quiltand turned to my sister, Sue Nickels, for those beginning lessons. Sue and I have since collaborated on many projects (quilts, books, and teaching).
I studied weaving and graphic design at the University of Michigan School of Art, and am still fascinated with how cloth is created. I study old textiles from all over the world and find them an endless source of inspiration and wonder.
The skills I learned in art school and years of experience with the sewing machine allows me to
designand produce the quilts that satisfies my desire to pay tribute to the textile creators of the past.
Several of my recent quilts are inspired by my interest in
India. I have studied the history of this amazing country and am fascinated by the complexities of the politics, religion and people. Looking at the beautiful embroideries and other textiles from the many regions in India give me the inspiration to design quilts celebrating the
vibrant colorand designs of this part of the world.
My quilts have been juried into many shows both in the United States and around the world and have won many awards, including
Best of Showand four
Best Miniatureawards at the
AQS Show in Paducah, Kentucky,
Master Award for Innovative Artistryat the
IQA Show in Houston, Texas and
Masterpiece Quilt Awardby the
National Quilting Association.
Thoughts on Making Miniature Quilts
I have been making
miniature quiltsfor several years. All my life I have enjoyed working on a small scale. I still have tiny sweaters I knit for my dolls when I was about ten years old. The control and precision of the sewing machines available today allow me to push the limit of how small I am able to do machine applique.
I am drawn to the preciousness of miniature objects. I want the viewer to keep coming closer and closer to my creations and feel some of the wonder I have for this itty bitty world. I am still amazed and humbled that my miniatures are awarded such high honors and have great regard for the other wonderful miniature quiltmakers who work in such different methods.