Millie P's is happy to welcome our instructors.
We know you will enjoy learning their techniques.

Check our website for further information or stop in the shop to see display samples for classes.

Coleen Anderson

Coleen’s interest in sewing began when she was a little girl. Her grandmother was a creative seamstress, transforming previously worn garments into new clothes – including items for Coleen’s beloved Tiny Tears. Coleen’s favorite projects are creative functional objects, so For the Home is a great fit for her.


Angel Bourque

Sewing and quilting has been around me for years as both my mother and grandmother set the example. However, I did not start quilting until about 25 years ago as a way to relax after a hard day at work.  I took as many classes as I could in order to learn all about the process.  In these classes, I would often rely on the memories I had from watching my mother sew and quilt.  Today, I am happy to share the knowledge that I learned from my mother and the quilting teachers that taught me.  I also know that we learn from everyone and students bring to us this opportunity for additional growth.

Angel teaches:
- Beginning Quilting
- Quilt Basics
- BOM
- Leftovers Quilt

Judy Gall


Judy’s love for quilting began in 2004 and since then she has made over 100 quilts. She enjoys quilting because unlike sewing clothes, a quilt doesn’t have to fit when it is finished!

She also enjoys embroidery and incorporates embroidered designs into many of her quilts.

As an instructor of Millie P’s, she loves to learn from her class attendees because as a quilter, you can never stop learning new ideas, tricks or techniques.


Judi Niemi

Judi began quilting in 1980 at a class in a St. Paul shop. She remembers making her own templates out of cardboard and using scissors to cut your fabric pieces.

Judi has been teaching various quilting classes for the past 18 years at several quilt shops within and outside the metro area.

With machine quilting being her specialty class, she has been an independent long-arm quilter for the last 14 years after establishing B&J Quilting with her husband, Bruce. Judi has always felt that if you can find something you love and make a living at it, it will not seem like work.

Judi currently teaches Machine Quilting and Big Project Bag and Season's Best with additional classes planned for the future.


Kris Pedrow

My mom taught  me to sew when I was in elementary school and have enjoyed sewing many things over the years:  Clothing for 4-H projects, Raggedy Ann dolls, special occasion dresses, PJs,  slippers and American Girl doll clothes, all  for my girls as well as designing draperies and other useful items for our home.  

I first caught the quilting bug in the summer of 2010 after attending a quilt exhibit at a women’s retreat.  Since then, I've made nearly 60  quilts of various sizes. I love quilts with strong visual impact, bright colors and LOTS of pieces.  English paper piecing helps me relax for an hour or two almost every evening.  It allows me to indulge in my addiction for scraps, so that’s a bonus!

My favorite part of the quilting process is free motion quilting because it stretches me creatively. My philosophy for quilting is that each quilt is a snapshot of what I’m capable of at the time. This philosophy helps me move forward and keep quilting. 

Since beginning to teach English Paper Piecing, I’ve really enjoyed being part of the quilting community that is so active here at Millie P’s.  I’m always inspired by the enthusiasm and design decisions of other quilters.

 

Mary Pat Smith

Hi everyone, my name is Mary Pat. I have been a nurse for 36 years and a quilter for the last 14. I learned  to sew from my mom, coming from a family of 7 children it was a necessity. I started quilting with friends from school, where I am currently nursing as my full time job, making a Christmas tree skirt. It snowballed from there and I was hooked. I started making T-shirt quilts for my family and currently have made over 40 of them. I really enjoy making and creating projects of any kind, big or small. Millie P's is my inspiration, both with working there and the customers!  


Cindy Weigel

Cindy’s passion for sewing began as a little girl while being taught by her grandmother. She later discovered the art of quilting and through the years, has developed her own techniques.

Although Cindy particularly enjoys paper piecing and applique’ quilting, she continues to challenge herself by designing her own quilting patterns.

Cindy has entered clothing and quilting pieces in the Anoka County and State Fair collecting ribbons on many of her entries.

Cindy will be teaching:
Paper Piecing and Applique Quilting at all skill levels
Stop in and see her samples for upcoming classes.

Rhondi West

Rhondi has been quilting since 1998.  Her original entry into quilt making was sparked by a desire to make quilts with the “Up North” theme for their cabin.  She has found quilting a way to discover, challenge and express her creative side.

In 2005 she received her Marketing and Innovative Degree (focused on the quilt industry) from Concordia University, St. Paul.  Last year she attended the Eleanor Burns’ Quilt in a Day teacher workshop in Paducah, Kentucky obtaining certification as a “Quilt in a Day” instructor.

She applied her new found passion by teaching the Eleanor Burns’ Day and Night quilt class resulting in continued requests for additional classes to be scheduled. Rhondi plans to expand her teachings in 2012 with other Quilt in a Day techniques and patterns – watch for further information. 

Through her class teaching and pattern selection, Rhondi provides excitement and fun to quilters and inspires them to explore and bring forward their own creative expression.

Classes Rhondi currently teaches includes:
- Beginning Quilting
-Quilt Basics
-Day & Night and other Eleanor Burns designs
-Crazy Quilt