Video: Looky Loo Studio Tour with Marina B. | May 2023 Quilted Joy Clubhouse

Marina Barber's Looky Loo Studio Tour

We love taking peeks into other people’s quilting studios during our Looky Loo Studio Tour! Each month during our Quilted Joy Clubhouse live meetings we tour the quilting studio of one of our QJ Clubhouse members. Today, let’s take a look back at our tour of Marina Barber’s beautiful multi-level sewing and quilting studio in sunny Florida. Watch the video below to see Marina’s Looky Loo Studio Tour!

Play Video about Marina Barber's Sewing and Quilting Studio

We wanted to get to know Marina a little more, so we asked her a few other questions before we recorded our tour.

How long have you been quilting with a longarm?

I have been quilting with my APQS Millie longarm since march of 2020

How have you grown your skills?

I have grown my skills by Taking the APQSCertification class, Angela’s longarm lecture, a Myrna Class, and ofcourse, practice, practice, practice!

What do you find to be the most challenging part of longarm quilting?

The most challenging part of longarm quilting for me is getting the tension just right.  I’m also learning how to use rulers right now.

Where is your quilting space? 

My quilting space is inside my home.  My APQS Millie with her 12′ table is in my living room, and I have seperate sewing and cutting rooms as well.

What do you love about your quilting studio?

I love the large area and maneuverability. I also love being able to spend time with my hubby in the same room while I quilt!

If you could change anything about your quilting space, what would it be?

I am happy with my swing room as is.  I wouldn’t change a thing!

Why did you choose an APQS machine?

I chose my APQS Millie because it is much more smooth and comfortable to use compared to other brands.

Do you have a computer on your machine? If so, what do you love about it?

I have an Intelliquilter.  I love how easy it is to use and there is so many patterns to choose from. And it’s so simple to transfer new patterns on to it.  Most of all I love having the computer right in front of me! 

What advice would you give to a new longarm quilter?

There’s nothing better then practice, practice, practice!

What quilting project are you currently working on? 

I have many projects I’m working on,  but I’m most excited about a modern quilt I’m working on called Night Song.

How would you describe your quilting style?

My quilting style is more contemporary.

What is your favorite batting and thread?

My favorite batting is Hobbs 80/20 and my favorite thread is Glide

Do you quilt for others? 

Yes, I do quilt for others.

Thanks again to Marina for letting us look around!


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