After being mostly unplugged from the internet this last week, I have only just learned of the deeply sad death of Kathreen Ricketson, a wonderful force and source in the quilting and crafting community. I am still in shock as I write this.
I first came to know Kathreen through her terrific blog, Whip-up, and was delighted to be a guest blogger for her as well as a contributor to her book Whip-Up Mini Quilts. She had a great, adventurous spirit and lived life to the fullest.
Devoted to the promotion and celebration of hand-made, and to the upbringing of her two beautiful children, daughter Otilija and son Orlando, who are heartbreakingly now left without a mother and a father.
If you wish, you may contribute via PayPal to a fund set up for her children. Please see here for more information.
I have been asked to share my favorite Whip-Up blog post with all of you, but right now I can't even think straight, so I will just say visit it often and read through all of it for on-going inspiration... Kathreen will live on through what she shared so passionately with all of us.
The internet crafting community is an amazing thing. Through it we "meet" each other, encourage each other, promote each other and support each other. Kathreen lived on the other side of the world, and only a few short years ago our paths would have never crossed... but due to the internet, shared passions, connections and friendships no longer have borders and boundaries. Thank you Kathreen for being you and for making this world a smaller, more colorful and friendlier place. You will be missed. xo