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Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
The subject line chosen this week for our newsletter is so true!  When I make a quilt, or anything handmade as a gift for someone else I think about the personal taste of that person and choose the perfect materials for them.  It isn't always my taste, however, I just remind myself that the finished project is not for me.  I want my gifts to be well used and loved as there is a part of me that goes into each creation.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to e-mail us following the store closure announcement early yesterday wishing us safe travels.  Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.   Also, I want to thank you for your understanding.  

The White Bear Lake Lions Club is collecting toys and non-perishable food items for families in need.  Affinity For Quilts has a bin set up for donations and we would like to encourage people to stop into the shop with a new unwrapped toy or food donation for some special savings.  New mittens, hats, and scarves are also always welcomed!
  • 10% off Fabric purchase when donating a non-perishable food item. 
  • 15% off Fabric purchase when donating an unwrapped toy, mittens, hats, or scarves.
  • 20% off Fabric purchase with donation of non-perishable food item and toy mittens, hats, or scarves. 
Discount also apply to pre-cuts and kits.  All Quilt Minnesota fabrics are excluded from discounts.   

Do you happen to have a charm pack lying around?  Would you like the perfect table-runner pattern that goes together quickly that will showcase the materials in that charm pack?  If so them we have the perfect pattern for you!   End to End from Wilmington Prints was paired with the Happy Hearts line to create our Valentines Day table-runner.  The runner measures 18" x 59".
Winter has just started, but I am already looking for my spring time projects and these delightful little garden Gnomes are just the ticket.  Gnome & Garden was designed by Susan Winget for Wilmington Prints.  The 24" panel features these little Gnomes hard at work in their garden.  The coordinating prints features gnomes, mushrooms and flowers.  
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, 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.  
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.  Please refer to our website for the shops current precautions and updates. 

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: Keep a large chip clip nearby when doing hand sewing.  If you get interrupted, clip the chip clip over your needle and sewing area.  That way a cat, dog, husband, or child won't accidentally get stuck with the needle if they should happen to pick it up.  It also helps you to pick up exactly where you left off when you return to your work.   My one dog is notorious for stealing my sewing.  
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.
Flash Monday - The Origami Bag

Tammy will be our guest teacher this month and will show students how to make the Origami Bag- This bag is sweet, casual and stylish.  This is an easy to sew bag with leather or fabric handles and reversible function. It will become a favorite bag for all! The pattern for this bag is by Zen Chic.

Class Prep: there is prep that is  required before this class begins

Date: Monday,  December 5, 2022
Time:  10:00am - 1:00pm
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
Class Fee:  $10.00

The Art of Embellishment

Embellishment is a technique that uses various materials to decorate an object. In this class Linda will be discussing material mediums and ways to embellish your projects.  Then you will be working on your own embellishment project.  It can be something as simple as a notebook cover or embellishing a collage quilt that you have done, such as the seahorse featured in the photo.

Prep:  Must have collage piece or notebook cover completed prior to class.  This class is to teach you how to embellish your piece.

Skill Level:  Beginning
Date:  Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Time:  9:30am - 12:30pm
Class Fee:  $25.00
Instructor:  Linda Treague

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, December 7, 2022             
Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
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.  Chicken Chili, Bread, and Cranberry Pecan Brownies for dessert.  

Date:   Friday, December 16, 2022 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Event Host: Diana Wendorf
Class Fee:  $20.00

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.  
Chicken Chili, Bread, and Cranberry Pecan Brownies for dessert.  

Date:   Sunday, December 18, 2022  
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Event Host: Diana Wendorf

Class Fee:  $20.00

Needle Sharp Jelly Roll Quilt

Join Becky for a day of quilting to create the Needle Sharp Quilt.  Using  2-1/2“ strips, Becky will teach you how to create modified pinwheel blocks with perfect points which will be sewn together to create a lovely quilt. Becky’s kind and informative teaching style, sewing expertise with her sewing tips and tricks makes this class a win for any quilter.  This is Becky’s second quilt class using the book Charming Jelly Roll Quilts by Scott Flanagan for Annie’s Quilting.  

There is no prep for this class.

There will be a half hour break for lunch.

Skill Level: Beginning - some quitting experience required
Date:  Saturday, January 14, 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Class Fee:  $50.00
Instructor:  Becky Umenthum

Beginning Quilting Class

Join us for our 3 part Beginning Quilting class to learn the very basics of quilt making. In this class you will learn how to use the rotary cutter, cutting mat, basic quilt ruler, reading a quilt pattern while creating the Burn Bright quilt top . The pattern we have chosen is 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.

Fee includes thread and sewing needles

Dates: Tuesday, January 17th, 31st, and February 21, 2023
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm  or 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructor:  Diana Wendorf
Class Fee: $50.00
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

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

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

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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