Happy Holidays from all of us at Affinity For Quilts

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Holiday Hours:  Friday, December 24, 2021 9:00am-3:00pm
Saturday, December 25th, 2021 - Closed 
Sunday, December 26, 2021 - Noon-5:00pm
Monday, December 27, 2021 and Tuesday December 28, 2021 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2021 - Closed
Welcome to What's Up Wednesday! 
The entire Affinity For Quilts team would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas.  We hope you all have an enjoyable holiday; whether spending time with family and friends, or maybe just your sewing machine. 

The shop will be open Christmas Eve until 3pm for those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. Our Christmas hours are listed below.
  •  Friday, December 24, 2021  9:00am-3:00pm
  • Saturday, December 25, 2021  Closed for the Christmas Holiday. 
Our annual Inventory Reduction Sale will begin Sunday, December 26, 2021 at noon and run through Tuesday, December 28, 2021.  The sale hours and details are below.
  • Sunday, December 26, 2021 Noon-5:00pm
  • Monday, December 27, 2021 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 28, 2021 9:00am-5:00pm
Inventory Reduction Sale specials will be:
  • 30% off all Christmas/Winter fabrics, panels, and pre-cuts
  • 25% off all fabrics, panels, pre-cuts and kits 
  • 15% off all notions
  • 10% off all patterns
  • An additional 10% off all Sale Fabrics
* Quilt Minnesota fabrics excluded from sale

Speaking of inventory, the shop will be closed  December 29, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022 for our annual inventory count.  We look forward to seeing everyone Monday, January 3, 2022 when we will once again be open for all of your quilting needs.  All orders purchased in our webstore during this time will ship on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Due to the shop closure and the impact it has on class registration and supply purchases,  Flash Monday will be moved to  Monday, January  10, 2022.  
If you are unable find an item you are looking for, talk to any team member and we will do our best to order it for you.
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 meetings can also be arranged if staff is available. 

COVID cases continue to rise in Minnesota.  We are requesting that all customers wear a mask, vaccinated or not.  Let's all do our part to put an end to this pandemic.  Affinity For Quilts staff will be wearing masks for your protection, as well as ours.   Just a heads up;  if  the COVID numbers continue to rise between now and January 3, 2022  a mask mandate will be put in place at Affinity For Quilts for everyone regardless of vaccination status.   This will include classes and clubs too.  We want to keep all of our customers and staff safe.

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:  Use parchment paper when doing fusible projects.  It will keep your iron goo-free!

Classes and Events

Sashiko Stitching Club

The Sashiko Stitching Club includes an exclusive project each month, only available to Club members, and this month is this adorable stocking.  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, January 9, 2022
           Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
Flash Monday - The Baby Bindle Bag

Isn't this just the cutest 4in x 4in x 10in bag you've ever seen? The uses are endless; gift giving, house warming, kids totes, and oh so much fun to make.  You will definitely want to make more than one.  This bag is completely reversible and only needs two Fat Quarters, medium weight interfacing, and a 1" diameter plastic snap grommet.  

Date:  January 10, 2022
Time:  10:00am - 12:00pm
Class Fee:  $10.00 (a single grommet can be purchased for $1.50 instead of a full package of 8)
Instructor:  Diana Wendorf
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:  January 18, 2022, February 1, 2022, and February 15, 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
Laura Heine Teeny-Tiny Collage Class

Join us for this super fun day of fabric collage-making! During this all-day class you will learn how to assemble one of Laura Heine's whimsical Teeny Tiny collages. These fun projects are great for using up those special bits of fabric that you have been saving and just can't part with. The results are beautiful and the possibilities are endless!

Date:  Thursday, January 20, 2022
Time:  10:00am - 4:00pm
Class Fee:  $45.00
Instructor: Lori Adameitz 

We will be breaking for lunch, however, lunch will not be provided. 
Jelly Roll Rug 

Join Kris Livingston to create the popular jelly-roll rug.  The technique involves folding 2.5 inch fabric strips to encase cotton batting  strips.  Using a straight stitch followed by a zig zag stitch you will create a wonderful oval or circular rug.  This project is a great way to use a favorite jelly-roll or 42- 2.5 inch strips from your fabric collection.   It is really fun to see how the different fabric choices blend.  A perfect project for anyone who loves to sew.

Date:  Saturday, January 22, 2022
Time:  9:30am - 3:00pm
Class Fee:  $55.00
Instructor:  Kris Livingston
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 Chicken Cacciatore served over pasta with bread and Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars for dessert.  

Date:  Friday, January 28, 2022
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Class Fee:  $20.00
Intermediate Sashiko

Intermediate Sashiko is the next step in Sashiko fun. Students will be using pre printed graph to aid in marking the hexi pattern of choice. With help and guidance you will sketch in the stitch lines of the pattern you choose. Then we will cover stitching on straight lines, as opposed to pre-printed dashed lines. After this, you will be ready to stitch on any fabric you choose.

Date:  Saturday, February 4, 2022
Time:  10:00am-1:00pm
Class Fee:  $20.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
It's a Wrap Heart Bowl

Make a colorful heart shaped bowl for Valentine's Day from clothesline, fabric strips and the zig-zag stitch on your machine. We will cover the basics to make any shape of cord covered bowl, coaster or placemat. Join us even if you missed the fall class. Have fun, use up scraps and play with color combinations. 

Date:  Saturday, February 5, 2022
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm
Class Fee:  $25.00
Instructor:  Kris Livingston

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 four preprinted coasters. One project to get started on endless fun. Supplies are few to try this addictive hobby. Join us!

Date:  Saturday,  February 5, 2022
Time:  1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Class Fee:  $20.00
Instructor: Tammy Berry

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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