Some friends and I went to Quilt Market last week with heavy hearts. Like many others, I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn about the death of Whip Up founder, Kathreen Ricketson and her partner, Rob. Market went on as usual, but with occasional hugs and tears, and a few candles of remembrance. Even though Kathreen wasn’t someone I had met in person, her contribution to the online crafting community was great and my respect for her was profound. Whip Up has been a go-to site for crafters for many years, all due to Kathreen’s passion and vision.
For the past few months I had been following Kathreen on Instagram and watched with envy and fascination as she and her family lived out a dream and traveled throughout Australia together while Kathreen worked on a book, Family Road Trip. Through those photos I got a glimpse of the family’s life, love, values and joy. I was absolutely hooked and in love with every one of them. I still can’t believe that the journey has ended in such tragedy. Crushing or heart-wrenching are the only words that seem to work for me. I can’t help but weep every time I think of Kathreen and Rob’s beautiful children, Otilija and Orlando. I have had them in my thoughts and heart every day since I heard the news.
The crafting community is compassionate, generous and action-oriented, so we always want to do something in times of tragedy. In this case, the only thing we can do is hold those children up. Kathreen’s friends have created a trust for Otilija and Orlando, to help with their financial needs in the coming years. Any amount you can offer will be greatly appreciated by the family. Please visit Whip Up for the details.