Award-winning quilt artist Carrie Hedstrom is the featured artist in the Camden Public Library’s Jean Picker Room for the month of November. The public is invited to an opening reception for the artist Sunday, Nov. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Hedstrom of Camden, a mother of five, has been making art quilts since 2003. Using primarily colored cloth and thread, quilt art features rich colors, textures and bold designs. Many of the pieces in this exhibit focus on nature and the female image in nature. Hedstrom displays a wide range in her color selection, from neutral palettes with an accent of color to bright and multi-colored arrangements.

She creates her pieces on her home sewing machine, using mostly cotton and silk fabric and her own hand-dyed fabrics. She incorporates many techniques to create the tops of her quilts such as fabric painting, appliqué, machine-piecing and oil pastel drawings, always finishing her quilts with her own free-motion machine quilting designs to add texture, detail and often to create movement in her pieces.

Hedstrom’s quilt “A Prayer for Haiti” won the Katie Pasquini-Masopust Judges Choice Award in the 2010 Asheville Quilt Guild Show. Her quilt “Tree of Life” was juried into the American Quilters’ Society 2009 International Quilt Festival in Des Moines, Iowa. Her quilts have been juried into the annual Lowell Quilt Festival “Images” show and are on display at High Mountain Hall on Mountain Street in Camden.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.