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Karen Neary

Karen Neary

Karen Neary has worked as a professional quilt designer since 1989. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines including American Quilter, Quilters Newsletter, McCall’s Quilting, Quilter’s Connection, and The Canadian Quilter. For 12 years, Karen penned a regular column for Quick & Easy Quilting magazine.

She has contributed to over a dozen books and co-authored Canadian Heritage Quilting. Her quilts have been exhibited across Canada and the United States, as well as in Japan and France. Karen’s proudest accomplishment is designing and making a quilt which was presented to Sir Paul McCartney to commemorate his visit to Nova Scotia.

While her particular love is New York Beauty quilts, Karen also designs and stitches liturgical hangings and vestments. She enjoys teaching workshops and helping her husband with his beekeeping.

Karen is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education programs at Mount Allison University. She is a member of the Mayflower Quilters’ Guild of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Quilters’ Association, and an honorary member of La Guilde Acadienne de Clare.

Hailing from Five Islands, Karen currently resides in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband, Jamie, and two sons, Patrick and Peter. The household also includes Polly and Maddie, two felines who offer input into all of Karen’s quilting.

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Books by Karen Neary

Sue Nickels

Sue Nickels

Sue has been quilting for nearly 30 years and has taught machine quilting and appliqué techniques for almost as long. She has taught and lectured for the American Quilter’s Society (AQS), at National Quilting Association and International Quilt Association shows, at guilds and conferences, and internationally. Her quilts have appeared in numerous publications. Sue is the coauthor of two books with her sister, Pat Holly, and they also sew award-winning quilts together—THE BEATLES QUILT claimed the 1998 AQS Best of Show award. Sue’s priority in the workshops she teaches is to provide a relaxed environment for students to learn machine techniques that are timesaving. She emphasizes the best quality workmanship, never compromising quality for speed!


Books by Sue Nickels

Kay Nickols

Kay Nickols

Kay is known for her enthusiastic teaching methods and for incorporating exotic fabrics into her quilts in unique ways. She is a self-described “shopaholic” and loves to collect fabrics from around the world for the ultimate stash. Kay thrives on being able to teach others the joys of designing one-of-a-kind quilts with one fabric. Through the years, she has taken classes with international instructors and has taught as far away as Rabat, Morocco. Her quilts have been juried into a number of prestigious international quilt shows, exhibited at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center, and featured on a "Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine" cover. Kay is a member of the Capitol City Quilt Guild, the Lansing Area Patchers, the Shiawassee Quilters, the Saginaw Piecemakers, and the Pedal Pushers; a group that meets once a month to bike to nearby quilt shops. She and her husband, Rollie, live in Laingsburg, Michigan.


Books by Kay Nickols

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