Ashley Nickels {Podcast Episode #117}

As I continue my podcast series on surface design, I reached out to Ashley Nickels for an interview. Ashley has married watercolor fabric painting with free motion quilting in a unique and interesting medium.

Quilts Made by Ashley Nickels

Living in San Francisco, Ashley is a quilter, writer and teacher.  She grew up in the quilting community and is the daughter of Sue Nickels, an award winning quilter/author/teacher. During our conversation, we talk about being the daughter of a quilter, the value of personal challenges, how living in Spain changed her perspective, her passion for teaching, and her life’s theme song. I’ll give you a hint:

Notes from the Show:

Bernina Sewing Machines

Denyse Schmidt (my podcast with her)

Modern Quilt Guild

National Novel Writing Month

Her Creativebug Watercolor Quilting Class (and Instructor Page)


Today’s episode is sponsored by Dharma Trading Company. As a second generation customer of their company, I know they have all of your fabric printing, painting and dyeing bases covered. (Including Dye-Na-Flow fabric paints, which Ashley uses for her watercolor painting!) Serving the fiber artist community since 1969 with great prices and the best customer support in the industry, Dharma Trading is your source for textile art supplies.You can find them at or call toll free at 800-542-5227. Podcast Listeners can save 10% off their order with promo code: Dharma10. The coupon expires September 1, 2017.

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