Eleanor Burns

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Eleanor Burns
BornJuly 3, 1945
OccupationQuilter / Teacher / Author
Known forQuilt in a Day
Home townZelienople, Pennsylvania
TelevisionPBS, RFD-TV
AwardsInducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame, 2012

Eleanor Burns (born July 3, 1945 in Pennsylvania) is a master quilter[1] and former TV series host of Quilt in a Day, which aired in 1994 on PBS for six seasons.[2]


Burns first started stitching on her Aunt Edna's feed sacks. Her first book, Make a Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin Pattern was self-published in 1978. The book has been credited with starting a quilt-making revolution as people learned Burns's style of stitching a quilt.[3]

She has since written more than 100 books on the subject of quilting. In addition, Burns has written many patterns and developed a series of specialty rulers for quilting.[4] The Quilt in a Day TV series, which first aired in 1990, was based on Burns' book Make a Quilt in a Day.[5]


In 2012, Burns was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame.[6][7]

List of publications[edit]

  • All Star Quilts
  • Amish Quilt
  • Applique in a Day
  • Bears in the Woods
  • Birds in the Air
  • Boston Common Quilt
  • Christmas Quilts and Crafts
  • Cross Stitch Quilts
  • Day & Night Quilt Book
  • Delectable Mountains
  • Double Pinwheel Quilt
  • Dutch Windmills
  • Easy Strip Tulip
  • Fans & Flutterbys Quilts
  • Flying Geese Quilt in a Day
  • Garden Lattic
  • GO! Qube - Mix and Match Blocks and Quilts Book
  • Go! Sampler Book
  • Grandmother's Garden Quilt
  • Hearts Delight-Nine Patch Variations
  • It's 'El'ementary
  • Jewel Box Quilt
  • Last Minute Gifts
  • Lover's Knot Placemats
  • Lover's Knot Quilt
  • Machine Quilting Primer
  • Magic Vine Quilt
  • Make a Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin Pattern (1978)
  • May Basket
  • Nana's Garden
  • Northern Star
  • Orion's Star Quilt
  • Pineapple Quilt
  • Quick Trip Quilts
  • Quilt Blocks on American Barns
  • Quilter's Almanac Block Party Three
  • Quilts From El's Attic
  • Quilts from El's Kitchen
  • Quilts Through the Seasons
  • Recycled Treasures from Grandma's Attic
  • Radiant Stars Quilts
  • Schoolhouse Wallhanging
  • Scrap Quilt
  • Snowball Quilt Simplified
  • Spools and Tools Wallhanging
  • A Star For All Seasons
  • Star Log Cabin
  • Star Spangled Favorites
  • Stars Across America Block Party Series Seven
  • Still Stripping - After 25 Years
  • Stockings and Small Quilts
  • Sunbonnet Sue Visits Quilt in a Day
  • Tales of First Ladies and Their Quilt Blocks
  • Tennessee Waltz Quilt
  • Trio of Treasured Quilts
  • Triple Irish Chain
  • Underground Railroad Sampler
  • Victory Quilts
  • Wild Goose Chase Quilts

Personal life[edit]

Burns maintains a quilting studio at her Bear's Paw Ranch in Julian, California,[8] a mountain town in San Diego County.[9]


  1. ^ Madsen, Peter (14 July 2018). "With aging attrition, quilters on mission for more members". The Bulletin.
  2. ^ "Quilt in a Day - TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  3. ^ "Fabric Fest 2013". www.rsvpbook.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Burns, Eleanor. "Quilt in a Day / Biography of Eleanor Burns". www.quiltinaday.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Quilt in a Day". rfdtv.com. 31 July 2013. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Baby Lock: The First Lady of Quilting Sweepstakes - QCA Community Blog - Quilters Club of America". quiltersclubofamerica.com.
  7. ^ Alexander, Karen B. (September 11, 2011). "Join us for Celebration 2012 as we induct Eleanor Burns!". Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Quilt Handiwork On Display". ramonajournal.com. June 1, 2013.
  9. ^ "Explore Julian in San Diego East: A historic gold mining town in the Cuyamaca Mountains". San Diego. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018.

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