Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day! Saturday January 27, 2024

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Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
On Saturday, January 27th, we celebrate Local Quilt Shop Day, a global initiative aimed at highlighting the significance of independent quilt shops in the local economy. This day is dedicated to honoring the creativity of quilters, sewists, fabric enthusiasts, and crafters worldwide, while also showing support for the local quilt shops that play a crucial role in fostering these pursuits.  In honor of the occasion, we are excited to offer each customer a 4-piece F8th fabric bundle. As part of the celebration we will also be breaking out the chip bag, allowing customers to draw a chip for the opportunity to enjoy discounts of 10%, 15%, or 20% on their bolt fabric purchases.  (Quilt MN and Tilda are excluded from discounts.) It's a special way to add extra joy to your experience with us!
If you have a collection of Fat Quarters sitting in your stash with no clear plan, we've got the ideal solution for you: the Brickwork pattern by Villa Rosa Designs. This quilt, sized perfectly for a throw at 45" x 60", provides a wonderful way to utilize those Fat Quarters. Our sample showcases the pattern using a 10-piece Fat Quarter Bundle of Electric Elements by Jim Holts from Free Spirit Fabrics. Explore the creative possibilities with this fantastic pattern!
Discover our latest children's collection!  I Dig You by Dear Stella is sure to elicit joyful roars from your little ones. This delightful collection features adorable dinosaurs, making it a perfect choice for bedding, quilts, and playroom decor. Bring a touch of playful charm to your child's space with these lovable designs.

Phoebe Fabrics presents Rebecca Jane Woolbright's latest collection, Garden Party. This collection draws inspiration from the delightful melodies of late spring, where a young bird discovers its voice, flowers start to bloom, and the anticipation of summer lingers.

If you are unable to locate a specific item you're in search of, please don't hesitate to reach out to any member of our dedicated Affinity For Quilts team.  We're committed to going the extra mile to source it for you.  While our aim is to stock a comprehensive selection of products to fulfill your quilting needs, there are occasions when certain items may need a special order. 

Classroom Space
If your group is looking for a place to meet, please contact Affinity For Quilts at 651-429-1039.  Evening meeting space is available, but please note that there will be a fee associated with evening meetings.  

Recurring Store Specials
  • Double Punch Tuesday: Every 1st Tuesday of the month.
  • Freebie Monday: Every 2nd Monday of the month.
  • FQ Wednesday:  Every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Buy 6 Get 7th Free.
  • Sale Wall Friday:  Every 4th Friday of the 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 the What's Up Wednesday newsletter.
  3. The website calendar will be updated with a note stating "Closed due to the weather"
  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.  

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, please remember to 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.  You can reach Jordan directly at  612-275-3356 to speak to him directly or to schedule an appointment. He is currently offering curbside pickup and delivery for your convenience.

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 redirected to the Facebook group.  Select 'join group' and you will be added.  It's that easy!  

Tip of the Week!  After finishing a quilt project, trim your leftover fabric into 2-1/2", 2", or 1-1/2 inch strips and store them in a plastic box. This ensures that your strips are pre-cut and ready for various projects such as Jelly Roll Rugs, strip quilts, or table-runners. The possibilities are limitless with what you can create using these versatile strips. The best part is, you've already completed some of the work in advance!
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 provide all of our customers with the opportunity to take classes, we require payment at the time of registration.  If you need to cancel, we kindly ask for 7-day prior notification to the class date.  This allows us to offer your spot to someone on our waitlist and refund your registration fee.  Thank you for understanding this policy and happy quilting everyone.

When you sign up for a class at Affinity For Quilts you will receive information regarding the class including any required supplies needed for the class and pre-class preparations.   Make  sure to review the supply/class prep list to ensure you have everything you need for a wonderful class experience.  If you sign up and pay by phone, don't worry, we can email you all of the necessary information for a successful class experience. 

If you are interested in an event and it is full, please add your name to the waitlist.  If a spot becomes available,  we will contact the first person on the waitlist to check their availability. 
The waitlist also helps us gauge the popularity of an event and determine 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.
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; Garden Green Salad, Chicken Cacciatore over pasta, Bread, and Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake bars for dessert.  

New for 2024 will be a short demonstration at 5:15pm.  Continue to inspire your fellow quilters with your handiwork during Show-and-Tell, which will take place after supper.  

Date:   Friday, January 26, 2024
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Event Host: Diana Wendorf
Class Fee:  $25.00
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: Saturday, January 27,  2024
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Tammy Berry
Class Fee: $30.00
Local Quilt Shop Day

Be sure to stop in and celebrate Local Quilt Shop Day with Affinity For Quilts. 

Local Quilt Shop Day is a worldwide event designed to raise awareness of the importance of independent quilt shops to the local economy. It is a day for consumers and retailers to celebrate the creative pursuits of quilters, sewists, fabric enthusiasts, and crafters everywhere and to support the local quilt shops that make it all possible.

Each person who stop in that day will receive a free 4 piece F8th bundle of fabric. 

We will also be breaking out the bag of  discount chips.  Pull a chip for 10%, 15%, or 20% off any bolt fabric purchase.   Quilt MN and Tilda are excluded from discounts.  

Date:  Saturday, January 27, 2024
Time:  9:00am-5:00pm

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; Garden Green Salad, Chicken Cacciatore over pasta, Bread, and Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake bars for dessert.  

New for 2024 will be a short demonstration at 3:00pm.  Continue to inspire your fellow quilters with your handiwork during Show-and-Tell, which will take place after supper.  

Date:   Sunday, January 28, 2024
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Event Host: Diana Wendorf

Class Fee:  $25.00
Barn Quilt Block Painting Class

Join Aryn and create your own unique barn quilt design on reclaimed barn wood! Locally sourced, carefully selected, sanded and assembled. Choose from nine beautiful designs! Pick your own color scheme and relax at Affinity For Quilts in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Designs include:
1. Pinwheel
2. Flag
3. Faded Star
4. Friendship Star
5. Marigold
6. Hidden Cross
7. Blue Cross
8. Tulips
9. Pumpkin

Registration is handled by The Blue Fox and must be done using the link below.  The $50.00 class fee includes all supplies needed for the call.  Follow the link below to register:

Date:  Saturday, February 3, 2024
Time:  1:00pm - 4:00pm
Instructor:  Aryn Lill
Class Fee:  $55.00  Follow like above to register.  Class fee includes all supplies.
Open Embroidery With Sharon

Bring in your embroidery projects, or follow along with Sharon as she stitches Crabapple Hill's newest embroidery Block Of the Month Superstition.  The group will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00am-3:30pm.  Feel free to bring you lunch, or you can always go out and grab a bite to eat with your fellow stitching buddies at any of the great restaurants in Downtown White Bear Lake.  Sharon will be available to answer any questions you may have.  Remember to bring your Show and Tell.

Date:  Thursday, February 8, 2024 
           Thursday, February 15, 2024 
Time:  10:00am-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $15.00
Instructor:  Sharon Lenertz
One Block Wonder Panel Quilt
2-Part Class

Join Becky in this two part class as she guides you through the steps to create a stunning watercolor style quilt. Learn how to transform fabric panels into kaleidoscope blocks that beautifully frame your chosen panel. Discover the art of intensifying colors and adding movement to create a captivating quilt. The finished size of this project will vary depending on the panel chosen for your project. 

Dates & Times:  Friday, February 9, 2024   9:30am – 1:30pm
                           Sunday, March 3, 2024 3:00pm-5:00pm
Instructor:  Becky Umenthum    
Class Fee: $55.00 (Class fee does not include One Block Wonder Panel Book)
One Block Wonder Panel Quilt
2-Part Class

Join Becky in this two part class as she guides you through the steps to create a stunning watercolor style quilt. Learn how to transform fabric panels into kaleidoscope blocks that beautifully frame your chosen panel. Discover the art of intensifying colors and adding movement to create a captivating quilt. The finished size of this project will vary depending on the panel chosen for your project. 

We currently have 2 open spots for this class. 

Dates & Times: 
                   Saturday February 10, 20249:30am – 1:30pm

                   Sunday, March 3, 2024 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Instructor:  Becky Umenthum    
Class Fee: $55.00 (Class fee does not include One Block Wonder Panel Book)
Downtown White Bear Lake Galentine's Day

Ladies, it's time to gather your friends and join us in Downtown White Bear Lake for a special Galentine's Day Ladies Night Out.

The official Downtown White Bear Lake event kicks off at 5:00pm, but our celebration begins a little earlier at 3:00pm and will be open till 8pm.

Drop by for a glass of Sweetheart Valentine Punch and indulge in a Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie.

We'll be distributing "I Found A Quilted Heart" kits, available while supplies last.

Don't forget to draw a special Valentine card from our mailbox to enjoy in-store discounts and a chance to win store Gift Certificates. Join us for a delightful early celebration of Galentine's Day!

Date:  Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Time:  3:00pm - 8:00pm

Sashiko Club

Join our Sashiko Club! This is an instructor led open stitching group. During your time together, you will work on your own individual projects and get tips and pointers from other stitchers, and our talented instructor Tammy Berry. During each club Tammy arrives prepared to share patterns, techniques, or a project she is working on. Stitchers are welcome any time throughout the year. Join us for every session or for a few sessions as your time allows.   

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Time:  9:30pm-12:30pm
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
Class Fee:  $15.00
Featherweight Friends

Calling all Featherweights! Join us on the third Friday of each month for a day of sewing, sharing, and camaraderie. 

Featherweight Friends is a gathering of sewing enthusiasts who share a common passion for Singer Featherweight sewing machines. Whether you're a seasoned Featherweight owner or new to the world of these compact and iconic machines, our club welcomes all sewing skill levels. Diana, our experienced instructor, will oversee our Featherweight Friends club! This is a wonderful opportunity to connect and sew with fellow Featherweight sewing machine owners. Exchange anecdotes, discuss your latest sewing triumphs, and share your current sewing projects with a friendly community of like-minded individuals.


What to Bring:

  • Your Singer Featherweight sewing machine
  • Sewing supplies and materials for your current project
  • Any finished projects you'd like to share with the group
  • Your enthusiasm and love for sewing!

Date: Friday, February 16, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Club Leader:  Diana Wendorf
Club Fee: $15.00

H20TOGo Sling Bag Class

Join Ruth to create the H2O2GO (water to go) bag!  This is a unique crossbody bag designed to hold a bottle or tumbler while on the go, leaving your hands free. The pattern as purchased is an intermediate pattern using advanced bag making let's make this easier:  this class will actually instruct you on making a "hacked" version of this bag. A hack is merely a simplified version of the original pattern's design, techniques or both. In our class we will eliminate the curved exterior zipper pocket (with internal pocket and credit card slots) and round bottom construction on the original pattern and replace it with a straight exterior zipper pocket, exterior slip pocket and boxed bottom construction, while still providing space for a phone, credit cards, cash, keys and up to a 32 oz. bottle. This bag finishes at ~11" tall x 6" wide and 4" deep. The class also introduces a new material at Affinity For Quilts - waxed canvas! You will have the choice of making your H2O2GO in either waxed canvas or quilting cotton.

Date: February 17, 2024
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Ruth Thompson
Class Fee:  $50.00  (Pattern Sold Separately)

Color In Quilting Lecture

Discover the wonderful world of color in quilting!  Color is an essential and often underestimated aspect of quilting, standing as a cornerstone along side fabric selection, thread choice, and the quilt pattern. 

In this lecture, you'll discover the world of  color theory and its practical application in quilting. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced quilter,  the decisions surrounding color can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming. 

Understanding the fundamentals of color will demystify color principles, and how color choice directly impacts and enhances your quilt projects. Gain valuable problem-solving strategies to address common color challenges that may arise during your projects. 

Tammy's expertise in color theory will empower you to confidently diagnose and resolve color-related issues independently. By the end of this lecture, you'll have the tools to make informed and impactful color decisions in your quilting endeavors.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
Lecture Fee:  $25.00
Format: This event is a lecture-only session 

Introduction To Quilting

Come and be a part of our 3-part Introduction to Quilting course where you will delve into the fundamental aspects of making your first quilt. Throughout this class, you will grasp the usage of tools like the rotary cutter, cutting mat, basic quilt rulers, and deciphering quilt patterns. Guided by Diana, you will navigate the process of crafting an enjoyable beginner quilt top. Our chosen pattern, from Cotton and Joy, is tailored specifically for novice quilters. This class mandates a straight stitch sewing machine for participation.

Dates: February 27, March 12, March 26, 2024
Time:   6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Class Fee: $55.00 (Pattern Sold Separately)
Instructor: Diana Wendorf

Fee includes thread and sewing needles

Jelly Roll Placemat Class

Learn all the skills needed to make the popular jelly roll rug, with less commitment of time and materials. The class time will allow you to complete a 20x15  inch mat to use at your table, under your sewing machine or as a decorative accent. Kris is an expert on making this project and will share color placement and timesaving tips for success. She will share rug samples and describe how to vary the technique to sew round and square rugs.  Enjoy watching your colorful project grow. A sewing machine with zig-zag stitch at least 5.5mm wide is required for this class.                 

Class Prep: This project requires 2 ½ ” strips. Students can use a jelly-roll or cut their own strips prior to class.

Date:  Saturday, March 2, 2024
Time:  9:30am - 1:30 pm
Instructor:  Kris Livingston
Class Fee:  $35.00
Skill Level: Beginner  

Umbrella Class

April showers bring May flowers!  Join our newest teacher Lisa, and discover the art of crafting your very own umbrella in this full-day workshop!

In this class, you'll delve into the creative process of making a stylish and functional umbrella. Learn essential sewing techniques while working on your project under Lisa's expert guidance.

Prepare to bring your enthusiasm and a working sewing machine and get ready to create something truly unique!

Come join us for a day of creativity, learning, and fun!


Date:        Saturday, March 23, 2024
Time:        9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor:    Lisa K Giebink
Class Fee: $55.00 (Pattern and Umbrella Frame Sold Separately)

There will be a half hour break for lunch

Machine Binding Class 

Are you ready to take your quilting to the next level? Join instructor Katie Glancy in this  hands-on instructional class, where you'll learn the tips and tricks of machine binding for quilts. Whether you're a novice or looking to refine your skills, this class offers a comprehensive guide to achieving a polished, professional machine binding finish.

During the class, you'll bring in a project that is ready for binding, and Katie will skillfully guide you through the step-by-step process of machine binding. By the end of the session, you'll have the confidence and expertise to complete your future quilting projects with impressive machine-bound edges.


Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Katie Glancy
Class Fee: $35.00

Featherweight Machine Maintenance

Join us for a hands-on sewing machine maintenance class with our expert instructor, Jordan Frayne. Spend a productive morning learning how to take care of your cherished Singer Featherweight sewing machine. In this class, you will gain valuable insights into inspecting, oiling, and cleaning your machine. Whether you're a sewing enthusiast or just starting your journey with these iconic sewing machines, this classis a must-attend.

No class preparation is required. Just bring your Singer Featherweight sewing machine and an eagerness to learn!

Date: Monday, April 8, 2024
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00pm 
Instructor: Jordan Frayne
Class Fee: $25.00

Partial Eclipse Quilt Class

Join Susan in an exciting quilting class and craft your own stunning Partial Eclipse quilted wall hanging or table topper! Under Susan's guidance, you'll create a beautiful 32 1/2" square quilt, exploring the art of curved piecing and curved edges.

Susan will walk you through each step, sharing her expertise to ensure a successful quilting experience. The versatile pattern, designed by Robyn Pickens, welcomes various fabric choices such as charm packs, layer cake, or fat quarters for blocks. You have the freedom to bring your own fabrics or replicate our sample by choosing one of our kits.

To make the most of the class, there is some prep work involved. Follow the instructions on the supply list for fabric cutting to come prepared for a day of creative quilting.

Date:    April 13, 2024   
Time:    9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Instructor:    Susan Drabek
Class Fee:    $55.00 (Pattern Sold Seperately)

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 20, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Lori Adameitz 
Class Fee: $45.00 
(Pattern sold separately)

All Minnesota Shop Hop
The pre-sale for the 2024 edition of the All Minnesota Shop Hop Magazine has begun! More than just a passport to the event, the magazine features six project patterns, informative articles, and details about all the participating shops. Expected in stores by mid-February, you can order your copy for $11.95. To pre-order please call the shop directly or head to our webstore at and search 'Shop Hop Magazine' to secure yours. If you're not part of the All Minnesota Shop Hop Facebook group yet, join them at for fun contests and amazing prizes before the Shop Hop kicks off. Who knows? You might be the next lucky winner! We can't wait to see everyone when the snow thaws and April-May bring the All Minnesota Shop Hop.

Dates:  April 1, 2024 thru May 31, 2024
Hours:  9am-5pm  Monday-Saturday

Special Hours on:
Shop Hop Sunday:  Sunday April 7, 2024 11:00am-5:00pm
Friday, April 26, 2024  9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday, April 28, 2024 1:00pm-7:00pm
Shop Hop Sunday:  Sunday, May 5, 2024 11:00am-5:00pm
Friday, May 17, 2024 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday, May 19, 2024 1:00pm-7:00pm
Upcoming Quilt Shows
March 27th-April 19th, 2024 
Quilt Art for the Love of It

Dakota County Star Quilters' 29th Annual Quilt Show
Dakota County Historical Society Museum
130 3rd Avenue North
South Saint Paul, MN 
Special presentation and trunk show by Carol Hancuh "Growing a Voice in Quilting on Tuesday April 9th at 1:00pm and 7:00pm..  Tickets available at

Museum Hours:  Wed & Friday 9am-5pm, Thurs 9am-8pm, and Sat 10am-3pm
Suggested museum donation:  $5.00

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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