Latest blog post on my site about my quilt All That Jazz being in the Kenya Arts Diary Exhibition Opening: https://www.denadalecrain.com/artquilterinafrica/kenya-arts-diary-exhibition-opening. Enjoy!…Continue
One of my friends told me this story about using clean milk filters as batting during the war. Have never heard this before. They sure could teach us about recycling!!!
I have all of my quilts my grandmother made, so crudely from old mens wool suits....a baby crib quilt, a very large bed quilt and a cotton summer quilt. During the war she lined the insides with cotton milk filters that had been washed and pressed....they sent milk in cans then and milked by…Continue
I did another Dresden Plate village, this time for my DIL, who loves Halloween. Hopefully it arrives at their house in Kansas tomorrow so she will have a little time to enjoy it yet this year. …Continue
But first, since we have everything else...the kitchen sink:…Continue
This past weekend was my 45th nursing school reunion...We had a wonderful time. Amazing ladies and have contributed in so many different ways. Proud to say...I went to school with them. I was giving the hostesses their gifts, when someone said quilting, they came from all parts of the room! Half the gals are quilters!!!! We shared old memories and made new ones...for awhile it was like those 45 years never happened unless you look at photos! lol…Continue
Thought I'd pop in with an update from the Nile Valley.
A. This week my brother delivered a 'new to me' vehicle to replace our other vehicles that have a lot of years and enough miles on them. I now have a 2012 Ford Escape that is in very very good condition and should last me a long time! I'm very excited. Favorite feature? Why the heated seats, of course! Winter is coming and no more cold tush! LOLOL…Continue
My thanks go out to all the people who have kindly welcomed me to Quilt with Us! It is nice to be part of this group, and to see what you're all doing by way of quilting.
My big news for this week is that my highly popular online patchwork quilt design class, Darned Quilts, is now open to students at Academy of Quilting! In this class, you will learn more than you ever thought possible about fabric gradations!…Continue
This little lad (lassie?) must have a story to tell. This cherub was toppled on its side when we looked at the house and when we moved in.…
My mom was the youngest of 7 sisters plus she had a younger brother. About 8 years ago I demonstrated how to do "y" seams at a quilt guild event, but then never made more than 4 of the blocks. A while back I found them so I decided to make 3 more blocks and set them in to a setting similar to the "7 Sisters" layout in honor of my mom. Her 1st name was Iva so I'm going to call this "Iva and Her Sisters". I am still thinking about what I want to put on the label. She loved flowers and…Continue
The baby for which this quilt top is made is now 6 days overdue. If I hurry, I might be able to finish it before he arrives!
It is made of western fabrics - browns, oranges, and blues, according to momma's preference. It will finish at roughly 42 x 50. The delectable mountains half-blocks are 4.5 x 6 finished. I'll just machine quilt this one as simply as possible. I haven't pieced a back yet. The setting reminds me of woven saddle blankets, and that's the look I was going…Continue
It has been 45 yrs. since 58 girls graduated from nursing school in Albany,NY. We spent three years together growing up! Next week, we will be spending a fun weekend reuniting. 33 out of 58 are going to make it. The two gals that have been planning this have done an exceptional job tracking down everyone!!! We may not see everyone, but we have contact info and our own website now. I planned the 30th reunion, I know how much work it was and enjoyed seeing everyone reconnect. I decided to make…Continue
Our guest bed and mattress arrived at Jim’s on Monday. The nice gentleman from FedEx brought the bed up to the house and put the mattress into the back of the car. When Jim came home from his trip, we put the bed into the pickup, drove to the house and unloaded both boxes. …
It's me, it just has to be me. It never fails that when I want to make something I can't. Still trying to get the house finished up and sold. I have a few ideas that I really want to work on but no where to work at. Our house is basically empty so that we can paint and fix the things we discovered were not up to code. Maybe I should stop thinking about all the things that I want to do while I'm painting or cleaning. I finally sold my Tin Lizzie long arm machine, and bought the Handi…Continue
Hubby and I went to the local fabric Mill to look for fabric for our kitchen. I just had new wallpaper put up in grey tones and cream. So, we're looking and I couldn't decide on anything. Hubby said, this is scary...you have a lot of red accents, why don't you look in the red section! Well, didn't we find a cream with grey and reds!!! He's telling me, it would tie the room together. I looked at him wondering who are you???? Then we noticed a tag on it...hold for Susie. Asked the clerk if…Continue
We closed on our house on Friday.
I'm new to Quilt with Us, and I'm looking forward to getting to know other quilters here. By way of introduction, my name is Dena DALE Crain, because there's another textile artist in Austin, Texas, named Dena Crain!!
I'm the one who taught online quilt classes for Quilt University until it closed, then tried going solo with QuiltEd Online, and now I'm back again teaching this time for…Continue
Baby's momma didn't want to get too carried away with pink, so she sent me a picture of the nursery colors. The rug became the inspiration for the quilt.
I really had to dig through my stash for the dark navy and pale pink, being careful of the prints in order to match the contemporary feel of the rug. …Continue
This week included new doggie friends. …Continue
Although I should really have been quilting on a wallhanging, instead I decided I needed a new purse made with fall fabrics to take to a quilt show I'm going to in Springfield MO next week. My husband said this looks like something only a great grandmother would carry out in public, but all the women I have shown it to love it. …Continue