Lutherdale staff members Rachel Smith and Andrew Thompson hold up one of the quilts to be auctioned off this weekend at the 34th Annual Quilt Auction. It was donated by the Lutherdale Quilters of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc. The auction will be Saturday, Aug. 8 at Lutherdale Bible Camp in Elkhorn.

Proceeds help kids attend camp

When you’ve been hosting an event for 30-plus years, it’s often run like a well-oiled machine. Such is the case with the 34th Annual Lutherdale Fest Quilt Auction, which will take place on Saturday. Proceeds from the annual event help kids be able to attend camp.

The Aug. 8 event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The quilt auction, conducted by professional auctioneer Gary Finley, will start at 10 a.m.  It will feature more than 200 donated quilts of all sizes, from baby to king, wall hangings and table runners, all of which were handmade by hundreds of quilters from Wisconsin, Illinois, Idaho and Florida. Some are completely hand quilted.

To view the quilts online visit Silent bids are welcome online as well, according to organizers.

Due to COVID-19, Lutherdale has added protocols to ensure the health and wellbeing of its guests and volunteers. Returning guests to the quilt auction will observe a few modifications: the event will be held outdoors; physical distancing is requested; masks are encouraged and will be required inside buildings, and; food and beverages will be packaged for consumption outdoors.

The Quilt Preview will be today, Aug. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. with silent bids accepted on both quilts and silent auction items.

In an effort to follow social distancing, Lutherdale will limit the number of people viewing quilts inside buildings to no more than 10 people at a time.

In order to accommodate everyone, Lutherdale is holding special quilt viewing in 1-hour time slots, which began earlier this week. Participants will have the opportunity to view quilts and place bids. Call 252-742-2352 or email to reserve a time.  Note that silent auction and tiny treasures, crafts and fabric sales will not be available during these special viewing times, which are only for quilt viewing.

Silent bidding for quilts will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 7 at midnight.

On Saturday, Lutherdale’s chef is serving lunch in to-go containers. Guests may eat with limited seating in the air-conditioned dining hall or take their meal to an outside location. The menu will include a beef BBQ sandwich, potato salad, baked beans, applesauce, cookie and bottled water for $10.

Brats, hot dogs, candy, snacks and beverages will be available at concession stands near the auction area throughout the day.

Silent Auction items include gift certificates from local area businesses, themed baskets and specialty items.  Visit the sale tables with Crafts, Tiny Treasures, and Fabrics, which will include finished craft items, craft supplies, fabric, patterns, and other notions.  Country Store will be selling jams, honey, syrups, clothing, and produce outside.

Funds raised from this event are being supplemented by Thrivent Financial Action Teams and the local Thrivent Financial Shoreline Group:  Bill Duesterbeck, Scott Herrmann, Josh Duesterbeck, Kristen Lafranzo, Kate Abbe, Diane Kennedy Nopenz, and Chris Weiss.

Lutherdale Bible Camp is at N7891 U.S. Highway 12, roughly 7 miles north of Elkhorn on Lauderdale Lakes.

The quilt show offers free admission and free parking.

For more information, call Lutherdale at 262-742-2352 or visit

Lutherdale Bible Camp is a not-for-profit organization, accredited by the American Camp Association, serves all denominations, non-profits, school groups, and more.


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