I am thrilled and honored to introduce my first guest poster on flax & twine, Kathreen Ricketson. She and I have worked together many times. I have guest posted on Whipup.net and contributed to various Action Packs, a fabulous craft magazine for 7 - 12 year olds, over the past couple years. When I first conceived of this quilting series, she was one of the first people I thought of. I asked her to tell me what quilting means to her. I am honored to bring you Kathreen Ricketson's lovely musings on the role of quilting in her life.
Kathreen Ricketson is a quilter, maker and mother. She is the founder of whipup.net and has written two books on quilting and four books on kids crafting. She is also the founder and editor of Action Pack Magazine for kids.
Heritage, creativity and love
Lately I have thinking about the importance of the role of the homemaker. It seems to have been discarded in recent years, being a stay-at-home mother has been a difficult role to be proud of. Our life has become so rushed, so busy, so full, that those 'old fashioned' skills of being thrifty, making-do, home-cooking, gardening, sewing and mending are being lost. Which is why I do what I do, why I blog about craft and work from home and make my own laundry powder and why I sew and design quilts.
But that's not the only reason I make quilts. I am driven to create. I am an artist and need to make or design or create something every single day - or else I get tetchy and bored and restless. Making quilts is a wonderful creative outlet for someone who is interested in art, design, fabric, sewing and textiles and I am grateful to have found this way of releasing my creativity. I love to explore colour and line, I love to learn new skills and I love the feeling of fabric.
There is something else too. Quilts embody love. Quilts are warmth and comfort, they are tradition and community, they are home and family. When I make or design a quilt I think about all those things and hope my quilts embody those ideas. I want the quilts I make to be used, to be cuddled in, to be thrown on couches and to be hidden under by small children.
So for me I guess I made quilts for those three reasons above: Heritage, creativity and love. That is what quilting means to me.
Many thanks, Kathreen. For more exciting quilting posts to come, keep checking the Sew, You've Always Wanted to Quilt gallery here: