Sue Nickels is a longtime quilter, who often finds inspiration from quilts of the 1800s. Her daughter, Ashley Nickels, is new to quilting, and found her niche after attending QuiltCon and viewing the Modern quilts. Together they cover the spectrum of quilting eras. In addition, Sue and her sister, Pat Holly, run the annual Holly Girls Quilt Retreat, so it’s all in the family! Sue demonstrates how she designs and lays out an old-fashioned appliqué flower border, often starting with an inspiring focal fabric. She uses simple tools, working from a rough sketch and then refining it. She also demos how she makes a complex little bird, and then later embellishes its eye. Ashley loves grid work, and has found inspiration in the front gates she sees in her San Francisco neighborhood. After photographing them and designing the quilt tops, she uses a sketch program to audition a quilting design on top of the photo.
We also visit Roderick Kiracofe, who invites us to see some of the unique quilts in his collection.
Sue and Ashley Nickels share their quilting experience as a mother/daughter team and their different approaches to quilting.
Sue explains how she uses her old 1800s patterns for inspiration when designing flower garden borders for her quilts.
Ashley Nickels lives in San Francisco and is inspired by the different types of gates she finds in her surroundings. She uses Adobe Illustrator Draw and Autodesk SketchBook on her iPad to help her draw her designs before incorporating them into her quilts. Then, Sue returns to demonstrate appliqué stitches and techniques.
Watch as the TQS cameras go to San Francisco and visit with Roderick Kiracofe, who invites us to see some of the unique quilts in his collection.