October 2021

I am excited that my new ruler work rulers have been featured in the latest issue of American Quilter magazine. The Straight Line ruler and Circle Wedge set will avaible on my website in mid-November. Watch this space for more information soon.. 

Holly Girls Quilt Retreat Update: I am currently at our last Holly Girls Quilt Retreat at White Birch Lodge. Pat and I have enjoyed our retreats for the past 7 years and have decided to take 2022 to explore our options for future retreats. Watch this space for more information soon.. 

Many of the conferences that I was scheduled to teach 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 Creativebug.com - 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 (nickquilt@aol.com) 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 you at quilt events in the future. I will be updating my workshops and lecture pages for 2022. 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! .



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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 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.  




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

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- 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 is 11 years old and our granddaughter Mabel is 8 years old! 

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


contact information: nickquilt@aol.com or 734-649-0637