Typically scheduled the third weekend of September, this event is Camp Ewalu’s only fundraising event. There are craft demonstrations, live music, a worship service, hayride tours of the camp, and quilts displayed for review. A free-will lunch is served at noon and the auction itself starts at 1:00. It is a day to celebrate and support the incredible ministry that occurs at Camp Ewalu.
Held annually for 30 years with the help and support of congregations, quilters, and volunteers, hundreds of quilts are donated to the camp, and numerous items are given to raise additional funds. These funds support projects and capital improvements that the camp cannot achieve through the annual operating budget.
Supporting This Event
This event would not be possible without the generosity of quilters and crafters throughout eastern Iowa. Additional support comes through congregations, quilt/fabric shops, Thrivent Financial, local businesses and organizations in areas like In-lieu-quilt gifts, advertising, event supplies, and more!
Quilters & Crafters: Please consider making a quilt or item for the auction. To provide variety and interest in the auction, we also auction other hand-made items, especially wooden items such as wooden bowls. Though over 300 items are donated for the auction, we can only put about 150 items in the auction. All other times are priced and sold in the “Country Store”. If you are unable to donate an item, we also accept quilt tops, squares, pieces, batting, and other quilt or craft supplies.
In-lieu-of-quilts: If you are unable to donate a quilt or craft item, there are still ways to help! You can make a monetary gift in lieu of an item, donate baked goods and fresh produce for the food stand, or volunteer to demonstrate your craft trade at the event. We also rely on volunteer assistance for operating the food stand and country store.
Auction Help: During the auction itself, we’ll need additional volunteers too. Of course, participating as a bidder in the auction is a great way to help! If you can’t make it to the quilt auction that day, we’ll still need help setting up the week before. Lastly, help us spread the word by inviting your family, friends, congregation, and community to participate and/or volunteer.
There’s an amazing story unfolding here through the ministry of Camp Ewalu. It’s the story of God’s love made transparent through Christ and demonstrated through the generosity of many supporters like you. Thank you for the many creative ways that you support this ministry. We look forward to working with you in the months leading to the Fall Festival and Quilt Auction!