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.
Upcoming Camp: Pillow Talk Quilt Camp | March 25 – 27
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING COVID: Camp Tecumseh now requires that you arrive at Quilt Camp with verification of COVID-19 vaccination or negative PCR test results from the past 72 hours. Anyone not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask indoors when not eating.
We are excited to get our camp family and friends back to Camp Tecumseh for another fun quilting adventure. We miss you! Each and everyone of you is different and has a special, unique, beautiful story to tell. That could be said about pillows. I think we have all had the challenge of finding the perfect pillow. Whether you prefer a soft, firm, feather, side sleeper, or neck pillow. Once you find one you really like, it’s hard to let it go!
It was equally hard for us to narrow down the options for a great book about creating unique, beautiful, and cozy pillows. Some people like to pile them on the couch, stack them in a big basket, make one for all the seasons, create floor pillows for everyone to sit on, throw them on their porch swing, or pile them on the bed. Well, the search for the latest, greatest and best pillow book, that included some pretty quilts, proved to be difficult, so we are sharing a line-up of our five favorites.
Number one: Soft Spot. The Moda All-Stars have come up with a terrific collection of quilted pillows and comfy cushions. Pillows don’t take much time or fabric; they quickly add color and design to your decor; they’re an excellent opportunity to try a variety of techniques. With the Moda All Stars techniques you will become a pillow making pro. A purchase bonus: all royalties from the sale of this book go to Operation Gratitude who annually sends 300,000 packages to service men and women, their families, and caregivers.
Number two: Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet Co. has been inspired by her favorite outing: thrifting at flea markets and antique shops. She published Flea Market which is a treasure trove of quilts, runners, and a cute basket pillow.
Number three: Lori Holt has also written a cute little book called Quilters Cottage, where she puts a new twist on traditional blocks in a quilt, runner, and pillows.
Number four: If you are familiar with the excellent patterns by Carrie Nelson and Joanna Figueroa, you won’t want to miss out on their new book, A Scrapbook of Quilts. It has over 30 quilts and projects starting from scraps. Here is a book that you are going to want to sit down and spend the afternoon with! Beautiful pictures, excellent tips, amazing quilts, and of course, a lot of beautiful patterns!
Number five: Welcome to the wild side with Zootropolis. A fun book stuffed with 32 different cute appliquéd characters and lots of pattern bonuses.
Number six: (and last but not least} 25 pillow styles, for a variety of Holiday seasons and sentiments. Try different techniques including paper piecing, applique and traditional patchwork in these quick projects with tips from Edyta Sitar.
You can order the books from Nancy J and pay her when you get to camp. Learn more about each one at the links below.
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.