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Christine Barnes, November 12-13 Speaker and Workshop

When you think of Christine Barnes, you think of COLOR!

On November 12, Christine Barnes will be our speaker, with her subject, “Buying Fabric with Color in Mind”  Christine says she’s often asked, “Where do you find these fabulous fabrics?” As quilters we have endless sources, but choosing fabric with color in mind takes an awareness of basic color concepts and the qualities that make fabrics special. In this digital-image presentation and trunk show, she’ll show us how to select fabrics for successful quilts and avoid the pitfalls when building your stash.

Like many other quilters, Christine began sewing when she was very young. (One of her more “memorable” projects was a doll quilt filled with cotton balls, because when she asked her grandmother what was inside a quilt, she said, “cotton.”) Degrees in textile and costume design and magazine journalism segued into a career writing books on color, decorating, remodeling, and soft furnishings for Sunset Books, as well as four quiltmaking books, and tech editing many more.

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Christine’s class on November 13 is “Modern Color.”

What is modern color? What kinds of colors/fabrics make a quilt modern? Modern quilts are typically minimal and stylized, with simple, graphic designs. "Modern traditional" combines classic blocks and contemporary colors for a more transitional style. Plain solids, shot cottons, and graphic prints are widely used, as are low-volume (light-value) fabrics, which often function as background pieces or, in larger areas, negative space. Through a series of traditional and original cut-and-paste exercises, you'll learn basic color concepts and new strategies, such as my recipe for "asymmetrical color," and discover new ways to work with color in your quilts.It's a fresh take on color, and it's fun!

There is a $5 lab fee the day of the class.

She’s been published in a number of quilt magazines (Modern Patchwork, American Quilter, McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork & Quilting, QNM, Love of Quilting, Threads, and Fabrications, a British quilting magazine) and has appeared on "Simply Quilts." She lives in Grass Valley, and is an active member of Foothill Quilters Guild.