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.
SEW YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
Dec 6-8, 2019
Pretty soon your home will start to look a lot like Christmas—twinkling lights, mistletoe, stockings hung by the chimney with care, jars of candy canes, and piles of Christmas cards with greetings from friends and family. Christmas carols playing on the radio will make you want to sing along, as you bake those special holiday treats. How about the annual family tradition to jump in the truck, chop down the ‘perfect tree’ and bring it home to trim! That might call for some hot chocolate and egg nog! With Christmas drawing near, you might find a wish list or two, written in crayon for a new bike, a doll house, a scooter, or a date night coupon. Do you remember secret night time workshops, where you stayed up late, creating, sewing, painting, and then getting excited to put the perfect handmade gift under the Christmas tree? Do you remember coming down stairs Christmas morning, and thinking the whole living room looks like a scene out of the Sears Wish book? It’s time to let the holiday festivities begin. “Joy to the World!” Here is your invitation to come celebrate this joyous season with your family and friends at Mother, Daughter, Friend Quilt Camp. We can’t wait to share the weekend and some fun patterns and projects with you; let’s bring some sparkle and festive decorations to our homes. As we gather to quilt, you might notice a subtle change as you create something beautiful for your loved ones. You are giving of yourself and your time, to make the world a little softer, kinder, sweeter place to be. Our hope for you this blessed season is a stockpile of little wishes come true for joy, hope, peace, love, precious family time and beautiful quilts! Over the river and through the woods to Camp Tecumseh Quilt Camp you will go…maybe with a plate of your favorite homemade Christmas cookies on your lap! Hope they make it all the way to camp! You are welcome to arrive any time on Friday to check in. You can settle into your room at the Leadership Center, plug in your sewing machine, get a hot cup of cocoa, and start creating! Early birds may begin arriving any time after 10:00 am on Thursday, December 5th. There will be a continental breakfast for early bird campers on Friday morning. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm on Friday evening for all campers which will be followed by the “official” welcome and introductions. Nancy J will have her wonderful quilt shop set up in the lobby with books, patterns, fabric, and quilt supplies for round-the-clock shopping fun! A hearty helping of Camp Tecumseh holiday cheer is waiting for you at camp. The Hot Chocolate Club, for kiddos age 8 or 3rd grade and older, will be meeting once again during December Quilt Camp. Hooray for hot chocolate with marshmallows, games, cool Christmas crafts, movie night, and the Amazing Quilt Camp Race!
Sew Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Mary Hertel invites you to enjoy a winter wonderland of whimsical paper pieced blocks that will make you smile as you create and celebrate the most festive season of the year! The book is designed for the paper piecing beginner, so you can easily add the fabric pieces in numerical order, and “sew by number”. The 16 adorable, interchangeable patterns can be used to make a table topper, tree skirt, stocking, table runner, placemat, mug rug, pot holder and gift sack. You are getting a sneak peek at the cutest centerpieces that we will have on the tables at camp.
Lunch Hour Patchwork –We love this little book that has the nicest collection of 15 small, charming, easy to start (and finish) projects like a pot holder, tote bag, table topper, pillow, wall hanging, table runner, wristlet, and coasters. We chose to make the adorable Tiny Trees Mini-Quilt (18” x 18”), “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree how lovely are your branches” and the Fence Posts Table Runner (18” x 50”), with easy rail fence blocks.
Little Wallet – By Valori Wells. 4 ¾” x 3 3/8”. Two fat quarters are all you need to create this sweet little wallet for yourself or to give as a gift to your teacher, friend, or neighbor. Use it every day for quick access to your ID, credit card, a little cash, or a gift card.
Charming Charlie from Primrose Cottage Quilts is a charm pack friendly quilt that can be made in 3 sizes. A sweet pattern that you and your daughter will have fun creating together. Collect a charm pack or two, or let her “dash through your stash” for her favorite scraps and fat quarters, then add a bit of background yardage and border fabric and she will have a quilt to treasure for years to come.
Flowers in the Sunshine– by Sweet Jane’s, is a pretty 41” x 49” little quilt that will bring a lot of comfort and joy! Charm packs, fat quarters, layer cakes, or scraps can be combined to make this quick, easy, fun to make project. You could easily decide to make it bigger or you could grab two more charm packs to make another one of these adorable cuddly quilts. You can let your holiday quilt come to life with twinkling stars, candy canes, bells, bows, and ribbons from a classic Christmas palette of red, vanilla, and pine, or add a wintery mix of snowman prints and patterns.
Bench Buddies– September, October, November and December by KimberBell . From the splendor of autumn to the joy filled Christmas holiday, the collection of bench buddies will create a warm welcome for the greatest season of celebration! This petite pillow series has two designs for each month that fit 8” square or 9 ½” x 51/2” rectangle pillow forms. Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions are such a big part of what makes the holidays special…caroling, sending cards to loved ones, preparing delicious meals for gatherings around your table and of course, cutting down and trimming your tree. Fa la la la la la la…the little Christmas tree pillow is a “must have” decoration.
Christmas Jars from the Pattern Basket. This eye catching table runner, 15” x 38” will definitely become a holiday favorite. Sweet, simple, adorable, festive…….It will shout “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” as family and guests join you in your home for fun and fellowship!
Mini- Charm Quilts, 18 Clever Projects for 2 ½” Squares. This Moda All-Stars book claims: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.. Small quilts are so fun to sew! Let the mini making begin! So often we find it is the little things that matter most and make the difference between a good day and a great day. If you haven’t seen or used the scrumptious little candy squares yet, now is the perfect time to start. Select one, two, or three packs (each pack has 42, 2 ½” squares) and choose any one of these delightful projects. We chose the Four Patch Chain, but have our eyes on Peppermint Lane, and Tulip Time. Just a little P.S.- royalties from this book will be donated to LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. The group’s mission says “A dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.” Specially trained dogs visit disaster locations, community events, and care facilities around the U.S. wearing their “Please Pet Me” vests- offering comfort where words often fail.
Vintage Christmas, Lori Holt. We are invited to step into Lori Holt’s scrappy happy vintage world this Christmas season with her new quilt blocks and 17 projects. There are 42 adorable traditional and one-of-a-kind blocks that are available in both 6” and 12” sizes. This inspirational book includes a Vintage Christmas Sampler, table runners, pillows, placemats, mug mats and so much more. Find just the right blocks and settings that capture your own holiday memories and traditions, sew them together, and you will truly warm the hearts of those you love with this message of what Christmas means to you! There are so many to choose from but we were excited to start with the whimsical snowmen and the toy train.
Merry Makers, Patchwork Quilts and Projects To Celebrate The Season. In this festive holiday book, we are invited to deck the halls with the Moda All-Stars 15 handmade gifts to give or keep. We chose to make the Special Delivery Gift-Card Holder, and the Vintage Star Runner (17” x 42”). Next up? Maybe the Wool Snowman Door Hanging, Christmas Coasters, or the Mini Stockings. A fun part of this book is the chance to learn about the favorite seasonal traditions of the All-Stars in a series of Q & As.
Moda Candy Squares , Oh So Sweet! This cute little booklet includes 18 projects featuring 2 ½” candy squares. We made Simply Color, 14” x 16”.
Modern Mini Squares This easily pieced pattern, will make the perfect baby quilt with one mini charm pack or scraps. It measures 44” by 50”. Easy to piece, easy to enjoy!
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, This digital panel decorated with poinsettias and pine, is written in cursive. It measures 56” x 74” and would be an absolutely beautiful addition to your holiday decor. Find the perfect backing and binding and you will have a quilt ready to share with family and 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.