Spring has Sprung at Affinity For Quilts!

Posted by Diana Wendorf on

Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
It is time for our March Gift Card Give Away!   We are ready for spring and want to brighten our Facebook page with some of your fabulous spring projects.  To enter this month's drawing just follow us on Facebook and share a picture of a spring quilt or table topper you have created in the comments section of our Gift Card Give Away Post.  Double your chances to win by tagging a quilting friend.  The winner will be randomly selected on March 16, 2022.  Good luck to all!
Free to a good home!   This is a small quilting frame for small quilts.  The frame measurements are approximately 38"L x 31"W x 28"H.  If you are interested please e-mail Diana at quilt@affinityforquilts.com and she will pass the information on to the person who has the frame.  Be sure to include your phone number in the e-mail.  
Do you enjoy sharing your quilting knowledge with others?  If so, Affinity For Quilts is expanding their teaching team! Join the team and teach fellow quilters some of the quilting basics or your special quilting techniques. If this sounds like you, then e-mail Diana at quilt@affinityforquilts.com.  


Brighten up your sewing room with the "Quilts" wall-hanging.  The pattern is from Shabby Fabrics and measures 12-1/2" x 24-1/2".  Kits include pattern, fabric for the top, backing, and binding and are available for $29.99.
Sweet Dreams by Kanvas Studios  has everything you need to make a truly special nursery.  These flannel prints feature  a large panel, adorable sleepy sheep, dreamy clouds prints,  and  gender neutral shades of blue, buttercream and gray. Your little ones will love cuddling with these dreamy motifs that are sure to ease them into a land of deep zzz’s! 
Fresh As A Daisy by Create Joy Project for Moda Fabrics is a beautiful floral collection featuring digital prints of watercolor themed floras, ferns, stripes, splotches and tone on tone prints in an array of colors. 
Locomotion was designed by Dan Morris for QT Fabrics and is perfect for that special quilt for the train collector, or enthusiast, with this beautifully illustrated and authentically colored collection of all things trains. 
Designed for QT Fabrics The Teacher's Pet learning book is the perfect soft book for any youngster. Panel measures 36'' x 42" and includes instructions to create the soft book. Additional supplies needed: 1 yard medium weight interfacing (22" wide) or flat batting.
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.
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 meetings can also be arranged if staff is available. 

COVID cases seem to be leveling off in Minnesota.  However, we are requesting that all customers wear a mask, vaccinated or not.  Let's all do our part to put an end to this pandemic.  Affinity For Quilts staff will be wearing masks for your protection, as well as ours. 

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
Bad Weather Store Closure Policy
While we strive not to close the shop sometimes mother nature has other ideas and we have to make the decision to close for everyone's safety.  This is just a reminder of the store closure policy here at Affinity For Quilts. 
  1. We will post any notifications on Facebook.
  2. An e-mail will be sent to everyone who is a current subscriber on our list. 
  3. Our website calendar will be update.
  4. If the weather is questionable and you are unsure if the shop is open please call before heading out. 

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:   An acrylic makeup organizer with compartments can sit next to your sewing machine to hold thing you might need while sewing; such as tweezers, seam rippers, marking pens and other gadgets.
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.

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.

This month we will be making the Zip-Up Tray Pouch.  The finished pouch measures 11" x 4" x 4" when closed and 11" x 4" x 7" when open.  This pouch is great for storing miscellaneous must have supplies when traveling.  When you arrive at your destination, open the pouch and you will have a little tray for easy access to your supplies while sewing!

Date:  Monday, March 7, 2022
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm
Class Fee: $10.00
Instructor:  Diana Wendorf
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, March 9, 2022
          Sunday, March 13, 2022

Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
Early Riser

It is time to think spring with the Early Risers quilt class! Many of us are a little hesitant to take on curves when creating a quilt. In this class you will gain curve confidence as Becky teaches you the techniques of cutting, piecing, and squaring up your curve blocks using the QCR Mini Ruler to create the Early Riser quilt. It is the perfect project to increase your quilting knowledge and create a wonderful quilt for spring.  The finished size of this project is 37" x 47".

Date:  Thursday, March 10, 2022
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm or 6:00pm-9:00pm
Class Fee:  $40.00
Instructor:  Becky Umenthum

Flying Geese Made Easy

Do you struggle when making Flying Geese Units? Well, struggle no more as Diana shows you how to make perfect Flying Geese every time using the Studio 180 Design's Wing Clipper *1 tool. Students will create the lovely Switchback table runner while learning this great technique.

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Time:  10:00am-1:00pm or 6:00pm-9:00pm
Class Fee $30.00
Instructor:  Diana Wendorf

Wind Drifter Class

Join Becky to create the Wind Drifter Quilt by Robin Pickens. In this all day class Becky will teach you her tricks for half square triangles using her very favorite ruler the Easy Angle ruler by Sharon Hultgren . This is Becky's favorite technique for creating half square triangles and believes it is the fastest, most accurate method to create these triangles. An added bonus? You won't need to trim any blocks!

Date:  Saturday March 19, 2022
Time:  9:30am - 3:30pm
Class Fee: $55.00
Instructor:  Becky Umethum
Midnight Open Sew

Are you ready to spend a night quilting with friends?  Join Diana as she hosts our monthly Midnight Open Sew.  This month we will be having Spaghetti, garlic toast, and  Binge Bars for dessert.  

Date:   Friday, March 25, 2022 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
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 and the menu will feature Spaghetti, garlic toast, and  Binge Bars for dessert.  

Date:   Sunday, March 27, 2022 
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Class Fee:  $20.00
All Minnesota Shop Hop
April 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022

Everyone is getting excited about the All Minnesota Shop Hop and we hope you are as well!   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.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone as the snow melts and the weather warms during the April-May All Minnesota Shop Hop.  
Quilt Minnesota 2022 - July 29, 2022 thru August 20, 2022

Quilt Minnesota 2022 fabric is now available for pre-order.  Here at Affinity For Quilts we do not require a deposit for your order and the website (www.affinityforquilts.com) is set up with a $0.00 price for Quilt Minnesota fabrics and pre-cuts.  Payment processing will not begin until July 25, 2022.    You will find a complete price list of the Quilt Minnesota Fabric line in the description area of each fabric.  If you prefer to pre-order Quilt Minnesota 2022 fabrics in person just stop into the store and talk to any sales associate. The actual fabric will not be in store until June of 2022.   
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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