Valori is a professional quilter, author, fabric & pattern designer, painter and photographer. Amongst these she also co-owns The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon. She came into quilting through osmosis having a mother who shared her love of quilting and opened the Stitchin’ Post in 1975. Valori’s love of photography lead her to a bachelor’s degree in fine arts focusing on black and white photography.
Photography and print making brought her to her present career as a fabric designer. For over 15 years she has been presenting a new look to the quilting and sewing world, her fabrics portray larger than life images inspired by nature in fresh colors. Details in her designs create an intimacy in pattern and color. Being a quilter and seamstress herself she is always designing quilts and sewing projects in the back of her mind as she draws a design. Her love of painting has enhanced her fabric designs and inspired her to take up painting on canvas. Valori’s fabrics can be found in shops all over the world.
Valori has been creating how-to quilting and lifestyle books since college, coauthoring nine books with her mom and three on her own. Her books explore innovative techniques with the subject matter being nature and flowers with her beautiful photography as inspiration.
In 1999 Valori joined the Stitchin’ Post staff as a notions, books and pattern buyer and has since moved on to create an extensive web site and knitting department. Her other responsibility is managing the Quilter’s Affair Conference. As co-owner of the business she and her mother pool ideas and keep the store on the cutting edge for sewing, quilting and knitting. She has always maintained a love of photography, especially black and white. With the digital age she can capture her images and utilize them for fabric design and fine art. She and her husband, Ross, live just outside of Sisters with their two daughters, Olivia Rose, Violette Grace, and son, Teague Ashton.