Mai-Brit Axelsen: Mai-Britt’s interest in needlework started at a very early age. She has done knitting, crochet, dressmaking, embroidery and a lot more - and still does. But then she discovered patchwork and quilting. In the beginning it was traditional quilts - bedcovers and throws. As she ventured into the quilt world she found herself drawn to art quilts ie. wall-hangings, mostly abstract. It gives a freedom to create that neither traditional quilts nor dressmaking gives her. She can even turn mistakes into a feature - given that no one knew what she meant to do in the first place! Throwing away the ruler and rules has been a liberation. Mai-Britt says "I find inspiration everywhere, from nature to manmade objects. I often start with a photograph, of which I literally have thousands. Although I have worked a lot in sketchbooks over the years, I work very intuitively and the love of texture and colour keeps me inspired all the time". Her proudest moments have been making it to the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine with Garden Dreams in 2006 and winning 1st prize with her miniature quilt Little Thin Blue Line at FOQ 2009.