Machine Quilting - Sue Nickels

Machine Quilting Essentials with Sue Nickels (Learn to Machine Quilt and Love it). She has another class the next day, Machine Applique

Time: 9:30 to 4:00 

Fee: - $85.00 for this class (includes $10.00 kit fee from instructor-- six pre-printed practice squares) or both classes for $140.00. This includes lunch, and light morning and afternoon snacks.

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Beginner/ 1 day. Learn the fundamentals of machine quilting on the home sewing machine. Start with an in-depth discussion on thread, needles and notions. Next, practice the basic techniques of straight line and free motion machine quilting on small quilt packages. Stipple quilting and marked designs will be covered. After learning the skills to feel confident with these techniques, Sue will demonstrate how to successfully baste; package and machine quilt the actual quilt.  Go home feeling confident to quilt any size and style quilt. Sue’s quilts will be shown for inspiration with lots of ideas for quilting the quilt- from traditional to modern style. With Sue’s patient guidance learn all the basic skills needed to machine quilt on your home sewing machine. 

See more sample images at bottom of page

Teacher Bio: Sue has been quilting for 36 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 26 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally for shops, guilds and major conferences, including AQS, IQA and the Mancuso Quiltfests. She has also taught internationally in 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 2003 IQA Master of Machine Artistry Award and 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 current books are “Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques”, “Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué” co-authored with Pat and "Fabulous Feathers and Fillers: Design and Machine Quilting Techniques". Sue has also been a judge for many quilt shows. Sue enjoys teaching on cruises for "Quilt Seminars at Sea" once a year. Sue and Pat hold the Holly Girls Quilt Retreats at White Birch Lodge in Elk Rapids Michigan and plan to continue this yearly event for many years, following in the tradition of their good friend Gwen Marston's Beaver Island Quilt Retreats! Sue’s priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. Sue emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed!

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