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About the Co-op

The idea for a quilt and fabric co-op was born when Glad Creations closed after 42 years. A strong community of sewing and quilting enthusiasts wanted to keep a shop in South Minneapolis. That’s when we decided to launch a project to turn it into a consumer-owned co-op. 

The co-op will offer high-quality fabric, notions, and classes for quilters and sewists of all kinds. Like food co-ops, members will have input into the types of merchandise and classes the shop offers and receive benefits like special events. The shop will be open to the public and plans to remain at 3400 Bloomington Avenue.

Quilt Shop Co-op is committed to fostering a diverse community and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In line with the seven cooperative principles, membership is open to all and all members will receive the same benefits, without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin disability, age, or veteran status. At Quilt Shop Co-op, we recognize we are all different, and together we can create a better community. We embrace the sharing of knowledge and experiences across our diverse individual lives. Our co-op is owned and sustained by people interested in building community, connection, and joy through the fabric arts. Whether you are a quilter, a sewist, a modern art maker or simply a fabric admirer -- all are welcome to join. If you share our values, you will be right at home as a member or patron of Quilt Shop Co-op.

Quilt Shop Co-op holds dear a concern for the community, and we see and hear that many in our community are hurting and have been hurting for generations. We stand against injustice and racism. As we continue to build this cooperative together, we are committed to uplifting voices that have been overlooked or disempowered and embracing the ways in which quilting has always allowed for this. In keeping with the long-standing tradition of co-ops, Quilt Shop Co-op identifies with the Seven Cooperative Principles and the Cooperative Values, as listed below.

Seven Cooperative Principles

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training, and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for community

Cooperative Values

Self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, solidarity

Click here for more information about the Cooperative Principles and Values.

What is a consumer-owned co-op?

A consumer-owned co-op is a community-owned business whose members share ownership and benefit from its products and services. Each member owns an equal part of the co-op through the purchase of a one-time investment share. All members have one vote in governance.

How is it structured?

Members democratically elect a board of directors and the board of directors serves the interests of members as a whole and looks at the future of the organization. The board hires a manager/CEO and that manager hires staff and oversees the day-to-day operation of the business. Annual meetings are held for members.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?

  • Shop locally for high-quality fabrics, notions, and classes, and receive assistance with projects from friendly and knowledgeable staff

  • Attend special member-only events

  • Influence inventory selection and class topics through periodic member surveys 

  • Receive quarterly discounts once the shop is in a financial position to offer them
  • Gain access to community meeting space
  • Receive a patronage refund, as determined by the board of directors in profitable years
  • Engage in supporting a small business in the local community