WORK WITH DARA

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Whether you want a quilt made or you want to grow your business...

I’ve got you covered. With my long arm machine I can create or finish your custom quilt. Whether it’s for a special occasion, like a baby shower or a wedding, each quilt’s design is overseen by me out of my studio in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Or, if you’re a long-arm quilter who wants to grow your business, I also provide coaching and teaching to help you or your audience with business growth. My many years as a quilting business owner have taught me the pitfalls to avoid and the concepts to implement to be successful as a professional long arm quilter.

My experience with coaching people in their personal lives (for example relationships or weight loss) is an incredible layer of understanding, insight and direction for you as you love forward in creating the business of your dreams.

services

How you can work with me

Teaching and workshops

I use my professional teaching skill set to organize the classes in a logical way that expands my students’ abilities. Afterward, attendees tell me they have a lot more fun standing at their long arm machines implementing the designs and concepts they learned. This skill-building is invaluable for those who operate their own quilting businesses. 

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custom quilting

Want help getting your quilt top turned into a quilt? Click the link below and tell me about your needs in the form. I’ll be in touch to guide you through the process of getting your beautiful piece transformed into a quilt. 

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online classes

I teach a wide variety of free motion quilting skill-building and business development courses. These courses are available online so my students can learn from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re a hobby quilter looking to build your skills, or an experienced long arm quilter looking to take your business to the next level, click below to learn more. 

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one-on-one coaching

I offer exclusive coaching to those who want to start or build their long arm quilting business. Together, we work to implement tools and frameworks to take their businesses to the next level. Are there other personal areas in your life that are holding you back? Problems with relationships? Weight loss? Money management? These are other areas that coaching can cover.  Click below and fill in your information, and I’ll let you know if I think we’re a good fit. 

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"After each class I left with a fire to accomplish and achieve new goals."

I took the “How to Run a Long Arm Business” from Dara and completely appreciated every piece. Her spirit for educating and guiding those in this path was inspiring and kind! After each class I left with a fire to accomplish and achieve new goals. 

I don’t own a long arm machine yet, but this class was even helpful for me to see what I can do now and in the future to be successful in this amazing endeavor.

I recommend this class to anyone who is stuck in a business slump, curious about this industry, or just needs a weekly dose of Dara. She was kind and giving of all the sage advice. I will miss our weekly chats!

— Elizabeth

"I loved that Dara took all the things that I know I should be thinking about and compiled them into one place."

I really enjoyed taking your class! It was something I looked forward to every Monday. I loved that you took all the things that I know I should be thinking about and compiled them into one place. I feel like I haven’t been able to finish everything I meant to, so I am glad that I know where to find the information I need. I plan on re-listening to your lessons several times.

I enjoyed the marketing lesson the most. I love the idea of hide-and-seek. I get a little stressed out about finding clients, but I like thinking of it as a game.

A lot of your comments gave me the confidence to consider myself as professional and deserving of the money I charge. I am not doing these people a favor and they aren’t doing me a favor by bringing me their quilts. This is an exchange of services and the energy of our transaction stays high when we consider it valuable.

— Natalie

"Taking this class provided me with a great foundation to build on."

My job is coming to an end in November. I decided to open a long arm quilting business with my mom. I took a class from Dara at UQSM [Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace]. Dara gave me an email about her six week class on how to have a successful long arm business.

I’m glad I took the class. It helped me to know how to get started, ideas of items needed, how to get quilts in the door, different ways to bring in income, how to manage conflict. Dara really helped me understand that this is a legitimate business rather than a hobby.

I feel empowered to move ahead as I set up my business. Taking this class provided me with a great foundation to build on. I know I will succeed when I follow her clear steps.

I looked forward to our weekly class and now that it is over, I am excited to continue to learn from Dara as she offers more classes to learn and grow as an entrepreneur and in my quilting skills.

— Laurie

"Taking a slow-motion course by her is informative and enjoyable as her instructions are clear."

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

"She was able to teach me how to hand appliqué so I felt that I had a little piece of making this quilt."

As a complete newbie to quilting my vision was brought to life with the help of the talented Dara. At every step of the way she was there to support the creative process and ensure my limited quilting abilities were paired with her talents.

I brought her an unfinished quilt; literally a few cut squares and the rest just meters of fabric. After starting this project over 10 yrs ago I recognized my lack of sewing skills were going to need some help to finish this project. She was able to teach me how to hand appliqué so I felt that I had a little piece of making this quilt; while allowing the master to take over and complete this project.

Her patience and nurturing only helped my confidence and I highly recommend her to help with any quilting project you may have. She’s simply the best.

— Marrisa Banfield

"Our quilt idea started off as a cute concept, which Dara developed into an absolute masterpiece."

My colleagues and I came up with an idea for a custom quilt for our co-worker’s newborn. It started off as a cute concept, which Dara developed into an absolute masterpiece. Dara is super approachable, passionate, insanely creative and talented, and a great person to work with. She immediately understood the emotion/sentiment behind our idea and worked hard until we were super satisfied with the outcome, which was one-of-a-kind.Thank you, Dara, for a pleasant and effortless experience, and for creating an everlasting memory for our colleague and her little one.

— Rohanti Ravikulan

"She has touched the lives of so many women here and took us all on grand adventures in her classes."

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 with her amazing, crazy talent. She is my forever friend.

— Jackie Swainson of Nuts for Bolts Etc