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




Thank you to all of you who have added your thoughts and comments on the ‘Anniversaries’ post.

Reading through them all I was reminded about my own discovery of Whipup and the lovely ‘cosy cuppa on the couch’ kind of feeling I would get reading Kathreen’s posts. And of course I cried. And then I couldn’t come back to posting here at Whipup for a couple of months. Sigh.

Luckily Kathreen’s lovely mum-in-law came to the rescue with her own beautiful tribute to Kathreen. Thank you Dace.


Mt Wellington Quilt

In pride of place on our dining room wall is a quilt Kathreen made for me for Christmas around 2006, the first large original freestyle quilt she ever made.  It was inspired by a view we can see from our kitchen window: Mount Wellington reflected in the river Derwent (Tasmania).


There is so much in it, plants, insects, dragonflies and play of the sun on rocks and trees.
Kathreen was the very centre of my life, I loved and respected her in so many ways.  She was such a good wife, mother, daughter, sister, sister in law, daughter in law and friend.  She was capable of almost superhuman focus when she was working on her creations.


It was a sad day yesterday, it brought it all back. Kathreen’s close friend Jules, who knew what was in Kathreen’s mind more than anybody I think, texted me late last night and we got together for a virtual tea and cake, and celebrated Kathreen’s birthday.

I mourn the years that we will miss having her in our lives and celebrate the years we had together.

Dace Shugg



Back yard limes and persimmons May 2015

May’s been a bit quiet and reflective here at Whipup.

Friday 15 May marked two years since Whipup’s founder Kathreen Ricketson and her husband, heart-and-soul-mate Rob Shugg drowned in a swimming accident off the coast of Western Australia.

Whipup has kept going with the dedication of family and friends, but it’s a bittersweet achievement. We couldn’t see this beautiful world Kathreen created disappear from all our lives. It’s a fitting testament to Kathreen’s creativity, vision and her generous and open spirit that Whipup is now well into its tenth year and subscriptions to both Whipup and Action-pack, her kids’ creative magazine, are still growing.

Continuing this voyage without her at the helm, however, steering the course and logging the journey has been a labour of love for us – and, we’ve realized, a long farewell. Two years on from saying goodbye to its creator, and after almost a decade online, it’s finally time to say our final goodbyes to Whipup as well.

So here’s our plan and our invitation to help us farewell Whipup.

We are asking you, Whipup’s readers, followers, collaborators, guest bloggers, past editors and crafty lovers of creativity to get in touch with us here at Whipup HQ.

Let us know your favourite Whipup posts, craft tutorials, moments, images – how Whipup inspired you then, now and even tomorrow.

Post in the comments, email us with an idea or a draft for a guest post. Let’s share all the wonderful things we made and read and enjoyed over the last ten years. We can’t promise we’ll be able to post everything but we can have a great time reading and reminiscing together.

So pour yourself a cuppa, have a slice of cake, browse the Whipup archives, go through your projects and drop us a line to


Happy ten years Whipup!



Have you been enjoying the series this month on Functional Creativity? Shelter and Clothe are the latest additions :: with a tutorial on giving new life to old clothes and the Handmakers factory fitting in really well to this month’s theme too! Also this week a new reviewer at Whipup reviewed Textured Stitches.

Next month we have a new theme and a new set of guest edited posts — very excited as there are lots of resources for starting up your creative business.

creative inspiration

Some crafty links :: Anne emailed in a cute tutorial for a knitted rose :: Check out this photographic granny duvet cover — uhm what do you think? :: Make a craft apron :: Yoghurt panna cotta — yum! :: Gotta make some boy suspenders :: A list of cool craft blogs :: Goat cheese and chive biscuits (uhm scones in the UK and Aus) :: Weave a living basket :: Cultivating creativity in kids.

With Google reader about to close up shop forever i have been looking at alternatives :: Feedly seems like the forerunner I’ve signed up and it is nice to use — you can import your google reader account very easily too) :: Pulse is another one.

What’s up with me ? …

As many of you probably know or have guessed — I am travelling with my family on a year long camping trip around Australia. It has its ups and downs. I have learned a few things :: Change is good. Homeschooling is hard. Kids are stubborn. Cooking over the fire is fantastic. Sunsets over the ocean are bliss. Country town libraries and laundromats are an amazing resource. Don’t trust your husband with the keys — but do trust him with driving. Homemade ice cream and cake is the best.

Don’t you just love that pic of the house above — creative inspiration for sure!


During most of 2013, will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy! :: April is Functional Creativity.

DO get in touch if you are interested in writing a guest post for whipup this year! Send me a short email with your idea Kathreen {at}



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by kath_red on 18/04/2013

in my life, Newsletter

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Rumi

When we make a change, it’s so easy to interpret our unsettledness as unhappiness, and our unhappiness as the result of having made the wrong decision. Our mental and emotional states fluctuate madly when we make big changes in our lives, and some days we could tight-rope across Manhattan, and other days we are too weary to clean our teeth. This is normal. This is natural. This is change. Jeanette Winterson

There’s still time to change the road you’re on. Led Zeppelin


You would think that taking a year away from your ordinary life would be change enough. Or perhaps this oasis is merely a catalyst for more change. Taking a year away seemed like such a huge step, to pack up and live on the road with minimal stuff and in a confined space is like the wind of freedom blowing through your life. A chance to step out of the ordinary and the chaos of comfort to contemplate the bigger picture — to look at where you are going and what you want to achieve.

This perspective has been life changing is many small ways for us — it has taken a couple of months to relax enough to even get to this stage of contemplation, to be able to let go of the worries and pull of our regular life — and we are still not fully there yet. We still worry and wonder. But now we have begun to make plans, to visualise a life of difference, to see beyond what is in front of our nose and to seek new horizons. I am not even talking about anything major — we won’t be living in an ashram, and we won’t be building a treehouse in the woods, but a list is beginning to emerge — priorities and importances.

Some big changes are in the wind, but it is the smaller changes I am most excited about. A commitment to live more fully in the now, to create small everyday adventures, and listen to our hearts.

What changes would you / could you want to make — small or big, realistic or dreamy — or are you completely happy where you are right now?


During most of 2013, will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy! :: April is Functional Creativity.

DO get in touch if you are interested in writing a guest post for whipup this year! Send me a short email with your idea Kathreen {at}



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