A Messy House is a Sign of a Happy Quilter!

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Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
We are so excited!  We just received word that The All Minnesota Shop Hop fabric has been shipped and is on the way to our shop.  The fabric is expected to arrive by the end of the week for our customers to see.  It will be available for purchase when The All Minnesota Shop Hop begins on April 1, 2022.   

April 1, 2022 also marks the 3rd year anniversary for Affinity For Quilts.  It is hard to believe we have been here for three years already.  Time sure does fly when you are doing something you love  and meeting so many wonderful people along the way.  A big thank you to everyone for a great three years! 
The Reach For The Sun quilt is designed by Laura Muir and Natalie Crabtree.  We used the Fresh As A Daisy line from Moda Fabrics to create the Dresden Flowers sprouting up in their springtime garden.  The quilt measures 64" x 72" and the kit includes the pattern, panel, and the fabric for the top and binding.  There are a limited number of kits available for $121.99.
Cotton & Steel brings us Cosmic Sea by Jessica Zhao of Callie & Co.  This collection was inspired by all things of the sea and invites you to wander through the dreamy water world.  
The Sun & Sea Quilt Kit features the fabrics from the collection by the same name.  The fabric line is designed by David Galchutt for QT Fabrics.  The Sun & Sea Quilt pattern was designed by Pine Tree Country Quilts and features quick-corner triangle angled units to make a versatile frame for the 2/3 yard panel.  The quilt measures 52" x 72" and kits are available for $96.99.  Coordinating fabric pieces are perfect for backing your quilt and are available for $12.99 a yard.  This sample will be coming soon!
Hip Hop by Dan Morris for QT Fabrics features sweet and silly frogs, mushrooms, tadpoles and snails as they frolic in the lily pads and flowers of this fun and happy collection.  Project possibilities are endless with the fabric lines border stripe.  
If you are unable find an item you are looking for, talk to any Affinity For Quilts team member and we will do our best to order it for you.  We wish we could carry all your quilting needs, but items that are not basic sometimes need to be special ordered.  
Classroom Space
Our classroom space is currently open.  If your group would like a place to meet please contact Affinity For Quilts at 651-429-1039.  Evening meeting space is available; however, there will be a fee that will need to be negotiable with the shop for evening meetings.

COVID cases are leveling off in Minnesota and the CDC have adjusted their guidelines.  We will continue to monitor the COVID situation; however, masks are still a great way to stop the spread of this disease.  If you have not been vaccinated please wear a mask when in the shop.  At the current time it is employee choice if they want to mask or not. 

Reoccurring Store Specials
  • 1st Tuesday of each month - Double Punch Tuesday
  • 2nd Monday of each month - Freebie Monday
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month - FQ Wednesday - Buy 6 Get 7th Free
  • 4th Friday of each month - Take an extra 10% off all Sale Wall Fabrics
Bad Weather Store Closure Policy
While we strive not to close the shop sometimes mother nature has other ideas and we have to make the decision to close for everyone's safety.  This is just a reminder of the store closure policy here at Affinity For Quilts. 
  1. We will post any notifications on Facebook.
  2. An e-mail will be sent to everyone who is a current subscriber on our list. 
  3. Our website calendar will be update.
  4. If the weather is questionable and you are unsure if the shop is open please call before heading out. 

Sewing Machine Service
Is your sewing machine in need of tune-up or repair?  If so, Jordan is on site to assist you with all of your machine needs.  When bringing your machine in for service, include the sewing machine, foot control, power cord, standard zig-zag foot if your machine sews a zig zag stitch, bobbin case, bobbin and thread.  Jordan can be reached at  612-275-3356 if you would like to speak to him directly or to make an appointment. He is currently offering curbside pickup and delivery.

The Quilting For Affinity Group
Share your finished projects!  Join the "Quilting For Affinity" Facebook group to share your work and be inspired by others. Just click here, and you will be taken to the Facebook group.  Select 'join group' and you will be added.  It's that easy!  

Tip of the Week!
Affinity For Quilts Tip of the Week:   If your scissors do not cut well layer a few sheets of wax paper and cut thru them.  This will help make the blades glide smoothly through your fabric.  
Classes and Events
In order to give all of our customers the opportunity to take classes we will be requesting payment at the time of registration.  If you need to cancel, we ask for notification 7 days prior to the class date so we can offer your spot to someone on our wait list and refund your registration fee.  Thanks so much for your understanding of this policy change and happy quilting everyone.

When you sign up for a class at Affinity For Quilts you will receive information about the class including any supplies needed for the class and often a few things that need to be completed before the day of the class.  Be sure to read through the supply/class prep list to ensure you have everything you need for a really wonderful class experience.  
If you sign up and pay by phone, not to worry, we can email you all of the information you need for a successful class experience.

You can register and pay for classes in person at 2199 4th Street, White Bear Lake Minnesota or by phone at 651-429-1039.
Midnight Open Sew

Are you ready to spend a night quilting with friends?  Join Diana as she hosts our monthly Midnight Open Sew.  This month we will be having Spaghetti, garlic toast, and  Binge Bars for dessert.  

Date:   Friday, March 25, 2022 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Class Fee:  $20.00

Are you ready to spend the day quilting with friends?  Bring your own project(s) to work on and spend the day sewing!  Dinner will be served at 5pm and the menu will feature Spaghetti, garlic toast, and  Binge Bars for dessert.  

Date:   Sunday, March 27, 2022 
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Class Fee:  $20.00
All Minnesota Shop Hop Begins In 9 days!!!!
April 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022

Everyone is excited about the All Minnesota Shop Hop and we hope you are as well!    If you are not currently following the All Minnesota Shop Hop on Facebook group please join for their last live broadcast before the event begins by going to www.facebook.com/groups/allminnesotashophop. We are looking forward to seeing everyone as the snow melts and the weather warms during the April-May All Minnesota Shop Hop.  
Sashiko Stitching Club

The Sashiko Stitching Club includes an exclusive project each month, only available to Club members.  During this time you will be able to work on your own individual projects and get tips and pointers from other stitchers, and our beloved and talented instructor Tammy Berry. Participants will also receive a 15% discount for their Sashiko supplies, and fabric purchases.  Discount excludes: Thread, Notions and Quilt MN fabrics.

Be sure to call today to reserve your spot in this fun and exciting club!

Date:  Sunday, April 3, 2022
           Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
Flash Monday

OK, I have this great pattern in mind, and want to make, using The All Minnesota Shop Hop Fabric; however, the fabric has not arrived as of the time of What's Up Wednesday.  So save the date and stay tuned next week to see the fun project planned for the April Flash Monday.   Hint:  it is a table topper!

Date:  Monday, April 4, 2022
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Diana Wendorf

Boro Sashiko

Join Tammy for the Boro Sashiko class.  In this class you will combine your fabric scraps with Sashiko embroidery to create beautiful textile art. This is a great way for quilters to put  favorite leftover bits of fabric to use. This will be a raw edge, hand sewn project. You will learn about creating variations too! Gather your fabric scraps, scissors and embroidery supplies and begin creating using the Japanese tradition of Boro Sashiko.  No Sashiko stitching experience necessary. 

Date: April 14, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm or 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Class Fee: $30.00

Instructor: Tammy Berry

Beginning Sashiko

Learn the art of Sashiko with a small pre-printed project that is perfect for beginner students.  This stitch method can be used in the traditional way to mend cloth items or to add texture and interest to a new projects. Students will be learning Sashiko using  square block that can be finished as a 16" pillow. One project to get started on endless fun. Supplies are few to try this addictive hobby.  Come join us!

Date:  Saturday,  April 16, 2022
Time:  AM Session 9:00am - Noon
            PM Session 1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Class Fee:  $20.00
Instructor: Tammy Berry

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny has contacted me asking for permission to deliver some very special Easter Eggs for our customers. These eggs are not only filled with chocolate but are also filled with savings off all of your favorite quilting supplies and a few lucky eggs are even filled with gift certificates.

Date:  Saturday, April 16, 2022
Time:  9am-5pm, or until all eggs are found.

Must be 18 or older to participate. Children with parents can hunt for eggs; however, only one egg per household.
Beginning Quilting

Join us in this 3 part Beginning Quilting class to learn the very basics of quilt making.  In this class you will learn how to read a pattern, use a rotary cutter, cutting mat, basic quilt ruler, and other quilting supplies, while achieving that necessary 1/4" seam.  Diana will lead you through the steps to create this fun beginner quilt top. The pattern we have chosen is Burn Bright by Morgan McCollough from Modernly Morgan and is created with the beginner quilter in mind. A straight stitch sewing machine is required for this class.

Dates:  April 19, 2022, May 3, 2022, and May 17, 2022
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm or 6:00pm-9:00pm 
Class Fee:  $50.00  (Fee includes a small spool of Aurifil thread and a package of sewing machine needles)
Instructor:  Diana Wendorf
Makers Project Bag 2.0

Join Tammy in this all day class to create this fun project bag.  With a finished size of 13.5" x 13.5", it will easily hold your Sashiko, Embroidery or Quilt project blocks.  The clear vinyl window allows for visibility of the contents too!  The large project bag is perfect to adapt and use your 12"x12" Sashiko stitched project.    An extra quilt block or two, would also make a great backdrop in this bag!

Date:  April 30, 2022
Time:  9:30am - 4:30pm
Class Fee $45.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry


Beginning Paper Piecing

Join us in the Beginning Paper Piecing class and learn how to create your quilt project using the paper piecing method of quilting. You will create perfect points every time with this technique of quilt making! Rebecca will lead you through the steps to create this fun beginner table topper. The pattern we have chosen is by Cindi McCracken from Cut Loose Prints and is created with the beginner paper piercer in mind. A straight stitch sewing machine is required for this class.

Kits are available for $43.99 and include pattern, paper piecing foundations, and fabric for top and binding.   

Feel free to choose your own fabrics.  Pattern and Paper Piecing Foundations can be purchased separately.  

Date:  Thursday, May 19, 2022
Time:  9:30am-1:00pm
Class Fee:  $40.00
Instructor:  Rebecca Rise


Quilt Minnesota 2022 - July 29, 2022 thru August 20, 2022

Quilt Minnesota 2022 fabric is now available for pre-order.  Here at Affinity For Quilts we do not require a deposit for your order and the website (www.affinityforquilts.com) is set up with a $0.00 price for Quilt Minnesota fabrics and pre-cuts.  Payment processing will not begin until July 25, 2022.    You will find a complete price list of the Quilt Minnesota Fabric line in the description area of each fabric.  If you prefer to pre-order Quilt Minnesota 2022 fabrics in person just stop into the store and talk to any sales associate. The actual fabric will not be in store until June of 2022.   
Thank you for your continued support, you are appreciated more than words can ever express.

Stay well and happy quilting everyone.   Remember, you cannot keep a good quilter down.

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