Shop 'Til You Drop... The 2022 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop is in full swing!

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Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
I want to apologize to all my readers for missing the newsletter last week.  We were so busy dotting our "I's" and crossing our "T's" for Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop that time for the newsletter just got away from me.    
We had so much fun with our bus tours over the week-end.  Thank you to all who shopped and helped to make the weekend a success.  The Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop continues through August 20.  Stop in a get your passport stamped.  Our hours have been adjusted to ensure everyone can make it in during this annual event.  We will be open on Sundays from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm through August 20, 2022!  And all of the Quilt Minnesota fabrics and kits are now available for purchase in store!   
Now, on to new fabric....
Created by Ellen and Clark Studio for Northcott Studio, the Life Happens, Wine Helps fabric line features beautifully illustrated wine bottles, grapes, and corks in a variety of prints.  The vino inspired palette of purple, plum and green offer a dramatic contrast to the black textured background.  Whether you are a connoisseur or simply enjoy a glass of wine now and then, you will want to raise a glass to this collection!



Moda fabrics brings us the Holly Berry Tree Farm fabric collection designed by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics.  Chopping down that Christmas tree to bring home is a seasoned tradition immortalized in this collection by designer Deb Strain. Complete with plaids, animals and other imagery of the snowy season, Holly Berry Tree Farm excels in the nostalgic! Pair these prints with corresponding Bella Solids from Moda Fabrics for some warm holiday projects.



Did someone say Trunk Show?  Yes, we are having a Trunk Show
featuring the projects from the Tabletastic 3 book by Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design, you will definitely want to own it after seeing his Trunk Show! We all want to add this pattern book to our collection! Stop in, be inspired and see this fabulous collection before August 31, 2022!
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 negotiable with the shop for evening meetings.

COVID-19
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:   Back to basics... Square up your blocks as you go.  By squaring up your blocks your quilt will square up nicely when you sew your blocks together.
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.
 
Sashiko Club
Join other Sashiko stitchers for our instructor led open stitching group. During this fun afternoon you will receive great tips and tricks for improving your stitching while working on your project of choice and at your own pace. You are also encouraged to bring completed projects for show and tell! During class time you will receive a 10% discount on select purchases and on supplies for club.  Some Sashiko stitching experience necessary.

Date:  Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Instructor: Tammy Berry
Class Fee: $10.00
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 
Instructor: Diana Wendorf
Class Fee:  $50.00  (Fee includes a small spool of Aurifil thread and a package of sewing machine needles)

 
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. Dinner and dessert are provided and will be announced soon!



Date:   Friday, August 26, 2022 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Event Host: Diana Wendorf
Class Fee:  $20.00
Sew-In-Sunday

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.  Menu to be announced.



Date:   Sunday, August 28, 2022  
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Event Host: Diana Wendorf

Class Fee:  $20.00
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: Monday, September 12, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Tammy Berry
Class Fee:  $20.00


Boro Sashiko

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:  Tuesday, September  20, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Instructor: Tammy Berry
Class Fee: $25.00

 

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 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

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
 

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


Quilt Minnesota 2022 - July 29, 2022 thru August 20, 2022


Quilt Minnesota 2022 is under way!   We will be open on Sundays from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm through August 20, 2022.  All Quilt Minnesota Fabric and kits are now available for purchase in our brick and mortar shop.  
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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