Patchwork and quilting attract women from different backgrounds and careers, and of all ages. They are a source of gentle pleasure, and, if done in company, of fun and conversation, like any leisure activity.
Professionally, I live by the pen. To suggest that it is somehow unsuitable to lift the needle in my spare time is absurd. Dare I add, I also make jam.
If Lynn Barber retracts, she can have a jar.