It's Gift Card Giveaway Time!

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Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
Do you want to win a $10.00 Gift Card to Affinity For Quilts?  Follow us on Facebook, like the Gift Card Giveaway post at the top of the page and share a picture of a quilt you have made for the fall season.  It can be a fall holiday themed quilt, a quilt with the colors of fall, or a quilt that has been quilted with fall shapes.  Double your chances of winning by tagging a friend.  The winner will be randomly selected on the 16th of October.  

Monday October 10th is Freebie Monday and this month we have something to make your sewing machine purr; sewing machine oil.  Spend $25.00 pre-tax to receive a 1oz. bottle of oil for your machine.  
Villa Rosa Designs really out did themselves this month!  The new October patterns include five quilts and two table runners, and I love them all.  
Do you want to whip up something fun and festive for your Halloween table?  The Halloween Hex table topper measures 26-1/4" x 24-1/4" and features the Beggars' Night Buddies fabric collection from Patrick Lose Fabrics for Northcott Fabrics.  Limited kits are available for $34.99.  The kits include all of the fabric needed for the topper and the binding and the pattern too!  
Postcards A pieced Quilt- This pattern is by Kari Nichols of Quilting Renditions and features the Postcard Christmas fabric line from Clothworks Fabrics.  The quilt measures 44-1/2" x 53-1/2" and kits are available for $58.99.  
The Arctic fabric collection is designed by Bethan Janine for Dashwood Studio. This collection transports us to a breathtaking frozen land where polar bears, Arctic hares, and foxes wander icy forests. Penguins, reindeer and walruses play under starry skies and puffins and snowy owls fly overhead.  In a palette of crisp blues and teals with hints of sparkling metallic, Arctic is the perfect collection for all your winter sewing projects.
The Refresh fabric collection is designed by Anee Shah for Figo Fabrics. This is a beautiful floral collection with a delicate color palette and a watercolor-style look. Featuring bouquet, eucalyptus and petal patterns in shades of pink, mint, orange and cream.
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 negotiated with the shop for evening meetings.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.  Please refer to our website for the shops current precautions and updates. 

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:  Use a small suction cup bath soap holder as a catch all on the side of your sewing machine.  It is perfect for storing your seam ripper, small scissors, or anything else little that you want to keep at your fingertips. 
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.
Stack-n-Whack Quilt Class

In this class you will be working with medium- to large-scale prints, you will create dynamic pieced blocks without hours of planning and precision cutting. The kaleidoscope effects occur spontaneously, thanks to the simple 'Stack-n-Whack'® cutting technique. Each block will be unique and unexpected! Your quilt will be pieced with construction methods that eliminate set-in seams and ensure quick, successful results.  Choose from a throw, queen size quilt or table runners!

 There will be a half hour break for lunch.

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Becky Umenthum
Class Fee: $50.00
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, October 12, 2022             
Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
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
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 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
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 Tool 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!

Date:  Thursday, October 20, 2022
Time:  9:30am – 3:00 pm
Instructor:  Ruth Thompson
Class Fee: $40.00

There will be a half hour break for lunch

Quilt As You Go Placemats Class

Pick your favorite novelty print to make cheerful placemats for any season or décor. We will be using a Quilt-As-You-Go method and the Bay Window Placemat pattern. Seams and quilting are sewn at the same time, speeding the process. Teacher, Kris Livingston will show how this method can be used to speed other projects such as coasters and bags. In fact, you will learn how this placemat pattern can be used to make an attractive, fully lined accessory bag with only the addition of a zipper and a few seams! Other helpful hints will be demonstrated that reduce need for pins and trips to the ironing board. Join us for this fun class! This class is for all skill levels.

Date:  Saturday, October 22, 2022
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Kris Livingston
Class Fee: $30.00


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.  The menu will be Chicken Stew, Savory Zucchini Bread, and Apple Crisp for dessert.  

Date:   Sunday, October 23, 2022  
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Event Host: Diana Wendorf

Class Fee:  $20.00
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 menu will be Chicken Stew, Savory Zucchini Bread, and Apple Crisp for dessert.  

Date:   Friday, October 28, 2022 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Event Host: Diana Wendorf
Class Fee:  $20.00

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, October 29, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Lori Adameitz
Class Fee: $45.00

There will be a half hour break for lunch

Straight Line Quilting Class

Join our newest teacher Natalie to finish your quilt using the Straight Line quilting method! Straight Line quilting is exactly what it sounds like, sewing straight stitching lines to hold your quilt top ,batting and backing together. There are endless quilting designs you can use, diagonals and shape echoing are just a couple of them. In this class, Natalie will walk you through the steps to turn your quilt sandwich into a ready to bind quilt. You will leave class with the knowledge and confidence to take on the next quilt you create!

Preparing your quilt sandwich prior to class is required.  

Optional add on $10.00 Quilt Sandwich Class is offered to students registering for the Straight Line Quilting Class. 

Date: Thursday,  November 5, 2022
Time:12:30 am – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Natalie Novacek
Class Fee:  $50.00

Chevron Quilt Class

A Chevron quilt pattern creates the appearance of zig-zag lines across a quilt and the City Girl Chevron Quilt is a great example of this quilt type! In this class, Sue will walk you through the steps to turn this fun quilt pattern by Krista Moser from The Quilted Life into a fabulous quilt. The pattern gives you the option of using multiple color combinations in one quilt. Use gold accent strips to make these Chevron diamonds sparkle. Or lay out your diamonds light to dark for an ombre effect. While you may not finish your project during class, you will leave with the knowledge and confidence to complete the quilt top on your own.

Skill level: Confident Beginner/Intermediate
Kit Size: 64” x 74”

Some pre-class cutting required for this class

There will be a half hour break for lunch

Date: Thursday, November 10
Time:  9:30am-4:00pm
Instructor:  Sue Severiano
Class Fee:  $60.00

Posh Holly or Posh Santa Class

Just in time for the holidays, join Becky Umenthum for the day to create the Posh Holly or the Posh Santa from Sew Kind of Wonderful!! Becky will walk you through the steps to create these 28" x 38"decorative wall hangings. You will learn curve cutting and sewing techniques using the QCR mini ruler.

Both Holly and Santa are full of personality and are just the right size for a door quilt or wall hanging to greet your holiday guests.

Some cutting prior to class is required.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Becky Umenthum

There will be a half hour break for lunch

2022 Holiday Shop Hop - A Few Of My Favorite Things

Mark your calendar for this fund and exciting holiday Shop Hop!  There will be 12 fund and exciting shops participating this year and some fantastic prize baskets of some of your favorite sewing notions.
Additional details will be coming as the organizer finalizes all the details.

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

It's a Wrap!  Covered Cord Bowl Class

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.  The same technique can be used to sew coasters or placemats.  If you've previously taken this class, consider taking it again to make the more difficult heart shaped bowl. Our reference book is It’s a Wrap by Susan Breier.

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

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.

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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