari Ackerman and Rose Houghes. They convinced me to join Twitter after they were here for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.
A Wish Bird from Valori
SMS: What was the best thing you made in 2010?
Valori: The best thing I made in 2010 was my Wish Birds. They are stuffed birds with embroidery, beads and on the top there is a pocket to put your wishes in. Each bird was made for someone special in my life. The idea came from a gift that my girlfriends gave me after a studio day; it was a ceramic cup that said “wish, wish, wish” along the side. Over the past few years I have been taking little pieces of paper and putting wishes in my cup. This year for the holidays I wanted to make something for my friends and family (last year I made owls out of old sweaters and drew on rocks)… Something that they could have for their wishes, so the bird came to mind (as it usually is for me-– I LOVE birds). They are beautiful and unique and I would say the favorite thing I made this year.
Another sweet Wish Bird
SMS: What was your very favorite fabric collection or print?
Valori: Can I say that Jenaveve is my favorite fabric collection or would that seem a bit egotistical?! Seriously some of the fabric that I love: Amy Butler’s Soul Blossoms for sure (might be biased because she is a good friend) and Anna Maria’s Innocent Crush. She had some velveteen… Love it. I always love Enchino.
SMS: What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?
Valori: I saw so many great quilts and projects this year I am not sure I can pick a favorite.
SMS: What do you think 2011 has in store?
Valori: I think that 2011 will bring more sewing and new textiles– Yeah! I am using clear colors and designs with white backgrounds. I can see them being used with solids and more contemporary quilts being created. Hopefully there will still be lots of new clothing and sewing patterns out there as I see quilt shops becoming more of fabric shops with a variety of textiles and patterns to reach more of the crafting public, and hopefully getting more people into the Local Quilt Shops rather than the chains.
Valori’s Wrenly fabric, coming this spring!
SMS: Anything you’re ready for the world to get over?
Valori: I am glad you didn’t say you were tired of birds because I have more birds in my spring collection but in the fall I see elephants…
Another sneak peek at the Wrenly collection.
SMS: Any thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate? Predictions or wishes?
Valori: I love social media and I see that is where the quilting/sewing/crafting world is going. I love the friends I have met and the connection you find with people of all ages and abilities. It connected me in a way that I didn’t imagine and hope to have more time to do. The only thing I hate is that I don’t have more time and knowledge to spend on all of it… I feel behind, always!
More beautiful Wrenly fabric from Valori.
SMS: Can you tell us anything about what to expect from you in 2011? Any big projects, life changes or goals you can reveal?
Valori: Well I will have new fabric in spring and fall, new textiles and lots of new ideas for sewing and quilting. I would like to give more but really can’t at this time but I will give you sneak peaks as they are available…
A recent painting by Valori
Valori also shared a recent painting with us, one of two she completed for her friends who are also sisters. She writes, “They both happened to get each other for Secret Santa in their family. Sondy pulled me aside at a Christmas dinner to see if I had a painting she could get for Trea. A little bit later in the evening Trea pulled me aside to see if she could get a painting for Sondy. So, I painted these for them. They didn’t know that they were getting the same gift. I was so excited to hear how they looked when they opened each others gift… It was very special for me to get to paint for them. And it got me painting again. Yeah!”
Thanks, Valori! We can’t wait to get our hands on Wrenly, and we’re looking forward to more sneak peeks in 2011…
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