Quiltmaker and fiber artist Janet B. Elwin is exhibiting a collection of quilts and wall hangings of every size in the Picker Room of Camden Public Library during the month of January. Elwin, who has been exploring quiltmaking since 1973, is the Artist of the Month at the downtown library.

Elwin has traveled the world teaching and lecturing. Her first pieces were bed quilts of traditional designs, but she soon asked “what if” and began designing original patterns for bed quilts and wall hangings. In her adventuresome career, Elwin has taught quilting techniques in adult education, colleges, quilt guilds and seminars throughout the United States and from Japan to Israel in a career spanning more than 30 years.

These days, Elwin is happily settled in Walpole, still creating quilts and asking “what if” to come up with new and creative quilts and wall hangings. She has made more than 200 colorful creative pillowcases for patients at the Barbara Bush Children’s Cancer Center and for sale in the Miles Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop, Damariscotta (all proceeds go to the hospital).

Elwin was one of the founders of the New England Quilters Guild and initiated its goal of establishing a quilt museum, which opened in Lowell, Mass., in 1987. She chaired a quilt exposition, “Images I,” which raised more than $21,000 for the museum’s seed money. Locally, she designed “The Damariscotta River Quilt” and worked with a team of quilt makers to raise $22,000 for the Damariscotta River Association in 1992. In 1998, she designed and made a quilt to raise more than $3,000 for rebuilding the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta.

Elwin has written four books: “Hexagon Magic”; “Creative Triangles for Quilters”; “Ties–Ties–Ties: Traditional Quilts from Neckties”; and “Love to Quilt: Necktie Sampler Blocks.” She also designed creative patchwork skirts and had a line of skirt and quilt patterns. She won the 1998 Honors Award for her outstanding work in quilting and more specifically her leadership roles in the forming of the New England Quilters Guild and the New England Quilt Museum.

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