Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Transparency, Color and Value for Quilters

 Marny here...blizzard in progress outside my window. Even the birds are visibly hanging tight to the feeders this morning. Their little 'toes' are working hard.

Here is a peek into one half of the Value and Color Transparency workshop we held for the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild last week. It was just part of a wonderful three days with the guild!
The Sushi Block, in our book Quilts du Jour, demonstrates transparency within the block. (book available as indicated in side bar) 
Students brought solids or prints in a specified range of values.
What happened next was AMAZING! 

Jill M's block with the light in the large rectangles, the medium forming
the "intersection" of light with dark, and the dark transversing the gray background. Lovely and quiet. Perfect for a baby!

Kristen's block uses the values in different positions.
Now the light is transversing the background, the medium is used for
the large rectangles and the dark is the "intersection"
of the light and the medium. Great job! 

Karen's block is so pretty! Shot cottons are stunning in transparencies.
Her values are placed in the same positions as the yellow one above.

A textured tone on tone is used here for Diane's medium.
It is yet another possible arrangement of values.
The light is used in the large rectangles, but this time the dark is the intersection with the medium transversing the background.
Karen nailed using prints!  

Look at Eva's use of a stripe, colors and value in her transparency project. The stripe literally pulls the orange across the pink. Fun!

Deb scored big! Luminosity and transparency with her use
 of dull and bright, dark and light.
Thank you to our students and to the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild for having us!
till Tuesday...


  1. Deb and Karen's blocks are outstanding, because they incorporate a print for their transparency. The other blocks are good examples for inspiration. Brave ladies to explore the transparency world according to Jill!

    1. Actually, it was Marny responsible for the wonderful instruction and creation of the block! jill

    2. Jill, you are so humble. You taught many of us about the values and play-together options for color. Kudos to Marny, also. I really have enjoyed your Quilts du Jour book. Inspiring!

  2. I have been interested in transparency for a while. Definatly going to get back into trying it after seeing these beautiful examples. I got hijack by improv!

  3. Kudos to all. Transparency has always scared me and is on my bucket list of things to learn!

  4. I'm totally fascinated with transparency blocks, and have my eyes peeled for the types of blocks/shapes that are effective. It would have been marvelous to have been in your class because it looks like your students learned their lessons well!

  5. these are so colorful! love them ... great job


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