New Web Site for Dena Dale Crain

No blog lasts forever. This one has run for about eight years. It’s old, tired and feeling a bit under-the-weather. Clearly, the time has come to retire this blog.

The good news is that I, Dena Dale Crain, am reborn on a new Web site!

There, find a fresh portfolio of my work and pages that share with you my online art quilt classes, quilt e-books and quilt patterns. The best part is that there’s a new blog included!

This blog, Dena Crain: Artist/Teacher in Kenya, will remain online until about July 2016. I will not, however, be answering questions or replying to comments here. If you need to contact me, please do so through the new site.

Thanks for your continued support. I hope you agree with me that the new site is better than an old, tired blog!

Too Busy for Words!

In recent weeks, I’ve been too busy doing things to tell anyone about what I’ve been doing!

Bind Quilts by Machine, the ebook, is now available at! It was out at Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, Apple and elsewhere, but I finally got it published on Amazon. Shop around, because prices vary (not my fault!). Oh, it’s available in all formats, and if I update the ebook, you get a notice that I’ve done so and you can download a fresh copy for free!

There’s a new free online quilt class on QuiltEd Online. It’s a three-lesson mini-class on Sudoku Quilts. It’s great fun and it has a companion free quilt pattern, Whirligig, which you can get from the Patterns page of QuiltEd Online, even if you don’t take the class. Why wouldn’t you take the class?! Learn something new about Sudoku, symmetry and color–for FREE!!

All the entries for the Quilt Visions Interpretations: Celebrating 30 exhibition are in. Teammates Noriko Endo, Alicia Merrett and I are working hard to narrow down the selection to an excellent collection well-suited for the occasion. Many of the pieces are absolutely fabulous, so it’s tough to decide which works will be included in the show. I’m starting to wonder if I might squeeze in a trip to the US to be there for the opening . . .

Designer Pinwheels, Art Quilts with a Twist, is available for preorder from all the booksellers I listed above, including Amazon. Release date is September 13, and you can reserve your copy with a 15% discount if you pre-order it NOW!

Now, this is the BIG one! I’m building a new website for myself. It’s very nearly ready to launch, just needs a little tweaking on the Portfolio that is included. I’ll be sure to let everyone know when it goes live!!

Smashwords Author Interview

Yesterday, I submitted to an in-depth Q&A session for a Smashwords Author Interview. You can read the interview at

It was fun to do, took me down a bit of Memory Lane and gave me a few interesting things to think about. I hope you enjoy reading the interview!

We can engage in a similar interview right here on my blog!

Simply ask me questions about my work and my writing, and I’ll be happy to answer. Ask me about publishing through Smashwords. Perhaps you think to write and publish independently too–we have a lot in common, then!

Come on–challenge me! Ask whatever you want to know about Dena Crain: Artist/Teacher in Kenya.

All comments are moderated, so if there’s something that comes up I feel is inappropriate for this venue, I can always reply to you privately.

Otherwise, I’m pretty open about my life’s work, and will be pleased to chat with you about it!

Bind Quilts by Machine e-Book

With great embarrassment and many apologies, I had to announce that my new e-book, Bind Quilts by Machine, was not yet ready for pre-order.

But guess what?!

It IS available for pre-order now!

Find Bind Quilts by Machine, the e-book, at Barnes and NobleKobo and Apple.

Go to any of these e-book retailers and place a pre-order for the book now at the discounted price of only $9.99. The e-book is to be released on July 18, when your credit card is charged and you receive notice that you can download the e-book. Upon its release, the cost of the e-book goes up to $12.99, so act now to reserve the lower price!

Want to know more?

For far too long, I’ve been doling out these important tips and techniques in little bits and spurts. Not so any more!

When I figured out how to sew double-fold quilt bindings entirely by machine, I knew the time had come to pull all my information and photos together into one resource–an e-book. This way, EVERYONE will have access to this important information!

Hands hurt? Find it hard to hold a hand-sewing needle? Just to busy to bother? Prefer, as I do, spending valuable quilting time putting patchwork together or quilting it rather than finishing off hand-sewn bindings? Well, now you need never hand-sew a quilt binding again!

Take the drudgery out of finishing your quilts with the knowledge and insights you find in Bind Quilts by Machine. The e-book includes fully illustrated, step by step instructions for how to sew by machine:

  • Fuss-Free Single-Fold Quilt Binding by Machine
  • Seamless Quilt Binding by Machine
  • Double-Fold Quilt Binding by Machine
  • Perfect Piping
  • Mock quilt bindings
  • Bagging a quilt
  • Facing a quilt
  • Machine-sewn raw edge finishes for quilts

But wait! Bind Quilts by Machine is also useful for those of you who LOVE doing the hand sewing to finish a binding!

The same principles apply–just sew all your bindings on the face of the quilt, rather than on the back. Learn the easiest way to make beautifully mitered corners and an indistinguishable final join, how to apply and close double-fold binding with a neater final join, as well as all the other great ideas in Bind Quilts by Machine.

Published by highly reputable and popular Smashwords, Bind Quilts by Machine, the e-book, comes in a format to suit any reader.

Download it for your computer as a pdf, then for your iPad or other tablet as an ePub file, and put it on your Kindle or your mobile phone! You can have it in as many formats as you like, and download it as often as you please!

Eventually, the book will be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and many other online book retail shops. Right now, it’s only available here (see the sidebar!) and at Smashwords. But here’s the best part!

Bind Quilts by Machine is available now for “pre-order” at a 25% reduced price of only $9.99!

Place your pre-order for free today. When Bind Quilts by Machine is released on July 18, you will be charged only $9.99 and you will receive notification that you can download the e-book at that price. If you wait to buy the book until July 19, the full retail price of $12.99 will be charged.

Check it out at Barnes and NobleKobo and Apple. You can download FOR FREE the first 15% of the book as a sample, just to get a taste of what it offers!

What’s that you say? An e-book is not a real book?

You can’t smell it and fondle it? So what? Are you going to read a book like this for the sensual experience? Or for the top quality technical information you can gain from it?

Bind Quilts by Machine is an e-book, not a hard copy book, because I cannot publish and sell hard copy books from Kenya. Why, the mere cost of shipping is prohibitive, not to mention the storage hazards of potential fire, flood and tropical termites!

Bind Quilts by Machine is the kind of book you read in order to learn some technical information. Once you’ve learned how to finish your quilts by machine, you won’t have any use for a hard copy book. You also won’t have to waste valuable storage space to keep that hard copy book. Owning Bind Quilts by Machine means you will never lose your book because you can download a fresh copy at any time. You OWN it!

And, it never gets dirty!!

You can’t spoil an e-book by spilling coffee on it or dropping it in the mud. I don’t advise these actions for your devices either, but you know exactly what I mean. What you can do is highlight sections you find important and want to revisit later. You can make notes about what you think as you read the e-book. And, you can conveniently bookmark your place!

So, come on–place your pre-order now! Get in on this great deal to gain not only super information about how to finish your quilts entirely by machine, but also to take advantage of the 25% price reduction that is only good until July 18.

Oh, and here’s a tip for you: You can find patterns for a couple of the quilts shown in Bind Quilts by Machine. Keep watching that page–more patterns are coming!!

Quilt Guild Newsletter Content

 Kenya Quilt Guild Newsletter


Are you involved in producing your quilt guild’s newsletter? Are you running out of ideas for what to include? Are you often stuck for new material to feature in the quilt guild newsletter? Are you worried about copyright issues?

QuiltEd Online can help you!! You can republish any blog post from QuiltEd Online News in your quilt guild publication with our permission and gratitude!

That’s right – you may republish any article from QuiltEd Online News in your quilt guild newsletter, legally and without fear of repercussions. Here’s how to do it:

  • Select the blog post of your choice. For example, you might reprint the Silk Patchwork Quilt Piecing Tutorial, or 10 Tips to Make More Time for Quilting.
  • Drop us a quick note letting us know that you want to reprint that article. Tell us who you are, what is the name of the quilt guild, which article you selected, and when you intend to publish the newsletter. Use the contact form on QuiltEd Online Support for this brief communication.
  • Copy and paste the entire post into your guild’s newsletter. Be sure you get all of the article. You may not edit or otherwise modify the content in any way other than as specified below.
  • Include those most important links. If your guild prints the newsletter for distribution to members, copy and paste the hyperlinks after the text that has the online version links. For example, in Seamless Binding for Liquid Gold, there is a hyperlink to Single Sashing Quilt-As-You-Go for a Quilt UFO. In a quilt guild newsletter intended for printing, you would insert the link url into the sentence as: “This quilt was featured in the free online tutorial Single Sashing Quilt-As-You-Go for a Quilt UFO (” Linking like this makes it easy for your readers to visit any sites mentioned in the posted article.
  • Copy and include all photographs associated with the article. You may resize them better to fit available space in the quilt guild newsletter, but they should be positioned next to the relevant text as they are in the posted article on QuiltEd Online News.
  • Below the title of the article in the quilt guild newsletter, add this copyright statement: Reprinted from QuiltEd Online ( with permission; article written by Dena Dale Crain.
  • You may not, under any circumstances, republish the current or earlier QuiltTutOTheMo tutorials in your quilt guild newsletter. Those are special tutorials that are part of the classes offered by QuiltEd Online and they are not available for republication. You may, however, republish any of the articles on QuiltEd Online News. Many of the News articles are also useful tutorials that your quilt guild members will appreciate having.

That’s all there is to it! Let QuiltEd Online make your life easier by providing material for your quilt guild newsletter, FREE of charge! In return, your quilt guild members learn more about QuiltEd Online as they enjoy the wonderful feature articles we produce weekly. Copy and paste the article of your choice in any relevant quilt-focused publication. Respect the hyperlinks, and acknowledge where the article came from and that you use it with permission. Share QuiltEd Online News articles with all your quilt guild friends!

It’s a win/win/win situation!!

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