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Two weeks of Dyeing

I just finished up a couple of weeks of intense production in my studio. When I'm dyeing fabric, it looks like a storm has blown through here and then I have to deal with the aftermath. However, I was very productive as my supply was in serious need of replenishment. 

To save money this time around, I supplemented my usual tightly woven PFD with Joann's Premium Legacy Muslin. I was very happy with the results. I scoured the crap out of it, and that's why I was able to get great color. It has a smoother hand and a denser weave then Kona, so it's a great way to save a buck when you consider the coupons. 

However, when I'm doing something like this, I only use the best PFD, and my favorites are Hoffman and Pimatex. When I dye my gradations, I start with the lightest color, and make sure the whole piece is very wet. I then start from the crease and move up in stages, wtih the more saturated color. I wear rubber or vinyl gloves and I blend by hand, rubbing in a circular motion. I've found this method gives me the best results.

By the way, I dye all of my fabric on plastic sheets like this as apposed to immersion. I do that sometimes, but I prefer to have control over my texture.

The finished product. 

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Long Beach and "Ode to Lavandula"

I will admit, I'm SUPER behind updating my blog. I'm definitely one of those artists who prefers to make art as apposed to writing about it, so this is the first of several posts that are long overdue. 

My piece "Ode to Lavandula" premiered in Long Beach last month as part of the Dinner@8 Artists exhibit "An Exquisite Moment." Every year in Long Beach, my husband joins me for dinner at the hotel Friday night, and we see the Jamie, Leslie and the other artists having a lively dinner party. This year it was nice to be a part of that.  

"Ode to Lavandula" is inspired by my love of Lavender.

"I am obsessed with Lavender, and every evening after my shower, I slather myself with various intoxicating oils. I even go as far as rolling it on my pj's and pulling it over my nose just to breath it in. At that moment, there is nothing else but this enchanting and relaxing aroma, and that is very precious to me."

24" x 60" Whole cloth, monoprinted and painted with thickened fiber reactive dye, free motion quilted. 

The quilting on the piece was intense.


Yvonne Porcella, what a lovely lady and amazing artist! She gave me a precious gift and the wrapping was coordinated with her adorable "black and white stripes and dots" look. 


This was the last year Quilts Inc. will be in Long Beach. I first attended this show July 2009, six months after I started quilting. My head exploded when I saw the art quilts on display. The following year, I met Pokey Bolton, and having been a huge fan of Quilting Arts Magazine by that time, I was excited to meet her. I remember showing her a photos of my first art quilt "Life in the City" on my phone. It was still on my design wall at that time. The following year I had the great fortune of being featured in Quilting Arts Magazine, and that was really a big deal for me. 


A few of my "Project Linus" buddies taking a break!


"The Soul of a Quilter" Cruise to Benefit Libby Lehman

I am beyond honored to be a part of this amazing cruise to benefit the Libby Lehman Medical fund! We are going to have a blast, and for a really great price, you'll enjoy a 7-day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s extraordinary Independence of the Seas and take workshops from four different teachers

Please join us! 

In my workshop, you'll be making a small quilt top. I will guide students through the process of improvisational piecing and sewing curved seams, as well as color and value choices. 



New Work "Caveman Soul"


20" x 18" (not including frame) Collaged using my dye painted and batiked cotton fabric and stitched. 


My "Quilt National" Experience

I was quite honored, to say the least, to have my piece "From a Seed" juried into Quilt National 2013. My husband Matt and I traveled to Athens Ohio to experience the opening weekend festivities. It was cool to actually be able to photograph the quilts. 

"From a Seed" ©Sheila Frampton-Cooper 2012  55" x 41"  Whole cloth painted with thickened fiber reactive dyes. I used paintsticks for additional details.

I wanted to create the feeling of rain falling with my quilting.

This is the original watercolor piece that inspired it. When I paint these, I use a very tiny brush and it's a "very precious" process for me. The other two paintings I've brought into quilt form were done with that same "exacting hand", but for this one, I wanted to let it fly out and be free and loose. 


This is an iconic place, so of course, I had to take the shot that everyone takes!


Here's a snapshot of the dynamic artwork on display.  I wanted to share a lot of work, but I ran out of steam. I'll be adding more to this gallery little by little. 


This sweet little lady was making the rounds to get her book signed... 

I was thrilled to meet two artists that I greatly admire - Elizabeth Barton and Pamela Allen.

We took a little time off to check out the town... 

We met a few students from Saudi...  

A double dose of "ticket magnet" rental cars. And yes, we did get a ticket, but I wasn't driving! 

Athens is quite tranquil, and very green.

There is a lot of land surrounding the Dairy Barn. It's a really lovely venue!