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.

2019-20 Quilt Camp Dates

ThemeDatesRegistration DateEarly Bird DayCostRegistration Opens

Mother, Daughter, Friend

Dec 6-8

Registration Opens Nov 4Early Bird on Dec 5: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Friday.$189November 4, 2019

Cabin Fever

Jan 17-19

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on 16th: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Friday.$195Dec 16, 2019
Spring FlingFeb 14-16

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on 13th: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Friday.$195January 20,2020
UFO "Unfinished Objects"June 30 - July 4

Registration ClosedNo Early Bird.$308June 1, 2020
Fall FestivalSept 14-18

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on Sept. 13th: Early birds come on Sunday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Monday.$365August 3, 2020

Harvest Days

Oct 9-11

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on Oct 8: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Friday.$195September 21, 2020
Mother, Daughter, FriendDec 4-6

Registration ClosedEarly Bird on Dec 3: Early birds come on Thursday for an additional cost which includes continental breakfast on Friday.$195November 2, 2020

 

 

Upcoming Camp

CAKE-EBRATION QUILT CAMP

Oct 4-6, 2019

The happiest moments of our lives are filled with people, music, food and of course laughter. When we gather to take a moment to show those special people in our lives how much we love them, we are creating memories. The excitement and anticipation are always a big deal, and the colorful balloons, streamers, frosting covered cake, candles, sprinkles, cards, banners and gifts bring honor and joy to the recipient! It has been said, “A party without cake is just a meeting”. We have so much to be thankful for and happy about, so we decided we need to make this camp all about CELEBRATION! Close your eyes, make a wish, blow out the candles, grab a party hat, and let’s get this party started. The word wishes reminds me of all the special times in our lives like birthdays, anniversaries, new jobs, birth of babies, graduation, weddings, and quilt camp. Oh Joy! 

We hope you have October 4th on your calendar as we would love to have you join us. This could be the perfect opportunity for you to get away, relax, quilt, re-connect and visit with friends. Come enjoy the Fall colors, set up your machine and get creative, cuddle up for a nap, dive into a great book, or work on a jig saw puzzle. I love spending a fall weekend at Camp Tecumseh! Its home, it’s beautiful, it’s fun! Here’s a clue about this camps theme: What’s round, covered in frosting and sprinkles, delicious, and ready for you to make a wish? You guessed it! Cake. 

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. 

We are offering a t shirt at this camp, and because of the short turn around between the registration date and start of camp, we are going to ask that all shirts be ordered by Friday September 20th. It is going to be blue and will have a pretty cake design. 

You are welcome to arrive any time on Friday to settle into your room at the Leadership Center, plug in your sewing machine, and start creating! Early birds may begin arriving any time after 10:00 am on Thursday, October 3rd. There will be a continental breakfast for early bird campers on Friday morning. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm on Friday evening, and will be followed by the “official” welcome and introductions. 

Look at the books and patterns we have selected for this Cake-Ebration, gather your favorite party fabric for the projects you want to work on, and then pack your bags for camp. We can’t wait for you to get here!

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Projects

  1. A PIECE OF CAKE, Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares, Peta Peace. By mixing simple piecing with 10” squares, and a pretty background fabric, you can make any of the 14 all new patterns in this book. We chose to make, Confetti and Wrapped in Love but have our eyes on several others. Every celebration needs some confetti, cupcakes, good wishes and a bit of love.
  2. EASY LAYER -CAKE QUILTS, More Simple Quilts From 10” Squares, by Me and My Sister Designs. It’s time to get the party started and whip up some layer cakes ( or any 10” fabric squares) into fabulous quilts- for gifting, displaying, cuddling, or just because there’s a special occasion on the horizon! Check out the “quilt recipes” for Happy Dance, Easy Bake, and Around the Block. Three cheers for layer cakes! Barb and Mary say “there’s no better name for a fabric precut. It’s our favorite dessert in the form of fabric”.
  3. PIECE OF CAKE, by Thimble blossoms. A simple layer cake quilt that really is a piece of cake. 63” x 74”. This is the perfect opportunity to pull out that layer cake you have been saving and open the doors to your very own bake shop. Cake is the answer, who cares what the question is!
  4. FRESH FABRIC TREATS, with your favorite Moda Bake Shop designers. “Sweet” will come to mind when you see the cover of this book. There are 16 yummy projects to sew from jelly rolls, layer cakes and more. We chose to make the Pack and Go Tote, 14” x 10” x 6”. You can pack up this roomy bag with your sewing supplies, library books, baby gear, bible study notes, and head out for your next big adventure. You will love the exterior pockets and cozy handles.
  1. SPELLING BEE, by Lori Holt. This is fast becoming one of our favorite go- to books. We have made “celebration” happen with our PARTY banner. You will love it! The directions are so easy to follow and the ideas are endless. We promise, you will love this book!!!!
  2. TABLE RUNNER BLISS, by Sherri Falls of This and That designs. When family and friends gather in your home, and all eyes turn to your table, make sure it’s looking its’ best with one of these centerpiece worthy runners that will extend a warm welcome. You can celebrate the everyday dinner or a special event with just the right pattern and fabrics. Sherri offers 20 small projects for all seasons and reasons, in a variety of styles and sizes. We chose to make Mingle, as that’s what we all do at a party!!
  3. CAKEWALK, by Camille Roskelly. 63” x 69”. A Cake walk is an easy victory, or a game where a group of people walk around a path of squares to music, and when it stops, a number is called and whoever is standing on that number wins a cake or a prize. Oh yes, we will be having a cake walk at camp! This recipe calls for a layer cake and 2 1/2 yards of background fabric. Let’s get the music started!
  4. Moda Bake Shop Layer Cake and Cupcake recipes, right out of the Moda kitchen. There are a dozen layer cake recipes and 4 cupcake recipes that are easily assembled by sewing on pre-printed paper patterns, to make a variety of block and setting options. You choose your favorite. If you have never tried this technique, we would love to help you get started. Quick, easy and they come out perfect every time. You know, cake is happiness with icing on top! Try it, you’ll like it.

 

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.