Having a sewing and quilting space that feels fully your own is so satisfying! Having all my fabrics, threads, tools, and notions at my fingertips and ready to go whenever I need them makes my sewing and quilting feel less like work and more like the fun it should be. But figuring out the right organization can be a challenge! It’s why I love the Looky Loo tours we feature during our Quilted Joy Clubhouse meetings! It’s an excuse to be a little nosey and it’s just fun and inspiring to see how other quilters have set up their sewing and quilting rooms with everything they need. Today, let’s take a look back at how Roger Garneau of Heartfelt Quilts set up his sewing and longarm quilting room. Watch the video below to see Roger’s Looky Loo Tour!
Doesn’t Roger have a fabulous set up for his sewing and quilting room? I’m so jealous that he has his APQS Millie on a 12 foot table set up along his window. I’m not sure how much work I’d actually get done if I had that pond view out my window. I might get distracted every time a bird flew by! Roger also has so many fabulous storage and organization solutions. I’m still waiting for his offer to come organize my sewing room! 😉
We wanted to get to know Roger a little more, so we asked him a few questions before we recorded our tour.
Quilted Joy: How long have you been quilting?
Roger: For about 35 years
QJ: How long have you been longarm quilting?
Roger: I started in July 2014
QJ: What longarm machine do you have and why did you choose it?
Roger: I got myself the APQS Millennium. I did a lot of research and found these machines to be rated high. I met a dealer in my local area, and she helped me get the machine and to start learning to use it.
QJ: How have you grown your skills?
Roger: Mostly by doing hands on. I have been spending a lot of time researching sites like Quilted Joy and APQS that have tutorials and forums. YouTube is a wonderful resource to learn techniques. I would really like to attend some classes when that becomes possible again after the pandemic.
QJ: What is the most challenging part of quilting for you?
Roger: In the beginning it was getting the tension right. Now I am trying to do more custom work and to integrate my own designs. A challenge is deciding what designs to use when looking at a quilt.
QJ: Describe your studio and how you organize your longarm studio.
Roger: I have my studio in my loft. It is approximately 550 sq ft. I have the machine near the windows for the best light. I have three other sewing tables and machines. There is also a cutting area and an ironing center where I made a large table extension on the ironing board.
QJ: What advice would you give a new longarm quilter?
Roger: Practice, practice, and more practice. Also, use the free classes, blogs, and forums available. Join a guild if you can and get to know your local quilting shops. They are a wealth of knowledge.
QJ: What is your current favorite quilting gadget or ruler right now?
Roger: I have a lot of rulers but am just starting to use them on my quilts. I just must get out there and start using them and practice. I also love my red snappers quilt holders on my longarm, so I do not have to pin the quilt. I learned about these early in my longarm career.
QJ: You have a quilting business called Heartfelt Quilts. How did you get into quilting for other people?
Roger: Joined a guild and worked my way up to being the VP. I would travel to quilting shops, introducing myself and giving them my cards and brochures. From there, I built a large customer base by word of mouth.
QJ: What is the best thing about quilting for others?
Roger: To see how happy, they are with the finished quilt. And to see how much I have grown in my skills as a Longarm quilter.
QJ: What is something you wish you had in your longarm studio to make things easier?
Roger: I would like to have a computer set up on the machine. That way, I would be able to design so many other patterns.
QJ: What are three things you’re loving that you’d recommend to your bestie?
- The overhead lights in my sewing room.
- Red Snappers for loading quilts on my longarm machine.
- Clear food storage containers for organizing my pantry.
Thanks again to Roger for letting us take a look around his quilting studio! If you’d like to connect with Roger and see what he’s working on, you can find him on the Heartfelt Quilts Facebook page.