Christmas in July!

Posted by Diana Wendorf on

Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
Thank you everyone for all the Birthday wishes.  I had a great day and a husband who spoiled me rotten, but then again he always does.  I am looking forward to another wonderful year with all of you in my life.  

In case you missed it, our annual Anniversary Sale is currently going on.  We have some great discounts on all your favorite fabrics and one lucky winner will receive 25% off of all on-bolt purchases for one year.  See the events section below for all the specials and other great prizes.  No purchase necessary to enter our prize drawing and you can enter once each business day to increase your chances of winning.  Sale ends on Saturday, July 16th. 

The rotary blades have arrived!  Again I apologize that we did not have the rotary blades in stock for Freebie Monday; however, they were delivered on Tuesday.  Please present your raincheck slip, or receipt, to pick up your Freebie Monday gift.  While you are here don't forget to register for the anniversary drawing.  The more times you register the greater your chances are for winning.  

I had the pleasure of speaking to the South Minneapolis Quilters on Tuesday.  Thank you ladies for hosting me and I hope to see you again in the future.

You may not see me in the shop next week.  It is my Aunt's 100th birthday and her children are having a celebration for her over the weekend.  Since I will be so far west for the party,  I decided to take an extra day or two and hide out in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.  I look forward to returning renewed and refreshed in time for Midnight Open Sew on the 22nd.
New sample time, and we have a lot of them to share with you this week!

Calling all you Steampunk fans, this is the perfect quilt to dress up your home for the holidays.  It's A Steampunk Christmas panel was paired with a couple of coordinating fabrics and the Diva 2 pattern from Maple Island Quilts.  The quilt measures 34"x 52", which is the perfect size for your door.  Limited kits are available for $42.99.
We are really lucky to have Reed Johnson of Blue Bear Quilts designing our unique Quilt Minnesota Samples every year.  This year he as done a fabulous job with two quilts and a table runner. 

Our Quilt Minnesota feature quilt this week is Minnesota Home.  The quilt features two of the panels from the Quilt Minnesota fabric line in the center surrounded by simple blocks from the coordinating fabrics.  The quilt measures 76" x 76". 
It is time to dress up your table Minnesota style and to help you do that we have three table runners to share with you this week. 

The Tango table runner pattern is from Anka's Treasures and features the Quilt Minnesota Jelly Roll.  Simple strip units are cut into 60-degree triangles and then arranged in this unique layout.  The runner measures 24" x 48".   
Minnesota Lake Table Runner was designed by Reed Johnson of Blue Bear Quilts.  This runner measures 24" x 56" and is perfect for dressing up any Minnesota's home.  
Duck Duck Goose runner was designed by Bea Lee of Beaquilter.  Three simple "ducks in a row" blocks and coordinating border makes up this cute and fast table runner.  The runner measures 20" x 40".  
Serve up that side dish in style with the Wire-Framed Potluck Totes pattern by Joanne Hillestad from Sew Organized Designs, formerly known as Fat Quarter Gypsy.  This convenient carrier protects your table from those fresh out of the oven goodies.  The side dish measures 10" x 10" x 2.5".
Potlucks are always a fun way to get together with family or friends and what better way to take your favorite dish to the event than the Casserole Carry All and matching potholder from Indygo Junction.  Conveniently designed to hold your favorite 9" x 13" casserole dish or an 8" x 8" square dish just by selecting different hook and loop tape configurations.   The best part about it is that your serving spoons are the handles. 
Ok, that is it for all the new samples.  Next week we will have another exciting Quilt Minnesota quilt to share with you.

Now for the new fabric line that arrived this week!  Little Miss by Meags & Me is from Clothworks Fabrics.  Little Miss features bats, spiders, cobwebs, moons and haunted houses to create an energetic and spooky themed collection.  Pink, pewter, orange, and khaki collaborate to make this a unique Halloween feel!
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.  
Facebook Gift Card Giveaway
This month for our Facebook gift card giveaway we want to see your quilts with dog fabric, or quilts you've made for your canine friend.  To enter, follow us on Facebook and post your picture in the comments section of this post.  Double your chances of winning by tagging a friend!  The winner will be randomly selected on July 16, 2022.   

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.

Per the CDC COVID is now an endemic vs a pandemic. This means that, while some people would still get infected, it wouldn't be an unbearable number with devastating consequences that overwhelms the public, hospital systems and providers.  The seasonal flu, or influenza, is an example of an endemic virus. 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

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:  When sewing strips and then cutting squares or half square triangles together, save the scraps to sew together and make half square triangles.  When you have enough just trim them all to the same size and sew them together to make a scrappy quilt
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.
Help Us Celebrate 3 Years
Affinity For Quilts Anniversary Sale

Join us July 11 thru July 16 as we celebrate the anniversary of our third year being in business.  You can win some great prizes and there will be special store-wide savings too!  
  • Grand prize:  One lucky customer will receive 25% off all bolt fabric purchases for 1 year.  This will exclude Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop fabric.
  • First Place Prize:  Gift Basket filled with quilting goodies. 
  • Second Place Prize:  A $50 Gift Certificate
  • Third Place Prize:  Doug Leko's new book Tabletastic 3 and a charm pack so you can make one of the projects from the book.  
Our sale will feature:
  • 30% off select Christmas Fabrics
  • 20% off all bolt fabric purchases.  Excludes 2021 Quilt Minnesota fabrics.
  • 15% off all pre-cuts.
  • An additional 10% off all sale wall fabric.

There is no purchase necessary to win any of the prizes listed above.  Just stop into the store between July 11th and July 16th and fill out an entry form.  The drawing will take place at close of business on July 16th. The winners will be notified on July 18th!  To increase your chances to win just stop in multiple days during that week and enter again.   

Dates:  July 11th thru the 16th, 2022
Time:  9am-5pm
Layered Diamonds Bargello Class

A bargello quilt is made of fabrics sewn together to create the look of movement. These types of quilts look quite difficult to create however, with Sue's knowledge and teaching style all levels of quilters will enjoy this class. The pattern chosen is Layered Diamonds from Pine Tree Country Quilts and its' finished size is 43"x56"

Precutting and labeling are required for this all day class.
There will be a half hour break for lunch.

Date: Wednesday July 20, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Class Fee:  $50.00
Instructor: Sue Severiano 
Binding Class

In this instructional class we will work on pre-quilted fabric to master binding your quilts. You will leave this class ready to finish all of your quilts with a beautiful, professional-looking binding!  This class is intended for students new to binding a quilt and those looking for a refresher binding class.  The class fee includes pre-quilted fabric and binding fabric.

Date:  Thursday, July 21, 2022
Time:  1:00pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $25.00
Instructor:  Katie Glancy

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 Swedish Meatballs served over egg noodles, Caesar Salad, French Bread, and Chocolaty S'mores Bars for dessert. 

There are currently 4 open spots for this event. 

Date:   Friday, July 22, 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 Swedish Meatballs served over egg noodles, Caesar Salad, French Bread, and Chocolaty S'mores Bars for dessert. 

The event is full.  However, you can be added to the wait-list in case of a cancellation.  

Date:   Sunday, July 24, 2022  
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Class Fee:  $20.00
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:  July 28, 2022, August 11, 2022, and August 25, 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
Quilt Minnesota Metro Region Buses

Enjoy the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop Metro Region in style as you ride from shop to shop with your quilting friends on one of our luxury buses.  There are three convenient locations to begin your journey; 
  • Country Loft Quilt and Design, 15161 Feller St NE, Columbus, MN 55025 
  • Roseville Walmart, 1960 Twin Lakes Pkwy, Roseville, MN 55113  
  • Quilt Cove, 1960 Cliff Lake Rd #134, St Paul, MN 55122
For your convenience Affinity For Quilts will be manning the phone Monday - Sunday 9am-9pm for your sign-up convenience.  Give us a call today to reserve your spot, and your departure location, for this fun quilting adventure at 651-429-1039.  

Choose your Date:  Friday, July 29th, or Saturday, July 30th
Cost:  $54.99 
Quilt Minnesota 2022 - July 29, 2022 thru August 20, 2022
Quilt Minnesota Countdown - Only 16 days till July 29th

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 ( 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. 
Affinity For Quilts Sleep In Your Own Bed Retreat

Grab your quilting friends and join Diana for a fun filled weekend as we host our first Sleep In Your Own Bed Retreat since the onset of COVID.  This weekend will be nothing short of fun and will include: 
  • A Gift Bag for each Attendee
  • Great Door Prizes
  • Make-It-Take-It project each day of the retreat 
  • Short product demo each day 
  • A Fun Quilting game after lunch each day; with prizes
  • In Store Shopping Discounts for retreat participants
  • Catering by Manitou Grill with Pizza and Salad on Friday night and Salad, Mushroom and Herb Chicken or Pot Roast with Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Amaretto Butter Green Beans and a Molten Caramel Drizzle Brownie for dessert
Unlike past retreats there is a deadline for registration as the event center needs a final headcount by a specific date.  If you are interested in attending the retreat you must register by  Saturday, September 24, 2022. Late registrations will not be accepted; however, we can place you on a wait list in case of a cancellation.   We are requesting a 30% deposit upon registration with full payment by September 24, 2022.  Deposit for Friday/Saturday would be $52.50 and for Saturday only would be $37.50.  Also please indicate your food preference; the Mushroom Herb Chicken or Pot Roast upon calling in your registration. 

We are now taking names for our wait list!  Things do come up and sometimes people have to cancel.  If you are on our wait list this will give you the first opportunity for that possible opening and for the spring retreat.  

Dates/Time:  Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00am - 10:00pm
                     Saturday, October 15, 2022 9:00am - 10:00pm
Location:  Ballroom of Manitou Event Center, 2171 4th Street, White Bear Lake, MN  55110
Retreat Fee:  $175.00 for Friday and Saturday
                      $125.00 Saturday only
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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