Lamoine Artist Creates Quilts of People’s Houses



A house is a house, but a home, well, that’s personal.

Gerry Williams of Lamoine understands just how attached people are to their homes. The retired teacher sews quilted wall hangings depicting dwellings throughout the state. The quilts symbolize what’s near and dear to so many hearts.

An exhibit of her work is on display on the second floor of The Maine Grind in Ellsworth through May 31.

One of her favorite parts of making the wall hangings is watching homeowners’ reactions to the finished product.

The work is time consuming. Williams tells customers it will take three to four months to complete a wall hanging.

Because it is a hobby, Williams said she does not charge as much as she could for her wall hangings. A 30-by-24-inch piece goes for $600. Larger pieces are $800.

Her first quilted wall hanging was made in honor of the birth of her first grandchild. She did the same for her ensuing grandchildren. The hobby expanded from there.

The last exhibit of Williams’ wall hangings was at the University of Maine in 2002 and 2003. For the exhibit at the Grind, she borrowed pieces from their owners.

After investing months of work in each piece, she was thrilled to have them back, even temporarily.

For more information, contact Williams at 667-5268.

For more arts stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

 

Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]