Legacy Tour for Brave New Quilts

Brave New Quilts by Kathreen Ricketson for Stash BooksKathreen 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.

Tuesday 10/1 Heather Jones
Wednesday 10/2 Kristin Link
Thursday 10/3 Maya Donenfeld
Friday 10/4 Alexandra Smith
Monday 10/7 Sonya Philip
Tuesday 10/8 Ellen Luckett Baker
Wedneday 10/9 Andrea Jenkins
Thursday 10/10 Shannon Cook
Friday 10/11 Mimi Kirchner
Monday 10/14 Cheryl Arkison




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  1. Susan S
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    I am just getting started with free motion quilting and this book sounds like just what I need to get me inspired! I will be looking for a way to order one.

  2. Posted September 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I am so happy to learn about this blog hop. Kathreen’s book is exactly the type of quilting book I want in my library–inspired by history and looking forward. I ordered it as soon as I saw it listed on on your page, and it instantly became one of my favorites. Kathreen and her book deserve to be remembered and celebrated.

  3. Carol Y
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    I saw this book sitting on a shelf in my local quilt shop and I was immediately drawn to it. After flipping through the pages, I knew it was one I had to have for my collection. It wasn’t until I got it home that I realized who had authored it and I was sad for a moment, but then happy that Kathreen’s name was on such a wonderful book. I’ve long been a fan of Whip Up – I’m looking forward to this Legacy Tour.

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