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An architect by trade, Aie (pronounced like a long A) is also skilled at drawing quilt designs. She began quilting while taking a break from her professional career to raise a family. Originally from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, Aie brings Southeast Asian influence to many of her designs and color schemes. The most recognizable aspect about the quilts she makes are their stylized, scrolled designs appliqued in bright colors on a dark background. Her greatest source of inspiration is from ancient Burmese temple murals, which she studied as design motifs while earning a degree in architecture. Design is Aie's favorite part of quiltmaking and she has created numerous original applique patterns. She started her own pattern business in 1999 and has published original designs under her Lotusland's label. The most rewarding aspect of quiltmaking for Aie is having a finished project. Even if the pattern is not published, she likes to see her ideas take life in the form of quilts. A resident of Calgary, Canada, Aie teaches both needle-turn and machine applique on the Internet at http://www.lotuslands.ab.ca. She can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.