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Saturday, June 19, 2010

WV quilt Camp

Anyone up for a quilt camp in St. George, WV? My information packet for this September's session came in the mail today.

I've been to this one twice in the past. It's held twice a year (September & April) but because of school and other conflicts I have not been for a couple of years. It is at YMCA Camp Horseshoe - a summer camp facility located in Monongahela National Forest outside of Parsons, WV.

Sewing takes place in the lodge. The main room houses 40 quilters and the smaller room houses 9 quilters. You pick your spot when you register and can request a nearby sewing mate, though these are assigned as registrations are processed, so you are not guaranteed to get your choice.

They have several exciting classes scheduled. You can pick and choose which classes you sign up for, sign up for all of them, or sign up for none. The classes are very low-key. At the time(s) specified on the schedule, the instructor will meet the students around an instruction table and demonstrate/review the next few steps for the project. The students then go back to their sewing stations and sew :-). The instructor is available for any hands-on help that is needed. If the instructor sees that the students need more help, an extra class time or two will be called. Unless advance preparation is needed by the instructor (such as kits or preparing patterns), you can usually sign up for a class during the camp. I did this once and others did multiple times. Sometimes the project image does not inspire you, but everyone working on the project does :-).

Housing is in the cabins, which are heated. There is a heated bathhouse nearby. There's nothing fancy about these cabins - it's your typical summer camp arrangement. However, a new building right next to the lodge where we sew has opened since I last went, which has attached bathrooms and is more handicap accessible. There is an extra fee for this building and it is asked that you request it only if you need so, since space is limited in it.

The kitchen staff prepares all the meals for us. They always do a wonderful job. You won't go hungry :-). Additionally, most everyone brings snacks to share on the snack table, so there's plenty to eat between meals.

Best of all? No cell service and no emails, so my work can't contact :-D.

If anyone is interested, here is the link for the information packet: http://www.hi-y.org/Quilt%20Camp%20Packet%20-%20September%202010.pdf
Here is the link for the website: http://www.hi-y.org/chprograms.html#quiltcamp

You can arrive anytime after 1 PM on Tuesday, anytime on Wednesday, or anytime on Thursday. The price is adjusted based on how many nights you are spending. The first meal is Wed. for lunch. If you arrive Tuesday, you are on your own until then. There is a McDonald's about 15 minutes away or pack something in a cooler. There has been a refrigerator & microwave in the sewing lodge in the past. I'm assuming they are still available and you could put a sandwich or two in so you won't starve until lunch on Wednesday.

1 comment:

Quilterrits said...

that sounds like so much fun. I wish I had known about quilting retreats when I was single. Now I feel guilty if I go away on a church retreat for a night or two, and I miss the kids so much, hubby too. I have been on church retreats since I married, but only for one night with my sisters. You do as much as you can while your time is your own. Enjoy the now, as they say.