Dara Tomasson

I am a wife, a mom of five kids, an educator, an eternal optimist, a community builder, and a free motion quilting activist. I teach free motion and quilting classes.

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Doodling Away Series: Pens

Doodling Away Series: Pens

This challenge has been good for me because I tend to like one thing and don’t experiment, ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’. The problem with that logic is that there are better options out there. Also, any excuse to go to Dollarama gets me excited. So there are a few things I learned about pens I can share.

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Stitched Quilting Community

Stitched Quilting Community

One of the strongest draws to quilting for me is the impact that charity quilts can bring to someones life. I have really enjoyed quilting for great causes like the most recent fires in Fort Mac here in Alberta, for Ronald McDonald House, for the Womens Shelter and many other wonderful and deserving charities.

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8 Inch Challenge Continued

8 Inch Challenge Continued

In September I toke a colour values class from Cheryl Arkison This class challenged me to not be so ‘match-matchy’ all the time. I pulled fabric from my stash that I would never have put together. But using the concept of colour value I was able to come up with a scrappy quilt that looked pretty good but did not use my ‘normal’ piecing method.

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Halloween Approaching

Halloween Approaching

I do love a nice festive touch to the home and quilts are a great way to achieve this. Here are two quilts that I have made for Halloween. Unfortunately, they aren’t mine. Jackie owner of www.nutsforboltsetc.com commissioned me to make them. I am able to admire them when I go to work.

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8 Inch Square Challenge Continued

8 Inch Square Challenge Continued

Quilting is an art form for me, a creative outlet. But with all art there are rules that need to be followed for best results. These rules are so liberating to me, because I know if I follow them than all the creative parts will come together so nicely.

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Not only is Dara’s quilting creative and beautiful, but the finished quilting matches the theme. I can count on Dara to complete my quilts in a timely manner – usually within a week. Taking a slow-motion course by her is informative and enjoyable as her instructions are clear and she sets a pace that works well for everyone. It’s evident that she loves quilting and loves her customers and students.

Bev McCrostie

Dara is one of those people who change your life in so many ways. She is kind, funny, honest, thoughtful,energetic and very creative. She came to my store all dressed up for a Halloween sale and she stayed ….as a friend and as a creative genius. She has touched the lives of so many women here and took us all on grand adventures in her classes and wth her amazing, crazy talent. She is my forever friend.

Jackie Swainson Nuts for Bolts etc