Sunday, June 8, 2014

Going to Guild - Sue Nickels

Last Monday was guild night, and our speaker was the legendary Sue Nickels.

Sue and her sister, Pat Holly, have made some amazing, award winning quilts that are simply beyond belief. Possibly the best known is The Beatles Quilt, which won best of show in the 1998 AQS Show. That means it is hanging in the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.

I love that Sue has a smaller version that she brings, so we got to see some of the details up close and personal. Some of the detailed applique, including circles as small as 1/4" in diameter, is beyond what I even thought possible.

Sue is known for her beautiful machine applique and intricate machine quilting.

She and Pat also like to add interest with the binding and finishing, as in this quilt and the one below it.

I absolutely adore this one! Pat described how to do it, but I can't even wrap my brain around it, much less explain it to someone else!

This is a mini quilt in a series. These pictures do not even come close to doing it justice.

It was an amazing program that made me want to come home and FMQ like crazy. Thanks, Sue!


  1. Sue came to my guild last year! She is amazing and funny!

  2. Wow, these are some brilliant quilts, thanks so much for sharing the photos, Jenny! They're so inspiring!


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