Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quilt Camp!

This past weekend, Janine and I had the honor of joining the ladies at Camp Tecumseh's Quilt Camp in Brookston,  Indiana. We were invited to camp at quilt market last May!  At that time, it seemed like so far in the future.  We made all of the arrangements, and put the date on our calendars.  Whenever I schedule things a year in advance I have a hard time believing when the actual date arrives.  But, it always does, and I found myself packing up pajamas and a pin cushion on Thursday evening.

Honestly, I had no idea what expect as we drove down Interstate 65.   We left Chicago behind, and as we drove south the landscape became more and more rural.  As a city girl, I really do love to drive on a highway flanked by cornfields.  When we pulled into camp, the first thing we saw was our name on the welcome sign.  How cool!  We've never had our name in lights before!

From that moment on, we began a weekend of sheer bliss.  We sewed, talked about sewing, ate, sewed some more and met some really wonderful ladies that I hope we have the honor of seeing again.  Here is some of the exciting things they were working on:

Lydia and Caroline started a Gemini with a cool palette.

Judy worked on these applique flowers.  She told me this was her first try at machine applique.  You really couldn't tell--she seemed like a pro!

Cheryl made this cool Mod Quads out of pink, red, black and white fabrics.  Both Janine and I want to make one of these soon!

Jayne made this funky little quilt out of fabric she bought when she arrived at camp.  She made the entire top AND a pillow case while she was there!

Christine started this Around the Block with reproduction fabrics.  Gotta put one of these on my list, too!

Ruth made this top that she calls Wild Child!


And look at these cool blocks Liz made using chopped up police patches and pants from her husband's uniforms!  Super innovative!

I sewed a ton, and was happy as a clam!  However, I was suffering from a severe case of 'head in the clouds' syndrome (yes, this is real...) and I had to rip almost every seam I sewed except on my name tag! In fact, putting my name tag together might have been the most fun I had sewing this weekend.  Beth, who organizes and runs camp, gives everyone new a small piece of fabric with their name embroidered on it.  You have to personalize it and make it your own.  I used a stack of shot cottons that I have been moving around my studio for a couple of years waiting for the right moment to cut into them.

Frankly, I couldn't stand it any longer!  I saw the opportunity to cut and piece these fabrics randomly and couldn't resist.  Here's the result.

 When you leave camp, you file your name tag in a little baggie with your name on it.  That way it will be there when you return.  I like that idea!  It's like insurance that you'll come back.

The weekend went very fast.  Before I knew it, we were packing up and heading home.  I will always have the fondest memories of this camp--my first quilt camp.  I can't wait to go again!


  1. I'm so happy I had the opportunity to meet you and Janine. I can't wait to try the Mod Quad pattern. I do hope you come back to camp soon!

  2. Your comment about your nametag made me laugh. Mine is still one of my favorite things I've put together at camp.

    If I remember correctly, the first time I went there to quilt camp I ended up breaking my sewing machine after only making a couple of blocks. It was a bit of a bust. I've been able to accomplish more in subsequent camps.

  3. Hi Amy! I posted a guest blog on Erica's Blog with more great pictures of your quilts! We had a great time. Thanks!

  4. Thanks to all of you! Janine and I can't wait to come back to Camp Tecumseh!