Classes & Groups

Affinity For Quilts offers a wide variety of classes and open sew groups for all levels of ability.  One-on-one private instruction is also available at a rate of $20.00/hour.  Scroll down for current classes and pricing.
Register for classes or schedule your private instruction by phone or in person.
651-429-1039
2199 4th Street  White Bear Lake   MN 55110
Midnight Open Sew
Join new and old friends for a fun evening of sewing at Midnight Open Sew.

Bring a current project or two, a working sewing machine, basic quilting supplies and sew. It's that simple, eight uninterrupted, fun filled hours of just sewing.

All participants will receive 15% off fabric purchases for the evening.  This discount does not apply to wool or cork.
 We encourage early registration as class size is limited and fills quickly.
Date: October 22, 2021 
Time: 4:00 pm - Midnight
Class Fee: $18.00
Hosted by Diana Wendorf
Dinner included
Star Christmas Tree Skirt
Join Becky Umenthum to make the Star Christmas Tree skirt. Becky designed the pattern for this wonderful tree skirt and will walk you through the steps that takes advantage of rotary cutting techniques and avoids all of the y-seams. If you prefer, you can create a circular table topper by adjusting the final few steps. Becky has taught class at the Black Hills Quilting Retreat and in Rapid City South Dakota. You may have seen some of her samples hanging in the shop! There is some sewing before class begins required for this class.
Date: October 23, 2021
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Becky Umenthum
Class Fee: $50.00
There will be a half hour break for lunch
The Ultimate Shop Hop Bag Class
Join Jami Young in this 2 part class to make your very own shop hop bag! The Ultimate 'Shop Hop' bag, designed by Jami, has 17 pockets, and 3 pocket pattern variations for you to choose from. This pattern was proofed by people of different sewing skill levels, from little to no experience to very experienced quilters. Jami will share her tips & tricks to create this wonderful bag and her approachable teaching style makes creating this bag a really fun event.
Jami Young has been quilting for 25 years- The daughter of a hobby seamstress, she was surprised with how quickly she took to quilting since she was known to burn a fabric from time to time while 'helping' her mother iron pieces for dresses. Her teaching style has brought many people into the rewarding hobby of sewing.
An IT professional by day, Jami finds quilting a fantastic outlet for her creativity. When not quilting or shop hopping with friends, Jami spends time with her husband, 3 children and 2 English Setter fur babies.
This is a 2 part class
Some at home work will be completed between classes
Instructor: Jami Young
Dates: October 30 & November 6, 2021
Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm
Class Fee: $60.00
Stellar Starburst Block of the Month
Join Sophie Voit for the Stellar Starburst BOM class.   Our very own Miss Sophie will lead you through this 12 month adventure with an in-store evening class on the second Tuesday of each month. This is a really fun BOM that you wont want to miss! The pattern we have chosen is by Marilyn Foreman from Quilt Moments and is suitable for all skill levels as the pieced blocks are made from squares and rectangles. You can choose from 3 different sizes for your project: Small 53" x 53" (our sample/kit), Medium 72" x 72", and Large 106" x 106". The construction is the same for each size, however the fabric yardage and cutting requirements are different. You will receive instruction for completing each block, the pattern for the month, and a chance to sew with a great group of people who are working on the same project.
Class Fee: $70.00 (this is for the entire 12 months)
Dates: The 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning November 9, 2021
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
(Fabric kit, or fabrics for your project will be purchased separately.
Limited kits are available for the 53" x 53" sample quilt
All participants will receive in-store savings on items purchased  the evening of class. Sign up deadline is October 30th.
Flash Monday
Flash Monday is just what it sounds like! A class where you can get your sewing projects done in a FLASH!!! This fun class is set up so you can complete the selected project in the 2 hour class window. The project for the month will be announced on the Wednesday prior to the Monday class in the What's Up Wednesday newsletter, on Facebook and here!
An evening class will be offered from 6pm-8pm if there is enough interest. Minimum of 5 students required.
Class Fee: $8.00
Instructor: Diana Wendorf
Date: Novmeber 1, 2021
Time:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (if enough interest)
Laura Heine Teeny-Tiny Collage Class 
Join us for this super fun day of collage-making!
During this all-day class you will learn how to assemble one of Laura Heine's adorable and whimsical Teeny Tiny collages.
These fun projects are great for using up those particularly beloved scraps or random bits of fabric that you have been saving and just can't part with. The results are beautiful and the possibilities are endless!
Date: November 4, 2021
Time: 10:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Lori Adameitz
Cost: $45.00
Holiday Open House

Save the date, as the Downtown White Bear Lake Holiday Open House will be happening on Thursday November 11, 2021.  

We will be having some great in-store specials and of course yummy treats.   Additional details will follow as we get closer to the event.   We will also be having some special hours for those of you who do not like being out too late in the evening. 

Date:  Thursday, November 11, 2021
Time:  3:00pm - 8:00pm
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It's A Wrap!

Join Kris Livingston and learn how to use strips of fabric, cotton clothesline and the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine to make colorful round, oval, and square bowls.  You can add handles and embellishments too. The same technique can be used to sew coasters or placemats. This is a great class for quilters to use up fabric scraps and to play with color combinations. Our reference book is It’s a Wrap by Susan Breier.

Kris Livingston has 20 plus years of sewing experience. In addition to teaching classes, she has a business sewing custom home décor and adding applique to children’s clothes for a wholesale/retail company.

Date:  Saturday, November 13, 2021
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm
Class Fee:  $25.00
Instructor: Kris Livingston

Sashiko Stitching Club
 
Do you love Sashiko stitching? Are you ready to get out and work on your hand-stitching projects with some like-minded, creative people?
Sashiko Stitching Club is for you! Bring your projects and enjoy the company of others who enjoy the art of Sashiko stitching.
Join our beloved Tammy Berry as she leads the group and shares some of the beautiful projects she has completed. She may even have some stitching tips and tricks to share too!
Participants will receive a 15% off coupon for their Sashiko supplies, and fabric purchases.
Discount excludes notions, quilt MN, and wool.
Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021 or Wednesday November 17, 2021
Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Event Fee: $10.00 per session
Hosted by: Tammy Berry

Over The River And Through The Woods Holiday Shop Hop

November 15-20, 2021


Introducing the 2021 Over the River and Through the Woods Holiday Hop. This quilt shop hop features a variety of lovely quilt shops from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Pick up a passport at the nearest shop. Visit the shops listed and receive 1/3 yard white background fabric. Enter to win their shop raffle basket.

Visit all eight shops, receive a free pattern and be eligible to win the Grand Prize.

Finishing kits will be available at all eight shops

Participating Shops:

Topstitchery in Roberts, WI

Two Meandering Ladies in Prescott, WI

The Grain Bin Market & Bakery in Boyceville, WI

Blueberry Line Quilting in Ridgeland, WI

Doyle’s Farm & Home in New Richmond, WI

A Little Piece of Mind in New Richmond, WI

Thread Lab in Menomonie, WI

Affinity for Quilts in White Bear Lake, MN

Barn Quilts with The Blue Fox (class is full- next class January 15)
Come 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.

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

Register soon, class space is limited.
Sign up is done through The Blue Fox by visiting www.thebluefoxclasses.com/affinityforquilts

Date:  Saturday, November 20, 2021
Time:  1:00pm - 4:00pm
Class Fee:   $50, all supplies included
Instructor:  Aryn of The Blue Fox
Midnight Open Sew
Join new and old friends for a fun evening of sewing at Midnight Open Sew.

Bring a current project or two, a working sewing machine, basic quilting supplies and sew. It's that simple, eight uninterrupted, fun filled hours of just sewing.

All participants will receive 15% off fabric purchases for the evening.  This discount does not apply to wool or cork.
 We encourage early registration as class size is limited and fills quickly.
Date: November 26, 2021 
Time: 4:00 pm - Midnight
Class Fee: $18.00
Hosted by Diana Wendorf
Dinner included
Barn Quilts with The Blue Fox
Come 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.

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

Register soon, class space is limited.
Sign up is done through The Blue Fox by visiting  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barn-quilt-painting-class-affinity-for-quilts-tickets-175695559147

Date:  Saturday, January 15, 2022
Time:  1:00pm - 4:00pm
Class Fee:   $50, all supplies included
Instructor:  Aryn of The Blue Fox