Roxanne Wells' quilts are on display this month at Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

Roxanne Wells, who lives in town, grew up in a small farm town in the Midwest and proudly announces that her "feet are firmly planted in the dirt," a fact evident in her love of gardening. Her gardens are a riot of rich colors, which spill from their beds.

“I try to control them,” she said, “but they resist, and it appears my quilts and wall hangings do the same.”

Wells began quilting late in life, after pursuing a career in business. About 16 years ago, she and her husband decided to “chuck it all” and move to the Midcoast. Their first summer in Maine was spent getting to know (and love) the Midcoast area. Then winter came “and there I was with my nose pressed against the window pane staring out at the snow and ice and wondering to myself, ‘When will I ever get back in the garden?'”

To pass the time of that long winter, she took a course in basket weaving. Seeking a way to express her creativity in a less structured and more colorful manner, Wells turned to quilting.  Initially sticking to the tried and true method of more traditional quilt patterns, she quickly moved to a less structured way of piecing.

“Following precise directions and carefully sewing a straight line just wasn’t working for me,” she said. “So I went with what I refer to as the ‘just wing it’ approach to quilting.”

Wells said she now has the confidence to let the creative process follow its own path, "and I can get as whacky and colorful as I want.”

Wells has exhibited and sold her work various shops and galleries on the Midcoast. The library has lots of parking in the rear and an elevator access as needed.

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