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We are continuing to celebrate alongside the Stash Books Legacy Blog Tour for Brave New Quilts by Whipup founder Kathreen Ricketson.

Today’s post is by Sonya Philip, who writes about her connection with Kathreen and her work and thoughts.

We are left with traces in paper and online. The world is richer for having Kathreen in it. She spoke her creativity. We were lucky to listen.

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We will be following each post on the Legacy Tour as some of Kathreen’s friends and admirers share their thoughts over the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday 10/8 : Ellen Luckett Baker
Wednesday 10/9 : Andrea Jenkins
Thursday 10/10 : Shannon Cook
Friday 10/11 : Mimi Kirchner
Monday 10/14 : Cheryl Arkison

Whipup is also proud to be featuring some guest posts from crafters who knew and admired the work of Kathreen.

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You can keep track of the Legacy Tour by following the hashtag #LegacyTour on social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Recently I’ve started working with little children after a long time out of the classroom. It is exhilarating and exciting and exhausting and so much fun. I want to work with the children to make finger puppets, we are going to design puppets based on the children’s drawings.  Wish us luck!

In the mean time, here are a collection of links to tutorials and patterns for some finger puppets I love very much.

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Paper Kittens by Laura at Cupcakes for Clara, published in Mindful Parenting Magazine

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Gnome finger puppets by While wearing heels

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No sew finger puppets by Crafty Gemini

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Alien Monster Finger Puppets by Whispered Whimsy (pattern on Ravelry)

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Finger puppet tutorial by Maritza at Soto Softies

Which ones are your favourite? Have you made any finger puppets that you’d like to share with us? Comment below or send us an email at vagusvenus [at] gmail [dot] com.

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If you have an idea for a post, or would like to submit a tutorial for Whipup, email vagusvenus [at] gmail [dot] com

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

The reviewer of this book was Danielle: Danielle is a Canberra-based quilter, crafter, knitter and collector of fabric who loves to applique. She blogs infrequently at Petits Elefants, but is more likely to be found on Instagram and twitter (@petitselefants).

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Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting  Natalia Bonner, Stash Books, 2012

 

Natalia Bonner is well-known in the online quilting community as a professional long-arm quilter. In her first book, she shows us how many of the popular quilting patterns used on modern quilts by long-arm quilters can be replicated on our home machines. This is a practical guide, with lots of pictures and diagrams to unravel the mystery of how those lovely, perfectly rounded and spaced swirls can work on your quilt!

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There’s no denying that free-motion quilting is to many home quilters the last frontier. While we may have squeezed a twin-sized quilt under the tiny throat of our machines at times, sometimes we have to admit that sending the quilt off to be quilted on a long-arm machine is the better option. Others may be confident with a gentle meandering stipple pattern, but be a little nervous about trying something that looks a bit more complicated. This book will help dispel the perception that ‘fancy’ quilting patterns can’t be done on your home machine.

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In practical terms, it’s important to acknowledge that free-motion quilting, as with a lot of skills, takes practice, and lots of it. The more you practise, the better you will be. If you’re willing to put in that practice, then this book has loads of inspiration for quilting designs, ranging from simple swirls to more complex combined designs, and perhaps the pinnacle of quilting, the feather! One feature I particularly like about this book is the whole chapter it devotes to border designs, and especially the hints about carrying the design around corners, something I have struggled with in the past and which has put me off wanting to free-motion quilt on my quilts that have borders. There are also sections on allover designs, how to quilt custom designs to fit individual blocks and how to manage appliquéd quilts. Six quilt patterns are included in the book, my favourite of which is the cover quilt, Orange Slices.

This book will serve as a fabulous resource for anyone who either would like to try free-motion quilting or who has already mastered one or more designs. It is packed with detailed pictures and diagrams, and practical tips on how to complete your quilt.

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Yellow Colour Palette

Because where I am it’s freezing cold and I need warming up, we are going with summery yellow and warm fuzzy link love this week! (image above created here)

Stitch :: The Paisley Pillow

Share :: A cup of (hot or iced) tea with an old friend

Knit :: This Sunshine Scarf

Lounge :: under a quilt or under a tree with a good book

Crochet :: A flippy floppy ear flap hat

Visit :: Your local park and enjoy all that the weather has to offer. What do you notice about it in different seasons?

Make :: A beautiful sunny yellow picnic quilt (quilt pictured below by Jen Carlton-Bailly aka bettycrockerass)

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Sew :: My favourite skirt pattern, perhaps using these bucks or scallops

Read :: Aloud to a loved one

Eat :: Courgettes with feta and mint

Enjoy :: your weekend, whatever it may bring

**No payment (monetary or in-kind) is received by whipup for any links in this post, they are genuine recommendations of the author**

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During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!

Introducing Mary Jo for the month of April :: The theme for this month is functional creativity.

Mary Jo :: Five Green Acres

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I’ve begun to realize that my wardrobe has a serious pocket deficit. The skirts are to blame, the skirts that I wear most days — many I’ve made myself or resized from existing ones. When I consider all the requests I get during the day to ‘hold this’ or see the need to wipe a nose or find a marble in the middle of the hallway that should be picked up on my way downstairs, it boggles my mind that I’ve been able to live in this state of functional undress for so long. This lack of proper pockets is degrading the quality of my mothering! I said aloud to no one in particular. Well. A clever girl can fix that in a jiffy, if only she sets her mind to it and quits her whining. Let’s explore some options.

Mending is another indispensable tool of functional clothing, but one that often gets overlooked as drudgery. The pile of forsaken clothes waiting for attention on the floor of my studio are testament to that — when pitted against flashy new yardage and a shoestring budget of time, it’s no surprise that a whole season might pass before I take the time to sew on a new button or patch a hole. But a patch can be a design element of its own, arriving to the garment out of necessity but often bringing its own magical synergy.

I’ve come across this many times in my own making — maybe I’ve cut out and sewn nearly a whole garment before realizing the unfortunate placement of a stain. Placing a patch over the offending mark, or splicing in different fabric altogether adds a design element that I couldn’t have foreseen in even the greatest of design epiphanies. In utilitarian garments like work clothes, the accumulation of patches appear like merit badges or, like the accumulated multi-color splatters on the handle of a paintbrush, a record of what’s been done.  Check out the You Are Awesome patch here and a great sweater repair tute here. Do you have a favorite patched piece in your own wardrobe?

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