Sue Nickels

Spring Paducah 2019

Sue has been quilting for 40 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 30 years, and she has taught and lectured internationally in England, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Dubai, UAE.

Sue’s major awards include the 1998 AQS Best of Show for THE BEATLES QUILT, made by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly. Their quilt THE SPACE QUILT won the IQA Master of Machine Artistry Award and the 2004 AQS Machine Workmanship Award. Sue and Pat’s quilt TEA AT TENBY won the 2009 Best of Show at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts in England. Most recently, Sue won the AQS 2014 Best Home Machine Workmanship Award for TWO OF US, a collaborative quilt made with Pat.

Sue has many online classes with Creativebug. Sue’s most recent appearance on The Quilt Show was with her daughter, Ashley, who is a modern quilter! Sue has been honored to be a quilt judge for many quilt shows over the years, and she also enjoys teaching on cruises for Quilt Seminars at Sea once a year. Most recently, Sue and Pat held the 4th Annual Holly Girls Quilt Retreats at White Birch Lodge in Elk Rapids, Michigan, and they plan to continue this event for many years. They are following in the tradition of their good friend Gwen Marston’s Beaver Island Quilt Retreats!

Sue’s current books are Fabulous Feathers and Fillers: Design and Machine Quilting Techniques; Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué, co-authored with Pat; and Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques. Sue is proud to be a Brand Ambassador for BERNINA! Her priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. She emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed! Learn more at

< View Sue’s Classes