Kathreen Ricketson, who died in a tragic, heartbreaking accident in May 2013 never saw the final, printed version of the book she wrote, Brave New Quilts. The book is now among the layers of a legacy left behind that encompass a ground-breaking website, several other book titles, a magazine focused on children’s creativity, and an army of friends and fans.
Brave New Quilts, as I’ve heard mentioned more than occassionally, was the book she always wanted to write. She played an integral part in the direction, design, manuscript, and worked with a friend to do all of the photography. This book was her dream, her vision. I can say with confidence, after reading the book and trying to absorb all it has to offer, that she would have been extremely proud of it. She would have sung from the rooftops (in her own quiet, unassuming, yet vivacious way) about the design, the use of line, color, motif, and text upon which the book is based.
Headlined, ‘An artistic approach to quilting’, this book is not just about the 12 projects she created and uses to demonstrate 20th-century art, it is a valuable part of her legacy—more than a ‘craft book’—Brave New Quilts will live on as required reading in your library.
I was among the shocked and saddened when she died suddenly, and read the outpouring of emotion in the comments section of the blog post about her death.
I asked 10 of her friends, quilters or not, to be a part of this layer of her life. To have a forum where they can speak about Kathreen freely, sharing their own stories about how she affected their lives. And so the Legacy Tour was born.
We are honored to present her final masterpiece and grateful to the following fantastic women who agreed to join all of us at C&T Publishing, the home of Stash Books and FunStitch Studios, as we celebrate Kathreen’s legacy.
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