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Though born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Eleanor Levie (rhymes with Chevy) has a personality that is less Baltimore Album and more Crazy Quilt. Home is Center City Philadelphia, where she and the husband take walks all over town and rarely get in the car—except to visit family in Baltimore. And once in a while, they get on a plane to visit their son, daughter-in-law, and toddler-grandson, who live in Boulder, Colorado.

Elly is a prolific and innovative quilter of quilted gifts such as pillows, table runners, tote bags, and embellished jackets. And as an art quilter, she's as likely to use paint and dye and recycled packaging as she is to piece, machine-applique, and quilt. In fact, she dabbles in every technique she can find. That being said, she's got a respected professional persona, too: From 1978 until 2012, she authored, edited, and produced books such as: Quilt Blocks Go Wild!, Unforgettable TOTE BAGSSkinny Quilts & Table Runners I and II. All feature Elly’s original designs but also those by famous quilters you know and love. Previously, Elly produced the Rodale’s Successful Quilting Library series, authored Great Little QuiltsCountry Living's Country QuiltsAmerican Quiltmaking: 1970-2000 is her history book, chock full of pictures of iconic quilts and the stories behind them. Elly is always eager to hear the stories behind your quilt guild, and to meet quilters and admire their projects --- if only on Zoom!

See below for a list of exhibitions my art quilts have been juried into through Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and other venues, plus awards my work has won.

Proud to have gained recognition for my art quilts


Tahrir Square: Quilt Alliance Contest and Auction: Alliance, People, Patterns, Passion; honorary mention


Pomegranates: Awarded best use of color in a Wall Quilt at the Quilt Fest of New Jersey

The Universal Mother Speaks to Quilters: Honorary Mention in a Quilt Alliance Contest and Auction, "Inspired by..."

Tea Rex: Laura Wasilovski's Judge's choice at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
reUSE/REFuse: Juried into SAQA global exhibition Textile Posters
Tranquili-tea: Juried into Connect and Repair: Rejuvenating Work Made of Fiber, shown at the Capital Health Medical Center's Investor Art and Healing Gallery, in Pennington, NJ

Trumpasaurus Rex and Grounds for Removal: Juried into a sculpture show called Subversive, at a local art alliance

Pitcher Picture: Featured in Quilt Art Magazine as selected for their Silver Linings challenge
Sanctuary City: Juried into the SAQA exhibition, 3-D Expression

Spike the Cocka-TEA-l: Featured in Quilt Art Magazine's Fall issue challenge, Pop-Art Pets
Cautionary Measures: Juried into sustainABILITY, a global SAQA exhibition
Hibernating: Juried into Purpose Repurpose, a SAQA regional show
Higher Ground: Juried into Textiles Unleashed, a SAQA-PA show
Outburst: Juried into Textiles Unleashed, a SAQA-PA show

See my art quilts in these current SAQA virtual exhibitions

What's Your Body Type: Juried into Legacies 
Maelstrom: Juried into Textile Expressionism 
A-OK: Juried into Street Art