Our contact to Finland was made in 2000. We had been on the QuiltEXPO in Strasbourg and I had presented my fashion in the European Fashion Show there. Before leaving for home again we strolled past the cathedral when a friendly lady approached me saying that she had seen me on stage and liked my dresses very much! Well, that was Tuula Mäkinen from Tampere. We talked about patchwork and everything besides that, changed addresses and since then we correspond or mail electronically. Via relatives and friends we exchanged presents and met again at the EXPOs in 2002 in Barcelona and 2004 in Den Haag, where Tuula also joined the fashion show. Besides fashion Tuula is very successful with her quilts and won many prizes.

Ursula Brenner