Quilt Camp

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, it’s an active, supportive, and inspiring community composed of people who regularly pray for each other, support each other, and build each other up.

 





Quilting

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.

Community

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.

 

Shared Spaces

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.

Shared Activities

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.

 

Facilities

Quilt in Comfort at the Tecumseh Leadership Center

Sewing Rooms

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

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.

Sleeping Facilities

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.

Perks

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.

Explore the Leadership Center

 

Quilt Shop

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.

 

Dates, Prices, Themes

Make your Quilt Camp plan

Quilt Camps are held a number of times throughout the year. Each Quilt Camp features a theme with projects and activities that complement the camp theme. Campers are welcome to sew projects selected as part of the camp theme or bring a project from home. Patient, knowledgeable instructors are available throughout the camp session to provide tips and assistance in sewing camp-specific projects. Campers bring their own sewing machines, quilting tools, and fabric.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING COVID: Camp Tecumseh encourages all guests (including Quilt Campers) to be up-to-date on their vaccination against COVID-19. We also encourage masking in confined, indoor areas where social distancing is difficult. These mitigation efforts are encouraged, but not required at this time.

Registration is now online. Please click Register next to the corresponding dates below.

2023 Quilt Camp Dates

ThemeDatesRegistration DateEarly Bird DayCostRegistration Opens
Cabin Fever Quilt CampJanuary 20-22

Registration Opens December 19, 2022Early bird on Thursday, January 19: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional $65 which includes breakfast and lunch on Friday.$210Registration closed
Spring Fling Quilt CampMarch 17-19

Registration Opens February 13Early bird on Thursday, March 16: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional $65 which includes breakfast and lunch on Friday.$210Registration Coming in February
UFO "UnFinished Objects" Quilt CampJuly 5-9

Registration Opens June 5No early bird at July camp$345Registration Coming in June
Harvest Days Quilt CampOctober 13-15

Registration Opens September 11Early bird on October 12: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional $65 which includes breakfast and lunch on Friday.$210Registration coming in 2023
Mother, Daughter, Friend CampDecember 1-3

Registration Opens October 30Early bird on December 1: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional $65 which includes breakfast and lunch on Friday.$210Registration coming in 2023

Upcoming Camp: WINTER RENDEZVOUS | January 20 – 22

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING COVID: Camp Tecumseh encourages all guests (including Quilt Campers) to be up-to-date on their vaccination against COVID-19. We also encourage masking in confined, indoor areas where social distancing is difficult. These mitigation efforts are encouraged, but not required at this time.

Happy (almost) New Year friends! Let’s celebrate the beginning of 2023 with three magnificent days of uninterrupted “me time” at Camp Tecumseh’s Winter Rendezvous! Plan to embrace the opportunity to Renew, Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate, and Rejoice. Do you remember the ‘No Frills Quilt Camp’ back in 2020? Well, here comes part two. We are planning for R&R camp with just the important stuff. Camp + You + Friends + Quilts, all wrapped up in fun, laughter, and coziness.

This January, we would love to have you treat yourself and come to camp with a best friend to create quilts that will warm your hearts despite the cold outside. Let’s all get together to welcome winter and the beauty it brings with colorful scarves and mittens, cozy slippers, a crackling fire, beautiful fabric, and fellowship with good friends.

We are excited that Nancy J and her wonderful store will once again be with us. So gather those projects you have started or the ones on your to-do list, and start packing your bags. You might want to bring along a good book, a knitting project, a favorite game to share, and a special snack or two.

You are welcome to arrive anytime on Friday to check in, unpack, get a hot cup of cocoa, and start creating. Early birds may arrive anytime after 2 PM on Thursday, January 19. There will be a breakfast for early bird campers Friday morning. Lunch will be provided on January 20 for anyone who has arrived by 12:30 PM. Dinner will be served at 6 PM on Friday evening, which will be followed by the official welcome and introductions.

There will also be a fun surprise to the fifth person who registers. We are looking forward to having a fun weekend quilting with friends.

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.