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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Ellen Hopkins  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction


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Illinois Connection

She was born in Peoria, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In 1977, Mary Ellen opened Crazy Ladies and Friends Quilt Shop in Santa Monica, California, where she lectured on quilting. After 20 years she closed the shop but continued lecturing and teaching. Mary Ellen has taught classes and given lectures all over the U.S. and the world-Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the Middle East. Hopkins later started her own publishing company and has written 11 quilting books to date.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The It's Okay If You Sit On My Quilt Book
ISBN: 0929950054

C&T Publishing. 2006

Mary Ellen breaks down complex piecing into simple, easy units.

Baker's Dozen Doubled
ISBN: 0929950003

Me Pubns. 1988

Provides a brief tutorial of simple pieced block construction for both nine-patches and four-patches. Provides a lot of design ideas. Some of these completed quilts are included in color photos. The designs are in black and white, to encourage the reader to choose the fabrics. Key ideas within particular quilts are indicated.

Speaking Engagements

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