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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).

Jazzy Jewels Quilt

This skewed Nine Patch takes Stack and Slash to a fun new level! Students will learn the blocks and work on several stacks during class, likely completing at least half the blocks.

Learn how to square up the blocks, set them into pods, and finish the quilt at home.

The finished quilt is 60" x 60".

This class ($54) will be taught by Jody Beck.

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

A required supply list with additional fabric needs (notions, sashing, backing, binding) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Monday, October 27th from 10:00am to 4:30pm
    7 seats remaining

Twisted Christmas Wall Hanging

Do your Christmas decorations need a fresh addition? Come make a festive wall quilt, and see why the twisted technique is so popular!

You’ll be surprised at how fun and easy it is—perhaps you’ll make a second wreath at home for Christmas gift-giving?

This class ($44) is taught by Ruth Ann Gingrich
Required $22 kit ($23.32 with PA sales tax) includes pattern, twister template, fabric charm squares, and bell embellishments to complete the center portion of the wall hanging.

A required supply list (notions, rotary cutter, etc.) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Friday, November 7th from 9:00am to 1:00pm
    7 seats remaining

Diva Clutch Purse

You’ll be amazed how simple it is to make this sweet, little purse. But watch out, it’s addictive! You’ll find you need one in other fabric combinations, or you’ll think of friends who need gifts.

Just a half yard of fabric and the metal fixture that’s a cinch to attach, and voila!

This class ($34) will be taught by Jan Mast.

A required $22 kit ($23.32 with PA sales tax) includes pattern, fusible Pellon, and two-piece metal wallet frame. You will receive your kit upon arrival to class.

A required supply list (notions and fabric) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Thursday, November 13th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    7 seats remaining

Stacked and Stitched Leaf Quilt

This class consists of two parts. First, we’ll make a stacked and stitched “pelt” for your future design possibilities. Part Two includes completion of an 8” x 10” layered and slashed wall quilt with a leaf motif.

This class ($34) will be taught by Christine Morgan.

Required $20 kit ($21.20 with PA sales tax) includes pelts needed to complete leaf quilt (many colors to choose from).

A required supply list (notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Saturday, November 15th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    7 seats remaining

Dresden Plate Table Topper

It’s always fun to have something new for the center of your table, and you’ll love how easily this nifty design goes together.

Choose fabric (from our Store) to match your décor, or opt for a seasonal, holiday motif, and take home a charming, new look for your dining area.

This class ($34) will be taught by Ruth Ann Gingrich.

A required $21 kit ($22.26 with PA sales tax) includes batting, thread, and your choice of fabric. You will receive your kit upon arrival at class, and students will go together in class to choose kit fabric at the Store.

A required supply list (notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Tuesday, November 18th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    11 seats remaining

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 $7 kit ($7.42 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 (notions) will be sent with your class confirmation.
  1. Wednesday, November 19th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    9 seats remaining

SPECIAL EVENT: Lacking Sense and Sensibility

Quilt book author and Jane Austen aficionado, Karen Gloeggler, will be with us to present, "Lacking Sense and Sensibility."

The 2-hour presentation will be offered in the afternoon and again in the evening, with identical content both times.

This special event will be held in our Sewing Classroom and will begin with hot tea and cookies, followed by Karen's entertaining lecture, quilt trunk show, and book signing.

Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today!
  1. Friday, December 12th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    12 seats remaining
  2. Friday, December 12th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    27 seats remaining

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

Marcia Nissley

Sewing Class Coordinator

Marcia began her sewing hobby as a young girl while learning, under her mother’s supervision, how to sew her own dresses. Today, her interests are less in making garments, and are more in sewing quilts and other home décor.

Marcia finds her inspiration from reading quilting blogs and following trends on Pinterest. She gravitates toward more modern designs with fields of white amidst bright patches of color. That said, there’s still a place in her heart for traditional quilts and vintage finds. “I love to scour yard sales and thrift stores for other people’s textile castoffs!” she says.

Having worked at the Store off and on since 1997, Marcia’s responsibilities include quilt book, pattern, and kit buying. She’s excited about her new role as Sewing Class Coordinator. “One of my favorite things about working in the Store is helping fabric customers pull together everything they need for a project, so working with teachers and class attendees to inspire creativity in sewing classes is an awesome opportunity!”

Jody Beck

Jody began quilting in 2000, and by 2003 she began publishing her quilt patterns as Jody’s Jems.

She responded to requests to teach her techniques, and is now possibly best-known for her Stack and Slash pattern, “which is for quilters who like unplanned projects,” compared to the pattern’s popular cousin, the Stack and Whack pattern which she labels “for perfect people.”

A good day for Jody includes quilting with friends or traveling to Lancaster’s Green Dragon with her husband, Jim.

Jody and Jim live in Pottstown, PA, where she is also involved in teaching Precepts for Life Bible studies and leading a weekly Moms in Prayer group.

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 selected quilts to sell in the Store and oversaw production of our signature kits. More recently she teaches classes and is responsible for making pattern and kit samples to display in the Store.

Ruth Ann’s a well-seasoned seamstress with years of experience sewing clothing for her family, participating in her church sewing circle, and making quilts for grandchildren.

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.

"I have always loved creating things with my hands, imagining ways to put color and texture together, and marrying traditional craft with modern technique. Owning the Store, buying fabric for both the "bricks" and "clicks" stores, and relating local quilters and crafters is a dream job!" she shares.

Jan and her husband Dean, owners of The Old Country Store, 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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