2013.07.01 Tribute to Kathreen

Sometime ago, Australian quilter and patch work artist Wendy Buddle sent in this image of a beautiful wall hanging she had designed and created in 2013. It was inspired by a quilt in Kathreen’s first book featuring Mini quilts from quilters from all over the world. Wendy was a great admirer of Kathreen’s work and also knew Kathreen’s husband Rob when he was growing up in Tasmania.

Seeming to emerge from around the corner of the fabric is Wendy’s little dog Beau. In Wendy’s words:

‘I remember well the trouble I took to choose earthy, complimentary tones so Beau was set off well with his colouring. I also packed extra wadding behind Beau and stitched around him, which is why he looks alive – he actually stood out beautifully from the subtle colours in the background. I think I even hand stitched (embroidered) his little black nose to emphasise the contrasts. Probably some little girl who has a Poodle has Beau’s photograph hanging in her bedroom now!’

For those who are interested in the fabric, it’s “Stonehenge” designed by Linda Ludovico for Northcott Fabrics. It is 100% cotton and, according to Wendy ‘sews beautifully’. There are many online fabric stores who stock it and a quick Google search should locate a supplier for you.

Thank you to Wendy for sharing her beautiful work. And thank you to all of you for posting your thoughtful, generous and kind words in the comments.

All our best wishes to you all

Whipup family and friends




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.


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.


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


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.


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


Gnome finger puppets by While wearing heels


No sew finger puppets by Crafty Gemini


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


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.


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).


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!


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.


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.


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)

quilt and photo by Jen (bettycrockerass)

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**