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Sue Nickels
The simplest explanation of appliqué is to place one layer of fabric over another larger piece, and sew it in place. It’s a creative way to bring design elements to the forefront and make them the stars of your quilt. There are many ways to make beautiful appliqué, and no technique is the best. It...
AQS friend Libby Lehman, a beloved woman, wife, mother, talented quilter, teacher, and artist is struggling with multiple medical issues. Her personality and sense of humor are leading the charge for recovery. Team Libby and her quilting friends are her support through this time. What’s left? Well, what do quilters do at times like this?...
Unbeatable sister duo Pat Holly & Sue Nickels won the Bernina of America Home Machine Quilting Award at QuiltWeek® – Paducah, KY 2014. See their quilt, TWO OF US, and hear their quilting tips in this video interview with AQS Executive Show Director, Bonnie Browning. The quilt was made for thequiltshow.com, Ricky Tims and Alex...
Who’s ready for a little sewing fun? If you’ve never tried free motion quilting (FMQ) on your domestic sewing machine, here’s a little challenge to give you a taste of it. Last week, I mentioned seven quick steps for getting ready to FMQ. If you missed that article, it’s a good idea to review it...
The National Quilt Museum will feature five workshops for the 2014 season. These three- or four-day workshops will be held at The National Quilt Museum. Workshop Schedule: • Katie Pasquini Masopust: “From Watercolor to Quilt”  May 29-31 • Sue Nickels: “Fabulous Feathers and Fillers: Design and Machine Quilting Techniques”  July 8-10 • Melinda Bula: “Fabulous...
Did you think I’d have my strata quilt finished in a week? I did too. But as the expression goes, “Close, but no cigar.” It became quickly apparent that my fall landscape idea was not going to work as I expected. The sky was all wrong. Ditto the green plaid cotton lamé. But, a strip...
Most quilters love books. They are our source for patterns, beautiful design ideas, and color inspiration. Like the stacks of fabric you love to collect, most quilters have a particular passion for quilting books. But maybe… • you wish you could print patterns easily from your home computer • you’re going on a vacation, and you want to take along some...
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,...
This Quilt of the Week Video features sisters, Sue Nickels and Pat Holly. Sue and Pat discuss the creation of their beautiful quilt called “New York State of Mind.” Learn how they made the quilt together while living 170 miles apart. Sue and Pat are the authors of  Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué .
I started quilting in 1978 after my daughter was born because I wanted to make a baby quilt for her. Sewing, knitting, cross stitch and other crafty things have always been part of my life. My major in college was art, so quilting seemed like the perfect thing for me. I have been quilting for...
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