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Dreaming in Color - A Change of Scenery with Jean Wells
It always amazes me what happens if I take a different route on a walk, or travel to a new place. At the end of May, John and I left for the beach, which is three hours away, in a...
Dreaming in Color- Vibrant at 91! with Jean Wells
      Freddy Moran, one of my dearest friends, is an inspiration to me as well as to many of you, and I want to share some of her thoughts on color! She began quilting when she was 60...
Dreaming in Color - Dull vs Bright with Jean Wells
When I say the word “dull,” I find students kind of sit back, take a breath, and relax. The word itself is not very exciting and when you put a dull fabric next to a bright one...
Dreaming in Color - Mysteries in Nature with Jean Wells
  How else do you describe some of the wonderful color combinations found out in nature? They can be mysterious. On a summer visit to the Oregon Coast I discovered a small garden just as you drive into Manzanita. It...
Dreaming in Color - Enrichment in Quilt Design with Jean Wells
If you are like me there are times when you see a quilt that feels rich in color and you say how did they do that? Val pulled out several of her solid quilts this month for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show to feature on a video. When I saw her unfold “Colored Happy” it just grabbed me. I could not get the play of colors off my mind so I decided to talk about how we can use color in quilt design this month. There is so much variety in the colors she used, but yet ...
Dreaming in Color - Examples of Pushing Color with Jean Wells
February is always a favorite month for me as I start dreaming of spring and planting my garden. Half the fun for me is exploring what I might try to grow this year that is new to me and how I...
Dreaming in Color - Texture and Color Entwined with Jean Wells
The arrival of the Entwine line of fabric, by Guicy Guice from Andover Fabrics, gave me the idea to explore textural fabrics in terms of color. These yummy textiles offer an opportunity to...
Dreaming in Color - Looking with Jean Wells
Our environment is full of eye candy this time of year with all of the fall colors and textures. I really feel like an explorer trying to get last minute hikes and drives in before the snowfall. Lately...
Dreaming in Color - In the Garden with Jean Wells
It’s August already! Where did the time go? Many of you attended my “Dreaming in Color” Lecture series late this spring. After experiencing the stay at home order, I was...
Dreaming in Color - Supporting Colors with Jean Wells
Spring is a fabulous time to observe color, as there are daily changes right outside the door. We are fortunate enough to be able to go on walks, and can take drives in the car, but stopping...
Dreaming in Color - Color Balancing with Jean Wells
The past two months have been filled with the bright colors of summer even though it is winter in Sisters. This is the time of year that I work on quilts that will be donated to fundraisers for Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Our theme...
Dreaming in Color - Shades of Winter with Jean Wells
It is January, and as I write this blog it is trying to snow outside. To so many people, the winter colors in the landscape are dull and uninviting. When I take time...
Dreaming in Color - Color Inspiration through Travel with Jean Wells
There is something magical about seeing a place for the first time. I was fortunate to be able to attend Valori Wells and Kelly Sheets Morocco Creatives Retreat in November. Valori has been to Morocco several times and her photos...
Dreaming in Color - The Value of a Library with Jean Wells
With the cost of fabric rising, many people are more selective and do not buy for their stash as much as they used to. My advice is...
Dreaming in Color - Palette Play with Jean Wells
Back to school for me is more time for creative pursuits. I am putting the garden to bed, and this weekend I cleaned the studio. I found...
Dreaming in Color – Garden Inspiration with Jean Wells
Summer Colors seems like a timely topic to explore this month. Summers in Sisters are magical, even though this year it took longer to arrive. I can hardly wait to go to the nursery in town when it warms up and get plants for the patio pots and fill in my vegetable garden. What I love about...
Dreaming in Color - Trusting Your Intuition with Jean Wells
I feel like I am “Dreaming in Color” with summer finally here, and my garden and pots all planted. I just love this time of year. Last February, on a ten day trip to Maui, John and I...
Dreaming in Color - Pushing a Color with Jean Wells
This may sound odd to you, but using this technique when you are putting a palette together creates more depth in the color choices for a quilt. Visiting the Gee’s Bend Quilter’s exhibit at the de Young Art Museum in San Francisco made me realize...
Dreaming in Color - Opposites Attract with Jean Wells
Putting on my explorer hat in this new calendar year I wanted to challenge myself to work in a color palette that was completely new to me. I chose...
Dreaming In Color with Jean Wells
What a magical concept! This year my goal is to be more of an explorer when it comes to my life in art. I will be writing a monthly blog sharing ideas that I hope...