Tuesday, November 13, 2012


During our trip to the Twin Cities, my husband and I ventured over to nearby Anoka for some antiques shopping. While there, I spotted a large sign that read "Quilts" on a brick building. How could I resist such a temptation? Millie P's Quilt Shop—now in its second year—was a refreshing surprise. This vivacious shop literally brimmed with bright fabrics—one of the owner's passions. But I bring good tidings to those of you who are 19th-century repro fans, too. The owner is expanding into those prints, which will be housed in their spacious upstairs! One of the friendly employees told me that they were already starting to arrive.

With a name like Millie P's, I had to ask the owner who the shop was named after. It turns out it's her mom, Millie Pearl, who was a sewer by necessity but did so with flair. The apple didn't fall far from the tree as the owner also has a flair for shop displays and fabric choices. I love the way these kits were packaged so sweetly in the see-through pink-lined bags. 

Kits like this pocketbook cover in a retro kitchen print cater to convenience with fabric that the shop pre-quilted. Talk about a time saver! 

I was delighted to find a fabulous selection of Riley Blake fabric—one of my favorite fabric manufacturers. It turns out one of the shop employees is a fellow pincushion fan who also designs pincushions, and she'd seen my Sitting Pretty chair pincushion on the Riley Blake website! What a small world. It was fun chatting with her and seeing her delightful designs.

The shop boasts patterns and pre-cuts galore to inspire the imagination. I saw many patterns that I'd never seen in other shops before. 

For the garment sewer, there were cute aprons and kids clothes to stir the imagination. 

With Halloween just around the corner when I visited, a festive array of not-too-spooky prints took center stage outside this charming cabin. 

I took many other photos of this fun shop, but I'll let you discover it more fully for yourself someday! I'd highly recommend a visit. Tell them Kimber sent you! I know I will be returning when we go up to the Twin Cities again. To help whet your creative appetite, I'll close this post with a photo of some of my fun finds.


  1. What an inspiring shop. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  2. Hi...It was awesome meeing a fellow pincushion fan and especially one that has inspired me as you have with your designs. Looking forward to your next visit to Anoka. Deb from Millies

  3. Love your new fabrics, and I do believe I'm spotting some tea mugs on a print at the back there!

  4. Millie P's is a wonderful shop - I'm lucky enough to live only 12 miles away, so I can drop in often. It is always inspiring with it's abundance of bright, fun fabrics and project samples. Your blog post was a pleasure to read.

  5. Millie P's is one of my very favorites, just wish it were closer to home. I just love going there, they know you by name and make you feel so welcome while there. It is beautiful and the shop is just a blessing to all of us that have that passion to quilt.
    Shannon C White Bear Lake mn


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