Join a group as passionate about quilting as they are about community.
A community of quilters awaits at Camp Tecumseh. Serving quilters of all ages, Quilt Camp provides a space to hone your quilting skills, and work on your quilting projects. Held six times a year at the Tecumseh Leadership Center, Quilt Camp is more than just a project space, its an active, supportive, and inspiring community composed of people who regularly pray for each other, support each other, and build each other up.
Your next project is waiting
Whether you’ve been quilting for decades, or just bought your first sewing machine, Quilt Camp is the perfect place to hone your skills, learn new techniques from fellow quilters, challenge yourself with a new pattern, or just finish that project that’s been sitting for too long in your craft room.
Hone Your Skills
There’s no better place to grow as a quilter than at Quilt Camp. With ample time to experiment, dozens of experienced quilters happy to answer questions, and a shop full of supplies, you have every reason to stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you’re new to sewing, don’t worry. Lots of campers learned to quilt for the first time at Quilt Camp.
Try new things
With occasional workshops led by experienced instructors for every level of sewer, recommended patterns that reflect camp’s theme, and impromptu lessons led by quilt campers, there’s always something new to try.
The Joy of Accomplishment
Nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies finishing a project. On the last day of Quilt Camp, take part in “Show and Tell” where you have the opportunity to share your finished project with all of Quilt Camp.
A vibrant community built on trust, faith, and encouragement
Quilt Camp is so much more than a place to make a quilt. With dozens of quilters attending year after year, Quilt Camp has become a family. It’s a place to connect with friends new and old. It’s a place to chat about kids, grandkids, vacation plans, struggles, doubts, joys, and accomplishments with people who support you, encourage you, and inspire you.
From the layout of the sewing rooms, to the setup of the dining hall and sleeping quarters, Quilt Camp is intentionally designed to foster authentic community.
Strike up a conversation with your neighbor as you work on your project. Meet a new friend over breakfast pastries. Ask about the book somebody is reading before bed. Intentionally designed spaces like our circular tables, bunk-style sleeping arrangements, and communal sewing rooms help foster relationships through proximity.
While quilting takes up most of the schedule, activities like the Quilt Camp book club, nature hikes, and games provide lots of opportunities to meet new people. Activities like zip lining and morning chapels may be available depending on the time of year.
Quilt in Comfort at the Tecumseh Leadership Center
Quilters sew in one of four spacious conference rooms in the basement of the Leadership Center. Upon arrival, each quilter is assigned table space and a chair. Each room features one or two extra tables for cutting and one or two irons and ironing boards in addition to plentiful electrical outlets.
Meals are served buffet style in the TLC dining room and are included in the price of registration. For Early Bird Campers, we do offer a continental breakfast. We offer a number of different meal choices (salad bar, vegetarian option, and a meat option). Please let us know if you have a specific dietary need.
Every quilter is assigned a bunk in one of eight rooms. Each room features ten bunks with a comfortable spring mattress. Please bring a pillow, bed linens, blankets, or a sleeping bag. Mattresses are twin extra-long. Indoor restrooms are located at the end of each wing, and feature toilets, sinks, and showers with dressing areas for privacy. There is a limited number of bottom bunks. Please mark your request for a bottom bunk on your registration form. These are usually given on a first to register, first serve basis.
Snacks, soda, water, coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, and cappuccino are available to guests 24 hours a day. Many quilters bring a travel mug to fill and take downstairs to their sewing room. In addition, the TLC features high-speed wireless internet, a beautiful view of the lake, and plenty of spots to sit outside and relax.
Stop by the shop
Forget something at home? Have some extra time? Whether you need fabric, new patterns, instruction books, or other accessories, you can pick them up at the Quilt Shop located in the lobby of the Leadership Center. Available at every Quilt Camp, each shop is hosted by a quilt store from the surrounding area. Past shop sponsors have included Nancy J’s, Crimson Tate, and more.
“Destination: Quilt Camp”
February 14-16, 2020
Great Things Lie Ahead; Life is an Adventure!
Camp Tecumseh will be hosting a quilt camp get-away filled with wanderlust; a footloose journey toward a healthy, inspired life with an irresistible impulse to travel. We hope you will make plans to get on board. Instead of packing up your camper, and planning to explore the mountains, parks, vistas, and small towns of the wild wild west, or planning to cruise the Caribbean, how about following your heart and a road map back to Camp Tecumseh for a fun quilting journey? You will get to pull up to the front door of the TLC, meet your tour guide, unpack and check out the beautiful travel-inspired quilts we have selected. Let’s all get-away, reconnect, recharge and start creating! As Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”.
Nancy J’s Fabrics from Wabash, Indiana will be our in-house quilt shop. Nancy always gets a standing ovation for her quality fabrics, patterns, books, and notions. We will send you a complete list of fabric requirements, quilting supplies, and personal items needed when we receive your registration. You will definitely need to bring a sewing machine! Camp will begin Friday morning and we will finish with Show & Tell on Sunday right before we eat lunch. If you would like to be an early bird camper and arrive Thursday, February 13th, please make a note on the registration form.
Color photos of the camp projects will be on our website at www.camptecumseh.org.
- CROSSROAD – by Villa Rosa Designs. Gather 14 fat quarters and 2 yards of bold accent fabric to make this eye catching 60” x 75” quilt. It is a fabulous design. We have a kit that would make it easy-peasy!
- GOING MY WAY – Pink Parakeet designs has a new pattern, hot off the press and just in time for February camp. Which way will you be going? These quick and easy to make arrows can be arranged in a wide variety of ways to make beautiful quilts. Fat quarter friendly, the twin quilt measures 61” x 81” and the 48 blocks are each 10”.
- DETOUR- Pink Parakeet Designs. This is a great beginner project, or a fast project for experienced quilters. You won’t get lost with this detour. Quick strip piecing and simple instructions will have you on track in no time! Fun! Throw to king size directions are included.
- OFF TRACK- Cluck Cluck Sew. This is a fun beginner pattern that uses a jelly roll, or strips from your favorite fabrics. The pattern comes with the option of making a throw, twin, or queen/king size quilt.
- CHARM SCHOOL Vanessa Goertzen 18 beginner friendly quilts, from 5” pre cuts. We love the 64” x 80” Up Ahead pattern. “How much Longer”..”How much farther”?? Vanessa reminds us that traveling as a child always involved atlases and maps galore. Now, of course, we have GPS to help us chart a successful path to our destination, that is just Up Ahead!
- CHURNDASH COURT Sassafras Lane Designs. This fun, quick, 36” x 36” crib quilt is the perfect project to show off your favorite jelly roll or bali pop. Simple foundation paper piecing makes the Churndash Court fly together.
- MAPLETON AVE Sassafras Lane Designs. This is a fast, fun and modern jelly-roll or scrap project. One simple block gets twisted and turned to create a fun overall pattern. Grab a 2.5” precut strip bundle or dig through your scraps to get started sewing a small, medium or large quilt.
- WANDERLUST Atkinson Designs. This simple quilt with directions for lap to king size is easy to make with ½ yard cuts and includes a pillow case pattern. Snuggle in and dream of all the adventures you’ll have in faraway places.
- ETHAN’S RIDE Pink Parakeet Designs. You will be flying high with this quick and easy way to make an accurate trapezoid airplane body. Jump in and take a ride. Throw and twin size directions are included.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most common questions about Quilt Camp
Do I need quilting experience to come to Quilt Camp?
No. Quilt Camp is a great place to learn. In fact, that’s how a number of quilt campers learned to quilt. However, you will need to provide your own sewing supplies.
What equipment do I need to bring?
You’ll need to bring your own sewing machine and sewing supplies, including a sewing machine, fabric, thread, scissors, rulers, needles, etc. There are irons and ironing boards available in every room. We have a vendor onsite in case you forgot something at home. The vendor usually has a wide variety of fabrics, patterns, and accessories. We also “hire” an instructor for each Camp to help with projects offered for each themed Quilt Camp. You are welcome to bring your own projects or take part in the projects offered.
I don’t have a sewing machine. Can I borrow or rent one from Camp?
Unfortunately, we do not have machines we can rent out.
Can I bring my own chair?
Yes. While Camp does provide a chair, many quilters prefer their own. You may also bring an extra cushion for your sewing chair.
Can I bring my own food?
Yes, with some restrictions. Due to health department codes, we are not able to offer the use of our refrigerators to our guests. However, you are welcome to bring your own food that does not require refrigeration. However, please make sure that it is in an airtight container as to not draw insects. Please keep the food with your luggage in your room.
Will I be sharing a room with others?
Yes. Each of our rooms sleeps up to ten people. Indoor restrooms are located at the end of each wing. Each restroom has 4-5 stools, sinks, and showers with individual dressing areas for privacy.
My sewing equipment is really heavy. Can I get assistance moving my equipment?
Yes. Members of the Leadership Center staff will be able to assist you with your belongings when you arrive and when you depart.
Can I reserve a bottom bunk?
There is a limited number of bottom bunks. Please mark your request for a bottom bunk on your registration form. These are usually given on a first to register, first serve basis.