International quilt teacher Sue Nickels will be joining us August 20th. She will present her lecture, "Machine Quilting for Today's Quilts". Guests are welcome and encouraged to join us for this lecture but $5 will be collected at the door to recoup some of our expenses.
Sue Nickels has been quilting for 32 years, starting by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. Sue has been teaching machine techniques for the past 20 years. Sue has taught and lectured nationally for shops, guilds and major conferences, including AQS, IQA and NQA. 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. Most recently, 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" and "Stitched Raw Edge Applique" co-authored with Pat. Sue has also been a judge for many quilt shows, most recently part of the team judging the 2009 IQA Show. 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.
Sue Nickels Workshops -- Guild members will have exclusive access to these workshops through the June general meeting. After this time we will be opening them up to non-members.
August 20th -- Half Day Workshop following general meeting
Machine Quilting -- Feathers and Stippling.
Cost: $25 for members, $35 for non-members.
In this workshop explore the beautiful feather design and how to enhance it with traditional stipple quilting. Sue has used the feather design successfully on many of her quilts and uses traditional stipple quilting to add dimension. The feather is the ideal design for free motion quilting and is easier than you might think. Students will work at the machine on a small feather project that Sue has created just for this workshop. Fall in love with this fabulous combo -- Feathers and Stippling!
Folk Art Border and Machine Appliqué Techniques.
Cost: $45 for members, $55 for non-members
In this workshop, learn Sue's Stitched Raw Edge appliqué technique while creating a folk garden border from Sue's Quilt "Blue Tulips on Pink Skies." Nineteenth century folk art quilts were the influence for this completely machine made quilt. Learn all the details of the technique including bias stems, points and circles. Make your quilts spectacular by adding beautiful appliqué borders. Project can be the start of the quilt or can be made into a small runner.