Class Archive

"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.


"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 If seats become available, "Wait List" will be contacted in order of email receipt.


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.


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.


Cake Mix Demo Event - FREE with your RSVP!

Have you heard about Moda's new Cake Mixes? These popular paper sewing and cutting guides are used with 10" square precuts, often known as Layer Cakes, to quickly create accurate quilt block components.

If you're curious about Cake Mixes, come to a FREE demo and see for yourself how fun and easy they are to use!

Drop in to our second floor event space to attend this demo. Please let us know you are coming by registering below for the morning or afternoon demo. Please enter coupon code SewACake when you register, to attend this event for FREE.

Your registration will also reserve you shopping coupons, a chance to win door-prizes and giveaways, and, of course, a slice of real cake!


Pattern PARTY! Play Pattern Buyer for a Day!

Do you love NEW patterns and wish you had access to even MORE patterns than our Store offers?

Brenda Watson from Checker Distributors (the world's leading supplier of sewing and quilting products) will indulge us with an insider's look at a huge variety of brand new pattern offerings--including some you may never see because our Store simply can't carry everything!

This is your ticket to peruse (and purchase!) patterns you haven't seen before, plus see how it feels to be the Pattern Buyer for a day!

In addition to her passel of patterns, Brenda will also treat us to a trunk show of her quilts and projects made with patterns utilizing Creative Grids Rulers.

The event takes place on our 2nd floor, and as always, there will be event specials, a chance to earn free patterns, and delicious refreshments to sweeten your time!

Your payment of the $10 registration fee reserves your seat. Upon attendance, you'll receive a coupon for saving $10 on a future purchase.


Getting in Touch With Your “Woolly” Side--Kathy Cardiff Lecture and Book Signing

Wool work and cotton patchwork are becoming ever better friends and ever more popular in the world of hand crafting.

Author and “woolly” wonder, Kathy Cardiff, comes to share the best of her experiences working with wool. Learn Kathy’s tips for using wool, storing wool, and enjoying the process of this particular creative outlet.

Kathy’s most recent book, “A Cottage Garden”, is newly released by well-known and industry-leading quilt book publisher, Martingale. Kathy will share a trunk show of the lovely projects in her book, answer your questions, and be available to sign your copy of "A Cottage Garden".

Join us, and bring a friend with you! Relax together with a cup of tea or coffee (and a treat in hand!) as you get to know Kathy and enjoy her trunk show.

Both sessions below offer the same content. Choose the time that best fits your schedule.


Rachel Rossi Trunk Show: Tradition Gone Modern

Meet Rachel Rossi, the owner and designer of Rachel Rossi Design. Her passion for modern quilt design is firmly rooted in the belief that people who sew and quilt have a special opportunity to create something more than a beautiful quilt- they contribute to a community of hospitality, thoughtfulness, and love. Rachel aims to grow this community through innovative patterns, a helpful blog, and teaching everywhere she can.

Rachel launched Rachel Rossi Design in 2015 and has since produced over 30 patterns in a broad range of styles, including art quilts, paper piecing, appliqué, and traditional block styles. You'll see quilts made with these patterns and learn more about Rachel and her design process.

When she's not sewing, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter in their Lancaster County home. She is program director at the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild, and is often traveling throughout the year to various quilt shows and events.

"I think that the gift of quilting is so important, and that's why I aim to bring it to the next generation in a fresh and innovative way. I hope that you'll join me in my mission and create a world that is beautiful and maybe one quilt warmer."

This event will be held on the second floor of The Old Country Store, and includes refreshments.


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 through Sunday morning. A light welcome dinner on Friday evening is included. Students are responsible for all other meals and lodging.

A required supply list and additional information will be sent with your registration confirmation.


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 through Sunday morning. A light welcome dinner on Friday evening is included. Students are responsible for all other meals and lodging.

A required supply list and additional information will be sent with your registration confirmation.


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 through Sunday morning. A light welcome dinner on Friday evening is included. Students are responsible for all other meals and lodging.

The required pattern 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.