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, its 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 in January, February, July, September, October, and December. 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.

2019 Quilt Camp Dates

ThemeDatesRegistration DateEarly Bird DayCostRegistration Opens
Cabin FeverJan 18-20

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on 17th: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Friday.$189Dec 17, 2018
Spring FlingFeb 15-17

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on 14th: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Friday.$189January 21
UFO "Unfinished Objects"June 30 - July 4

Registration ClosedNo Early Bird.$290June 3
Fall FestivalSept 9-13

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on 8th: Early birds come on Sunday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Monday.$348August 5
Harvest DaysOct 4-6

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on 3th: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Friday.$189September 16
Mother, Daughter, FriendDec 6-8

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on Dec 5: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Friday.$189November 4

 

 

Upcoming Camp

Holiday Wishes – Mother Daughter Friend

Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018

It’s almost time for Christmas! Here’s your invitation to come celebrate the joyous season with friends and family at Mother, Daughter, Friend Quilt Camp.

Nancy J will have a wonderful quilt shop set up in the lobby with books, patterns, fabric, and quilt supplies for round-the-clock shopping fun.

The Hot Chocolate Club, for kids aged 8 (or 3rd grade and older) will be meeting once again during Quilt Camp for hot chocolate with marshmallows, games, Christmas crafts, movies, and the Amazing Quilt Camp Race.

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Projects

Holiday Wishes – Sherri Falls of This & That Pattern Company invites you to enjoy a winter wonderland of quilts that will help you celebrate the most festive season of the year! Enjoy decking the halls with one or two of her 12 beautiful, eye catching table toppers, quilts, table runners and tree skirts. There are plenty of options for everyone to choose from; even a few quick and easy projects that would be the perfect hostess gift for family and friends. We have already made Gingham Stars and can’t wait to tackle the Blizzard table topper and the Comfort and Joy mini! This is definitely a book that you will want to have in your quilt library, and use over and over again.

Peppermint Lane – “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year….now bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer”. We love this festive book, by It’s Sew Emma. It is filled with patterns that could be the perfect source for making your holiday decorations this year. It simply shouts “Fun” as it captures all of the seasons best. Hanging stockings, trimming the tree, baking gingerbread men, sipping cocoa, eating candy canes, hanging a wreath and more are celebrated with pretty blocks in this beautiful quilt. 67” x 81”. You will have all the makings of a cuddly quilt, or you can create a block or two, and make a pretty runner or place mats. A beautiful bonus quilt, North Star is also included. 63” x 63”.

Crazy Christmas Trees – Christmas traditions are such a big part of what makes the holidays special and many are far older than we are. Christmas caroling, sending cards to loved ones and of course, trimming the tree go back over a century. This pretty little wall quilt, will add to your décor. “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree how lovely are your branches”. 16 ½” X 43 ½”

Meander– from Seams Like a Dream designs is a Fat Quarter friendly quilt in 3 sizes- crib, lap, queen. A sweet pattern, that you and your daughter will have fun creating together. Let her “dash through your stash” for her favorite fat quarters, add a bit of background yardage and she will have a quilt to treasure for years to come.

Starry Way – by Carried Away quilting is a pretty 40 ½” x 20 ½” charm pack runner. You can let your holidays come to life with twinkling stars and log cabin blocks made from a classic Christmas palette of winter red, vanilla, and pine, or add a wintery mix of prints and patterns with your latest charm pack purchase.

Vintage Holiday 2 & VintageHoliday Mini – by Thimble Blossoms are all about trimming the tree with your favorite ornaments! It’s the cutest collection and it’s so much fun to make. You can’t just make one! Vintage Holiday 2 has 12” blocks and measures 58” x 72”. The holiday mini quilt measures 16” x 16”.

Shirts

This Quilt Camp, we’ll be offering two t-shirts. Pick from a long or short sleeve gray shirt with a cute holiday wishes Christmas tree design or a Hot Chocolage Club shirt in Carolina Blue. Hot Chocolate Club shirts available in sizes Youth Medium – Adult Large.

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.