Hop On Over To Get Your Shop Hop Magazine Passport

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The All Minnesota Shop Hop on Facebook 2023 magazine reveal is here!  The magazine is your passport and so much!  It also contains patterns for six different projects, articles, and information for all participating shops. Currently, the magazines are scheduled to arrive in shops by late February, at a price of  $10.95.  We are accepting pre-orders so call the shop or click here to place your order.   If you are not  currently following the All Minnesota Shop Hop on Facebook you can join the group by clicking here or going to www.facebook.com/groups/allminnesotashophop. They host a lot of contests and give away a lot of prizes prior to the beginning of the Shop Hop.  You never know you may be their next winner!  We are looking forward to seeing everyone as the snow melts and we spring colors pop during the April-May All Minnesota Shop Hop.  
The Laura Heine Teeny Tiny Collage Class that is scheduled for this Saturday, January 21, 2023 has been moved to Saturday April 1st.  We have attempted to notify all the students about this change.  If you happen to be registered for this class and have not spoken to anyone from Affinity For Quilts please give us a call today for all the details.  The April 15, 2023 class will take place as scheduled too!   The winter weather has made the back parking lot and sidewalks very slippery.  We have been salting the sidewalks but ask that you use caution when coming into the store! 
We have some new fabric to share this week- Date Night by Basicgrey from Moda Fabrics is sure to leave you feeling inspired.  Warm sophisticated blacks fade into sumptuous creams, while luxurious caramels tantalize the pallet.  
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 and desires, 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.  
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 completing a quilt project, cut your remaining fabric into 2 1/2 or 1 1/2 inch strips and place them in a plastic box.  That way, your strips are all pre-cut and ready for a future project. 
Just a reminder if you have a tip you would like to share with our readers just e-mail Diana at quilt@affinityforquilts.com.  
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.

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.  The snow has me in a soup mood so for January we will be having Sicilian Chicken Soup with bread and Cheesecake Blondies for dessert.  

New for 2023, show-and-tell!  Inspire your fellow quilters with your handiwork.  We will be having show-and-tell prior to supper, at approximately 4:30pm.  

Date:   Sunday, January 22, 2023   
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Event Host: Diana Wendorf

Class Fee:  $20.00
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

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.  The snow has me in a soup mood so for January we will be having Sicilian Chicken Soup with bread and Cheesecake Blondies for dessert.  

New for 2023, show-and-tell!  Inspire your fellow quilters with your handiwork.  We will be having show-and-tell after supper, at approximately 6:30pm.   

We currently have three openings for Midnight Open Sew. 

Date:   Friday, January 27, 2023 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Event Host: Diana Wendorf
Class Fee:  $20.00

Heart Hoop Quilt Class

Join Kris to create this fun mini Heart Hoop quilt hanging. Kris will introduce a new way to make and display small quilt pieces using the book Hoop Quilts for Beginners by Anne Marie Chany. The book provides many ideas for embellishment too! This is the perfect project to display on Valentine’s Day, or really any time of year. A great class and book for the beginning quilter and the experienced quilters looking for new ideas.

Class Prep: There is no class prep for this class

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Time: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Kris Livingston
Class Fee: $35.00

Skill Level: Beginner (basic quilt piecing experience required)

Flash Monday

These super quick reversible fold-flat fabric baskets (called Podlets) can be made in a range of sizes and are beginner friendly...literally just 2 seams a bit of top stitching! Use them for anything – pens/pencils, sewing clips, scissors, sewing machine feet, cutlery, napkins, plant holders, FQ and pre-cut storage, binding strips – the possibilities really are endless. Students will be provided with measurements and instruction to complete five different sizes of Podlets during class.

Date:  Monday, February 6, 2023
Time:  10:00am-12:30pm
Instructor:  Ruth Thompson
Class Fee:  $12.00
Open Embroidery With Sharon

Bring in your embroidery projects, or follow along with Sharon as she stitches Crabapple Hill's newest embroidery Block Of the Month Superstition.  The group will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00am-3:30pm.  Feel free to bring you lunch, or you can always go out and grab a bite to eat with your fellow stitching buddies at any of the great restaurants in Downtown White Bear Lake.  Sharon will be available to answer any questions you may have.  Remember to bring your Show and Tell.

Date:  Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time:  10:00am-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $12.00
Instructor:  Sharon Lenertz
Sewper Bowl 2023

It is Super Bowl Sunday!  While the family is at home watching the game why not come out and enjoy a day with your sewing friends for Sewper Bowl 2023!   This year we are going to focus on color placement as we Shake, Rattle & Roll with a quilt designed by Abbey Lane.  The quilt is FQ friendly and measures 60" x 72".   Fat Quarter starter kits are available or raid your own stash.  

Class fee also includes;  Charcuterie board to munch on during the day, and a dinner meal of; Cesar Salad, Chicken Marsala with Fettuccini Alfredo, Bread, and Cheesecake Bars for dessert.    

There is prep work prior to class.  The instructor is requesting that all fabric cutting be done prior class.  

Date:  Sunday, February 12, 2023
Time:  11:00am - 6:30pm (you will be home in time for the half-time show)
Instructor:  Diana Wendorf 
Class Fee:  $55.00

Skill Level:   Confident Beginner
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, February 15, 2023             
Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
Class Fee:  $12.00

Beginning Sashiko

Join Tammy for this introductory class and learn the art of Sashiko. Students will learn the Japanese running stitch embroidery, using the pre-printed coasters 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 new projects. Tammy will share her tips, tricks and expertise as she teaches you this beautiful form of hand stitching. Supplies are few to try this addictive hobby.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Time:9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Tammy Berry
Class Fee:  $20.00

Duck, Duck, Goose Mini

Join Becky for a day of quilting to create the adorable Duck, Duck, Goose Mini Quilt.  In this class you will machine piece the project and be introduced to applique, machine stitching embroidery as well as a bit of hand embroidery. Becky will walk you through the steps and share one of her favorite tools, the Easy Angle Ruler, and how it can be used. Becky’s kind and informative teaching style, sewing expertise with her sewing tips and tricks will make this day of quilting great fun!

Class Prep: There is cutting required at home before the day of class

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Becky Umenthum
Skill Level:  Confident Beginner
Class Fee:  $50.00

There will be a half hour break for lunch

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:  Friday, March 3, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Instructor: Tammy Berry
Class Fee: $25.00

The Boxy Tote

Join Ruth for this 3 part class to make The Boxy Tote. In this class you will make a bag, work with foam, create pockets, and put a zipper in your project. This pattern is a larger version of the popular The Cube! It holds a feather weight sewing machine and is the perfect bag to use with your Cube bag, large knitting projects, overnight bag, and more. Ruth's detail oriented teaching style and written instructions will give you the confidence and tools to create this and other bags! Previous bag experience required to take this class.

**This class has prep prior to the first class and sewing to be completed between classes.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Dates & Times:
March 4, 2023 – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
March 11, 2023 – 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
March 18, 2023 - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Instructor:  Ruth Thompson
Class Fee:  $90.00

All Occasion Applique Card Class

Delight recipients with a unique card for Mother’s Day, Easter, weddings, birthdays, or any other occasion. Fabric applique is sewn directly on to the paper card. Many embellishments can be added. This fun class with include many tips, ideas, and even patterns to get you started and inspired!

Class Prep: There is no prep for this class

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructors: Kris Livingston
Class Fee: $15.00


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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