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Though born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Elly's personality is less Baltimore Album and more Crazy Quilt.  in That being said, she's got a professional Eleanor persona: From 1978 until 2012, she authored, edited, and produced books and magazines featuring needlework, crafts, and most of all, quilts. In every publication, she takes pride in her inspiring offerings, and her clear, accurate directions. Most of her quilt books feature designs by today's top quilters in addition to her own. Readers rave about the wide range of signature styles, the something-for-everyone appeal of Quilt Blocks Go Wild!, Unforgettable TOTE BAGS, Skinny Quilts & Table Runners I and II, and more. Previously, Elly produced eight volumes of the Rodale’s Successful Quilting Library series, authored Great Little Quilts, Country Living's Country Quilts. American Quiltmaking: 1970-2000 is her quilt history providing backstories of larger-than-life modern pioneers, and tons of great photos. She offers patterns on Craftsy.com, under the "shop" name EllyLdesigns, and on her website under the free & fun link.

Lucky to have learned from the experts while she edits their books and chapters, Elly enjoys creating quilts and quilted accessories that are eclectic and eccentric. Sharing her exciting collection of antique, vintage, and art quilts, she loves getting beginning and experienced quilters to s-t-r-e-t-c-h, to try something new, to push the envelope, to quilt outside the box. Participants at Elly's workshops get guidance and encouragement to create totally unique and original projects they love showing off--never a copy-cat, cookie cutter outcome.

Going outside the box herself, Eleanor is an evolving art quilter, concentrating on compositions with unusual, recycled materials, and with paint as well as stitch. 

She founded and maintains an online gallery at UnitedWeQuilt.com, where quilters of all skill levels can submit work that celebrates our democratic values.

Home is Center City Philadelphia, where she and her husband can walk to all manner of restaurants and cultural experiences. Son Sam and daughter-in-law Bev are off saving the world. 

Recent awards and honors:

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2015, Judge's Choice for "Tea Rex"

NJ Tri-State Quilt Competition, 2014, Award for Best Use of Color for "Pomegranates"

Alliance of American Quilts Competition 2014, Honorary Mention for "Listen to Your Mother: The Universal Mother Speaks to Quilters"

Alliance of American Quilts Competition 2013, Honorary Mention for "Take Twenty"

Proud to have art quilts juried into these prestigious venues:

"Crossing The Aisle": Motion Pictured exhibit, presented by International House Philadelphia & Da Vinci Art Alliance, May 22 – August 19, 2018; second prize winner

"REFuse/ReFUSE": Studio Art Quilters' Association (SAQA) exhibit, Textile Posters, traveling 2017-2019

"Let It Flow": Quilt for Change/Water Is Life, an exhibit co-sponsored by the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the American Exchange in Rome, traveling internationally from 2016 to 2019

"Tranquili-tea": Repair and Connect, Capital Health's Hopewell NJ Campus, Jan. 20-Mar. 22, 2017

"Swimming Upstream": SAQA - Pennsylvania, "Connected by Stitch," The Gallery at Penn College, Williamsport, PA, Oct. 22-Dec. 8, 2016