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 It's official!  You can now sign up for Quilt Camp!  OH, what's that?  You haven't hear of Quilt Camp, yet?   Allow me to fill you in !

Jeni, Faith, Heather and I are cordially inviting you to come and sew with us this December!  We have rented the entire Hankerd Inn here in Michigan to host our first ever Quilt Camp.  We will be focusing on finishing up Holiday sewing and have some classes for you too!  This is going to be a fun weekend with some amazing teachers!  OH and a lot of sewing time with some new friends!

Remember Camp when you were younger?  This is like that with sewing.  And hot water.  And better food.  And no bugs... We have set up camp from Friday-Sunday December 7-9, 2012.  This is when the classes and group activities will happen.  If you are able, we have an optional extra day on Thursday the 6th.  There will be no classes (so those of you who can't make it won't miss out) but there will be sewing!  Here's what the schedule looks like for those of you who are visual like me:

As you can see, there will be lots of Open Sewing time, so plan to bring a few extra projects to work on.  Don't feel like you have to sew if you just want to rest!  The Hankerd Inn is a Bed and Breakfast and there are PLENTY of places to sit and chat or read a book.  Some rooms even have Jacuzzi tubs...

Brunch and Dinner are INCLUDED in the cost of the weekend.  If you would like to bring snacks or drinks (alcohol is okay if you are over 21, it's BOYB) there are kitchens and refrigerators in every building.  

Let's talk about where we are staying!  

The Hankerd Inn is a Bed in Breakfast here in Michigan run by a sweet woman named Janet.  She has owned the Inn for 20 years and is a QUILTER!  She LOVES to have quilting retreats here!  Because she's a quilter, she knows our needs!  The main sewing room is already equipped with plenty of tables, ironing boards and irons and space for cutting for us.  This building up there is her personal studio!  She also teaches classes (sewing and papercrafting).  Jan is incredibly warm and accommodating (this will be my 3rd event at the Hankerd!) and takes a great interest in our quilting.  

This is part of the main sewing room at my last retreat.  Lots of space and natural light.  This sewing room is in the barn (one of the 3 buildings with bedrooms) and is open 24 hours.  If you are on a roll at 2 a.m....knock yourself out and sew!  

Here's a shot of the main floor in the barn.  We like to hang our finished quilts up on the balcony over the kitchen.

Here's a shot of the barn from the Inn!  Pretty big huh?  It's 6000 square feet and has bedrooms with 2-4 twin beds!  All but 2 rooms at the whole Resort have their own bathroom (the other 2 share one).  If you choose the twin bed option, you will be sleeping in the barn.  


This is the Inn!  Well part of it.  It's too big to get it all in one shot.  This part is a renovated 1800s farm house!  All the rooms have been updated and have queen beds.  Most also have a fireplace and a Jacuzzi tub.  These rooms are available as a Queen Shared option.  (If you prefer to have your own room with a Queen bed, just purchase 2 tickets)  Just let us know who you would like to room with if you are coming with a friend.  

Here's just one of the rooms at the Inn.  Each of the rooms have their own bathroom.  The Inn also has a living room and plenty of places to sit and read or hand bind a quilt.  

Pretty awesome huh?  So, we have a cool place to stay, and food prepared for us (more time to SEW!  no worrying about food!) and there will be some fun classes!  Let me introduce to you, your camp counselors!

Jeni Baker from In Color Order

Jeni will be teaching us how to make her famous Lined Drawstring Pouch!  This pattern (included in the class) comes in multiple sizes and is PERFECT for wrapping gifts for the holidays!  No more ugly piles of paper gift bags (you know you save them too...)!  Whip out some of these babies and you have EASY renewable wrapping for years and they are easy to store!  Perfect.  And they make excellent Laundry bags, Matchbox car bags...

Faith Jones from Fresh Lemons Quilts

See that really cool star on the Quilt Camp Logo?  This is what Faith is going to be teaching us!

Her beautiful Poinsettia Star block!  Here Faith put 4 of them together to make a cute pillow.  This block is very versatile.  You can make one for a pillow, make a row of them for a table runner, make a whole bunch of them for a quilt!  Wouldn't this look amazing in red and green as well for some holiday decorations?

Heather Jones from Olive and Ollie   

Heather is going to teach us all about improv piecing.  Check out this amazing pillow she made:

Awesome, right?  You're going to learn to do it too!  Improvisational piecing is creative and fun.  It creates something truly unique.  Once you learn this technique you can translate it into MANY projects, pillows, quilts, stockings to be hung by your chimney with care....perhaps??  If you have never improv pieced before, it's okay.  Heather will talk you down from any ledges.  This process lends well to using scraps and well help you to blossom as an artist and maybe push a few boundaries... 

Brenda Ratliff from Pink Castle Fabrics / Just a Bit Frayed

That's me!  I'm very excited to show you a little bit about English Paper Piecing.  It's not as hard as you think and it's perfect for taking to go to work on a few here and there.  I'm going to teach you the popular hexagon shape.  I will show you how to make a few and sew them together and then how to applique them onto a project.

Put a HEXI on it!  No, seriously!  You can easily dress up some tea towels or a pouch or a pillowcase, a shirt, tote... and give it as a gift.  Just adds a little touch of handmade (or more of a touch to something already handmade) to any gift.

I know, you are really excited about Quilt Camp now right?  There are 30 open spots so talk to your friends quickly!  The tickets are available now in my shop.  You will need to be able to bring your own sewing machine to Quilt Camp (you can fly with them) or make arrangements. 

Thursday Open Sewing Day - $75 (purchase here)

Friday through Sunday:

Twin Bed in a shared room in the barn - $370 

or Queen Bed shared Room in the Inn - $350

purchase those here  just use the drop down menu to choose which you'd like.  Make sure to write the name of your bunk mate if you have one for the shared Queen!  Also, please let me know of any dietary or other restrictions.  AND PLEASE email me ( if you have any questions at all!  I hope you are as excited as we are!  See you at Quilt Camp!

More info and grab a blog button here!

- Brenda

Written by Brenda Ratliff — August 28, 2012



that sounds like so much fun!

August 28 2012 at 11:08 PM


This looks like a wonderful event! Too bad Google maps tells me it’s a 40 hour drive from Vancouver, BC! ;) I love that you’ve included closing ceremonies!

August 29 2012 at 01:08 PM


so gonna try to make this happen!!

August 29 2012 at 10:08 PM

JoAnna Kelly :

Can’t make this one … Please keep me posted about 2013 … I wanna go to camp!

August 31 2012 at 06:08 PM


This is exactly what I need! Too bad it’s a long plane ride from Paris. =( Hope you ladies have fun! Maybe someone can organize an international version?? hehe.

September 09 2012 at 10:09 AM

erin m.:

I signed up…just wondering will there be any updates sent out to us as this gets closer to the date? Have you sold out? Thanks

September 21 2012 at 09:09 PM

Sue Lohr:

Oh man!!! This is only about a 2 hour drive for me, but I just heard about it and there is no way I can fit it in (schedule AND $$$). Keep me posted for 2013 – I am putting it in my December calendar so I can plan for it!!!

November 28 2012 at 06:11 PM

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