Ilene has been working with fiber arts and quilting for almost twenty years, designing both traditional and art quilts. Her works have hung in galleries and shows and won various awards and ribbons. She enjoys being a speaker for guilds and sharing her quilts through trunk shows. Her first book "Maple Leaf Quilts" through Martingale Publishing was released in March 2008. The book highlights innovative ways to use the traditional Maple Leaf block and shows nine techniques for making points. Her second book "Spectacular Rectangles" came out in 2010. She now has a line of patterns and kits available.
She lives in Urbandale, Iowa, and has been married to her husband, Ron, for almost 40 years. They have three grown children and three grandchildren, Natasja, Tanner and Xander who are delightful and the joy of their hearts.