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: It’s All Good in the Woods Quilt Camp | October 14 – 16
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.
“Neath these tall green trees we stand, asking blessings from thy hand.”
We can just picture everyone gathered around the tables at camp, ready for our first dinner together Friday evening, singing this grace. We hope you will put October 14 on your calendar as we would love to have you join us! Come set up your machine, start a new project, and enjoy the fellowship as you reconnect with your Tecumseh family. It’s always great to spend a Fall weekend at Camp Tecumseh. You are welcome to arrive any time on Friday to settle into your room at the Leadership Center. Early birds may begin arriving after ten on Thursday, October 13. There will be a continental breakfast for early bird campers on Friday morning. Dinner will be served at 6 PM on Friday evening, followed by the “official” welcome and introductions.
The Maples, Elms, Beech, and Oak caught the spring rains. In the warm summer sunshine, countless activities were enjoyed by campers under the huge shade trees. Now the trees are bursting with autumn colors, and soon will be ready to drop their beautiful leaves and their bare branches will reach to the sky. We are excited to celebrate the seasonal beauty of trees at October Quilt Camp, and have narrowed the search down to 11 wonderful TREE quilts. Take a look – we hope you will find one that catches your eye.
1. It’s all Good In the Woods, Pink Parakeet Designs. 68” x 85” A brand new FQ friendly pattern from one of our very own Tecumseh quilters. Ready for a little glamping? Come to this campsite for lots of fun under the shade trees.
2. Pressed Leaves, Stash Lab Quilts. 12 1/2” x 45 1/2” This is a pretty table runner stash/ scrap project, with a traditional block design, perfect for mixing some much- loved scraps with a neutral print to create a beautiful addition to your Fall table.
3. The Tree Farm, Saginaw Quilts. 52” x 66”. The trees in this pattern are based on contrasting groups of fabrics. Choose any group of colors you like providing each selection has good contrast. This is an excellent stash buster project, or you can follow the fabric yardage requirements. Wonky and oh so cute! You might like to use the Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler, CGRKA6, or freezer paper for templates.
4. Silent Night, The Pattern Basket. 58 1/2” x 68 3/4” Gather a handful of fat quarters for the trees , house, roof, star and smoke, and you will be on your way to making one of your very favorite quilts. The cream fabrics used to make this pattern, speak volumes about the peace, quiet and wonder of a winter forest scene, however the quilt is also beautiful, pieced in a variety of pine tree greens!
5. Christmas Jars, The Pattern Basket. 15” x 38” This was a favorite pattern at December camp, and in case you missed it, here is your second chance! Mason jars filled with the cutest little trees and falling snow make a beautiful winter runner.
6. The Tree Farm, Laundry Basket Quilts, Edyta Sitar. 60” x 80” A wonderful scrappy grove of trees is created with a mixture of light and dark fabrics. 14” blocks.
7. Tiny Trees Mini Quilt, Lunch Hour Patchwork. 18 1/2” x 18 1/2” An adorable table topper, wall hanging, or throw pillow. 1/4 yard total of assorted green prints!
8. Pine Tree Lodge, Judy Rothermel. 50” x 50”. A stunning quilt that comes with a free pattern. The blocks are similar to the logo for Tecumseh Quilt Camp. Please use the link to order the free pattern.
9. Tree of Life, Quilts From The Selvage Edge. 48” x 48” Get started by completely covering 6” squares of muslin with selvage edges you have collected and you will be on your way to making this unique Tree of Life quilt.
10. Explore, Cake Walk, Moda All Stars. 40 1/2” x 40 1/2” Whooooo’s in the woods? Inspired by a layer cake with a nature theme, Deb Strain created star blocks that invite us to venture into the trees. A flying geese border completes the design and continues the feeling of getting back to nature.
11. Family Tree, A Quilting Life Designs. 77” x 77” Combine a pretty Fall layer cake and one Moda Cake Mix packet, with a bit of sashing to make this gorgeous quilt. The pattern can be ordered on Etsy, from A Quilting Life.
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.