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Good Vibrations Modern Quilt Shop opens storefront in Minot

Quilt shop establishes store front to offer more

Jill Schramm/MDN Kim Thompson offers a quilt display and fabric for quilters in her Good Vibrations Modern Quilt Shop in Minot.

Colorful fabric and eye-catching quilts abound at Good Vibrations Modern Quilt Shop in Minot.

Kim Thompson and her husband, John MacMartin, recently moved the five-year-old business from their home to a new location at 4320 East Burdick Expressway to gain space for classes and inventory.

“This is kind of a dream come true,” Thompson said.

Thompson said establishing a separate shop had been a goal, but she never was quite sure what it might look like.

“The realization is actually, I think, better than I even thought or I ever really kind of dreamed up,” she said. “One of the things that’s really been fun about having the shop now is getting all the quilts up and displayed, because I didn’t have enough space. So to be able to put them up and now step back and look at the work and be able to get some perspective on the work, that’s been really eye opening.”

Jill Schramm/MDN A collage quilt hangs in Good Vibrations Modern Quilt Shop.

Thompson became a certified collage instructor in the Laura Heine method after taking a workshop on the quilting technique with its creator. The technique involves cutting and fusing fabric according to a pattern. Because of lack of space in her home and then the COVID-19 pandemic, Thompson has delayed offering quilting classes. She now is taking sign-ups from interested quilters and will be scheduling classes soon.

Cost for a class can range from $50 for a one-day class to $105 for more involved projects.

Thompson creates kits for the quilts she’s made and has on display, making the shopping easy for quilters, especially those just learning the collage technique. Kit prices can vary from $60 to $120, depending on the size and design of the quilt.

The shop also sells an array of vibrant fabric, much of it from the Kaffe Fassett collection.

Tuesdays at Good Vibrations Modern Quilt Shop have an open house atmosphere.

“It’s a great time for people to come in if they want to see collage in action,” Thompson said. “The short version is it’s Fuse Tues.”

Tuesday hours are noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday the shop is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Class hours would be in addition to regular hours.

Thompson said her start in sewing was with garments. She was slower to come around to quilting.

“I could not figure out why you would take a piece of fabric and cut it up into little pieces and sew it back together again,” she said. “And now with collage, I’m cutting out little, teeny tiny motifs and fusing them down. So that just goes to show that you never know what you’re going to do in life.”

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