"Since I’m primarily an art quilter these days, I look for classes that will help me grow. There are many classes around that are based on short-cut techniques or patterns, but I screen for those that will give me insight into makers I admire and that have the potential to teach me more about color, line, and more sophisticated construction techniques. I hit the jackpot when I signed up for a two-day course offered by Sheila Frampton-Cooper. Her style of teaching is affirming, professional, warm, inclusive, and shows a strong intuitive grasp of where the student is. Her discussion of her work was process oriented and a great spring-board into our own immediate construction of individual motifs and color schemes. The environment in the class was collegial and we all got a substantial amount of work done. In her class, you learn to work in her manner without leaving as a clone—just as it should be. I went home inspired to keep going on my project and see it to completion." -Monica Johnstone
“I went to Texas in April, 2019 to spend 5 days with Sheila and a group of wonderful quilters. Quilters are usually very generous people, and this group proved to be no different. Everyone was willing to help and share if someone came up short on fabric, or anything else. Several in the class had taken a workshop with Sheila perviously, and that speaks volumes right there - repeat customers!
Sheila is a fabulous soul and teacher. She is methodical in explaining her process and color choices, but allows you to take the turns as wide as you want to. She walks the class room constantly, stopping by each person, giving feedback and advice if you have a hard time to figure out how to continue. It’s a hard balance - being available for questions and advice, but still letting the individual do their thing. But she manages to do just that - with style, finesse and a good sense of humor to boot.
If you are interested in being a little daring, and would like to receive wonderful guidance and take your quilting and your sense of color to the next level, please sign up for a workshop with Sheila!” -Eva Karlsson
"I attended a workshop with Sheila Frampton-Cooper at Empty Spools, Pacific Grove, California. I was excited to learn a different method of quilting, and loved Sheila’s beautiful artistic quilts.
Well, this definitely is far removed from traditional quilting and opened my eyes to a completely new technique. I must admit, at first I was intimidated. It seemed everyone was getting the technique down and creating something wonderful and I was still feeling my way.
Sheila was reassuring and insisted to just keep going. After the workshop was over, I continued working my piece, making a few separate pieces and then left them on my design wall. I would move them around and when I was pleased I would connect them. I would add some more color here and there until I felt that the piece was completed... and voilà!
Sheila was right to keep going. Your piece will let you know when you’re done. I must say, I am pleased with the results. I like working in this way and have made another quilt using only 2 colors. The key is be open to the possibilities, be patient with yourself, keep going and take breaks." -Carolyn Pope
"Looking for a wonderful way to nurture your creative soul? Join Sheila Frampton Cooper for one of her workshops. Sheila is a fantastic teacher with a beautiful spirit to match. She works with you and helps you to access your inner creativity. Sheila will help you explore design options, while learning tips for piecing and fabric placement.
At the end of the workshop you will have a fiber piece beyond your wildest expectations. You will also have a lifetime of friendships. Sheila encourages a loving, supportive atmosphere, helping you to explore your creative soul in a beautiful environment. I can’t say enough about the course I took with Sheila Frampton Cooper. It is not often that we come across someone so giving, and willing to teach us all that they know in order to encourage our creativity." -Nancy Eisenmenger
"Sheila taught a week long class at Madeline Island on Lake Superior. What an amazing teacher! We were not intimidated by her incredible quilts as she taught us in a very methodical manner-step by step. She was very patient and willing to help every student. I love this technique which has enabled me to free motion quilt different motifs in each section which is another layer of free expression. Sheila taught me how to be free without stress in adding interesting shapes to others that adds up to eye popping art. Thanks Sheila!" -Anne Marcellis
"I am a passionate about textile art. In one of the many online searches, I came across Sheila Frampton Cooper's works. It was 2015, I had never seen art quilts so interesting, rich and vibrant, like hers. The attractive design, the energetic colors was a discovery!
I looked for her Internet address on Sheila's website and immediately wrote her an email asking her if she had published books on her quilting technique or if she was holding classes or workshops in Europe.
To make a long story short, in 2016 with our Association “Roman School of Quilting”, on the occasion of the Arte Morbida exhibition, we had the joy of hosting her marvelous art quilts and a precious workshop in Rome. Quilters from all over Italy participated in a 3-day course full of information and techniques.
Sheila is a sunny, welcoming and patient person. The course was infinitely interesting and useful for me as I learned to work with fabrics and colors in a structured way. Also to match the colors so that they produce a vibrant or calm effect, depending on the need.
We worked on shapes, which seem random but that are actually studied in the final effect they produce. Personally I have also learned to sew the curves, which I was definitely complicated before! The course with Sheila gave me the opportunity to start doing art quilts in a personal and independent way, finding my artistic style.
The photo is of a small quilt (50cmx50cm) created for a friend. I made the top in one morning, I was very fast! Without Sheila's course I would not have been able to "think" a design and realize it with such spontaneity!" -Maria Rosaria Roseo