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Register now for Sewing and Quilting Classes! Space is limited and classroom seats are filled in the order of receipt. Sign up early for best seats!


BERNINA Q20 Sit-Down Long Arm Guide Class

The Bernina Q20 longarm sit down machine is a quilting machine that can handle the demands of professional quilting yet is easy for all levels of quilters to use. In this guide class we will tour the features of the Q20 and apply the techniques in the classroom.

Learn to navigate the user interface and master general machine operations. Practice loading fabric and batting then test different quilting techniques on the BERNINA-exclusive Amanda Murphy training panel. Use all the different stitch modes, including three BERNINA Stitch Regulator modes.

For those of you who purchased the Q20 sit down machine from Hinkletown Sewing, this (one time) guide class is FREE! Choose a date and enter the code provided by Hinkletown to waive the $34 fee.

This class ($34) will be taught by Carol Martin.
  1. Friday, August 26th from 9:00am to 11:00am (Sold Out)
  2. Friday, August 26th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $34.00

UFO Day!

Is "I need help!" a phrase you find yourself mumbling as you look at those unfinished projects in the closet? Do you have a project you're ready to toss in the trash in frustration? Do you have a bin full of UFOs that need some time and attention?

Here is your chance to get away from everything else competing for your attention and just sew, sew, sew!

Experienced sewer and quilter, Ruth Ann Gingrich, will be your hostess for the day here in our classroom. Get some help problem-solving, brainstorm together, or simply sit and sew with Ruth Ann and others. You'll have the benefit of enjoying our classroom amenities while working on your project of choice.

Come explore the potential for transforming the frustration of UFOs to the joy of a finished project!
  1. Saturday, August 27th from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    4 seats remaining
    $10.00
  2. Wednesday, September 7th from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    9 seats remaining
    $10.00
  3. Thursday, October 6th from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    10 seats remaining
    $10.00
  4. Friday, November 18th from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    10 seats remaining
    $10.00

BERNINA Embroidery Software 7 Guide Class

For those of you who purchased the Bernina V7 software or update from Hinkletown Sewing, this one time, 3 hour class is FREE! Choose a date and enter the code provided by Hinkletown to waive the $34 fee. The class will focus on V7 but you are welcome to come to the guide class if you are working with V6 and have NOT received your free guide class.

Please note: These are the last two classes geared specifically to V7. Future guide classes will be for V8.

This class ($34) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Monday, August 29th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    9 seats remaining
    $34.00
  2. Saturday, September 17th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    8 seats remaining
    $34.00

Scrappy Trip Around the World

Appropriate for the confident beginner and beyond, this class is based on Bonnie Hunter's wildly popular "Scrappy Trip Around the World" tutorial that has taken the internet by storm in recent years.

You will learn how to stitch the basic block, glean tips on choosing fabrics, and play with layout options. Come prepared to complete at least four blocks in class. Then, you can stitch as many additional blocks as you like in order to make your quilt the size you desire.

Warning - this easy quilt technique is addictive!

This class ($54) will be taught by Andrea Hoke.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Thursday, September 8th from 10:00am to 4:30pm (Sold Out)

Make a Mini: Autumn Leaves

Mini quilts are great additions to your home décor, so dig into your fabric stash and have fun making a mini with assorted fall colors.

Spend your class time making as many Maple Leaf blocks as you like, then choose from various layout options for the number of blocks you make. Carol's sample quilt, pictured, shows one of many ways you could choose to arrange the sweet, three-inch blocks you make in class. Layout options, along with their respective fabric requirements, will be included in your supply list.

Basic rotary cutting and piecing skills are required. Construction tips and inspiration for decorating with minis will be included in the class.

This class ($54) will be taught by Carol Martin.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Friday, September 9th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    7 seats remaining
    $54.00

Labyrinth Quilt

Combine squares, rectangles and half-square triangles for a showstopper! No tricky piecing and no “Y” seams here! Choose high contrast fabric to make your design pop and create the woven illusion.

Class will focus on putting together the lap size, but you can easily grow your top into a larger size if you like.

This class ($54) will be taught by Sally Rapp.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, September 10th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    7 seats remaining
    $54.00

Slow Down and Sew: Introduction to English Paper Piecing

After decades of speedy machine sewing and quick-piecing techniques, you can, along with many other quilters, rediscover the joy of "slow sewing" and the pleasure of portable hand stitching projects. No longer tied to your sewing machine, you can now enjoy stitching in the presence of family and friends or while on the go. You'll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in your "stolen moments".

Learn how to hand stitch the hexagon and the diamond shapes using the traditional English Paper Piecing (EPP) method. You will complete a simple block which can be turned into a pin cushion, a small pillow or any other item of your choice.

This introductory class, a great fit for both beginners and experienced stitchers, will open the door to the world of EPP and the many different projects that you can complete with this method!

This class ($34) will be taught by Andrea Hoke.

A required $7 kit ($7.42 with PA sales tax) includes your paper pieces, thread, needle, and Wonder Clips.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, September 17th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm (Sold Out)

SPECIAL EVENT: Q-matic Automation Software Launch Party

You are invited to a launch and preview party for the long anticipated Q-matic Automation Software for automated quilting on the BERNINA longarm and frame.

Carol Martin, recently certified on the Q-matic, will give a lecture presentation on the features and benefits of this new, powerful system designed for use on BERNINA’s Q20 & Q24 longarm frame machines. If released on schedule, a demo model will be on display. A brief introduction to Art and Stitch, the integrated design and digitizing software, will also be demonstrated.

Enjoy light refreshments and learn more about this new software.

Each registered attendee will receive a $10 gift card to The Old Country Store.

The event is sponsored by local BERNINA dealer, Hinkletown Sewing. It will be held on the second floor of The Old Country Store.
  1. Saturday, September 17th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
    28 seats remaining
    $10.00

Electric Quilt Software 7- Learn the Basics

Have you ever wondered if you’d enjoy quilt design using a computer? This class will introduce you to the basics of EQ7, the industry’s leading quilt design software. Class time will include a general overview of the software and an introduction to designing a quilt block and a quilt.

You will need a laptop with these requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. Laptop needs a CD drive and USB port and 750 MB of hard-disk space.

If you don’t own the software, a trial version will be available on request.

This class ($44) will be taught by Carol Martin.
  1. Monday, September 19th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm (Sold Out)
  2. Friday, October 28th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
    Only 3 seats remaining
    $44.00

BSR Blitz!

"Today I will...use my BSR!"

Learn the basics of using your Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR). Learn techniques for using your BSR in quilting, crafting, garment-making, and creating home-decor, as well as for bobbin work and thread painting. Practice using your BSR with different needles and threads.

If you don't own a BSR, but are considering purchasing one, come try one of ours! Our classroom Bernina 580 machines each have their own BSR, so this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try!

Sign up for More BSR and receive a whole day of training on the BSR!

This class ($34) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, September 20th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    7 seats remaining
    $34.00

More BSR!

You have learned the basics--now you are ready to practice and play with free-motion quilting techniques and learn about thread tension in this hands-on class.

You will practice many different free-motion quilting designs, using different types of thread, and you will go home with a notebook full of designs along with your samples, ready to try your skills on a wall hanging or quilt.

This class ($34) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, September 20th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    6 seats remaining
    $34.00

Hand-Quilting How-To

Whether you’ve never hand-quilted or simply want to improve your skills, Lois has great tips to offer!

Learn how to start and stop, what to do at an intersection, how to bury your knots, and the benefits of using a thimble.

Practice straight-line quilting and echo quilting before completing the simple project you’ll take home and display with pride!

This class ($34) will be taught by Lois Zimmerman.

A required $13 kit ($13.78 with PA sales tax) includes a prepared fabric project for hand-quilting. You will receive your kit upon arrival at class.

A required supply list (fabric for practice and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Friday, September 23rd from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $47.78
  2. Friday, September 23rd from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
    11 seats remaining
    $47.78

Make Your First Quilt Series

Join this series of beginning quilt-making classes, and sew your first quilt under the guidance of experienced teacher, Lois Zimmerman.

Each full day class in this three class series will take you through creating more blocks to build your Sampler quilt. As you build your blocks you'll also build your skills. You'll learn about strip piecing, chain sewing, simple ways to piece triangles, matching seams, sewing borders that lie flat, and more! At the final class you'll work on putting the blocks together and learn about layering and quilting your quilt "sandwich."

This class is appropriate for those who have some sewing experience but would like to learn more about patchwork and quilting.

No part of the registration fee is refundable in the event of missed classes.

A required supply list (quilt book, notions, fabric) will be sent with your class confirmation.

This three-session class ($159) will be taught by Lois Zimmerman on these dates:
Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  1. Saturday, September 24th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    7 seats remaining
    $159.00

"Glorious Colour": Lecture - WAIT LIST ONLY

Join us for this unusual opportunity to be inspired by well-known fabric designer, Kaffe Fassett!

The presentation by Kaffe and his Studio Manager, Brandon, highlights works from Fassett's latest projects, including quilts, fabric, needlepoint, mosaic, painting and knitting designs.

Kaffe's inspiration comes from his travels, and this lecture is designed not so much to instruct but to empower you to create and develop your "mind's eye." Plan to leave invigorated by Kaffe's sense and use of color.

The presentation lasts approximately one hour and will be followed by a Q&A session and book-signing.

Event takes place at Shady Maple Banquet Center, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl, PA 17519. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Includes a light buffet-style dinner available 4:30-6:00 p.m. Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. Book-signing to follow. Trunk show and special fabric shopping opportunities 4:00-9:00 p.m.

Be sure to PRE-ORDER Kaffe’s newest books, Bold Blooms $28 (Reg. $35) and Quilts in Italy $23 (Reg. $28). To preorder books, call the Store today to add one or both of these books to your registration - 717-768-7101.

WAIT LIST ONLY - To be added to the Wait List, please email your interest to OCSClasses@TheOldCountryStore.com. If seats become available, "Wait List" will be contacted in order of email receipt.
  1. Wednesday, September 28th from 4:00pm to 9:00pm (Sold Out)

"Mediterranean Hexagon": Design Workshop with Kaffe & Brandon

Design your very own Mediterranean Hexagon quilt with the masters!

This workshop focuses on color, design, and cutting (no sewing will take place). Each student will utilize a design wall (included in cost) and one-on-one consultation with Kaffe and Brandon to design their own Mediterranean Hexagon quilt, featuring focal color with harmonious accent colors.

The workshop will take place in the second floor Event Space at The Old Country Store. Light lunch provided.

Each student is required to bring a copy of the book Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Morocco. Copies available for sale at The Old Country Store. To reserve a discounted copy, please call 717-768-7101.

Workshop is limited to 30 students.
  1. Thursday, September 29th from 9:30am to 4:30pm (Sold Out)

Island Sunrise Wall Hanging

New to paper piecing or want to improve the skills you've got? This stunning wall hanging (48" x 48") is a wonderful introduction to paper piecing as well as a great skill-builder for those who already have paper piecing experience.

Your highly experienced teacher will take you through one of Judy Niemeyer's patterns following her technique which was designed to be simple to learn and easy to do. The result will be your own creation- any fabric color combination will work.

Rotary cutting and machine sewing experience required.

This class ($54) will be taught by Almyra Webb.

A required supply list (pattern, fabric, and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, October 1st from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    10 seats remaining
    $54.00

Accidental Landscape Series: Autumn Hills

This popular landscape series comes from designer Karen Eckmeier, and this class is a tribute to fall foliage and rolling hills.

You’ll be amazed at how Karen’s simple technique of curved layering and topstitching “paints” such a beautiful, seasonal “photo.” Finished quilt is 14" x 14."

This class ($54) is taught by Donna Groff.

A required $20 kit ($21.20 with PA sales tax) includes pattern and fabric for picture portion of quilt. You will receive your kit upon arrival at class.

A required supply list (notions, batting, additional fabric) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Wednesday, October 5th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    9 seats remaining
    $75.20

Surf Song Bargello Quilt RETREAT

Do you love the look of Bargello quilts, but are intimidated by the construction and colors? Don't let that stop you! Bring a friend and enjoy a fun weekend together learning how simple the quilt really is.

Once you've done this Bargello quilt, you will have the necessary foundation to tackle any Bargello design that you desire. In fact, we bet you won't be able to stop at just one!

This retreat runs from Friday evening, October 14, 2016, through Sunday morning, October 16, 2016. A light welcome dinner on Friday evening is included. Students are responsible for all other meals and lodging.

This retreat ($139) will be taught and hosted by Shirley Mandler.

A required supply list and additional information will be sent with your registration confirmation.
  1. Friday, October 14th at 4:00pm to Sunday, October 16th at 12:00pm
    4 seats remaining
    $139.00

Too Cool T-Shirt Quilt

Have you been wanting to make a T-shirt quilt, but don't know how to get started? Do you have a large assortment of T-shirts with motifs in various sizes? Do you enjoy math and puzzles? If so, then the Too Cool T-shirt Quilt method is perfect for you!

This method allows you to make a quilt with various sizes of blocks arranged in a "puzzle" layout. You will learn how to prepare your T-shirts, how to calculate the size and layout of your top, and then how to assemble and complete your quilt. You can create any size quilt you wish!

Most class time will be spent in T-Shirt preparation and layout. You may not reach the actual sewing stage in class.

Skill level: Confident Beginner

This class ($54) will be taught by Andrea Hoke.

Required $20 book ($21.20 with PA sales tax), "How to Make a Too Cool T-Shirt Quilt" will be available for pick-up and perusal before class, or will be given upon arrival in class.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Friday, October 21st from 10:00am to 4:30pm
    Only 3 seats remaining
    $75.20

Great Beginnings BERNINA Embroidery Software V7 or V8 Class

If you feel overwhelmed with Bernina artista V7 or V8 software, Great Beginnings is the class for you!

You will learn what the software tools can do-- all about pictures and designs, how to make pictures into designs and how to edit them and add lettering. Then you'll learn how to save the design and send it to your machine.

You will leave class feeling comfortable with all the possibilities you can create. This is a beginner level class to follow the initial Guide Class you take when you first purchase the software.

This class ($54) will be taught be Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, October 25th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    8 seats remaining
    $54.00

Calliope Quilt

Batiks are awesome in this graphic log-cabin style quilt.

Select your favorite package of 2 ½” pre-cut strips, plus one other contrast color. In just a few hours this fast and fun project (72" x 72") is well on the way to completion.

Designer Nancy Mahoney has listed this as an intermediate level project, but a confident beginner able to sew a consistent ¼” seam allowance can be successful.

This class ($54) will be taught by Sally Rapp.

A required $10 pattern ($10.60 with PA sales tax) will be given in class.

A required supply list (fabric, notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, October 29th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    12 seats remaining
    $64.60

Double Wedding Ring Quilt RETREAT

The Double Wedding Ring is one of the most recognized quilt patterns. However, many quilters stop short of making this lovely quilt because of the small pieces and curved seams used in its construction.

Rather than fear this quilt, let Lois teach you how to piece it using John Flynn’s strip piecing method. The workbook you'll use has easy step by step directions and simple illustrations that will make your weekend sewing relaxing and fun.

Plan to leave with a treasured quilt top or table runner that you can display with pride.

This retreat runs from Friday evening, November 4, 2016, through Sunday morning, November 6, 2016. A light welcome dinner on Friday evening is included. Students are responsible for all other meals and lodging.

This retreat ($139) will be taught and hosted by Lois Zimmerman.

A required supply list and additional information will be sent with your registration confirmation.
  1. Friday, November 4th at 4:00pm to Sunday, November 6th at 12:00pm
    Only 3 seats remaining
    $139.00

Machine Quilting: Lecture and Demo

Have you been eager to machine quilt your own quilts on your domestic sewing machine, but don't know where to begin? Are you too intimidated to even give it a try? If so, this class is designed just for you! (Even if you have already begun machine quilting, this class is designed for you, too- you'll pick up numerous tips and suggestions.)

Needles, thread, batting, design, and more- your instructor will cover all the basics of free-motion and walking-foot quilting so you'll be ready to get started in the peace and comfort of your own home.

You will also study and discuss a number of quilts that have been machine quilted by your instructor, Andrea.

Note - This class will be held on the second floor of The Old Country Store, and is lecture only. Design practice will be done on paper, but no sewing machine work will be done in class.

This lecture class ($34) will be taught by Andrea Hoke.

A list of supplies for design practice and note-taking will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, November 12th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
    $34.00

"Euphoria" Thread Painting Panel

Start with a panel that is already rich in color and pattern, and add dimension and texture to it with free motion quilting and thread painting with multiple threads. Your end result will be a beautiful textile canvas ready to bind or wrap on a wooden frame.

Topics covered in class are Panels, Free Motion Quilting, Thread Painting, and Preparing Quilt to be wrapped around wooden frame.

This two-part class ($88) will be taught by Joyce Hughes and is appropriate for those with sewing experience. Students will find basic knowledge of free motion quilting beneficial.

A required $30 kit ($31.80 with PA sales tax) includes your panel, batting, muslin backing, and some thread needed.

A required supply list (notions and basic thread) will be sent with your class confirmation.

Class session #1: Wednesday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Class session #2: Wednesday, November 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  1. Wednesday, November 16th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    8 seats remaining
    $119.80

Quilting with Rulers!

One of the hot new techniques in the quilting world is using rulers or templates with your home machine to quilt your projects. With rulers, very little quilt marking is needed.

Learn how to choose the right foot, how to set up your domestic machine for this type of quilting, and the positive and negative aspects of different styles of rulers.

We will be creating a small quilt using various ruler techniques.

This class ($54) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, November 29th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    6 seats remaining
    $54.00

Class Terms: Class payments are non-refundable less than two weeks prior to the class. If The Old Country Store needs to cancel a class due to inclement weather, an instructor with a family or medical emergency, or a class with two or fewer students, the class will be rescheduled as soon as possible or a full refund will be given.

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