Episode #1808 on The Quilt Show, Featuring: Sue Nickels & Ashley Nickels / Roderick Kiracofe packed with tips, tricks, great insights, and plenty of inspiration.  And, of course, open for viewing to all Star Members any time they wish to view it, as well as watch again and again.   

UPDATE:  I originally thought I had spotted a notice that showed this show was open for free viewing, for anyone, thru the 24th.  But this must have been my error.  My apologies.  If you are not a Star Member, I hope this will get you thinking about becoming a member which gets you Full Access 24/7 to all Shows, Classrooms, Online DVDs, and Exclusive Patterns on all your devices. It’s like Netflix for Quilters

Sue Nickels is a very talented quilter, free-motion quilting expert, author and teacher.  AS this is her 3rd time on TQS, I’d encourage you to take time to watch this new episode, as well as watch episodes  #1201 (ABC’s of Award Winning Quilted Feathers)  and #402 (Quilting to Perfection).  Sue often finds inspiration in quilts from the 1800’s, where she enjoys wholecloth quilting, as well as creating stunning machine applique quilts, often with vibrant colors.

modern state of mind by Sue Nickels

In this current episode we get introduced to Sue’s daughter Ashley Nichols, who has been sewing for years, but became an avid quilter after recently attending QuiltCon, where she fell in love with modern quilting.  She enjoys gridwork quilts combined with beautiful free-motion quilting with designs inspired by “gates” where she lives in San Francisco.

Here is a behind the scenes interview where TQS talks to Sue and Ashley, about their different quilting styles and the possibility of a collaborative project in the future.


While Sue and Ashley have different quilting styles, they are both highly talented quilters.  I hope you get a chance to watch episode #1808 on TQS, as I think you’ll enjoy learning more about them, as well as learning a few tricks along the way, as well as enjoy all the inspirational projects that are showed in this episode:  Chapters for this episode cover:

  1. Ricky interviews Sue & Ashley as they each talk about how they have there own techniques on quilting

sue nickels and ashley nickels

  1. Sue talks about how she loves her 1800 patterns to transform into her flower garden borders
  2. Ashley Nickels, is new to quilting, and found her niche after attending QuiltCon
  3. Sue demonstrates how she applies the finishing touches to her “bird” applique with her fancy stitches

sue nickels on TQS sharing how to create fabulous borders


An absolutely wonderful episode, packed with great tips and inspiration.  I found it delightful to learn more about the people in this episode.  And I also thoroughly enjoyed learning great tips and tricks for designing applique borders (and strippy quilts), working with fusible applique, and an amazing tip for creating an applique eye of a bird.  Too cute.

I also learned about the Holly Girls Quilt Retreats in Michigan, where Sue Nickels and her sister Pat Holly host quilt retreats in Northern Michigan.  These retreats sound like great fun and certainly have two amazing award winning quilters teaching at these retreats, which makes it a exception opportunity to learn from experts, as well as have fun.  I’ve now added this to my quilting “Bucket List”.

free motion quilting by sue nickels

Ashley shares inspirational  tips to find inspiration for FMQ, plan out your free-motion quilting using a photo of her quilt and free software (adobe draw or Sketchbook) on her tablet.   I was amazed in the FMQ detail she creates without marking her quilts.

ashley nickels on TQS sharing how she finds inspiration for free-motion quilting

Roderick Kiracofe, an Author, Collector, Artist and Consultant (aka amazing man) shares many quilts and quilt tops in his collection (over 300 quilts and over 100 tops) and talks about his career publishing magazines and books about historic quilts.  He sounds like an absolutely wonderful man that is very talented.


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A photo posted by Sue Nickels (@nickquilt) on

Here is a list of Sue and Ashley’s classes on Creative Bug:


Machine Quilting Basics
Quilt Finishing and Binding 
Raw Edge Applique 
Advanced FMQ 

Sue & Ashley:

Mother Daughter Quilting – Making Modern and Traditional Quilts 


Sew a reversible sun hat 
Sew a yoga mat
How to make binding tape 
How to attach binding tape
How to sew Mitred Corners
How to sew Pot Holders 
How to Chain Piece Fabric
How to Stitch in the Ditch 
Perfectly Pixelated Jelly Roll Quilt
Quilted Jelly Roll Baby Bibs 

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6 comments on “The Quilt Show – Episode #1808 with Sue and Ashley Nickels / Roderick Kiracofe”

  1. I am looking forward to having time to quilt this summer, I hope I have time to check out this episode while it is available!

    • UPDATE: I’m researching, as I thought I saw something that said this show was available for free thru the 24th, but I have learned some basic members are not able to view it (only paid Star Members can view it). I’ll update this post if I can find out more info. My apologies.

    • My apologies Marty. I must have mis-read something, thinking this episode was free to everyone thru the 24th. My bad. I’ve now updated my post to reflect it is a GREAT episode, but only viewable to Star Members.

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