Nicolas Ball

United Kingdom

Nicholas Ball is an improv quilter from South Wales, UK. After graduating Art School in 2006, it was some six years before the quilting bug bit him.  With a passion for improv quilting, Nicholas’ aesthetic is an organic one, preferring to sew without the use of patterns or templates.  He takes a lot of inspiration from the natural world and his Vegetable Patch, Koi Carp and Shoal quilts showcase his love of liberated sewing and nature. 

He has taught improv quilting both nationally and internationally, contributed to the UK’s leading quilting magazines and was a co-presenter of the QNNTV show Quilt Monkey, alongside fellow UK quilter Katy Jones. His debut book Inspiring Improv was published in April 2019 by Lucky Spool and his second title, Use & Ornament, in 2024. He is an Aurifil thread designer and Aurifilosopher and has released two thread collections. He also works as a New Product Educator for Bernina UK.