Christine Porter lives in Bristol, England, with her husband, Neil. She was taught to sew as a child by her grandmother and mother, but it was not until 1989 that - on a sudden impulse - she visited the American Museum in Bath and discovered a wonderful collection of vintage American quilts. The quilts moved her so much that she gave up her career as a college lecturer in health studies to become a quilter full time.
Christine has been able to combine her twin loves of historic architecture and quilting by exploring designs that occur in both ancient floor tiles and traditional quilt blocks. Her first book, Quilt Designs from Decorative Floor Tiles, was published in 2003, followed by Tessellation Quilts in 2006. Both translate interesting traditional patterns into quilts.
In addition to writing and making quilts, Christine is a pattern designer for Joen Wolfrom's JWD Publishing and has had quilts featured in two of Joen's books. She has made three DVDs: Let's Get Started: Basic Patchwork Techniques, From Fabric to Quilt: An Inspirational Journey, and Borders, Bindings & Finishing Touches. She teaches, lectures, and judges in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East. She has also lectured in New Zealand and is the British coordinator for the World Quilt and Textile competition. Her quilts have won awards in Britain and the United States, and she has been a fabric consultant to the Woodrow Studios.
For several years past, Christine has run Cabot Quilting Conferences, bringing top American teachers to the United Kingdom for residential seminars. She is interested in the educational aspect of quilting, which has led her to run professional development seminars for quilt teachers.
She and her husband, Neil, a photographer, love to travel, and they enjoy working together, developing their creativity in quilts, photographs, and words. Most of all, they love their three children and five grandchildren - and their dog!
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