About Donna

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Donna has been sewing since the age of four and passionately quilting since 1975. She began teaching in 1981, and as an Army wife, lived in Germany for four years where she thoroughly enjoyed teaching at a German quilt shop and various guilds throughout the country. Now out of the Army, the Thomashave settled in Kansas. Donna continues to teach and speak nationally. 

Donna places a strong focus on mastering basic and precision skills, not to please the quilt police, but rather to help quilters reduce frustration and thus better enjoy the creative process.She is the designer of the Omnigrip On-Point ruler. 

The author of 20 quilt books since the late 1980’s, Donna continues to write and contribute articles to various quilt-related publications. For the past two years she wrote a column, Quilting Fundamentals, for Modern Quilts Unlimited. You can watch Donna’s class, Piece Like a Pro, on Craftsy. 

Her two most recent books are The Anniversary Sampler Quilt and Teeny Tiny Quilts from C & T.



Her greatest joy is her husband, Terry, and their two sons, Joe and Pete. Equally dear to her heart are her daughters-in-law, both named Katie, and Donna’s most-perfect-in-every-way granddaughters, Charlotte and Alexandra. 

Donna and Terry provide staff assistance to their two cats, Max and Skittles, along with lots of ear scratches to Ellie, a happy golden, and the newest menagerie member, Buddy the cockapoo puppy, whose antics keep everyone laughing except the cats, of course! All the quilts in their house are lovingly ”pre-furred”.