Our 7th annual Maple Leaf Quilters quilt camp was held at Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre April 8-11. Located just 50 km from Vancouver and “tucked quietly in the heart of University of British Columbia’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.” It is a most beautiful and serene setting, surrounded by forests and the Garibaldi Mountain range. The weather was a little on the wet side but then we do live in a rain forest. ;) Between the rains we did get out for a little fresh air and explore what the area has to offer. (Next year in May we might just get out on beautiful Loon Lake!)

<— Our main building was the Pan Abode. This is where we did our sewing/playing and most of us slept. (This is a dormitory like setting with bunk beds…only the lower bunks used!) A beautiful facility to say the least. We only had one small criticism and that was with the lighting. It’s a good thing that quilters bring everything they own including individual lamps! :D This photo was taken from outside the dining hall. The meals prepared were amazing. Lots of fresh salads and vegetables. My favourite meal was Wednesday nights “Slow Roasted Turkey Dinner served with stuffing, mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, gravy, cranberry sauce and a chef’s choice of salad.” Definitely nothing to complain about and the staff are the best too.

Our goodie bags for the quilt campers included chocolate, a needle minder, needles, mug rug, a carrot shaped bag of Reeses Pieces for playing Quilto and the frames for the Retreat Bag project. We played one game of Strip Poker which was won by Jackie. In a twist on the game we used 5″ I Spy squares, won by Wendy. Several games of Quilto saw many winners of books, fat quarters and anything else a quilter would want.

Retreat Bag 2.0 is the project chosen for this years camp. It’s a pretty cool bag and addicting to make. I’ve done two, have one cut out and wondering how many more I can do! :D Here is the free Retreat Bag 2.0 Updated pattern from Emmaline Bags. There is a YouTube tutorial as well. Look for Retreat Bag by Emmaline Bags and you will get a 25 minute lesson. All but one of the Retreat Bags are pictured below. ;) Yes, they are addicting, just ask Cecille.


Loon Lake is a wonderful place to retreat. It is very true about what their website states: “Retreats that Connect. At Home on the West Coast.” We definitely felt welcome.


Joan and I would like to thank all the quilt campers who came to camp and helped us continue with our mission statement. “Maple Leaf Quilters was created for the purpose of sharing [our] passion and assisting others to find their inspiration…[we] sisters believe in having fun while creating quilts and enjoy sharing this activity with friends, both old and new.” Mission accomplished!  Mark MLQ Quilt Camp May 2020 on your calendars. It’s going to be even grander still!

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye and Joan

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