Master quiltmaker and fabric artist Janet Elwin of Walpole will open a new exhibit of quilts Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Sanctuary Gallery of Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St. Her exhibit will open with a 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. reception.

Elwin is one of the founders of the New England Quilters Guild and worked on creation of the quilt museum now located in Lowell, Mass., said Judy Waterman, gallery curator.

“She is a master of traditional quilt patterns who also designs quilts incorporating contemporary colors reflecting Maine's marine environment,” Waterman said.

For 40 years, Elwin she has taught quiltmaking and design all over the world, as well as writing four books on the craft. Her quilts have raised funds for organizations ranging from the Damariscotta River Association to Skidompha Library; she also created more than 200 pillowcases for the Barbara Bush Children's Cancer Center in Portland.

Elwin won the 1998 Honor Award for her outstanding work in quilting and for her leadership role in the New England Quilts Guild and The New England Quilt Museum.

The exhibit will hang until Oct. 26. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 594-8656.

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