Dena Dale Crain
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Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
Quilt artist, teacher, author, lecturer, and owner of QuiltEd Online.
How many quilts have you made?
Not enough . . .
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
How long have you been a quilter?
22 years
What is your favorite quilting technique?
Free motion without prior marking--loose and free!
Why do you quilt?
Patchwork quilting is the medium of my self-expression. It best permits me freedom to explore design principles while making lovely products to sell and developing courses to teach others how to design original work..
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"How to Make a Mosquito Net" - Now an Ebook!

Posted on January 14, 2012 at 7:34am 0 Comments

Mosquito Net

I recently published a much-expanded version of my most popular tutorial "How to Make a Mosquito Net" as an ebook on Smashwords.

The new book gives some background information on malaria as a disease, its causes, symptoms and treatments, and then offers a survey of the various styles…


Terrific Teacher Line-Up for Taupo 2013

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Wow!!  I just had a look at the line-up of teachers for the Taupo Festival of Fabric Arts to be held in July 2013 in Taupo, New Zealand.  I’m back by invitation, but oh, my–what a group of fabulously talented teachers I’m in!!…


Expat Women Are Patchwork Quilting

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 1:37am 0 Comments

Historically, patchwork and quilting have been a part of many women’s lives. From the humble beginnings of patchwork as a means of rendering old clothing’s continued use to the joyfulness of the harlequin’s costume, from rough, haphazard patching of worn areas to geometric traditional block designs, back to improvisational roots and onward to fine art, patchwork has for centuries kept older textiles in service even as it permitted and encouraged artistic expression and colorful new creations.… Continue

Sexy Silken Secret

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 1:49am 0 Comments

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At 7:03pm on August 9, 2014, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
have spent the afternoon reading & exploring everything fr geological sites related to oil exploration in kenya to articles about the turkana lake, the institute and the website. and, before i head off to the mundane world of dinner preperation for our little twosome household..sending a thank you for your reference to the turkana link on your web, which i visited but link either not there yet or just not found - and w all this i have found a nice interview w richard and maeve plus a new informational site that seems to have enough reading material to fill my upcoming winter "leisure" time :))

thank you
At 3:23pm on August 9, 2014, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
at your blog, going thru your gallery again. forgot to thank you in my last communiqué, for the expat button on your home page. spent a great afternoon wandering around in that aite also. your blog is quite the fun place to play on quiet days :))
At 3:14pm on August 9, 2014, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
lovely to meet you too. i will looke up the turkana basin. i don't google anything except the earth app...i have this theory, you see involves complex convoluted plots regarding world dominance. :)) ..i use zapmeta...i'll do images ...that always leads me to the most intersting sites. then of course i lose a few more days out of this already short life He has granted me! i had wanted to go into microbiology. i didn't have the math apptitude they told me. oh well i spent a few years drifting around in sociology, psychology & philosophy courses before settling down into studying for a career in nursing amd coming out of that time as a registered nurse. that worked. and it was fulfilling, albeit a wee bit more exertional & physically demanding than sitting in a lab staring into a microscope all day, cleaning petrie dishes ....
At 12:50pm on August 8, 2014, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
oh, but i seem to drop into groupie mode so easily...and it's ever so much more innocuous to be a groupy for the likes of the fabulous leakey family than a drugged out rock band :))

i also watched a lot of the cousteau programs as a teen. watched a few he made w his son later also. i have a couple of books on australopithicus and other dawn of humanity type findings. i am a retired RN, but my interests since childhood have been of ancient prehistory, ancient geology, movement of human expansion. lol i was a nerd before they had a word for this particular blessing :))
At 9:55am on August 2, 2014, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
omg! ok, i was going to wait to read the africa link. couldn't. read your bio & reason for kenya. i have read articles & followed leakey, then leakey descendents articles since childhood. had to post this. not sure why now :)). sorta in rock star groupie mode now ....
At 9:47am on August 2, 2014, rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP said…
hi dena, have spent quite a big chunk of my morning reading time wandering around in your blog and your new quilt ed blog. what took you to africa to live? what a visually stimulating enviornment it must be for an artist. the gallery is awsome & free class is tempting ....i'll wander in & out. may start a new winter project, inspired by your ideas.

...and why did quilt university close? i have seen the question asked frequently in online forums, but never an answer.
At 12:00pm on August 1, 2014, Beth A. North said…

Nice to meet you. 

At 9:35am on October 16, 2011, Caroline Sather said…
Just getting those old sewing supplies out of my house helped a lot.  I think I just needed someone to tell me it was alright to do so. Thank you for the advice.  I know how it is to take care of a loved one.  I took care of my Mother and her sister for 13 years and every year dug me down more and more.  I am glad that I did take care of them and I miss them both very much now that they are gone.  But I take pride in the fact that I could help them enjoy those years.  They both lived into their 90's and enjoyed life right to the end.  I bless you for taking care of your husband, If you ever need to talk I would be glad to help you.  Been there and done that and know how it can get at time.
At 5:20pm on October 15, 2011, Caroline Sather said…
Thank you for your advice.  I am having a sleep study done as my Dr. thinks that might be part of my problem.  I have gotten rid of many of the other things that I was having trouble with and life seems much better.
At 10:42pm on September 24, 2011, Caroline Sather said…
I know what you mean about those old patterns.  My Mother had some put I could not find them after she passed away.  I do have some old cardboard quilt shapes that came from my husbands two aunts.  Since I was the only one in the family that sewed I received boxes of sewing and quilting things from them.  I have material that will last my life time or longer that I just do not have time to use them all.  I really like to shop for fabric, but feel guilty buying any when I have so much from them. My daughter is now into sewing and quilting so she takes some of the fabric now and again.  Here she is in her forties and found her new talent.  She would not sew or want to learn how to sew while growing up.  Now her sewing room looks like mine.

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