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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!

Our classroom is stocked with Bernina 580 sewing machines, compliments of our local Bernina dealer, Hinkletown Sewing. You may use one of these wonderful machines, or if you prefer, you may bring your sewing machine from home.

With your registration confirmation, you will receive a Supply List for the class. The cost of supplies, unless noted, is not included in either the class fee or the cost of the kit.

Supply discount!
Show your Supply List at either The Old Country Store or Hinkletown Sewing and receive a 10% discount on supplies specific to the class.

Bonus discount!
Show your class name tag at The Old Country Store on the day of your class and receive a 10% discount on all future classes you register for, and save 10% on any sewing supplies you buy, whether for the class or not (includes fabric, precuts, sewing/quilting books, patterns, kits, notions, batting, thread).


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.

Join our e-mail list (sign-up below) to be notified by e-mail when new classes are announced.


Meet the Teachers



Mary Alice Fyock

Mary Alice began her interest in fabrics as an eight-year-old involved in 4-H. That interest evolved into an education career, teaching sewing and tailoring, fitting, serger techniques, embroidery, software, and quilting.

Mary Alice lives with her husband on a Century Farm near Lititz. Together they enjoy hiking, biking, and taking “walking” vacations around the world.

At home, Mary Alice enjoys working in her vegetable and flower gardens, cooking, knitting, reading, and passing on her love of “creating” to her seven wonderful grandchildren. Her latest passion is digitizing appliquéd children’s quilts.

Donna Groff

Donna loves to sew and embroider small projects and has sewn the project samples, led the Embroidery Club, and taught other classes for Hinkletown Sewing for the past 15 years.

Donna likes to spend time sewing charity projects with friends. They have made walker bags for local retirement homes, pillows for breast cancer patients, pillowcase dresses to send to orphanages in other countries, and many other worthy projects.

After 42 years in their first home, Donna and her husband, John, recently designed, built, and moved into a new home just outside of New Holland, PA. "It was quite a project," Donna says, "but the large, bright sewing room with a great view of the countryside was worth it!"

Donna and John enjoy travelling (especially to the Bernina factories in Switzerland and Thailand) and watching their great-nephews race stock cars.

Ruth Ann Gingrich

For many years, Ruth Ann has been Quilt Buyer and Kit Coordinator for The Old Country Store. More recently she has the added responsibility of helping to run and teach classes at the Store.

Ruth Ann’s a well-seasoned seamstress with years of experience sewing clothing for her family, participating in her church sewing circle, making quilts for grandchildren, and more recently producing the samples of the Store kit projects.

Ruth Ann and her husband, Carl, like to go to the mountains, take bus trips, do volunteer work, and spend time with their granddaughters.

Carol Landis

Carol’s daily work includes helping her husband, Les, on their dairy farm near Quarryville, PA. “My fun work, however, is sewing!” she is quick to note.

Many years ago Carol spent time sewing clothing for her young family, but today she prefers making quilts and keeping her 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren well supplied in finished pieces.

Carol runs miles of thread through her two Bernina sewing machines, a 730 and 830, and her latest self-taught sewing love is paper-pieced quilting.

In addition to sewing rag quilts, some to sell and others to give away, Carol likes to bake (desserts are her specialty) and cook.

Jan Mast

Jan, like so many others, began sewing doll clothes at a young age. Her mother and two older sisters fueled her curiosity and creativity, encouraging her to enter Sewing 4-H and submit completed craft and sewing projects to the local farmers’ fairs.

She graduated from sewing doll clothes to making clothing for herself, and later, for her children. More recently her projects are less garment-oriented and are more patchwork and quilt-inspired.

Jan is the Fabric Buyer for both The Old Country Store and Old Country Store Fabrics.com. She curates the exhibits in the Quilt Museum and oversees numerous retail projects for Good Enterprises.

Jan and her husband, Dean, live in Smoketown, PA. They share a rivalry in Scrabble and enjoy flower gardening together. Their three teenage daughters also caught the sewing bug and give Jan’s two Bernina machines a real workout!

Christine Morgan

Christine Morgan

Christine is best known for her layered and slashed fabric art. This labor- and materials- intensive technique evolved after 30 years of traditional quiltmaking, when Christine was commissioned to create a wall quilt for an office with acoustical problems.

She experimented with layering a variety of mediums and was pleased both with the results and captivated by the endless possibilities for effect, texture, and depth of color.

“I think the finished product is worth the effort, and I am confident I will be content to explore this medium for many years to come,” she writes.

Christine creates quilts, pillows, and wall art based on the technique promoted in her book, Stacked & Stitched (AQS Publishing 2012). Her work can be purchased at City Folk, Lancaster, PA.

In her spare time, Christine like to read, especially non-fiction, and spends two hours each day walking her beloved dog, Buddy, in the woods and along the Pequea Creek, near her home.

Houa Yang

Houa’s cultural tradition (Hmong) includes highly-detailed reverse applique on both clothing and crafts. She says her mother gets credit for teaching her good needlework skills at a young age.

For the past 25 years Houa has gained respect in Lancaster County for her traditional applique designs, and her work appears on many quilts sold in the area.

While her appliqueing business consumes much of her time, Houa recently made an effort to start making some quilts and wall art for herself, in order to avoid the old adage, “Quilters don’t own quilts.” Her favorite motifs for the projects she keeps are inspired by designers Kim Diehl and Jo Morton.

Houa and her husband are parents to a son who is a college graduate and a daughter who is in elementary school. She loves to cook and is actively involved in children’s ministry at the Hmong Alliance Church.

Lois Zimmerman

Lois grew up on a farm in eastern Lancaster County and has had the privilege of raising her own family while living on that same homestead. She and her husband, Elmer, parented four children and now enjoy grandparenting.

Elmer pastors at Blue Ball Mennonite Church, where Lois offers her hand-quilting skills at their women’s sewing circle. Her other hobbies include cooking, camping, and “anything involving people—be it family or friends,” says Lois.

Lois has spent the past 30 years doing sewing alterations. She mends, alters, or fixes anything that can be sewn—clothes, gowns, curtains, bags, and bedding. “Ever since I was a child, I loved ripping clothes apart! It sounds crazy, and it drove my mother crazy, but I never took anything apart that I wasn’t able to put back together,” she says.

There are four Bernina machines in Lois’ sewing room, and she claims she "needs each one!"


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