Mai-Britt Axelsen
Driftwood March 2008 Journal Quilt was inspired by a photo from our local beach "Vason Bay". I printed the picture onto a cotton lawn inkjet sheet and painted a piece of Bond'a'Web with acrylic paint, when dry this was ironed onto the lawn. After this I free-motion quilted the piece. Then I added the leaves and some beads made from shells.The dry leaves is a good stand-in for driftwood. 12"/30cm square.
Sudoku Blues This is a proper sudoku puzzle. There are 9 different blue silks, 9 different blue threads and 9 different styles of quilting. So the blue patches is the preprinted numbers 1-9 and the white quilted patches represents my filling in the rest of the numbers. 60cm/24" square. Won viewers choice at the Quilters Guild AGM in 2006. I made a larger version for the Festival of Quilts 2007.
Cracking Blues Inspired by a photo of bark. Free rotary cutting, machine piecing, reverse hand appliqué and machine quilting. Shown at the Festival of Quilts 2006 for the Contemporary Quilt Group’s exhibition "Fissures" 20”x40”/50 x 100cm
Rage This quilt started life after two classes that both got me very angry and a class dyeing fabrics that I absolutely loved. Well the first class taught me a technique and the other one got me out of my rut - so all ended well. 55”/140cm square This quilt was exhibited at The Festival of Quilts 2008 in the Innovative category (now Art category) and got a Judges Choice.
GardenDreams For years quilting has been my passion, but I have recently discovered gardening. This is the first time I combine the two, and I have really enjoyed making the piece. 14”/35cm square This quilt was entered into the Quilting Art Magazine Calendar Contest. It didn’t make it into the calendar, but graced the cover of Quilting Art Magazine issue 23.
Little Thin Blue Line This quilt is the sixth in a series of fused quilts, where I start with fusing cream linen and silk fabrics to the wadding, then quilt it heavily. That gives me a “blank canvas” on which I can place my collage. My original inspiration was snow covered fields with lakes and marches, with the shapes gradually changing as the series progressed. This quilt was entered at The Festival of Quilts 2009, in the Miniature category and won 1st prize 12”/30cm square