Donna started doing needlework as a child, beginning with embroidery, and moving on to knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, and counted cross-stitch, in addition to garment sewing. In 1992, while on a shopping trip with a friend, she came upon a quilt shop that offered classes, and has been quilting ever since. She enjoys working with traditional patterns and reproduction fabrics, but is always open to new ideas and techniques. Sampler quilts are her favorite projects, because of the challenge of making a variety of blocks.
As an elementary school teacher for 27 years, she instilled in her students the belief that learning does not end when one leaves the classroom and encouraged them to become lifelong learners. She applies that philosophy to her quilting by trying to incorporate a new technique into each quilt.
Donna lives in Paoli with her husband, Joe, who supports her passion for quilting by accompanying her to shops and shows. Daughter Sarah has been the recipient of many of her mother’s projects. In her free time, Donna enjoys, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her family and friends. She is interested in history, particularly its connection to women’s arts such as quilting, and enjoys learning the history of blocks and patterns. She is a member of the Penn Oaks Quilt Guild and the Tredyffrin-Easttown Historical Society.
Ann Bertorelli began making quilts soon after the birth of her third grandchild in 2006. Once started it became a passion. However she has been a ‘maker’ her entire life, inspired by her mother who expressed her creativity through knitting, needlepoint, crochet, sewing and painting. “In my household everyone was a maker in different mediums--it was just something that we all did.” Before she took up quilting she made clothing as well as her own ballroom dance costumes for competition.
Ann has a background in teaching from being a high school teacher for 11 years, a corporate trainer, as well as an executive coach.
She likes making modern quilts (which she always labels), and is a long arm quilter.
Maureen began quilting more than twenty years ago after receiving a sewing machine as a gift from her mother-in-law, the only person Maureen knew who sewed! That machine is long gone but the passion for fabric and quilting has stayed and grown. Maureen enjoyed the good fortune of living in Houston, TX at the time she learned to sew, and thus had the opportunity to learn from many great teachers at Quilt Festival. She is a Certified Sew Kind of Wonderful Instructor.
Maureen is a retired engineer whose love of all things mathematical and precise can be realized while quilting. She has won several ribbons for her work at shows in Texas, including three first-place ribbons in one-person categories.
Maureen and her husband moved from Houston to Lancaster County in 2015. They are frequently on the road traveling in their Airstream Travel Trailer, which has just enough space for a sewing machine and supplies! They regularly volunteer for months at a time with the National Park Service, usually at their favorite National Park- Bryce Canyon in Utah.
JoAnn grew up in Lancaster County and began sewing as a young girl. Under her mother's protective wings, JoAnn sewed clothing and crafty items on her trusty Singer sewing machine. She also loved learning new things in Home Ec at school.
In the early 1990s, when Thimbleberries came out with a Block of the Month club, JoAnn discovered a love of patchwork and quilting. Today she still enjoys piecing quilts, doing machine embroidery, and sewing pocketbooks, bags, and accessories.
In February 2017, after retiring from 36 years in the banking industry, JoAnn happily accepted a part-time position on staff at The Old Country Store. Here she satisfies a long-time desire to be more involved with quilting, sewing, and helping others.
JoAnn and her husband, Malcom, have three children and two grandchildren. JoAnn enjoys being Grammy, motorcycling and traveling with Malcom, and gardening.
Clare began sewing as a middle schooler. She started with simple clothing patterns using her mom’s Singer. In the mid-1980’s, she assisted her former Girl Scout Leader (Chris) with her very busy, at home, Bridal Gown business. She thought she could help Chris by doing handwork, and assist in the re-design of Clare’s mom’s wedding dress for her sister Cathy’s upcoming wedding. She never looked back. Several years of bridal/bridesmaid/Mother of gowns soon found Clare sewing her own gown in 1988.
Home ownership offered the challenge of drapery and home accessory sewing. Garment alterations were ever-present, and the machine never seemed to cool down.
Clare has always had some sort of needle in her hands. Most recently she closed her knitting shop to retire. COVID has precipitated a new garment sewing phase. She is inspired by color and texture. Simple designs are a canvas for creativity. The machine is again heating up, but these days compete with a long list of knitting and needlepoint projects.
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 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.
After selling the family steel and recycling business, followed by a short period in retirement, John began working part time for Bernina of America and Hinkletown Sewing. Over time his work load with Hinkletown Sewing continued to grow and he stopped traveling to quilt shows for Bernina. Today he continues to manage special events, provide software support, and oversee other computer related projects for Hinkletown Sewing.
John enjoys traveling to Bernina University each year for Hinkletown Sewing and has traveled to the Bernina factories in Switzerland and Thailand. But most of all he enjoys working with the Zimmerman family and all the great Hinkletown Sewing customers.
In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and working on dirt track race cars as a chassis tech.
Cheryl grew up in the small town of Nazareth, PA, where she sewed her own clothing, crafted, and crocheted afghans and scarves for friends and family. Her aunt taught her to use fabric paint and stencils before hand-quilting around her designs to make pillows.
Cheryl’s family loved Lancaster County and would take summer trips to the area. Cheryl always wanted to make quilts like the ones she saw in Lancaster County, so finally in 2002, after her daughters were grown, she took her first class and was immediately hooked. Since then, her journey has allowed her to explore different areas of quilting. “I love quilting for my grandchildren (three grandsons and a granddaughter) and my daughters, family, and friends,” Cheryl says.
In 2007, Cheryl began teaching at a quilt shop in Weissport, PA, and in 2010 she began quilt retreats, both great opportunities to meet new students and sharing her love of quilting with them. Cheryl became a certified Quilt in a Day instructor under the direction of Eleanor Burns and Sue Burchard (Paducah, KY) in 2011.
Cheryl now lives in Palmerton, PA with her husband and her quilt-loving cats.
Dolores began sewing at an early age. She still owns her first sewing machine, a Toy Singer, which she received at the age of eleven.
Dolores was a 4-H member as a child. As an adult, she took advanced clothing classes through the Pennsylvania State Extension Service. Her first experience with patchwork came when she made a patched pinafore (from kettle cloth, no less!) for her daughter's Holly Hobby dress.
After her son and daughter were grown, Dolores' sewing interest expanded into quilting. Her love for sewing still includes piecing and quilting today.
Dolores lives on a preserved farm with her husband, a dog, and too many cats. She has twin grandchildren.
Andrea has been sewing ever since she was a little girl. Fortunate to have a mother who was a Home Economics teacher, she learned to sew and do needlework at a very young age. She grew up sewing her own clothes, participating in 4-H club, and entering her creations in the local county fair.
A Sampler Quilt class in 1991 awakened Andrea’s love of quilting, and she has been stitching quilts ever since. She enjoys all forms of quilting, including hand and machine piecing, appliqué, and hand and machine quilting. She has entered her quilts in the Elizabethtown Fair almost every year for the past 25 years.
“Modern Traditionalist” best describes Andrea’s style. She loves all things vintage, which is reflected in her work. The exploding online quilting community has only fueled her passion for quilting, and as a result, she has “more quilts in her brain than she will be ever be able to stitch in this lifetime!” Andrea enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience and delights in introducing sewing and quilting to others.
Andrea lives in Elizabethtown, PA and also enjoys cooking, gardening and blogging.
Joyce is an award-winning, self-taught quilter and fiber artist. Her first quilt was a t-shirt quilt, which she enjoyed making, but felt limited her artistic capabilities. Within several months of making that first quilt, she began to design pictorial landscape quilts using raw edge applique, thread painting, and a variety of embellishments. Never knowing the “rules”, she broke a lot of them, but with exciting results!
Amazingly, her first art quilt, “Mother’s Day”, was entered into a national show and won a blue ribbon! This led to numerous awards, recognitions and opportunities in the quilting world. One of her proudest moments came in October of 2012, when she was chosen as “McCall’s Quilt Designer 2012 – Professional Category” for McCall’s Quilting Magazine.
Currently, Joyce works with fabric panels, adding dimension and texture with threads and embellishments to create a style of her own! Joyce loves to teach and share her tips. She considers it among her greatest accomplishments when students create their own art work following her Dimensional Thread Painting techniques!
Mary has been an avid quilter for over 25 years, creating countless quilts for her children, her home, her nieces and nephews, friends, for weddings, births, graduations. Building on this passion, for the past ten years she has been exploring the field of fiber art. In 2009 Mary began to make "quilted home portraits" of houses, using a technique she developed and perfected. By 2012 Mary was creating portraits of people and entering art shows. The photo to the right is of Mary and her "Quilted Poe" at the Delaplaine Art Center in 2013. She has won awards and competitions and sold pieces locally and around the country.
Carol’s earliest memories of quilts involve playing under the quilt frame while her Grandma was quilting, and being thrilled when the collection of heirloom quilts was taken out of storage to be shown to guests. Carol’s mother taught her how to sew her own clothing, but she learned to quilt while working at The Old Country Store. In turn, she had the privilege of teaching her mother how to quilt.
“My passion in quilting is collecting antique fabric, preferably late 19th century fabrics, and creating miniature quilts. I love the challenge of taking a large quilt block pattern and resizing it into a smaller block,” says Carol. When she is not sewing with antique fabrics, she is dipping into her stash of reproduction Civil War fabrics.
Currently, Carol is employed as a care giver for senior citizens in their homes. Her hobbies, in addition to quilting, are nature photography, working in her flower gardens and motorcycle riding with her husband.
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 daughters also caught the sewing bug and give Jan’s two Bernina machines a real workout!
Kelly took her first sewing class at age 12 at the Singer Sewing Center. All through high school she made her own clothes and learned the love of creating with your own hands. Pregnant with her first child, 44 years ago, she saw a picture on the cover of a magazine of a quilt and decided she wanted to learn how to quilt. Mostly self-taught, these were the days before good books, patterns, rotary cutters, and great fabrics.
Once the children were gone and after a career in Real Estate, she returned full time to quilting, lecturing, and teaching classes. She likes everything from antique quilts to modern quilts.
Kelly and her husband Bob live in Downingtown where they raised 4 children and like to spend time enjoying their 9 grandchildren.
Kandra’s sewing journey began in an elementary 4-H class, but really took off in high school when she started experimenting with fashion designs. She turned jeans into a purse and sewed her own Victorian-style prom dress, among other projects.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Kandra requested a sewing machine instead of a diamond for an engagement present! She’s put her new Bernina to good use, sewing window treatments, dress clothes, and kids’ toys. While Kandra has dabbled with quilting, she really prefers sewing and altering clothing.
Kandra lives with her husband and family in Lititz. When she’s not sewing, she may be found chasing bunnies out of her vegetable garden or reading stories to her two young boys.
Sally's sewing journey began at age 10. With her mother as her teacher, Sally took on the challenge of an un-pressed pleated skirt for her first project. As a young wife, she taught herself tailoring by following the most complicated Vogue patterns.
Sally's first quilts were made for her young sons, following her grandmother's example of using coloring book illustrations for applique motifs. Since moving to Garden Spot Village, Sally has enjoyed the opportunity to continue learning new techniques from other experienced quilters.
For twenty-three years Sally served as a missionary in the Philippines with her family. Her professional training in Christian education prepared her to teach all ages. Today her life is balanced by Bible study and sewing, teaching adults and teaching children. She writes patterns and creates sewing projects using the label Sally’s Stitches.
Sally and her husband enjoy ministry, world travel and keeping physically fit. They have three sons and four grandchildren.
Jackie first learned to sew at the age of nine. When her children were young, she had her own home business making children’s clothing. Jackie got hooked on quilting in 1998 when her mother took her to her first quilt show.
In 2008 Jackie met Deb Tucker and took Deb’s Rapid Fire Hunter's Star class. From that point on Jackie fell in love with Studio 180 Design tools for their precision and accuracy. Jackie became a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor in 2014, and has had quilts published in Deb's books, Hidden Treasures and Royal Treasures. Now she loves teaching and watching the excitement on her students' faces when they make their first cut and see the precision they can achieve using the Studio 180 Design tools.
Jackie spent nine years on active duty in the Air Force, and 38 years as an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner. After retiring in 2018 she pursued her dream job of teaching others to quilt and instilling in them the love of the art of quilting.
In her spare time, Jackie loves spending time with her grandchildren, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.
Sherry learned to sew in Home Economics Class in High School. She made clothing for herself and family members. In nursing school, her interest in quilting was piqued when she learned to hand quilt at a friend’s house. After retiring from nursing, Sherry returned to her first love of sewing and finally learned to quilt. She enjoys sharing her craft with others.
Sherry and her husband, John, enjoy traveling, watching old movies, and exploring quilts shops and bookstores. She also leads a Bible Study group at her church.
Sally has had a needle in her hand since she was in elementary school. She started with simple embroidery, but by junior high school she was sewing much of her own clothing. In 1976, bi-centennial year celebrations piqued her interest in doing patchwork and quilting.
Since that time, Sally has taken many classes from nationally known teachers. She has also taught quilting classes for quilt shops, evening schools, and quilt guilds.
Shortly after her retirement from secretarial work, Sally and her husband, Fran, chose to move to Garden Spot Village in New Holland. She has an active lifestyle in the community, enjoying casual bike riding, ringing hand bells, taking bus trips, and of course, teaching quilting. Sally and Fran have two adult children and five grandchildren.
Rachel has been sewing as long as she can remember! She started hand-sewing her mother's scraps together as a little girl and is now the proud owner of Rachel Rossi Design. She loves creating quilts that are fresh and draw in a new generation of quilters.
With a degree in Interior Design and a passion for all things creative, Rachel is always up to something! When she's not at her sewing machine, you can find her outside in the garden or in the garage with a can of stain or a sander in-hand.
Rachel lives in Lancaster County with her husband, Steven, and her daughter, Alina. Both are as much a part of the business as Rachel is, "Steven not only built and maintains my website, but I couldn't ask for a better business partner," says Rachel. "Little Alina is the reason I wanted to go into business for myself, but it turns out she's my biggest inspiration too."
Marisa started sewing at a young age and took her first quilt class at the age of 14. However it wasn’t until the impending birth of her daughter Lucy Rose that she made her first quilt. Within two years she was working at her local quilt store and, over the last 13 years, she has worked in the sewing world in a variety of roles including as a salesperson, educator, Bernina specialist and community outreach coordinator. In January 2016 she started an English Paper Piecing Club that continues to meet every month.
Marisa is a Certified Nurse Midwife and though no longer delivering babies, she is dedicated to the areas women’s health and empowerment. Her training as a midwife reinforced the importance of building support networks throughout a woman’s lifecycle and she has found that her English Paper Piecing Club is just that! Plus EPP is a portable way to be creative and manage stress.
Most recently, Marisa has lead workshops at the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ as well as facilitating workshops for survivors of sexual violence through the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment.
Lois has been sewing and quilting since her childhood days. Growing up in an old farmhouse, she learned by experience the necessity of quilts and comforts. Lois and her husband live on that same homestead and had the privilege of raising their four children there.
Passionate about passing on the art of sewing and quilting, the sewing classroom is a great fit for Lois. Long arm quilting is her recent venture.
Lois and her husband also enjoy camping in national and state parks.