February 2015

I have just updated my schedule! I have do have openings in 2016 and I am also booking for 2017- WOW! Please let me know if your group has scheduled me to teach and you don't see it entered on my updated schedule? 

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Welcome to my website and Happy New Year! My New Year's resolutions are: make new quilts and become social media savvy! I am working on a new book this year "Flower Garden Borders- Design and Machine Applique Techiques".  I am also working on a new series of quilts called "Innovative Amish". This series will be featured in new classes later this year. I will be posting in progress photos on both of these projects on my Facebook page. 

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The 1st annual Holly Girls Quilt Retreat was very successful! Thanks to all who attended and made our first year great! We are excited about our 2nd Annual Retreat.. More information about the retreats are given below.

 **We are filling nicely for the 2015 retreats- Weeks 1, 2, and 3 are now full. We will take names on a waiting list for these weeks. We have 4 spots left in week 4- so sign up soon if you are interested! 

My new Creativebug class on Machine Applique is now available! 

My teaching schedule is full (closed) for 2015 and I am currently scheduling workshops/lectures for 2016 and 2017. 

2nd annual Holly Girls Quilt Retreats information: The retreats are held at the lovely 100 year old White Birch Lodge. Nestled in the woods along the shores of Elk Lake, you will be right in the heart of Northern Michigan's resort area. The town of Elk Rapids is a charming small town with nice restaurants and shopping. The topic for 2015 is "Flower Garden Appliqué Borders". 

We are excited to continue the tradition our good friend Gwen Marston started with her Beaver Island Quilt Retreats over 30 years ago. Please go to the Retreat Tab to find out more. We have had good sign ups for next year and will begin open registration for the 2015 retreats on October 15, 2014. See you in beautiful northern Michigan next fall!  



am pleased to announce that my new book, "Fabulous Feathers & Fillers",  is available. Please go to my store to order.


Fabulous Feathers & Fillers


Creativebug update! My new class on Machine Applique is now avaialble from Creativebug! Please go to my online classes tab!

I completed filming two more online classes with Creativebug in April. The first class I filmed was with my daughter, Ashley Nickels. The mother/ daughter quilting class will show how we both made quilts using triangles and similar fabrics- Ashley's approach as a modern quilter and mine as a tradtional quilter. It was so fun to work with Ashley and her quilt is fabulous! This class is now available and I hope you will enjoy the projects we have made! The second class is on Machine Applique and will go live in July. This is a great site and very reasonably priced for these great classes. My machine quilting workshops are also available and very helpful for learning how to machine quilt on the home sewing machine.  Go to my Online Classes tab to watch my Creativebug classes. It was a great experience working with the Creativebug team!


My sister, Pat Holly and I are thrilled to announce that our quilt "Two of Us" won Best Home Machine Workmanship at the 2014 American Quilters Society Show in Paducah.  The quilt was the 2013 Block of the Month on The Quilt Show.com with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. The quilt will now be part of the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.  



It was a very busy and productive 2013 for me! I taught for many different groups, conferences ad shops around the country. I have a full schedule in 2014. I have a few openings in 2015 and I am scheduling for 2016. Please look at my schedule if you are interested in booking a specific date. If you have already booked a teaching date with me and you don't see it on the schedule- please contact me immediatiely! 

I will be teaching on the Canada & New England Cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea in May 2015.  I will be teaching with Mary Sorensen, Kimberly Einmo and Gloria Laughman.  The cruises are always great fun and I hope you can join us! Learn more about the cruises go to: www.quiltcruises.com See you there!!!


Sue NickelsMy blog is on a hiatus- I am hoping later this year to have time to revive it!

My workshops page is current. I hope to add a few new workshops later this year and reitre a few old ones. Please check these out and if you have any questions let me know. My supply lists are also up to date. I have included information on the workshops page for students and groups to help make your workshop experience the best. Please read this helpful information section with my workshops! My biography and fees and requirements have minor updates. 

I continue to use a camera and projector in the classroom for demos and it is a fabulous teaching aid. Because of this I have a few extra requirements in the classroom, please be sure to read this under classroom requirements. I have achieved my goal of having my lectures in power point. So for all my lectures, I will bring my own projector and computer and present my images using power point!

My Store has my two books (including “Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué” co-authored with my sister, Pat Holly). My patterns are also available and remain very popular items. I also carry some of the quilting items I use and sell when I am on the road teaching. My thread line- King Tut “Tone on Tones” from Superior Threads is available from- www.SuperiorThreads.com. I am not currently selling these threads on my website.

I am still using a paper backed fusible web product called Soft Fuse from Shades Textiles for my technique of machine appliqué and I am selling this at my website store. I love this product- it is easy to use and never separates from the paper!!! My favorite marking pencil- Quilter Choice by Roxanne’s is for sale with the pencil sharpener that works best with it. I have also added to the store my favorite small scissors that I use for appliqué.

Please visit my Gallery of Quilts page which features a sampling of my quilts. I have the quilt my sister, Pat Holly and I collaborated on called “Tea at Tenby”. It won many awards - the most exciting was “Best of Show” at the 2009 Festival of Quilts in Birmingham England! I have included information about some of our other award winning quilts- “The Beatles Quilt” and “The Space Quilt” as I am often asked to explain the details of these collaborative quilts. My sister, Pat has been creating beautiful miniature quilts- look for her page in the “Gallery of Quilts” that showcases some of her work.

I am working on my next goal of creating new quilts in the next year, so look for these soon!   

I am enjoying being a Grandma! My granddaughter, Stella will be 4 years old and our granddaughter Mabel will turn one in May! I will soon have new classroom and travel photos in my travel photos.

Our yellow lab, Rubi, is still the best dog ever and her bestfriend- Bailey the yellow lab, my daughter, Jessi and son-in-law Ryan’s dog visits often!

I hope to see you on the road this year, doing what I love to do- teaching machine quilting and machine appliqué. Thank you for visiting my website and please come back soon…


Sue Nickels