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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!


Sewing Basics 101

Attention beginners! If you’re ages 13-99 with little or no sewing experience and would like to learn to sew (and actually make something while you learn!), this class is just for you!

Learn the basics of sewing on your machine (or use one of the Bernina machines provided in our classroom) while making this useful tote bag personalized with your own fabric selections!

We will cover the essentials in this four-hour class, including keeping a good seam allowance, understanding key fabric terms and stabilizers, using a rotary cutter, installing a zipper, sewing a zigzag or blanket stitch, and topstitching.

This class ($44) will be taught by Maureen Ciemian.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Friday, March 24th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
    4 seats remaining
    $44.00

Long-Arm Rental

Upon completion of the Long-Arm Certification Class, and with instructor approval, you may rent time on the BERNINA Q24 long-arm machine.

Rental is $20 an hour, and by registering for your first hour (non-refundable), you have reserved the full, 8-hour day and may sew any portion of it, paying for the balance of hours ($20 per hour) upon ending your time. (After the first two hours, your time will be pro-rated by the quarter-hour.)

Bring your completed quilt top and backing, squared and ready to quilt. You will select and purchase your batting from the options available at the Store. Thread is provided and included in the rental fee.

Certification instructor Sherry will be present during your rental time to monitor the long-arm machine.
  1. Saturday, March 25th from 9:00am to 10:00am (Sold Out)
  2. Tuesday, April 4th from 9:00am to 10:00am (Sold Out)
  3. Thursday, April 6th from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $20.00
  4. Tuesday, April 11th from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $20.00
  5. Thursday, April 13th from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $20.00
  6. Saturday, April 15th from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $20.00
  7. Tuesday, April 18th from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $20.00
  8. Thursday, April 20th from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $20.00
  9. Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00am to 10:00am (Sold Out)
  10. Tuesday, April 25th from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $20.00
  11. Thursday, April 27th from 9:00am to 10:00am
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $20.00

Slow Down and Sew: Introduction to Hand Applique

After decades of speedy machine sewing and quick-piecing techniques, quilters are rediscovering the joy of "slow sewing" and the pleasure of portable hand-stitching projects. No longer locked away in their quilt studios, they can now enjoy stitching away 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".

In this "Slow Down and Sew" class, overcome the intimidation of appliqué! Discover how effortlessly you can create beautiful appliqué projects with smooth curves and perfect shapes using the Starch and Freezer Paper Method of appliqué. Learn how to do the basic shapes: hearts, circles, leaves, stars and stems. The 18" block you work on in class can be turned into a pillow or wall hanging.

This class ($44) will be taught by Andrea Hoke and is appropriate for beginners and beyond.

A required $7 kit ($7.42 with PA sales tax) includes notions and pattern and will be given upon arrival in class.

A required supply list (fabric and additional notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, March 25th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm (Sold Out)

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, April 4th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    6 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, April 4th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    9 seats remaining
    $34.00

Introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing

Have you always wanted to try your hand at foundation paper piecing? Have you seen a foundation paper piecing pattern and thought "I would love to be able to make that!" Have you wanted to try a Judy Niemeyer pattern but weren't sure you could do it?

Learn the basics of foundation paper piecing while we make the Circle of Geese block and a heart block. We will finish a 6" heart block and at least one-quarter of the Circle of Geese in class. You will be able to confidently finish the 12" complete Circle of Geese block with perfect points at home.

This class ($34) will be taught by Maureen Ciemian. A required $5 kit ($5.30 with PA sales tax) includes your paper foundations.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Wednesday, April 5th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    8 seats remaining
    $39.30

Long-Arm Certification Class

Would you like to rent time on our BERNINA Q24 long-arm quilting machine to finish your quilt tops?

Sign-up for the Certification Class ($100), and upon completion (and with Instructor Sherry's approval) you will be qualified to rent time on the long-arm, located on the second floor of the Store.

Certification Class is limited to two persons and is a hands-on, five hour class.

You will learn how to load your quilt and the basics of operating the machine, including the skill needed to use a pantograph pattern to create an all-over quilting design.
  1. Wednesday, April 5th from 10:00am to 3:30pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $100.00
  2. Wednesday, April 12th from 10:00am to 3:30pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $100.00
  3. Wednesday, April 19th from 10:00am to 3:30pm (Sold Out)
  4. Wednesday, April 26th from 10:00am to 3:30pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $100.00

April Embroidery Club: Table Runner with Endless Embroidery

In the month of April we will make a table runner with a feather design. You will hoop 3 times using the Endless Embroidery feature on your machine.

If you do not have an Endless Embroidery feature on your machine, you will be shown a way you can still do the project.

Finished table runner size is approximately 12" x 28".

Sign up below for a remaining available April session ($39) of 2017 BERNINA Embroidery Club taught by John and Donna Groff.

A required supply list will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Friday, April 7th from 9:00am to 12:00pm (Sold Out)
  2. Saturday, April 8th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $39.00
  3. Tuesday, April 11th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Only 1 seat remaining
    $39.00
  4. Tuesday, April 11th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $39.00

BERNINA & Alison Glass Block Party- Block of the Month

New from BERNINA- a monthly Block Party! Join The Old Country Store's party to sew, month-by-month (12 months total), a lovely quilt designed by BERNINA educator, Nina McVeigh (finished size approximately 81" x 81").

The Old Country Store's Block Party includes:
1.) All fabric required for your quilt top (does not include backing or binding).
2.) Five (5) extra "fat-eighths" to give you more design flexibility.
3.) Monthly pick-up meetings. Come to the Store on the designated Saturday morning to pick up your fabric kit for that month's block and meet with facilitator, Mary Alice Fyock, to receive cutting and piecing tips for your block.
4.) For your convenience, the monthly block instructions printed for you from Bernina's blog.
5.) 10% shopping discount on all sewing-related items on the monthly pick-up days.
6.) A chance to win a $10 gift card every month when you bring the previous month's finished block--the cherry on top to keep you motivated!

We offer two convenient options for joining the Block Party,
Option 1: Join the full year by paying the first monthly fee of $28 ($29.68 with PA sales tax) by calling Sewing Class Coordinator, Marcia, at 717-768-7101. Your credit card will be charged monthly with this amount for the duration of the Block Party (March 2018).
Option 2: Join the full year (and SAVE!) by paying $300 ($318 with PA sales tax) in a one-time only transaction. This option is available to complete online (click the "Buy Now" button below.)

Monthly Block Party pick-up meetings will be held on the following Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., on the second floor of The Old Country Store: April 8, May 6, June 10, July 8, August 5, September 9, October 7, November 11, December 9, January 6, February 10, and March 10.

If you would like to join the party, but live out-of-town, give us a call about shipping options for your monthly kit.

Party size is limited to 12 persons, so don't wait to join!
  1. Saturday, April 8th from 10:00am to 12:00pm
    11 seats remaining
    $318.00

BERNINA Q24 Long Arm Guide Class

The Q24 Long Arm 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 Q24 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 Q24 from Hinkletown Sewing, this (one time) guide class is free! Choose a date and enter coupon code LONGARM24 (all capital letters, no spaces) to waive the $34 fee.

This class ($34) will be taught by Carol Martin.
  1. Saturday, April 8th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm (Sold Out)
  2. Saturday, May 13th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $34.00

Rainbow Bracelets Quilt

Use “strip sets” to make your own fabric bracelet quilt. Choose a package of pre-cut 2 ½” strips and combine them with a background that compliments your colors, or cut your own strips from your stash.

Expect to learn tips for keeping bias cut edges from stretching and distorting while you sew your blocks, and how to keep your rows straight even with sashing sewn between them. Your instructor will also share ideas to make a little surprise quilt with the left over cut pieces!

Although the pattern is for a lap/throw size quilt (59" x 71"), it is easily adaptable for the size you desire, from wall hanging to queen.

This class ($54) will be taught by Sally Rapp and is appropriate for the confident beginner to experienced sewer.

A required supply list (pattern, fabric, notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, April 15th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    8 seats remaining
    $54.00

Bernina Software Inspirations- Above the Surface

Software 8 has six new Puffy Foam alphabets. Let’s investigate embroidering 3D fonts and digitizing designs for Puffy Foam. Bring your embroidery above the surface by adding dimension to lettering and designs.

This is a software class. You will work with Bernina's Embroidery Software 8 on your laptop and go home with a design ready to sew out on your machine.

This class ($34) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock.
  1. Wednesday, April 19th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $34.00
  2. Wednesday, April 19th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    5 seats remaining
    $34.00

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. Friday, April 21st from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    6 seats remaining
    $34.00

Piecing and Quilting 101

This two-session class is designed for those with some sewing experience, but new to quilting. Rather than beginning with a bed-size quilt, our project will be small and manageable so as not to overwhelm you.

Our first class will teach accurate rotary cutting and block construction as we make the versatile Arkansas Crossroads block from Alex Anderson’s book, “Make Your First Quilt".

In our second class we will put the quilt together. We will learn about quilting patterns and how to use quilting tools. The quilt sandwich will be quilted by machine.

So gather some basic supplies and fabric you love, and join us for your first quilt journey!

This class ($88) will be taught by Sherry Musselman in TWO sessions:
Monday, April 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and
Monday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A required supply list (Alex Anderson's book "Make Your First Quilt", fabric, and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Monday, April 24th from 9:00am to 1:00pm
    8 seats remaining
    $88.00

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, April 25th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    Only 3 seats remaining
    $54.00

Electric Quilt 7 Software – Drawing Blocks

Come explore the easy and fun EQ7 block design tools! This class will introduce you to the basic skills of block design in EQ7 software using EasyDraw and PatchDraw tools.

You will learn how to analyze pieced block designs and draw them with EQ7’s easy to use drawing tools. You will also learn how to draw or trace appliqué designs and combine pieced and appliqué designs into one block.

This class ($44) will be taught by Carol Martin

Equipment requirements: A laptop with EQ7 software installed and activated and a mouse.

Skill requirements: Class participants should have taken Carol's "Electric Quilt 7 Software – Learn the Basics" class or have personal experience using the software.
  1. Friday, April 28th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
    5 seats remaining
    $44.00

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, April 29th from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $10.00
  2. Friday, May 12th from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    10 seats remaining
    $10.00

BERNINA Q-Matic Automation Software Guide Class

BERNINA Q-matic Automation software enhances your creative Longarm machine quilting experience. You can design a quilt project easily and intuitively. In this Guide Class you will learn how to navigate the All-in-one Touch PC and be introduced to the design and editing tools of the Q-matic software. An introduction to the digitizing and editing software, Art n Stitch is also included. Experience the full creative process from a computer design idea to automated Longarm machine quilting.

For those of you who purchased the Bernina Q-Matic Automation software via Hinkletown Sewing, this guide class is free! Please enter coupon code QMATICHT (all capital letters, no spaces) to waive the $44 fee.

This class ($44) will be taught by Carol Martin.
  1. Saturday, April 29th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm (Sold Out)
  2. Saturday, June 3rd from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $44.00

Beatle Bag

This is the perfect bag for organizing all your sewing supplies! Just grab the bag and all your supplies are right where you need them! It has ziplock page pockets as well as regular pockets.

Make more than one so you always have an organizer handy for make-up, jewelry, scrapbooking supplies, etc. The pattern is fat-quarter friendly and measures 20” x 11" when open.

This class ($54) will be taught by Mary Alice Fyock and is appropriate for students with sewing experience.

A required supply list (pattern, fabric, notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Thursday, May 11th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    11 seats remaining
    $54.00

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. 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 coupon code SITDOWN20 (all capital letters, no spaces) to waive the $34 fee.

This class ($34) will be taught by Carol Martin.
  1. Thursday, May 11th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm (Sold Out)
  2. Friday, June 2nd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Only 2 seats remaining
    $34.00

Dutchman's Puzzle Small Quilt

Create this Americana themed small wall quilt in time for your summer decorating. You will learn to make the Dutchman’s puzzle block by creating multiple flying geese units, one of the basic units of quilt block design.

You can sew 4 blocks to make a 22-inch square wall quilt or table topper, or sew 3 blocks to make a table runner. Instructions for assembling both will be included in the class.

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

A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation
  1. Monday, May 15th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
    6 seats remaining
    $54.00

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. Friday, May 19th from 10:00am to 4:30pm
    8 seats remaining
    $54.00

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. Saturday, May 20th from 10:00am to 4:30pm
    8 seats remaining
    $75.20

Half-Square Triangle Fun

Learn how to stitch the simple half-square triangle block, one of the basic building blocks of oh, so many quilts! Choose the size of your finished quilt (Baby or Lap-size), then learn how to stitch accurate half-square triangle units by trimming them with the Bloc Loc Ruler.

This is a great quilt to make unique and truly reflective of your style. Choose the size you want to make, gather your fabric, and then select a block layout (one of multiple layout options pictured at left) to create a simple, yet one-of-a-kind keepsake.

If you have some sewing experience, but want to try piecing and quilting, here is the perfect opportunity to make a truly impressive first quilt! Already an experienced quilter? This promises to be an enjoyable day for you as well. Come and see what all the fun is about!

This class ($54) will be taught by Andrea Hoke, and is suitable for beginners. A required supply list (fabric and notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, June 17th from 10:00am to 4:30pm
    12 seats remaining
    $54.00

Woodland Winter Thread Painting

Take your thread painting skills to the next level with this charming "Woodland Winter" panel by Northcott fabrics.

Bring depth to your panel by "painting" it with many threads of varied color and type. Use tulle to add yet another dimension. Learn more about bobbin work as Joyce demonstrates this bonus technique.

Some experience in thread painting will be helpful, but confident beginners who are familiar with the free-motion quilting technique can also enjoy success in this class.

This class ($125) will be taught in two sessions by Joyce Hughes.

The required $75 kit ($79.50 with PA sales tax) contains your panel, batting, backing, tulle, and many of the threads needed.

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

SESSION 1: Saturday, July 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
SESSION 2: Saturday, August 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  1. Saturday, July 29th from 9:00am to 4:30pm
    9 seats remaining
    $204.50

Special Event: Inside Aurifil and Aurifil Inside

Join us for a special presentation by Alex Veronelli, Development Officer of the well-known and beloved Aurifil thread company.

Alex will take us on an entertaining, behind-the-scenes video tour featuring a window into how Aurifil threads are made in the factory in Italy. You will be astounded by the time and effort that goes into every spool of thread!

Enjoy viewing an array of stunning textile artwork made by top designers in the industry, using Aurifil threads. Take the opportunity to handle these incredible works so you can see and feel for yourself the difference Aurifil makes in actual projects!

As always, door prizes, give aways, and refreshments will add to the fun and excitement!

Morning and afternoon sessions offer the same content--choose the time that fits your schedule.
  1. Friday, September 15th from 11:00am to 12:30pm
    36 seats remaining
    $10.00
  2. Friday, September 15th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
    31 seats remaining
    $10.00

Weaver Fever Quilt RETREAT

Do you like Bargello patterns but find them intimidating? Well, this Bargello-style quilt is especially fun to make and very easy to sew. The fun begins with choosing the fabrics and continues with seeing how quickly the blocks go together through easy rotary cutting and strip piecing.

In this retreat, you choose the challenge...easy is the "Three-ver", moderate is the "Four-ver" (pictured at right) and most challenging is the "Five-ver".

Because this pattern is all straight seam sewing (no curves) plan for a relaxing weekend, with time to visit with your quilty "neighbors", drink coffee, and enjoy our town's delicious, local food.

This retreat runs from Friday evening, October 27, 2017, through Sunday morning, October 29, 2017. 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. The required $9 pattern ($9.54 with PA sales tax) will be ordered for you according to your choice as explained above.

A required supply list (fabric and notions) and additional information will be sent with your registration confirmation.
  1. Friday, October 27th at 4:00pm to Sunday, October 29th at 12:00pm
    7 seats remaining
    $148.54

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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