Sheila Frampton-Cooper

Appliqué + Piecing = New Possibilities

Class Description:

In this workshop, students will draw a design, create a full-scale pattern on freezer paper, and assemble the forms by Appli-piecing, which is part appliqué and part piecing. This technique was originally developed by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. I will guide students in composing a simple or complex design, and encourage that the process is undertaken with openness and ease. Students will play with shape, scale and movement. We will also discuss creating a value study, and then choosing your palette. Students will be provided with small compositions to assemble and become comfortable with the technique before they start designing. In addition, I will present a slideshow that illustrates each step in the process.

Supply List:

  • 100% cotton fabric, preferably solids LIGHT/MED/DARK VALUES FOR EACH COLOR (details below) Textured prints are welcome in this workshop.

  • At least one yard each of neutral colors. (see below)

  • Sewing machine (Your sewing machine must play well with very fine thread.)

  • Needles (Microtex Sharps #60/8 or #70/10) This is very important because you will be sewing with very fine thread.

  • Freezer paper (You will want to have a large piece. More on this later…)

  • (2) Regular black Sharpies. It must be black and be a Sharpie, no other brand or color. Not thin or super thick, just the normal size. (You will understand why in class…)

  • Superior Threads Mono.Poly™ Thread (Only this brand, and the translucent version, not the black.)

  • Seam ripper and very sharp, very small scissors

  • 2 Rotary cutters (with extra blades) You will want a 28mm, as well as the standard 45mm.

  • Ruler (optional)

  • Cutting Mat (at least 24” for cutting width of fabric) If you have a small one, bring it as well.

  • Multi-plug extension cord with surge protection and a 3 prong adaptor if needed for classroom outlets

  • Iron and tabletop iron pad (Travel size irons are best.)

  • Good old fashioned spray starch. This is important. You do not want to use a soft starch that you would find in a quilt shop. I’m referring to the heavy duty stuff you would iron a shirt with if you want it to be crisp.

  • A small round paint brush

  • A very small plastic container with a lid.

  • Sketchbook (for note taking, drawing etc.)

  • A ruler

  • Regular pencils w/eraser

  • White flannel for your design wall.

  • Blue painters tape.

  • Your cell phone (for taking photos as you progress)

Optional, but not necessary: 

  • An iPad with an Apple Pencil if you have one, or always wanted to, with the App Procreate installed.

  • If you have a small projector, that can travel easily, bring it, and any necessary adapters for your iPad or computer.

You may visit this site as a reference for choosing your palette:

*Having at least 3 values of each color you bring will give you a better result. Regarding the neutral fabric, please make sure you bring very light values. Bring grays and taupes. Please make sure you bring a very light shade (close to white) as well as a light/medium.