Join Us For Ladies Night Out

Posted by Diana Wendorf on

Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
Just a heads up!  Excel Energy is doing some utility work in the parking lot behind our shop and it is a bit of a mess back there.  While you can still enter through our back door, as of this morning you needed to access our door from Banning Avenue rather than the parking lot.  

For everyone coming to Midnight Open Sew and Sew-In Sunday please call if you would like some assistance in getting your items into the store.  We are hoping that they will have everything wrapped up by the weekend, but then again we all know that things can come up and that construction may not be done as planned.

Tomorrow, Thursday September 22nd, is Downtown White Bear Lakes annual Ladies Night Out.  We always enjoy celebrating this night with all of the ladies so Affinity For Quilts will be open till 8pm.  We will be serving up some goodies, have a drawing for some great prizes, and offering discounts on fabric and kits.  Because so many of our customers prefer daytime shopping hours we will begin our sale at 3:00pm; however, if you are here in the evening for Downtown White Bear Lake Ladies Night Out be aware that the official hours are 5pm-8pm for all the other participating stores. 

If you missed National Jelly Roll Day on Saturday just stop on in.  The display of the Jelly Roll Quilts are still in the front window to inspire you to break out that Jelly Roll and make something beautiful with it.  

This sample arrived just in time for our Jelly Roll display!  Needle Sharp is from Annie's Quilting Charming Jelly Roll Quilts book by Scott Flanagan.  The quilt measures 78" x 98" and features the Artisan Batiks Wintergreen collection jelly roll from Robert Kaufman.
Do you love the deep rich colors of fall?  If so, we have the perfect quilt!  Windblown was designed by Patti Carey and give you three options to work with the Northcott Windswept fabric collection.  We choose option two to kit, which measures 49" x 61".  Kits are available for $66.99.
If you are like me and not quilt ready for the colors of fall yet then Plaid Sash-ay is the quilt for you.  The pattern is from Wilmington Fabrics and features the Botanical Magic layer cake and the the Midnight Essentials strip pack.  The quilt measures 70" x 81" and kits are available for $89.99.
The 108" fabrics are so nice when backing a quilt.  Besides not having to piece your backing together you can also purchase less fabric.    That is a win-win in my book, and we just received these wide-back in from Blank Quilting Company. 
Forget traditional wrapping paper!  Make a gift bag, or wrap your present in fabric.  These fun fabrics are called Party Time from Studio E Fabrics. 
Lake House by Mary Lake-Thompson for Robert Kaufman Fabrics features all the staples of a retreat to the wilderness.  Animals, fires, fishing, food, and fun can all be found.  
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:  Need a firmer grip on those fabrics while sewing? Keep a pad of Sort Kwik in your work space to "get a grip".   Well... at least on your fabric!
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.
Downtown White Bear Lake Ladies Night Out

Ladies - it is that time again! Time for a fantastic night out in Downtown White Bear Lake!  

Be sure to stop in at Affinity for Quilts for some great White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies and a glass of Cranberry-Apple Cider Punch.

All customers will receive 20% off fabric bolt cuts and 15% off all kits.  Discount does not apply to Quilt MN Fabric or cork.  

Also be sure to enter your name into our drawing for some great prizes:
1st Place -  a gift basked filled with product
2nd Place - $20.00 Gift Certificate
3rd Place -  Terry Atkinson's newest pattern Making Mischief

Date:  Thursday, September 22, 2022
Time:  3:00pm-5:00pm
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. This month we will be having Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Veggies served over rice, salad greens, and Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for dessert.

Date:   Friday, September 23, 2022 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Event Host: Diana Wendorf
Class Fee:  $20.00
Machine Binding Class

Have you always wanted to learn how to bind your quilt by machine? Join Katie In this instructional class to master machine binding. Working with pre-quilted fabric, you will leave this class ready to finish all of your quilts with a beautiful, professional-looking machine binding!   If you have a quilt ready to bind, bring it along and if there is time, you can begin to bind that as well!  The class fee includes pre-quilted fabric and binding fabric.


Date:  Saturday, September  24, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Instructor: Katie Glancy
Class Fee: $35.00


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.  This month we will be having Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Veggies served over rice, salad greens, and Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for dessert.

Date:   Sunday, September 25, 2022  
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Event Host: Diana Wendorf

Class Fee:  $20.00
One Wing Wool Pop Up Shop
Join us in welcoming One Wing Wool for a week-end of wool.  Darlene Smith of One Wing Wool specializes in uniquely designed wool appliqué patterns and kits.  The wool applique designs include needle cases, pin cushions, penny mats, table runners, pillows, etc. she also has a handful of rug hooked doll patterns.  She will be offering patterns, kits, hand dyed wool, small bundles, and floss, enjoy & respect that Darlene's designs are protected by copyright.  Thank you!  

If you are not familiar with wool as part of the crafting world, this is the perfect time and place to explore all of the fun you can have creating with it.    Darlene is a great designer and has many  fun projects and products for sale.  To find out more about One Winged Wool, visit Darlene's website at:

 Date: Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
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

The Sashiko Stitching Club includes an exclusive project each month, only available to Club members.  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:  Wednesday, October 12, 2022             
Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
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

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

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

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 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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