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

Today’s post by Maya Donenfeld of maya*made is an exploration of Brave New Quilts, and a reflection on the kindness, creativity, generosity and spirit of Kathreen.

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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.

Friday 10/4 :: Alexandra Smith
Monday 10/7 : Sonya Philip
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.



Today I want to welcome Christina Lane to Whipup – an all around crafty gal, she says that she loves everything from quilting, screen printing, embroidery and more! She has recently had patterns published in Quilts and More magazine and Lunch Bags!, a Stash publication. When she’s not creating for herself, you’ll find her longarm quilting for others. Christina loves to share her crafting journey at her blog The Sometimes Crafter.

Hello Whip-Up readers! It’s so nice to be back in this space guest posting at Whipup. Today I wanted to share a really great way of making half square triangles (HST) that I recently found online and give you some measurements to help you with making them just the size you need for your own projects. Ahead of me I have a quilt full of half square triangles, and I was not looking forward to the prospect of making all of them in the way i’m use to. Then I remembered having seen this video by The Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Her ingenious method of assembling a HST (half square triangles) for a pinwheel block is perfect for most HST projects I can think of. You simply take your two squares of fabric (usually a print and a solid), place them right sides together and sew around all four edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then you cut the square on both diagonals and you end up with four pieces.

When you open out and iron them you get perfect half square triangles! It’s amazing every time. I recently made a bunch of these in different sizes just to get a feel for the math. I have some of the sizes figured out to get you started, but the basic math is a HST that is roughly 64% of the size of your original square.

So your math would be this:
Beginning Square Size x 0.64 = HST size.

If you knew the size you needed your HST to be, but wanted to find out how big to cut your beginning squares, you would use this equation instead:
HST / 0.64 = Beginning Square Size.

Of course it’s always a good idea to make a test square before beginning a project, as all of our sewing and cutting varies. Not every size is exactly 64%, but it’s a good place to start without getting too involved in the math. Below is a table that gives you the starting square size and the final HST size for sizes that I’ve actually tested. You may find as you make these that you can get 1/8″ to 1/4″ more from each size, but I like to play it safe. So many times when I’ve made HST in the past I find that I don’t have enough to trim away and get the size stated in the pattern, so i’d rather play it safe. Good luck and have fun creating!


Easy Patchwork Potholder and Fabric Fruit Bowl

This duo of projects will add a touch of handmade style to your kitchen.

To make a pair of patchwork potholders:
2x 24cm /9.5inches squares of plain linen
2x 24cm /9.5inches square pieces of cotton batting (or wool blanket)
24 strips of scrap linen fabric (24×2.5cm 9.5x1inches approx)
250cm / 98inches of binding in a matching fabric
(To make binding: cut 6cm / 2.5inches wide strips of fabric and sew the strips together lengthwise until you have the required length. Then press the strip of fabric with a hot iron in half lengthwise with the wrong side facing inside.)

To make the fabric fruit bowl:
2x pieces of plain linen 24cm / 9.5inches square
2x pieces of plain linen 24x15cm / 9.5x6inches
2x pieces of patterned linen 24×10 cm / 9.5x4inches

Pins + scissors
Sewing machine + sewing thread

To make the patchwork potholders:

Step 1. – Layer the plain linen underneath the cotton batting, you will sew the strips directly onto the batting.
– Take 2 strips and place them facing each other in the centre of your batting square and sew down one side. Flip the top strip over (the right sides should be facing up) and press. Take another strip and place it right side down (wiht raw edges aligned) onto the last sewn strip, sew then flip over and press open. Continue in this way until your square of batting is completely covered. Repeat for your second potholder. Top stitch each strip if desired and trim your piece square.

Step 2. Bind the edges of the potholder
– Sew your binding onto the wrong side of the potholder, with the raw edge of the binding against the raw edge of your quilted square. Start at one corner and sew all around the edge (1/4 inch seam allowance). As you come up to the corners, stop sewing and fold the fabric into a 45degree corner then continue sewing along the next side. Proceed with the next 2 corners in this way.

Step 3. – As you reach the final corner where you began, fold the first bit of binding over to the right side before sewing the last bit right up to the corner. Stop and leave 10cm extra length of binding, before trimming. Press the binding over to the right side of your quilted square. Press the extra bit of binding so the edges are neatly turned in, then sew. Make a loop with the extra binding and pin it inside the binding on the right side of the quilted square. Sew the binding over to the right side of the potholder, enclosing your raw edges, and ensuring that the end of your loop is securely tucked inside the binding. You are done.

Make the fabric fruit bowl

Step 1. – Take your 2 pieces of 24cm / 9.5inches square linen and sew, right sides together on 3 sides.

Step 2- Take your 2 smaller pieces of linen and sew your patterned linen to the top edge. Press seams. Sew these two pieces right sides together on 3 sides.

Step 3 – Make a square base by taking the bottom 2 corners of your sewn linen square. Fold so these form a triangle and sew 10cm / 4inches across from each corner. Trim. Repeat for the other piece. Then press.

Step 4. Finish the fabric fruit bowl
– Turn one of the sewn squares right side out and place it inside the other square (right sides should be facing). Tuck it in neatly and ensure the seams are aligned. Sew around the top edge, leaving a 10cm / 4inche opening where you will turn it right side out.
– Pull out the inner bag and then push the other bag inside, so that the right sides are now facing outwards and the side with the patterned top is the lining. Press the top seam and then close up the gap by top stitching.

Fold out the patterned top of the lining so it faces outwards. Press and you are done. Use it in your kitchen to store nicknacks or as a pretty fruit bowl.

Resources: The fabric used here is hand screenprinted fabric from Australian fabric designers Ink and Spindle.


Cosy Cross Couch Throw
This modern with a vintage touch couch throw (final size of approx 1 x 1.25m) is made from an assortment of linen/cotton blend fabrics with a soft cosy back. Feel free to use whatever materials you have on hand – I used an assortment of Japanese linen cotton fabrics, a soft man-made fluffy fabric on the back and various linen and cotton scraps in shades of purple and mauve.

You will need:

Main front fabric (1.10m x 90cm / 35 x 40 inches)
Fluffy backing fabric (1m x 1.25m / 39 x 49 inches)
Scraps of fabric
Sewing thread
Embroidery thread
Optional: Vintage doily, linen tape (1m / 39inches)

Sewing machine
Ruler + pencil
Hand sewing needle + thimble + pins

[Note: Press seams open as you go each step of the way.]

Step 1. Cut your scrap fabrics into pieces 15cm / 6 inches wide and of various lengths. Machine sew these together, to make 2 strips (1.25m + 95cm / 49 + 37 inches ). Trim the strips to an even width.

Step 2. Make your off-centre cross design by cutting your main fabric a third in from one side. Sew one of the scrappy strips to one edge and then reattach the other section. At right angles to the first strip of fabric, cut a third in from the edge and sew in the other scrappy strip in the same way. (Optional) Sew on your linen tape and doily by machine. Here I have sewn the linen tape down one of the strips and attached the doily onto one corner.

Step 3. Trim your top piece square. Lay out your fluffy backing material right side up. Place your patchwork top face down onto this fabric. Straighten up the edges and pin all around. Machine sew all around the edges, leaving a 15cm / 6 inch opening on one side. Turn the throw right side out by putting your hands into the opening and pulling out the corners. Pin the opening closed, and top stitch all around the perimeter about 1cm / 1/4inch in from the edge – this will also close the opening at the same time.

Step 4. Lay your patchwork throw out and pin to hold the 2 layers together. Take your embroidery thread and needle and hand-sew a running stitch parallel to the strips, to hold the layers together, 2 rows of stitches is enough, but if you enjoy hand sewing feel free to do more.

Now snuggle under with your favourite book and a nice cup of tea and enjoy your creative efforts.

By Kathreen Ricketson from
[First published in Woman’s Day Magazine Australia 2010]


I loved these quilted porch swing seat – could be great to make with scraps and recycled fabrics. So pretty.