Teen Quilt Camp

For 21 years Aline Chan has been running a one week learn to quilt camp for students 11 years and older at the Ancaster Town Hall. This year she has 13 students as well as 13 volunteers working one on one will each piece and sew a single bed size quilt. For some of the students this is their first time using a sewing machine and for one 16-year-old this is her 5th year at the camp creating her 5th quilt. Chan says that many of the volunteers involved are retired teachers loving the interaction with the young students. The volunteers help keep the cost of the camp low at $80.00 per student. The students provide their own fabric, delivered a week ahead of the camp so it is pre-cut and sorted into each students basket so they are ready to quilt when they sit down at the machines on the Monday morning. For Chan, a former Ancaster resident , it’s a labour of love that keeps her coming back from her home in Breslau for the annual summer camp. Chan is seen here with student Anna Vanderrongelen.

Emily Tod feeds her quilt piece through the sewing machine.

Anna Vandrongelen ,foreground, works with pieces of her light blue quilt.

In this photo 16-year-old Claire Koopman works on her 5th quilt and Hannah Marshall, left, on her first.

In this photo 90-year-old Alice Farrenden irons a finished quilt square for student Kristen Proper.

16-year-old Claire Koopman works on her 5th quilt. Koopman has been coming to the camp every year since she was 11 years old.

Leah Vandrongelen uses a seam ripper to removes stitches from her quilt piece.

Karina Klyn works on a quilt for her grandparents 50th anniversary.

Jenna Degraaf works on her quilt with volunteer Rena Robinson.

Emily Tod lays out her quilt pieces to get a better look at how the finished quilt will look.

Karina Klyn takes a break from the sewing machine to stretch her toes while she irons her quilt pieces.

Diane Proper, right, and her grand-daughters Kristen Proper and Tori Mudde take a close look at a quilt made in last years camp. After the girls quilt tops are pieced together course instructor Aline Chan takes them all home and machine quilts each one of them. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

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