Welcome to blue feather quilt studio. My name is Marjorie Busby and I have been a quilter for at least 40 years–or the better part of my life. I live in Carrboro, NC with my husband, Ted, and am the Mom to two wonderful daughters and their husbands and grandmother to their six children.

I started sewing as a child and won my first sewing machine at the 4-H Dress Revue by stitching a lined wool skirt and knitting a matching cardigan. When my children were born, I took up quilting and did a lot of hand quilting. I also joined the craft cooperative, Womancraft, and began to sell some of the quilts I made. As the 21st century arrived, and I had two children headed to college and a full-time job teaching and doing research at the UNC School of Medicine, I turned to machine quilting and bought my first longarm quilting machine. I had so much fun with it that I began designing quilting patterns (pantographs)  for longarm machines and selling them through Intelligent Quilting.

Our first grandchild arrived in 2006 and within a year we learned she had a rare brain tumor. With all hands on deck, I retired early from my job at UNC in 2009. I am happy to report that she is in the first grade this year and doing well. The time seemed right this past year, and I purchased a new longarm machine that has all the bells and whistles. It has opened a whole new world of quilting for me, and gives me the opportunity to pursue quilting as a business by quilting for others.

After getting my first longarm machine, I joined a wonderful quilting group who make quilts for the Alamance Regional Cancer Center. We make lap quilts for the chemotherapy patients and get together for four retreats a year for quilting and fellowship. In addition, I am very committed to the Quilts of Honor organization and am always willing to volunteer my quilting services for this purpose.