FALL Quilters' Retreat

This season’s theme is “COMING HOME”

Where do you call ‘home’? Why do people move to new places? How has your life been affected, throughout the various stages, by your location? Your home can be influenced by a house, a community, a church, a school, a career….even other people. As women we create the home environment for ourselves and others. Together, we will also explore the places we call home including our home country and most importantly our heavenly home.

Coming Home: In four parts, we will study biblical stories that embody God’s work within families: extended family commitment, families protected by God, forgiveness in the home, and our eternal home. Participants will be engaged with storytelling, hands-on opportunities, and application for today’s life. Gerry and Tammy are excited to return ‘home’ to Bay Shore Camp for this retreat.

  1. The homes of “God’s Protection”: Sarah and Hagar
  2. The home of “Extended Family”: Ruth and Naomi
  3. The home that “Welcomes You Back”: the Prodigal Son
  4. The home “Prepared for Us”: Jesus

Gerry Tibbits

Gerry Tibbits – GUEST TEACHER

Gerry was born in the thumb of Michigan. When her dad accepted a call to ministry, their family went to Iowa and, ultimately, she landed in Pinnebog to begin grade 10. She, then, began a five-year courtship with Lewis Tibbits Jr..

They married in 1962 and she graduated from Bethel College in 1964. That fall she began a 33-year teaching career in Cass City Public Schools, obtaining a masters degree from Central Michigan University in 1976. Then, in ‘retirement’, she was a part-time Curriculum Consultant for the Port Huron district of the United Methodist Church.
When Lew retired in 2008, they moved to Munith and now live in Mason, Mi.

She has one daughter, Tammy (husband-Mike), one son, Todd (wife-Denise), 8 grand-children and two great-grandchildren.

Gerry now lives in Mason, MI and attends Pennway Church of God.

FALL Quilters’ Retreat

PRICE: $175 (plus $40 private housing “2-4 people per room”)
CHECK-IN: 10am, Friday
CHECK-OUT: 3pm, Sunday

Call: 989-883-2501

Special Information…
** You will get your exercise when you need to use an ironing station – so please do not bring individual irons.
** Any questions about the quilting projects or your supply list please call The Backstreet Quilt Shop at 989-375-4620 and ask for Barbie or Beckie. All other retreat questions please call the camp office at 989-883-2501.


Guest Speaker: Tammy Shorna

Tammy was born in Mishawaka, IN while her mother was a student at Bethel College; Tammy grew up on Houghton Street in Cass City, MI and was proud to be a Red Hawk. During her senior year of high school, Tammy’s parents accepted a call to full-time ministry at Bay Shore Camp—moving to Sebewaing January of 1981. She received her undergraduate degree from Anderson College and a masters in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University.
In 2016 Tammy retired from a 30-year career working for Holt Public Schools: 25 years as a middle-level teacher and 5 years as an instructional coach. Currently she is working part-time as an educational coach for Ingham Intermediate School District. The family is told that they have teaching in their DNA.
Tammy lives in Holt, MI with her husband, Mike. They attend and are involved in ministry at Pennway Church of God—Mike’s home church. She has two adult daughters: Lindsay who teaches Kindergarten for Carmel-Clay Schools in Indianapolis, and Hilary (husband—Norman) who works in the medical field in Conrad, MT. Tammy’s grandson, Eli, was one of the factors that made retirement look so good….as Nana Tammy likes to make frequent trips to visit him.

BARREL BAG [BY: Yvonne Sherman]


The barrel bag is a handy toiletry bag to keep everything organized. It makes a perfect companion to Janet’s duffle bag that was featured at retreat last fall. Simple enough for the novice to make.

Supplies List

  • 1 1/4 yard of double sided quilted fabric
  • 2 one yard pieces of cord for drawstring
  • Coordinating thread
  • 12 inch square of peltex (optional) for the bottom if the bag
POINSETTIA [BY: Linda Zarnke/Karen Rossman]


Plant this poinsettia quilt on your wall at Christmas and your room will be blossoming throughout the season.

  • Fabric Requirements: (Bring all fabrics left after cutting!!)
  • • 1⁄2 yard White on White
  • • 1⁄3 yard Green
  • • 1⁄3 yard Medium Red
  • • 1⁄4 yard Dark Red
  • • Scrap Gold (3 1⁄2” Square) 1 Yard Backing
  • • 3⁄4 Yard Batting
  • • 1⁄4 yard Binding
GEMINI [BY: Tina Gordon]


This quilt will be taught for the beginning class by Tina Gordon.

Supplies List

  • 20- 2 1/2 inch strips by width of fabric or a jelly roll
  • 2 yards of background fabric
  • 5/8 yard fabyfor binding


Don’t let the site of all these small pieces scare You! They are actually cut big enough to handle easily, then trimmed to size after they’re sewn in place.

  • • 4 coordinating FQ’s
  • • 1/2 yard for cuff and stocking back
  • • General sewing supplies
  • Suggested:
  • • small cutting mat
  • • small rotary cutter – 18mm or 20mm
  • • 6″ by 1″ ruler