Winter 2021- updates soon!

Welcome to my website! I have a new Creativebug rulerwork class! Please see the information on this below. I also have deveoped 2 rulers with Quilters Rule and will have information on these soon- they will be avaiable for purchase from Quilters Rule and my website soon! I am working on virtual lectures and classes to have ready for 2021! 

IMPORTANT: 2021 Hollygirls Quilt Retreat Update- Pat and I are emailing a retreat update to all registered retreaters (October 22). If you are registered for the 2021 retreat and you did not receive this email, you can see this update HERE. We missed seeing everyone in September and we look forward to seeing you at the 2021 retreat! 

We are taking names on a wait list for the 2021 retreats. We are full for all 4 weeks. We may open a 5th week and will post information on this later this fall. 

Many more of the conferences that I was scheduled to teach this year and next year have been cancelled or postponed. I will miss all of my students who signed up for my classes at the many events that have been cancelled and look forward to seeing you all at a future event! 

Please take a look a my Ruler Work classes on Creativebug! While we are all at home and can't see each other in person for class- online classes are a great idea! 


I am excited to let you know that I filmed 3 classes on Ruler Work on the home machine with Creativebug last November. My first class and 2nd class have been available for a few months.   My 3rd class will be available in October. Please use the links for my Creativebug Classes! If you are not subscribed to - sign up for a 30 day free trial using code SUENICKELS.  Ruler work has been very popular and I am happy to share my techniques...   

Ruler Work on Creativebug       More Ruler Work on Creativebug


Ruler Work Ovals Circles


The 6th annual Holly Girls Quilt Retreat was a great success! Each week had talented quilters who created wonderful quilts in our theme of Memories, Medallions and Miniatures! We have had record sign ups for the 7th annual Holly Girls Quilt Retreat from our current attendees. All 4 weeks are full for 2020! If you would like to attend please email me ( and have us add you to the waiting list. We often have cancellations throughout the year and we will do our best to get you in for 2020! The 2020 fall retreat tab is up with information on the theme and dates. Thank you to all who have made our retreats a great success!

I am excited to announce that my daughter Ashley Nickels book "Free Motion Quilting 101" from The Taunton Press will be released on October 15th! This is a great book for beginners and all machine quilters.  Pre-orders are immensely helpful to authors and it also means you will have your book delivered on the release date. Pre-order Ashley's book using this link:


I look forward to seeing many of you this year at the many quilting events I have scheduled. I will be updating my workshops and lecture pages later in 2019- so please take a look at my new offerings. A very popular class this past year has been rulerwork on the home sewing machine and I will be including 2 rulerwork classes with these updates! 

I am teaching on "The New Zealand Explorer" in January of 2020- this will be a trip of lifetime for me. Look for information soon on another amazing cruise- I will be teaching on the South America and Antartcia cruise in 2021! I hope you will join me on one these exciting cruises!!! Please go to to find out more information on these cruises.

 I am now booking for 2020 and 2021! Please let me know if your group has scheduled me to teach and you don't see it entered on my updated schedule. Please note, I will be updating my schedule soon to add new dates.  


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


Fabulous Feathers & Fillers




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 with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. The quilt will now be part of the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.  




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

My workshops page will be updated soon and I hope to add a few new workshops 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 a few of my books- AQS has stopped publishing and I have just a linited number of my machine quilting books avaialble. My patterns are still available. 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- 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 is 7 years old and our granddaughter Mabel is 4 years old! I will soon have new classroom and travel photos in my travel photos.

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