Trolly Rides, Santa and Fabric, Oh My!

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Holiday Hours:  Friday, December 24, 2021 9am-3:00pm
Saturday, December 25th, 2021 - Closed 
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2021 - Closed
Welcome to What's Up Wednesday!   
White Bear Lake Winterfest activities are in full force this weekend.  So there is no better time than now to stop into your favorite quilt shop and enjoy a little WBL festive fun.   
  • Santa will be strolling the streets of Downtown White Bear Lake between the hours of 11:00am-2:00pm.  Be sure to give Santa your quilting supply gift list!  If Santa's Elves cannot fulfill that order then Affinity For Quilts has "Wish List" cards located at each cash register. Bring a pen, grab a card, and create your Wish List!  Your Wish List card is ready for you to give to your family and your holiday wish list is  done!  
  • Make a food donation to the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf and receive a free horse-drawn trolley ride.  Board the trolley at 4th Street and Cook Avenue.  Trolley rides begin at 11:00am with the last ride leaving the station at 1:45pm. 
The White Bear hunt continues this Saturday.  These adorable little White Bears have been boxed up for way to long and are just waiting to get out and find a temporary home in the store until they can come home with you.  So while supplies last, every Saturday in December will be "Find The White Bear Saturday."   Each Bear will be assigned a number and that number will relate to a prize.  Prizes still available after the first week of our hunt are:
  • A holiday gift box
  • $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • $15.00 Gift Certificate
  • 1 pack of Villa Rosa Pattern cards
  • 25% off purchase
  • 15% off purchase
  • 10% off purchase
  • Free Holiday FQ
  • Free current Villa Rosa pattern
  • (Quilt MN Fabrics are excluded from all discounts.)
The White Bear Lake Lions Club is collecting toys and non-perishable food items for families in need through Saturday December 11, 2021.  Thank you to all who have so generously donated items to this cause.  Affinity For Quilts will continue to have a bin set up for donations and  encourage you to stop into the shop with a new unwrapped toy or food donation to receive special savings.  
  • 10% off Fabric purchase when donating a non-perishable food item. 
  • 15% off Fabric purchase when donating an unwrapped toy
  • 20% off Fabric purchase with donation of non-perishable food item and toy. 
Discount will also apply to pre-cuts and kits.  All Quilt Minnesota fabric is excluded from discounts. 

Mittens, hats, and scarves are also always welcomed. 
It is Freebie Monday time!  December is all about giving you that special gift, this month we are giving you the Binding Bobbin!   This great tool will keep your binding nice and neat while you complete that special quilting project. Spend $25.00 (before tax) on Monday December 13th and the Binding Bobbin is yours while supplies last.  This is a December Freebie Monday Promotion only and not available for retail sale at this time.  This is an in store only event.

We love this new fabric line that arrived this week-
Tree Of Life from Dashwood Studio is an incredible collection of fabrics by Bee Brown.  The beautiful woodland prints are full of color, texture and detail.   The panel is stunning and I envision a Nebula Quilt in the making.  
If you are unable find an item you are looking for, talk to any team member and we will do our best to order it for you.
December FaceBook Contest
The Year of 2021 is winding down and we have all created a project or two this year!  To enter this month’s drawing, follow us on Facebook and share the number of projects you have created using your sewing machine in the comments section of our Gift Card giveaway Facebook post! It’s that easy!  If you want to share a photo of the favorite thing you created this year, we'd love to see a photo too! (the photo is optional)  The winner will be randomly selected on December 16, 2021 and will receive a $10.00 gift card to be used in store or online. Good luck to all who share! 

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 continue to rise in Minnesota.  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.   Just a heads up;  if  the COVID numbers continue to rise between now and January 3, 2022  a mask mandate will be put in place at Affinity For Quilts for everyone regardless of vaccination status.   This will include classes and clubs too.  We want to keep all of our customers and staff safe.

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:  Do you need a sturdy cutting template?  Consider using the cardboard from a cereal box!

Classes and Events


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:  Saturday,  December 10, 2021
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm  
Class Fee:  $18.00
Instructor: Tammy Berry

Sashiko Stitching Club

The Sashiko Stitching Club includes an exclusive project each month, only available to Club members, and this month is this adorable stocking.  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:  Sunday, December 12, 2021
           Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
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 Beef Stew, a nice bread, and of course dessert.  

Date:  Friday, December 17, 2021 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Class Fee:  $18.00 
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:  January 18, 2022, February 1, 2022, and February 15, 2022
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm or 6:00pm-9:00pm
Class Fee:  $50.00  (Fee includes a small spool of Aurifil thread and a package of sewing machine needles)
Instructor:  Diana Wendorf
Laura Heine Teeny-Tiny Collage Class

Join us for this super fun day of fabric collage-making! During this all-day class you will learn how to assemble one of Laura Heine's whimsical Teeny Tiny collages. These fun projects are great for using up those special bits of fabric that you have been saving and just can't part with. The results are beautiful and the possibilities are endless!

Date:  Thursday, January 20, 2022
Time:  10:00am - 4:00pm
Class Fee:  $45.00
Instructor: Lori Adameitz 

We will be breaking for lunch, however, lunch will not be provided. 
Jelly Roll Rug 

Join Kris Livingston to create the popular jelly-roll rug.  The technique involves folding 2.5 inch fabric strips to encase cotton batting  strips.  Using a straight stitch followed by a zig zag stitch you will create a wonderful oval or circular rug.  This project is a great way to use a favorite jelly-roll or 42- 2.5 inch strips from your fabric collection.   It is really fun to see how the different fabric choices blend.  A perfect project for anyone who loves to sew.

Date:  Saturday, January 22, 2022
Time:  9:30am - 3:00pm
Class Fee:  $55.00
Instructor:  Kris Livingston
It's a Wrap Heart Bowl

Make a colorful heart shaped bowl for Valentine's Day from clothesline, fabric strips and the zig-zag stitch on your machine. We will cover the basics to make any shape of cord covered bowl, coaster or placemat. Join us even if you missed the fall class. Have fun, use up scraps and play with color combinations. 

Date:  Saturday, February 5, 2022
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm
Class Fee:  $25.00
Instructor:  Kris Livingston

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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