Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale!

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Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
The Holiday Shop Hop 2022 - A Few Of My Favorite Things is under way now and will continue through Saturday, November 19th.  One of our favorite things from this Holiday Shop Hop is meeting so many new quilters!  Affinity For Quilts is one of 12 great shops participating in this hop.  For complete details about this fun and exciting shop hop visit the Classes and Events section below. 

We have seen our first snowfall of the year! A snowflake or two does not mean that our shop is closed.  This is just a reminder of how we communicate possible store closures due to weather.  If you should arrive to the shop at 9am be patient if we are not there.  The roads were hazardous on Monday and my commute took me longer than expected, even though I did leave earlier, I did not arrive at the shop till 9:15am.  Any store closures will be communicated by 7:30am using the social media means listed below. 
  1. A Facebook post will be added to our page with details of the closure.
  2. An e-mail will be sent to everyone who is a current subscriber to What's Up Wednesday.
  3. The "Calendar" on our website will be update that the store is "CLOSED."
  4. If the weather is bad and you are unsure if the shop is open please call before heading out.  If no one answers the phone and it is between the hours of 9am-5pm then we are most likely closed.  
The Downtown White Bear Lake Holiday Open House was a fun evening!  We had a visit from Santa and were serenaded to by a group of carolers.   Thank you to everyone who stopped in during the event and congratulations to our winners:  Nancy G, Kim A, and Sharon M.  

Thanksgiving will be upon us before we know it.  I can't believe it is already next week!  With the upcoming holiday there will be a few changes in our store hours.
  • November 23rd - 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • November 24th - Closed 
  • November 25th - We will re-open at 9:00am till 9:00pm for our Black Friday event.
The White Bear Lake Lions Club is collecting toys and non-perishable food items for families in need.  Affinity For Quilts has a bin set up for donations and would like to encourage people to stop into the shop with a new unwrapped toy or food donation for some special savings.  New mittens, hats, and scarves are also always welcomed!
  • 10% off Fabric purchase when donating a non-perishable food item. 
  • 15% off Fabric purchase when donating an unwrapped toy
  • 20% off Fabric purchase with donation of non-perishable food item and toy. 
Discount will also apply to pre-cuts and kits.  All Quilt Minnesota fabrics are excluded from discounts. 

The last winter sample is now done for the year!  Snowy Friends is a charming flannel quilt using the panel and fabric line from the Winter Comfort line by Benartex.  The quilt measures 52" x 60" and kits are available for  $79.99.
We have not forgot about our embroidery fans out there!  Just in from Crabapple Hill is the newest Block Of the Month, Superstition!  This is a thirteen month  A-Z alphabet series with a Halloween flair.  We already have month one in stock with the letter "A" and the quilt assembly.  Will you be joining us for month  #2 which is  "B" for  Boot?  Call today to be added to the list of participants who will be receiving these monthly patterns.  
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 of the items for your quilting needs, but some things 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 negotiated with the shop for evening meetings.

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 
Winter Weather Notifications
  1. A Facebook post will be added to our page with details of the closure.
  2. An e-mail will be sent to everyone who is a current subscriber to What's Up Wednesday.
  3. The "Calendar" on our website will be update that the store is "CLOSED."
  4. If the weather is bad and you are unsure if the shop is open please call before heading out.  If no one answers the phone and it is between the hours of 9am-5pm then we are most likely closed.  
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.  Please refer to our website for the shops current precautions and updates. 

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: Nothing is worse than miscutting your fabric so always live by the rule of Measure Twice.....Cut Once!
Just a reminder if you have a tip you would like to share with our readers just e-mail Diana at  
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. 

If you are interested in an event and it is full, please add your name to the wait list, if someone can not attend then we will call the first person on the wait list to see if they are available to take that spot.   

The wait list is also used to see how popular an event is and if we should offer it again in the future.

You can register and pay for classes in person at 2199 4th Street, White Bear Lake Minnesota or by phone at 651-429-1039.
2022 Holiday Shop Hop - A Few Of My Favorite Things

Mark your calendar for this fun and exciting holiday Shop Hop!  There are 12 shops participating this year and two prize baskets of your favorite sewing notions.

Visit all 12 shops to collect your 5" squares to make the featured shop hop quilt.  

Participating shops are: 
A Little Piece of Mind - New Richmond, WI
Affinity For Quilts - White Bear Lake, MN
Angela's Quilting Studio - Dallas, WI
Blueberry Line Quilting - Ridgeland, WI
Doyle's Farm and Home - New Richmond, WI
Marigold Quilt Shop - Glenwood City, WI
Quilt Shop Co-op - Minneapolis, MN
Quilter's Corer/CB Styles - Clear Lake, WI
The Grain Bin Market & Bakery - Boyceville, WI
Thread Lab - Menomonie, WI
Topstitchery - Roberts, WI
Two Meandering Ladies - Prescott, WI 

We have a listing with address, phone number, and shop hours by the registers.  

Date:  Begins Saturday, November 12th and ends on Saturday, November 19th.     
Time:  Store hours vary per shop
Boro Sashiko Class

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:  Saturday, November 19, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Instructor: Tammy Berry
Class Fee: $25.00

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday 
November 25 and 26, 2022 

Our Black Friday Sale will be on November 25th and Small Business Saturday Sale on November 26th.   Stop into the shop for store discounts and a chance to win some great prizes. 

On Friday, November 26th:
  • The first 25 shoppers will draw a holiday card from the sleigh for a chance of discounts on their fabric purchases or the possibility of winning an Affinity Gift Certificate, up to $50 in value.  
  • All  regular priced Christmas Fabric will be 30% off. 
  • Extended store hours; we will be open till 9pm.
On Saturday, November 27th:  
  • The first 25 shoppers will receive a free Holiday FQ.
  • Receive 15% off a notion of your choice.
  • All regular Christmas Fabric will be 20% off.
  • Take an additional 10% off all Sale Fabric purchases. 
Quilt MN Fabric is excluded from all sale discounts. 
Midnight Open Sew

Are you looking for a fun way to spend a Friday night? Join Diana for Midnight Open Sew. Bring your current project, machine, and basic quilting supplies for 8 fun filled hours of just sewing.  Chicken Marsala, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Apple Harvest Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze for dessert.  

Date:   Friday, November 25, 2022 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Event Host: Diana Wendorf
Class Fee:  $20.00

It's a Wrap!  Covered Cord Bowl Class

Join Kris Livingston and learn how to make these colorful, round, oval and square bowls, using strips of fabric, cotton clothesline and the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine.  You can add handles and embellishments too. The same technique can be used to sew coasters or placemats. This is a great class for quilters to use up fabric scraps and to play with color combinations. Our reference book is It’s a Wrap by Susan Breier.

Kris Livingston has 20 plus years of sewing experience. In addition to teaching classes, she has a business sewing custom home décor and adding applique to children’s clothes for a wholesale/retail company.

Date:  Saturday, November 26, 2022
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm
Instructor: Kris Livingston
Class Fee: $25.00


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.  
Chicken Marsala, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Apple Harvest Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze for dessert.

Date:   Sunday, November 27, 2022  
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Event Host: Diana Wendorf

Class Fee:  $20.00

The Art of Embellishment

Embellishment is a technique that uses various materials to decorate an object. In this class Linda will be discussing material mediums and ways to embellish your projects.  Then you will be working on your own embellishment project.  It can be something as simple as a notebook cover or embellishing a collage quilt that you have done, such as the seahorse featured in the photo.

Prep:  Must have collage piece or notebook cover completed prior to class.  This class is to teach you how to embellish your piece.

Skill Level:  Beginning
Date:  Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Time:  9:30am - 12:30pm
Class Fee:  $25.00
Instructor:  Linda Treague

Sashiko Stitching Club

Join our instructor led open Sashiko stitching group.  During your time together, 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. During each club Tammy arrives prepared to share patterns, techniques, or a new project. Participants will also receive a 15% discount for their Sashiko supplies, and fabric purchases.  Discount exclude thread, notions and Quilt MN fabrics.

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

Date:  Wednesday, December 7, 2022             
Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry

Needle Sharp Jelly Roll Quilt

Join Becky for a day of quilting to create the Needle Sharp Quilt.  Using  2-1/2“ strips, Becky will teach you how to create modified pinwheel blocks with perfect points which will be sewn together to create a lovely quilt. Becky’s kind and informative teaching style, sewing expertise with her sewing tips and tricks makes this class a win for any quilter.  This is Becky’s second quilt class using the book Charming Jelly Roll Quilts by Scott Flanagan for Annie’s Quilting.  

There is no prep for this class.

There will be a half hour break for lunch.

Skill Level: Beginning - some quitting experience required
Date:  Saturday, January 14, 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Class Fee:  $50.00
Instructor:  Becky Umenthum

Beginning Quilting Class

Join us for our 3 part Beginning Quilting class to learn the very basics of quilt making. In this class you will learn how to use the rotary cutter, cutting mat, basic quilt ruler, reading a quilt pattern while creating the Burn Bright quilt top . The pattern we have chosen is 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.

Fee includes thread and sewing needles

Dates: Tuesday, January 17th, 31st, and February 21, 2023
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm  or 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructor:  Diana Wendorf
Class Fee: $50.00
The Cube Bag Class

Join Ruth for The Cube Bag class. In this class you will make a bag, work with foam, create pockets, and put a zipper in your project. This pattern is a smaller version of the popular Boxy Tote! It is the perfect bag to use for your on the go sewing supplies, small knitting projects, make-up bag, and more. Ruth's detail oriented teaching style and written instructions will give you the confidence and tools to make this bag again on your own!  

This class is intended for a confident beginner student and requires fabric to be cut based on instructors handout prior to class.  

Date:  Thursday, January 26, 2023
Time:  9:30am – 3:00 pm
Instructor:  Ruth Thompson
Class Fee: $40.00

There will be a half hour break for lunch

Laura Heine Teeny Tiny Collage Class

Join Lori for a day of fabric collage! During this all day class you will learn how to assemble one of Laura Heine's whimsical Teeny Tiny Collages. These fun projects are a great way to use up those fabric pieces that you have been saving for just the right thing. This project is it, you have found it! Our in store sample is just one of several pattern choices for this class. The results are beautiful and the possibilities are endless!

Date:  Saturday, April 15, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Lori Adameitz
Class Fee: $45.00

There will be a half hour break for lunch

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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