Monday, April 4, 2011

Playing at Quilt University

Over the years I have taken a number of classes at Quilt University. I like the freedom of not having to be in a set place at a set time. I have learned a great deal through the classes. One of my favorite instructors is Dena Crain. I think I have taken every class she offers and have several binders of notes from her classes. Dena provides great support notes as well as insightful comments as you post your work online.

So, with all of my winter projects completed, I decided to treat myself to a four week course with Dena online. It is called Crystal Quilts. I had taken a variation a number of years ago and enjoyed it. My suspicion was that with the added experience of these past few years, I would take in Dena's instruction at a whole new level.

The class is just starting. As it continues, I will update on my progress. The process is to draw some designs that we will critique and then choose one to create. Depending upon the design, we construct our quilt using piecing, applique, etc. I hope to get past the drawing phase and into the choice of colors during the class. I suspect I won't have the entire piece put together in the four weeks but I would love to get as much input as possible from Dena on the initial phases. She has a wonderful eye for design.

Here is an example of a Crystal Quilt that Dena created in silk. Hope to be sharing my own efforts in a bit.


  1. This is absolutely stunning! Can't wait to see what you come up with. I'll have to Google Dena as her name is unfamiliar to me. You have great posts!

  2. I am really enjoying the class. This is my second time taking this particular class and I am noticing how much more relaxed I am this time - it is making it even more fun.
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