Oct 29, 2013

Interview with Christine Cohrs

Over the next few months I hope to bring you interviews with some inspirational and influential creative people.

Christine sells these gorgeous framed mini quilts

First cab off the rank is Christine Cohrs.

Christine Cohrs is a well known Queensland Quilter with many years experience as both a maker and teacher.  Christine has won numerous awards and has been published several times in both Australian and International Magazines.  I have known Christine for several years after taking some of her classes.  I'm now privileged to call her my friend as well as a great inspiration.

Christine is a wife, mother of 3 and Grandmother to 4 beautiful girls (and one on the way).

Dresden Plate Quilt designed by Christine and Hand Quilted

At what age and how did you start quilting?
  >1991 age 30

Christine designed this mini quilt and teaches it in her beginner applique class

Who was/is your greatest craft influence?
> Kim Mclean, Susan Garman

Did you have any family craft or quilting influences?
> Yes my grandmother and older sisters.

Who do you draw inspiration from?
> Old quilts, I love the traditional quilts, 1930's,  books, blogs. Love the International Quilt study centre in Lincoln/ Nebraska and have been three times and hope to go again next year.

Do you do any other crafts/hobbies?
> I do a little crochet, little knitting and have done in the past many other crafts like macrame, cross stitch, embroidery

Do you make friends through your crafting?
> Yes I think I have made most my friends via my hobby/ work and blogging, even formed friendships all around the world and meeting when visiting other countries

You've recently had a quilt featured in a major international magazine.  Can you explain how that came about and what an honour it is?

> Oh yes and I am very proud of that too, Quiltmania would have to be my all time favourite Patchwork and Quilting magazine around. I have been blogging since 2007 and come across Quiltmania site and left a comment a few years ago and the editor visited my blog and I had posted parts of that quilt. Early in the year I was contacted and asked if I would be interested in having this quilt published as a pattern. Well yes I was....... It has been published in the special summer edition 2013 and would have to be the proudest moments.

Christine's beautiful quilt as featured in Quiltmania

Anything else you'd like to share?
> I love what I do and have met many famous quilters working int the industry, people like Kaffe Fassett, Jo Morton, Robyn Pandolph, Kindred Spirit, Susan Garman, Nancy Kerns, Rita Verroca and many more. Been lucky enough to have quilts published by our very own magazines like Down Under Quilts, Australian Patchwork and Quilting, Homespun and Quilters Companion. The quilt in Quiltmania also won Retaining the Tradition at the Queensland Quilt show a few years back sponsored by Australian Patchwork and Quilting.
My dream is to publish a book and maybe travel a little with my teaching and go back to Houston Texas. Oh yes and make a Baltimore Quilt.....

Another of Christine's quilts featured on the cover of Down Under Quilts 

Thank you so much Christine!
You can find Christine blogging at Once Upon a Quilt and on facebook.


Anonymous said...

That is lovely, thank you Bree and i will put the link on my blog too

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Nice interview Bree!

Yvonne said...

So fun to read this interview with Christine. I am following her blog for some years now an she is SO talented!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful quilts!

Kats Studio said...

Very nice interview. I'm from the US (Tennessee) and have never heard of the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska. Thanks for sharing.

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