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Program #20986RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Sewing machine

Itinerary for May 12 — May 17, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation
Arrive To: ARRIVAL: Independent arrivals.

CHECK-IN: Begins at 4:00pm in the main office of the Retreat Center.

EXCURSION: Those who would enjoy a walking excursion before the evening meal may gather in the lobby at 5:15pm.

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 6:00pm. Meals are buffet style with a variety of dietary needs in mind. Our staff seeks to create tasty, home style meals that are good for you, too.

Evening: ORIENTATION: Begins at 7:00pm in the lower level of the Dining Hall. We will review the schedule for the week as well as the facilities and resources that are available during your free time. Emergency procedures and general questions will be covered, along with ample time for introductions of participants for this program and meeting your hosts and resource team.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 - Quilting Basics & Fabrics, Field Trip to Shipshew...
Note: Classes will be held on the lower level of the Retreat Center, just outside guest rooms to make the class room experience easy and comfortable. You may attend class in your slippers and view nature outside through the large windows facing the lake.

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00am. Enjoy delicious meals with fresh fruit always an option, and hot foods. How do you like your eggs? We have them in a variety of ways throughout the week, plus breakfast meats and options such as pancakes, baked oatmeal, or French toast.

Morning: CLASS 1: Quilt basics, pattern review, or favorite tools and notions.

• Learn quilting basics including how to set up a sewing machine for piecing and accurate seams. • Discuss the care and handling quilting tools, and safety in our classroom, especially with regard to rotary cutters and blades, pins, needles and scissors. • Learn the proper methods and tips for accurate cutting with a rotary cutter. • Review the quilt pattern we will use for our project to gain an overall understanding of the process.

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CLASS 2: Fabric colors and prints.

• Discuss your fabric choices for this project and share your preferences in color and style. • Learn the importance of mixing prints, colors, shades and values in fabric. • Use the color wheel to determine a color style and range for your sampler quilt.

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We will depart from Amigo Centre for Shipshewana, Indiana, at 12:45pm. During the field trip, we will visit an antique quilt shop and two local fabric stores where your instructor will be happy to help you pick out any additional fabric you may wish to purchase for your project to help tell your story.

Dinner: At 5:00 pm, we will enjoy a "Thrasher's Meal" at a local Amish home. This delectable repast recalls the experience of Amish thrashers who worked together each year at harvest time followed by a delicious meal.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Returning to Amigo Centre, enjoy a relaxing evening making new friends or work on your project.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 - Classes 3, 4, 5 & 6, Evening Campfire & Pontoon R...
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00am. Enjoy delicious meals with fresh fruit always an option, and hot breakfast foods including eggs, meat (variety) and a variety throughout the week of pancakes, baked oatmeal, or French toast.

Morning: CLASS 3: Traditional piecing with rotary cut pieces.

• Learn to identify quilt blocks based on a 3x3, 4x4 or 5x5 grid. • Select one or more blocks to make from this category. • Learn to measure and rotary cut the pieces needed for your block. • Practice traditional machine piecing techniques for constructing the block.

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CLASS 4: Traditional piecing with/without templates. • Learn to draft a quilt block and to create templates from your line drawing. • Select one or more blocks to make from this category. • Practice traditional machine piecing or hand piecing techniques for constructing the block, including how to sew “Y” seams.

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

After lunch, you'll have an opportunity for an informal nature walk along some of our many trails where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and lakeside. You might even see a deer!

Afternoon: CLASS 5: Foundation paper piecing. • Learn to identify quilt blocks that are easily constructed using foundation piecing techniques. • Select one or more blocks to make from this category. • Learn to divide the pattern into foundation piecing sections. • Practice foundation piecing techniques for constructing the block.

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CLASS 6: English paper piecing. • Learn to identify quilt blocks that are easily constructed using English paper piecing techniques. • Select one or more blocks to make from this category. • Learn to create English paper piecing templates. • Practice English paper piecing techniques for constructing the block.

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00pm. Get ready for some of our delicious desserts -- sure to tickle your palate -- Grasshopper Pie or Brownie Cheesecake, to name a few!

Evening: CAMPFIRE & PONTOON RIDES: Beginning around 6:00pm, we will have a campfire with pontoon rides by the boat house near the Retreat Center. You may enjoy a leisurely ride on Big and Little Perrin Lakes, and/or gather around the campfire, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, and making S'mores. (Everybody wants s'more!) We will alternate groups on the pontoon to allow for everyone who would like to participate.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 15 - Classes 7 & 8, Amish-Mennonite Home Quilting Fiel...
Classes 7 & 8, Amish-Mennonite Home Quilting Field Trip, Share Your Talents & Tales

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00am. By now you'll be asking for some of our recipes -- baked oatmeal or homemade granola, everyone's favorite!

Morning: CLASS 7: Appliqué (freezer paper). • Learn to identify quilt blocks that are constructed using applique techniques. • Select one or more blocks to make from this category. • Learn to trace, cut and apply freezer paper pieces to fabric in preparation for appliqué. • Practice appliqué stitching techniques for creating the block.

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CLASS 8: Back basting appliqué. • Learn to identify quilt blocks that are easily constructed using back basting appliqué techniques. • Select one or more blocks to make from this category. • Learn to trace the appliqué design to fabric in preparation for appliqué. • Practice back-basting stitching techniques for creating the block.

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We will leave at 1:30pm for an Amish/Mennonite home to experience a "quilting" and hear (and tell) stories of this rich and longstanding tradition. We will return to Amigo Centre around 4:30pm.

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00pm. Dessert will probably be Blueberry Crunch or Apple Crisp...both scrumptious!

Evening: SHARE YOUR TALENTS & TALES: We will gather around 7:00pm for our very own "Talent Show" with and for the group. Bring a story, poem, song, hobby, or whatever you would like to present (for up to 5 minutes). We will also have time for you to share stories of other Road Scholar programs you have participated in and would most recommend.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 16 - Classes 9, 10, 11 & 12, Evening Presentation on A...
Classes 9, 10, 11 & 12, Evening Presentation on Amish & Mennonites Quilts

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00am. In addition to the other tasty options, perhaps some coffee cake or rolls today.

Morning: CLASS 9: Squaring blocks, adding sashing and borders. • Learn to press and square your quilt blocks. • Practice speed sewing technique for quilt assembly. • Learn to measure and cut sashing and borders to create a flat and square quilt top.

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CLASS 10: Marking quilting designs for hand quilting. • Review a variety of marking tools, techniques and designs, and discuss how quilting designs can enhance the overall look of your quilt. • Learn to create your own stencils or adapt ready-made stencils for your quilt.

Lunch: Lunch is in the Dining Hall at 12:00pm. We provide a variety of home style meals throughout the program. What has been your favorite thus far? Please be sure to let us know what you have liked the best.

Afternoon: CLASS 11: Hand quilting tools and techniques. • Discuss backing and batting options for quilts and for hand-quilting, • Try different kinds of quilting needles, thread, and thimbles. • Practice creating even short stitches.

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CLASS 12: Quilt labels and legacy -- caring for your quilts. • Examine different types of quilt labels and learn the importance of identifying the maker and date. • Learn how to properly care for quilts, how to store them, protect them, and clean them. • Share your thoughts and experiences regarding quilts as a legacy.

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00pm. Our closing dinner of the program will be a special occasion for celebrating the camaraderie of shared experiences and new friendships.

Evening: EVENING PRESENTATION: Amish and Mennonite Quilts.Learn more through lecture and photos of the history of the art of quilting -- Amish and Mennonite style that is.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
You may call to check on availability for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Six: Friday, May 17 - Final Review, Wrap-up, A Traditional Floor Quilt ...
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00am. Last chance to taste that delicious homemade granola...we're sure you'll want take some along home!

Morning: CLASS 13 & Wrap-up: As a special treat, learn about a traditional floor quilt frame -- how to make your own, how to put a quilt top in a frame, and hand quilting in a floor frame. We'll answer any last minute questions and have time to show off your projects.

You will have time to pack up and check out of your room prior to lunch.

Lunch: The program concludes with lunch in the Dining Hall at 11:30am.

We trust you have enjoyed this new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch



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Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
15 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
14 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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