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Gualala Arts Workshop
Two for One!
Quilts with Transparency and Luminosity
Instructor: Christine Barnes

Wednesday - Thursday
March 13 - 14, 2013

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Register by:   February 28, 2013
Tuition:   $65
Materials:   Transparency and Luminosity materials list

Get two for one in this workshop! Christine Barnes will teach you how to apply both transparency and luminosity to your quilting design and construction.


Luminaria Amaze your family! Fool your friends! They will be very impressed when you show them a block or quilt that incorporates the illusion of transparent color. In this special effect, one color appears to lie over another, and where the two colors overlap, a third color is formed. It takes "just-right" fabrics for successful transparencies, but when it works, WOW! We start with a crash course in color, then make three simple mock-blocks, followed by two more challenging ones.


This dazzling special effect is surprisingly easy to achieve once you understand a few simple concepts. When you surround a relatively small area of warm, intense color with a larger area of cooler, less-intense, darker color, your quilt will appear to glow, as if light and warmth are coming from behind. This one-day workshop begins with a crash course in color, followed by evaluation of your fabrics to ensure success. Then you'll begin cutting and piecing your blocks. Along the way, Barnes will share lots of tips for making the process easier and more accurate. She will also go over how to cut and attach the "spinning" borders.

(Note: Due to scheduling with the instructor, should you choose to go only one day there is no discount.)

About Christine Barnes

With a background as colorful as her creations, Barnes has degrees in textile and costume design and magazine journalism. She wrote books on quilt making, color, decorating, remodeling, and soft furnishings before writing her most recent book, The Quilter's Color Club, which was released in the Spring of 2011. Her articles can be found in many quilt magazines including American Quilting, Love of Quilting, American Quilter, American Patchwork and Quilting and Threads. Barnes has also made a guest appearance on "Simply Quilts." She lives in Grass Valley, the heart of Northern California's Gold Country, in a house with a light-filled sewing room where she says she is "always happy."

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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