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Carrie Snyder, Published September 26 2011

Portraits: Tom Thompson

People call him Quilter Tom. Tom Thompson spends his free time making quilts of all sizes. “It’s a good pastime for an 88-year-old man,” Thompson said. The Moorhead man started quilting in 1983 after taking a class in night school. “I took cooking classes for five years,” Thompson said. “They didn’t have anything new in cooking, so I tried quilting.” Thompson spends his free time making baby quilts and wheelchair quilts for local hospitals, doll quilts for a local bank’s fundraiser and quilts for his family members and friends. Every quilt is signed “Quilter Tom” and the year it was made. Thompson gets the materials for making his quilts donated to him. “Most of my material comes from the Quilters Guild; it’s the stuff that everybody else would throw away,” Thompson said. “Whatever I get ahold of, I put together.”