Local quilt artisan shares her work

Feb 02, 2014
“The Woman with the Tatooed Hands” is among Carrie Hedstrom’s recent art quilts.

Camden — Coastal Quilters will meet Saturday, Feb. 8, gathering at 9:30 a.m. for socializing and coffee followed by a 10 a.m. program at the Camden Lions Den on Lions’ Lane, off Knowlton Street. This month’s program features award-winning, professional quilt artist Carrie Hedstrom of Camden.

Hedstrom will present a trunk show of numerous quilts that highlight a wide variety of her award-winning art quilts and other projects. She has come a long way from her first quilt, a patchwork baby quilt for her third son, made in 2003 with the help of her mother. She has taken the traditional concept of quilting and expanded it toward the realm of fine art. Her quilts are most often inspired by nature and human form, and she often features Japanese or Chinese quilting motifs themes, woodblock prints, tea bowls and koi among others.

“Many of my quilts are inspired by famous works of art. Sometimes I reproduce a beautiful painting, and other times the quilts are entirely my own design," she said.

Hedstrom likes to use bright and contrasting colors, from neutral palettes with an accent of color to bright and multi-colored arrangements. Fabrics used are mostly cotton and silk fabrics including her own hand-dyed fabrics. She creates her pieces on her home sewing machine.

Hedstrom may use any combination of fabric painting, appliqué, machine-piecing and even oil pastel drawings on top. The finishing touch is her original, free-motion machine quilting design, which adds texture and a sense of movement in her work. Hedstrom has been juried into many quilt shows, nationally and internationally, and has won numerous awards including Judges’ Choice at a wide range of quilt shows. She is available for commission work; For more information, call 236-2267 or visit kutchistudios.com/CarrieHedstromBio.html.

In addition to her art quilts, Hedstrom, wife and a young mother of five, has other “spare time” creative projects. One came about following the disaster in Haiti. She create an individually handcrafted Hope for Haiti T-shirt; thanks to the cooperation of local schools, the first wave of sales allowed a sponsorship for one Haitian child for a year. Shirts are still available; for information, email hopeforhaitishirts@live.com.

The program will be followed by a refreshment break, Show & Tell, and a short business meeting. Coastal Quilters’ programs/meetings are free and open to all. For more information, call 236-3821 or 236-6215.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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