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Nellie Holmes holds a Diploma in Craft and Design and a Fibre Arts Certificate in Quilting. She has been quilting for eighteen years and working as a professional in quilting for the past eight. She participated in the annual “Up the Garden Path, Garden and Studio Tour” and displays her work at quilt shows and local galleries. Her trunk shows travel across Canada and are displayed in quilt shops from coast to coast. She has been featured in numerous magazines and designs quilts for Camelot Cottons. Nellie is also Contributing Editor for A Needle Pulling Thread magazine.

Nellie is the owner of “originellie’s” and is co owner of Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing Co. Her patterns are available across Canada, The United States, Europe and Australia. She is also a founding member of Upper Canada Quiltworks, a website featuring three Canadian pattern designers. She attends the International Quilt Market as an exhibitor each spring and fall along with the other members of Upper Canada Quiltworks.

Nellie specializes in folk art quilting techniques and enjoys sharing her love of primitive art and folk art with her students. She teaches, lectures, and presents her trunk show across Canada. Her classes are great for beginners as well as more advanced students and her methods of fusible appliqué make the projects manageable for even the busiest of quilters. Her pattern line includes fusible appliqué, wool patterns, and a line of scrap quilts using fat quarters. Her first book “Rag Bags” co written with Christine Baker was released in April 2004 and a second book “Rag-a-Muffins” was released in April 2005.

Nellie’s philosophy of quilt making is that quilting should be fun and her whimsical patterns reflect that philosophy.

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