Events

Classes and Events
Below is a list of classes and events currently offered at Affinity For Quilts.  The variety of classes we offer are designed with all quilting levels in mind. We also offer private instruction.
Class Information
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.
Registration Details
In order to give all of our customers the opportunity to take classes we request payment at the time of registration.  If you need to cancel a class, 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.
How to Register
Register and pay for classes in person at 2199 4th Street, White Bear Lake Minnesota or by phone at 651-429-1039.
 
Beginning Paper Piecing

Join us in the Beginning Paper Piecing class and learn how to create your quilt project using the paper piecing method of quilting. You will create perfect points every time with this technique of quilt making! Rebecca will lead you through the steps to create this fun beginner table topper. The pattern we have chosen is by Cindi McCracken from Cut Loose Prints and is created with the beginner paper piercer in mind. A straight stitch sewing machine is required for this class.

Kits are available for $43.99 and include pattern, paper piecing foundations, and fabric for top and binding.   

Feel free to choose your own fabrics.  Pattern and Paper Piecing Foundations can be purchased separately.  


Date:  Thursday, May 19, 2022
Time:  9:30am-1:00pm
Class Fee:  $40.00
Instructor:  Rebecca Rise

 

Boxed Cushion Class

Join Kris Livingston to make an 18” inch square boxed pillow. In this class you will learn the skills to add piping, side zipper and optional button. These skills and additional information given in class will provide you with the knowledge needed to make custom cushions on your own for a window seat, bench or patio chair in your home.

Kris Livingston has been teaching and sewing professionally for more than 20 years. She creates custom home furnishings for individuals and designers, including window seats and chair cushions.

Date: May 21, 2022
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Class Fee: $30.00
Instructor: Kris Livingston

 
Sew-In-Sunday

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 This month we will be having Chicken Tacos with Spanish Rice and Toffee Cracker Bars for dessert. 

Date:   Sunday, May 22, 2022  
Time:  1:00pm - 7:00pm 
Class Fee:  $20.00
Shop Hop Sunday
May 22, 2022 11am-5pm
All Minnesota Shop Hop 
April 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022

 
To follow all the action of The All Minnesota Shop Hop  join Koleene and Jen, the organizers of  The All Minnesota Shop Hop on Facebook at: 
www.facebook.com/groups/allminnesotashophop
We are looking forward to seeing everyone.

The next Shop Hop Sunday will be on: 
May 22, 2022 11am-5pm
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 Chicken Tacos with Spanish Rice and Toffee Cracker Bars for dessert. 

Date:   Friday, May 27 2022 
Time:  4:00pm-Midnight
Class Fee:  $20.00
One Block Wonder Quilt Class

Join Becky as she guides you through the steps to create a lovely watercolor style quilt. 

Using one fabric, students will separate fabric into its individual colors and then ‘paint’ with those colors to form kaleidoscope blocks and a beautiful quilt. Using one fabric creates more intensity and movement than the original fabric.

You can see what your fabric selections will look like by using your cellphone camera and the following website:
www.oneblockwonder.com/design-helper/ .  

Date:  Saturday, June 4, 2022 
Time:  9:30am - 4:00pm
Class Fee $50.00
Instructor: Becky Umenthum

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 Tool 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!

Date:  June 11, 2022
Time:  9:30am - 1:30pm
Class Fee:  $35.00
Instructor:  Ruth Thompson

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, June 15, 2022               
Time:  12:30pm-3:30pm
Class Fee:  $10.00
Instructor:  Tammy Berry
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, June 16, 2022
Time:  10:00am - 4:00pm
Class Fee:  $45.00
Instructor: Lori Adameitz 
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:  June 18, 2022
Time:  9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm
Class Fee:  $20.00
Instructor: Tammy Berry

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: June 23, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm or 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Class Fee: $30.00
Instructor: Tammy Berry 

Layered Diamonds Bargello Class

A bargello quilt is made of fabrics sewn together to create the look of movement. These types of quilts look quite difficult to create however, with Sue's knowledge and teaching style all levels of quilters will enjoy this class. The pattern chosen is Layered Diamonds from Pine Tree Country Quilts and its' finished size is 43"x56"

Precutting and labeling are required for this all day class.
There will be a half hour break for lunch.

Date: Wednesday July 20, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Class Fee:  $50.00
Instructor: Sue Severiano 
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.   
Affinity For Quilts Sleep In Your Own Bed Retreat

Grab your quilting friends and join Diana for a fun filled weekend as we host our first Sleep In Your Own Bed Retreat since the onset of COVID.  This weekend will be nothing short of fun and will include: 
  • A Gift Bag for each Attendee
  • Great Door Prizes
  • Make-It-Take-It project each day of the retreat 
  • Short product demo each day 
  • A Fun Quilting game after lunch each day; with prizes
  • In Store Shopping Discounts for retreat participants
  • Catering by Manitou Grill with Pizza and Salad on Friday night and Salad, Mushroom and Herb Chicken or Pot Roast with Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Amaretto Butter Green Beans and a Molten Caramel Drizzle Brownie for dessert
Unlike past retreats there is a deadline for registration as the event center needs a final headcount by a specific date.  If you are interested in attending the retreat you must register by  Saturday, September 24, 2022. Late registrations will not be accepted; however, we can place you on a wait list in case of a cancellation.   We are requesting a 30% deposit upon registration with full payment by September 30, 2022.  Deposit for Friday/Saturday would be $52.50 and for Saturday only would be $37.50.  Also please indicate your food preference; the Mushroom Herb Chicken or Pot Roast upon calling in your registration.  

Dates/Time:  Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00am - 10:00pm
                     Saturday, October 15, 2022 9:00am - 10:00pm
Location:  Ballroom of Manitou Event Center, 2171 4th Street, White Bear Lake, MN  55110
Retreat Fee:  $175.00 for Friday and Saturday
                      $125.00 Saturday only