Dena Crain – Wow! Just wow

Last night, while noodling around the Net, I found the blog of Dena Crain (, quilt artist and teacher who lives in Kenya.  Not only is she a master quilter … I mean look at this, just look at it


but she’s also married to Jonathan Leakey, the son of Mary and Louis Leakey, and lives in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya.

Now these name might not mean much to you, but the Leakeys are veritable royalty in the world of anthropology.  When I was a student, I was fascinated by Mary in particular, a woman who really was before her time.  Strong, independent and a leader in the field of palaeoanthropology.  And that was in those days, when women were supposed to be seen and not heard.

Dena Crain’s blog is fascinating, combining really good advice about quilting and anecdotes about her life in Keyna, including various drop ins around the house, such as hippos, scorpions and the odd snake.

Who knew there was a quilt university, yes, a quilt university –  Online quilt lessons by masters of the art.  Isn’t the Internet great?  Actually I’m not ready for quilt university yet, I’m looking for something like quilt kindergarten.



South African writer, crafter and all round animal lover
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