Elsie is best known for her pictorial pieced quilts, which are often combined with elements of traditional patchwork designs. She has developed a method of designing in which all elements of the design are converted to straight lines. This makes for somewhat of an angular look, which is characteristic of her pictorial quilts. Subject matter ranges from architectural to people to the animals. In addition to pictorial quilts, she also does Celtic appliqué, whole-cloth designs, and sometimes adds a bit of thread painting to her creations.
“If I like a quilt when it is finished, I am happy. If others like it, too, I am even happier.”