Sue Nickels is the author of the new AQS book Fabulous Feathers & Fillers, Design & Machine Quilting Techniques.

Sue has been quilting for 34 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work.  She has been teaching machine techniques for the past 22 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally for shops, guilds, and major conferences, including many times for AQS Shows. She has also taught internationally in Canada, England, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain.

Sue’s major awards include 1998 AQS Best of Show for The Beatles Quilt made by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly. Their quilt The Space Quilt won the 2004 AQS Machine Workmanship Award. Sue and Pat’s quilt Tea at Tenby won 2009 Best of Show at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts in England.

Sue’s previous books with AQS are Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques and Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué co-authored with Pat.

Her priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are time saving. She emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed!

Sue lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Tim. They have two daughters, Ashley and Jessi, son-in-law Ryan, and granddaughter Stella.


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