2009 Faculty – Christine Porter

Christine Porter, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, United Kingdom

Christine will be teaching four classes: Chevrons, Tumbling Blocks, Patchwork Pavements and Chinese Lanterns. She will also be one of the judges.

More about Christine

Carolyn: How many years have you been quilting?
Christine: About 20 years but have been sewing since I was a child taught by my grandmother and mother.

Carolyn: What motivated you to start quilting?
Christine: On a visit to the American Museum in Bath, I saw the collection of antique quilts, I was so moved and it literally changed my life. I gave up my career as a college lecturer in Health Studies to become a quilter.

Carolyn: Where have you traveled in your quilting teaching career?
Christine: I have traveled the world: USA, Canada, Norway, France, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, all over the UK including England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. I also teach once a year on cruises for Quilt Celebration based in Seattle. www.quiltcelebration.com I will be teaching on a Baltic cruise this coming July/August

Carolyn: What is the most, unusual, frightening, funny, frustrating experience you have had in your quilting career?
Christine: Difficult to say without incriminating others!

Carolyn: Does anyone else in your family quilt?
Christine: I am teaching my grandchildren aged 7 and 8 but I seem to have missed out on my own children

Carolyn: What is your birth order, only child, first, second, third, or??
Christine: Second child

Carolyn: Where did you grow up?
Christine: On the Isle of Wight in the south of England

Carolyn: Do you have children – grandchildren?
Christine: I have 3 children, two daughters and a son and 5 grandchildren – don’t get me started on them, it is a love like none other. (I also greatly love my husband!)
Photo is Daniel and his dragon quilt.

Carolyn: Do you have any pets?
Christine: We have a black Labrador called Rosie

Carolyn: What is your favorite food?
Christine: I like especially seafood – lobsters and a good white wine with them

Carolyn: What would be on your “bucket list” (like the movie) if you could do anything and money was no object?
Christine: I would fly first class everywhere and have a house in the south of France or Tuscany

Carolyn: Do you have any other hobbies besides quilting?
Christine: We (My husband and I) love gardening and open our garden to the public once a year.
We also love traveling especially to Europe and photographing tiled floors in Italy and exploring the vineyards on our travels all over the world
Cooking is also a great love of mine