SPRING Quilters' Retreat

This season’s theme is “A Weekend In Paradise” – Psalm 126:3

Join Katie as she teaches us about “The Joy Robbers and the Joy Restorers”
In a stress-filled world it’s easy to misplace our joy when things don’t go as expected. Katie will share her journey from try-hard living to joy-filled freedom. She will also help you identify the pesky joy robbers and encourage you to welcome in the joy restorers. With humor, transparent confessions, and practical strategies, Katie will help you uncover and radiate more joy.

Speaker/Worship Leader

Katie is wife to Adam and a homeschooling mom to five children (ages 2-14). She lives near Mt. Pleasant, MI. She is a speaker, author of the book Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets things Done (available for pre-order on Amazon) and songwriter (her album, Echoes of My Heart, is also available on Amazon). She has been published on HuffPost, Focus on the Family, and Crosswalk. She writes at, where she encourages others to find grace in the unraveling. Katie is a fan of cut-to-the-chase conversations over tea.


Assisting in Worship

Tami is wife to Jason and a mom to Madison (17),  Brady (14), and Myles her adorable 2 year old golden doodle. She lives in Bad Axe, MI. She works at Lakers School as a student support specialist for 6th-12th grade. Tami also helps with hospitality and youth at Pigeon River Mennonite Church. She enjoys reading, listening to worship music, and singing. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, and boating. Shopping is one of Tami’s favorite “hobbies.”


DATE: APRIL 13 – 15
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.




(*Fees to be paid at class time)
Only 2 fabrics are used in this project! Choose a lengthwise gradated blended stripe with consisistent color along the selvage edges and a secondary companion fabric. 1 3/4 yards of fabric is required of both fabrics plus 3/4 yard of a binding fabric. Feel free to contact BARBIE at with any questions. There will be more information to come in the confirmation letter regarding color waves.



(This pattern will be featured in Quilt Maker magazine in 2018)

Coleen Merte began her professional quilting career as a quilting instructor, teaching in several area quilt shop for several years. She then progressed to a pattern designer around 2010. The name of her pattern company is “Northwater Quilts” to pay homage to her home state of Michigan. Her quilts are generally a combination of an antique quilt block which is usually altered in some way, with bright wool or cotton applique added. After exhibiting her work at International Quilt Market for the first time last Spring, she has developed an interest in Modern quilts, and has already created several designs in this realm as well. She has had quilts published in popular quilting magazines and has spoken at numerous quilt guilds.

Coleen lives in Clarkston, Michigan, has been married for 30 years, and has three grown children. She has a degree in education and works part-time as a registered nurse. She loves to teach and inspire creative thinking in others. Her main joy is meeting other quilters at guilds and at quilt shows; they are a huge inspiration to her as well.