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Summer Camp Closing Ceremony

Summer Camp Closing Ceremony

Written by: 
Oda May

Welcome to our Summer Camp Closing Ceremony. It's always hard to say goodbye and this is especially true for all of our Camp Counselors this year. We've had a blast sewing along with all of you!

NOTE: This is one post in a series of quilt-along posts. Start from the beginning with the first post {here}.

If you are looking to make the quilt, you can find the instructions by clicking on the links below:

We are giving away some goodies to a few campers so please be sure to comment on this post to enter! Tell us your favorite thing about camp and maybe what you'd like to see next summer.

For a special surprise, we have one more block! It's a label block for the back of your quilt. Take it away, Sharla!

Can you believe our time at Oda May’s Summer Camp has come to an end! Of course, that means it’s time for Summer Camp Closing Ceremonies! I’m Sharla Krenzel of Thistle Thicket Studio and I’m your camp counselor for one last time to share the Piney Woods label. No camp quilt is complete without a label to mark the memorable times spent while on our adventures at camp.


• 1 Sew-in colorfast fabric sheet for ink jet printer (follow manufacturer’s directions for printing)
• Scraps from your prints and background used in your quilt top

Cutting Instructions:

• Pine Tree: 3 – 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles
• Pine Tree Background: 6 – 2.5” squares
• Pine Tree Trunk: 1 – 1.5” x 2.5” rectangle
• Pine Tree Trunk Background: 2 – 2” x 2.5” rectangles
• Border A: 2 – 1” x 8.5” rectangles
• Border B: 2 – 1” x 10.5” rectangles
• Border Background: 4 – 1” x 8.5” rectangles
• Border Corner: 4 – 1” squares
• Border Corner Background: 4 – 1” squares

Label Size: 10.5” x 10.5” unfinished (10” x 10” finished)

Sewing Instructions:

Pine Tree (Flying Geese):

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on two 2.5” background squares. Layer a background square on the left side of a Pine Tree rectangle, with the drawn line going from the top center of the Pine Tree rectangle to the bottom left corner of the Pine Tree rectangle. Sew on the line. Trim ¼” from sewn line. Press towards background.

Lay second background square on the right side of the same Pine Tree rectangle, with the drawn line going from the top center of the Pine Tree rectangle to the bottom right corner of the Pine Tree rectangle. Sew on the line. Trim ¼” from sewn line. Press towards background. Repeat for a total of 3 Pine Tree sections. Square up flying geese units to measure 2.5” x 4.5”.

Sew the 3 Pine Tree sections together along the length of the flying geese, stacked one on top of the other with points facing up. Unit should measure 4.5” x 6.5”.

Pine Tree Trunk:

Sew a Pine Tree Trunk Background rectangle on either side of the Pine Tree Trunk along the 2.5” lengths. Press seams towards trunk. Unit should measure 2.5” x 4.5”.

Sew the trunk unit to the bottom of the Pine Tree Unit. Press seams towards trunk unit. Pine Tree should measure 4.5” x 8.5”.

Label Center:

Sew the Pine Tree Unit to the left side of the 4.5” x 8.5” printed label. Press seam towards label. Center should measure 8.5” x 8.5”.

NOTE: The printed label document can be found at the end of the post by clicking on the “Printer Friendly Version”.


Sew a Border A rectangle to a Border Background rectangle along the length of rectangles. Press seam to dark fabric. Repeat for a total of 2 border units. Border unit should measure 1.5” x 8.5”. Sew one border unit to the right and one to left of the center label with the Border A fabric (not background) next to the label.

Sew a Border Corner square to a Border Corner Background square. Press towards darker fabric. Repeat to make a total 4 units. Unit should measure 1” x 1.5”.

Sew a Border Corner unit on each end of a Border Background rectangle, with the Border Corner fabric (not background) next to the Border Background rectangle. Repeat to make 2 units. Unit should measure 1” x 10.5”.

Sew a Border Corner/Background unit to a Border B rectangle along the length. Press towards the Border B fabric. Repeat for a total of 2 units. Sew one unit to the top and bottom of the label center with the Border B fabric next to the label. Press towards border. Label block should measure 10.5” x 10.5” unfinished.

Attaching the Label:

Press the four edges of the label block under ¼”. Hand stitch the block to the back of your finished quilt. You could also piece this block into your backing if desired.

On behalf of all the Choose Your Own Adventure QAL camp counselors, I would like to thank everyone for such a wonderful camp experience! We had a great time on all our adventures and can’t wait to see your finished quilts! Be sure to stay in touch with all of us at the following:

Christine Weld
blog: The Quarter Inch
instagram: @christine.weld
Jessica Dayon
blog: Skein and Hook
instagram: @jessicadayon
Kristin Esser
blog: Simple. Handmade. Everyday.
instagram: @kristin_esser
Kristina Brinkerhoff
blog: Center Street Quilts
instagram: @centerstreetquilts
Mary Andra Holmes
blog: Sisters Quilting Trunk
instagram: @mahquilter
Mona Phelps
blog: Kentucky Whittaker Creations
Sharla Krenzel
blog: Thistle Thicket Studio
instagram: @thistlethicketstudio

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