About Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. My profession is as a registered dietitian, and I have worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

Some Finishes – New and UFOs

The summer weather has been beautiful, and it’s been a great time to get some UFOs finished around here. Thought I’d give you a little quilt show of what’s been done before I ship these off to their recipients. While the political season is in full swing and does not make one feel positive in the least for the future and with other very somber news, I have been listening to the Cincinnati Pops Gershwin selections with conductor Erich Kunzel from an old CD. While audiobooks are usually the media of choice for me, some upbeat music is just what is needed right now.

These quilts have been finished in the last two weeks:

This one was pieced by Norma and quilted by me. Sherry will bind it. Great team effort on a beautiful “Brick” quilt.

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This is the car quilt that I made for the AccuQuilt blog post and shows a closeup of the cars. It is going to my second youngest grandson who is 18 months old. His older brothers have lots of quilts and this will be his. There is no more fabric like this–and it will truly be missed around here. I love this fabric with the Gulf and Esso and Phillips gasoline signs as well as the Route 66 signs. Do you remember that TV show?2016-06-07 Car Quilt for Holden

This is a quilt that I made ages ago–actually it was years ago and all those New York Star points are paper pieced using Sharon Schamber’s method. This was before I had an AccuQuilt to make the Drunkard’s Path blocks so these were cut with acrylic templates. This quilt is going to my daughter who needs a quilt to take to soccer practice and for games that won’t show red dirt stains. This has a batik backing that is black with colored checkered stripes all over it. I thought that would be perfect for a soccer quilt. 2016-06-07 NY Beauty-DP-1200

And this is a Hunter’s Star made with the AccuQuilt Hunter’s Star die. This is the third one I’ve made and I still love this die and the way it turns out. It is just so easy to make these blocks–no question as to which way to press. If you always press to the dark with this pattern, all the seams interlock and it makes a beautiful quilt. Four blocks make a star with a quarter star on each corner. 2016-06-07 Hunters Star002-1200px

There are a couple more quilts but I can’t show them because Sherry made them–I quilted them, and they will be gifted.

I had turned off comments, but have adjusted my email, so hopefully I will see the comments when they arrive. I always hold my breath when updates, etc., are installed as my technology skills have not kept pace with all the advances. 

Making an Ohio Star with the QUBE

Just finished a big project this week, and it has been shipped. It’s always a bit anti-climactic for me after I finish a project. There are so many other little projects to be done that it’s hard to know where to start. After cleaning up and putting away all the project mess, I decided to focus on another star. That also helps me put off starting the next big project.

The QUBE is designed to make quilt blocks that are four patches across and four patches down. But I had seen an Ohio Star that was made with a QUBE. As you know, the Ohio Star is a 9-patch block. And so finally, it dawned on me that the way to make a 9-patch block with a QUBE is that the block will be a different size than the QUBE size. Thus, a 6 inch QUBE will make a 9 inch 9-patch block.

But the nice thing about a QUBE is that no matter what the finished size is, for any given quilt block the Shape number / Die number from one QUBE to the next is always the same to make that block. Thus for the Ohio Star, whether you make a 9″, 12″, 13-1/2″ or 18″ block–the Die Shapes used are Shape 1 and Shape 4. This is the piecing diagram for any size block:

Ohio Star


  • a 6 inch QUBE makes a 9 inch 9-patch block,
  • an 8 inch QUBE makes a 12 inch 9-patch block,
  • a 9 inch QUBE makes a 13-1/2 inch 9-patch, and
  • a 12 inch QUBE makes an 18 inch 9-patch.

Cutting: Shape 1 = Square and Shape 2 = Quarter Square Triangles (QST)

  • Shape 1 – Cut 4 light and 1 center square
  • Shape 2 – Cut 8 light QSTs and 8 dark QSTs

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Stitch light and dark triangles together on the short side. I chain stitched them to be sure they were stitched in the same direction. And then they are stitched together again to make the complete quarter square triangle.

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Sew into rows and then into a block.

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And it’s done.

Now to more important things. The summer has been so nice. We’ve had lots of rain and a couple of very hot days, but we have had some beautiful days too. Our co-rec softball season is into the tournament and last night was a win with an early game against a team of much younger players. Over the years we always come out on top with this team and for some reason that makes them want to beat us that much more. We won again last night–but two of their best players weren’t there. The weather was nice, and hubby and I were able to walk to the game. It’s a little over a mile from our house and we can walk through the neighborhood and past the schools to the park.

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Chained Sawtooth Star with Frayed 4-Patch Block

Here’s to some more experiments with the AccuQuilt GO! Mix & Match QUBE 6″ and 12″ Blocks. The month of June between Memorial Day and July 4 seems to be a great time for making star blocks. To be honest, my favorite kind of quilting is just making a single block to see how it will turn out and to figure out the best way to make it. Once I’ve made one, it sort of commits to the making of a quilt–which I don’t enjoy nearly as much as making that first block or two. Sounds like I should choose a color scheme and make samplers doesn’t it?

This block started out as a Jewel Box Block from the AccuQuilt website

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and multiplied by four and rotated it turns into a Jewel Box Star

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This is the Jewel Box Star that I made with the 6″ QUBE using red, white, and blue fabrics.

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I decided to see if I could simplify the block using the 4-patch units and rectangle from the GO! Mix & Match 6″ QUBE and the Flying Geese unit from the GO! Mix & Match 12″ QUBE.

Sawtooth Star witih Frayed 9-Patch

The numbers in red are the shape #s for the 6″ QUBE, and the numbers in black are the shape #s for the 12″ QUBE. I really love having all the dies in one place — it makes working on something like this much neater than going through all my dies and pulling out the ones I need and then putting them back in the right order. The QUBE dies are always at my finger tips.

Here’s the finished block using the simplified layout.

Chained Sawtooth with Frayed 9-Patch

They’re both great blocks. The nice thing about the Jewel Box block is that you only have to have one size QUBE to make the whole block. With the simplified layout, you have to have both the 6″ and 12″ QUBEs or do some calculations and rotary cutting.

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Star in a Star Quilt Block

There’s a beautiful quilt in the July/August 2016 Quiltmaker Magazine called Blue Cheese Night by Diane Harris. The block she used is a Star in a Star quilt block that I’ve seen many times, but have never attempted to make. However, the new AccuQuilt GO! QUBE tool is inspiration to explore some quilt blocks and techniques that didn’t interest me before.

The block is a 12″ Variable star block with a 6″ Variable star block set into the center square of the 12″ block. This is the block from my EQ Stitch drawing:

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Instructions for traditional rotary cutting are shown in the magazine, but I wanted to use my AccuQuilt GO! QUBEs to make this quilt block so I spent the afternoon working out which dies would work. And of course, I had to write it into a page of instructions. It uses the 6″ and the 12″ AccuQuilt GO! Mix & Match QUBE. You can find the instructions here (updated 5/30/2016).


Fun Flowers Quilted in the Hoop

The AccuQuilt blog published a Fun Flower Quilted in the Hoop project tutorial that I wrote. Click this link to visit the AccuQuilt blog. I love Fun Flowers, they stitch up so quickly and work in so many different situations. Here are some pictures of quilts I have made using the Fun Flower applique die.

This quilt is made with the AccuQuilt hexagon and feather applique die for the turtle and there are fun flowers in the alternating blocks. IMG_0168 IMG_0173 IMG_0175

This cute little owl quilt uses owls from a Designs by JuJu embroidery set with fun flowers in alternating blocks. IMG_4116

These fun flowers were samples that I made while digitizing the fun flower embroidery. They were perfect for a table topper and some longarm practice of ribbon candy in the sashing. 2012-10-08_Fun flower table topper_001

And these fun flowers are quilted in the hoop with Art and Stitch quilting designs in alternating blocks. IMG_1956_0419 

Snail’s Trail Fun with AccuQuilt QUBES

The new AccuQuilt QUBES are so much fun, and you know that the most fun to me is not so much making the quilt, but figuring out how to make the blocks and then construct them. After that, making the quilt is just a meditative process.

After working on a square in a square, I started thinking about the Snail’s Trail. There is a BOB (Block on Board) for Snail’s Trail, but it’s a 12 inch block, and I prefer to work with smaller blocks. So, I decided to to use the QUBE to make it. And the nice thing about the QUBE is that the shapes are numbered the same for any size QUBE so they all work the same. Thus if you can make a block in a 9″ size, then you can use exactly the same Shape numbers to make the block in any of the other sizes. That really gives flexibility in making the blocks you want and sizing your quilt much more exactly as a multiple of blocks vertically and horizontally. And it takes away all the math which is important for those gifted with a higher level of right brain function.

Here’s my Snail’s Trail made with scraps. I did it in a 9″, but will try it at some point with the 8″ and the 6″ QUBE.

Snail's Trail

Four Blocks of Snail’s Trail

First I made the Square on Point by using a four patch that is from my Leaders and Enders pile and cut it with the Square on Point die. To get it centered, I marked the corners of the die so the four patch corners match the marks.


After cutting the Square on Point, the remaining shapes were cut according to this diagram.

Snail's Trail diagram

Click to open pdf of this diagram.

Isn’t this fun–make it any size you like. Here are a couple of layouts.

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Winter Bliss Stitch Along

Today Darlene at QuiltShopGal has done the first part of a tutorial on how to use this machine embroidery design set to create a fabric book. Her method uses felt to make the book. It is a much simpler and better method than the way that I have made other fabric books. This is going to be my new go-to method. With nine grandchildren around here, we have quite a few fabric books, and it always amazes me that the older children (the oldest is age 8) love them as much as the little ones. And I love them because they are indestructible and washable.

Here’s a picture of all the blocks in a wall hanging. Hope you can join the stitch along–these are really fun designs and can be used not only as the wall hanging, but as a table runner, placemat, fabric book, and more.

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Holiday Circles Applique: Tutorial for Table Runner Quilt

It won’t be long until Christmas, and I have been working on some Christmasy embroidery and table runner quilts that will be gifts for my daughters and others. This is such a quick and easy one to do. The embroidery is quick and the table quilt is even quicker. You will find instructions for doing the embroidery at the AccuQuilt blog today. And for the table runner quilt, the instructions are below and there’s a pdf printout that you can download too. I also included some closeups of the embroidery. You will find the design set over at the AccuQuilt website here.

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Supplies Needed:

Sewing machine and general sewing supplies for quilting.<\p>
Thread for quilting.
1.5 yards fabric for Plain Blocks, borders, and binding
3/4 yards fabric for Background of Embroidery Blocks
1 yard coordinated fabric for quilt backing
Coordinating fabric for applique shapes as needed
Coordinating thread for machine embroidery
36 x 36 inches cotton or cotton blend batting
Machine Embroidery Supplies:
Stabilizer – see Notes about stabilizer selection in Embroidery Instructions that come with the Machine Embroidery designs.
Coordinating Embroidery Thread

Cutting Instructions:

Quilt Fabric Squares Cut 4 each 6-1/2 inch squares (finished size 6” square)
Setting Triangles Cut 4 each 6-7/8 inch squares. Each of these squares will be cut in half diagonally from corner to corner.

Setting Triangles

Corner Triangles Cut 1 each 7-1/4 inch square. This square will be cut into quarters by cutting diagonally from corner to corner (see diagram).

Corner Triangles

Borders and Binding: Cut 7 each 2-1/2 inch strips across the width of fabric.

For borders, cut 2 each side strips 26 x 2-1/2 inches
For top and bottom borders, cut 2 each strips 29-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches.

Use remainder of 2-1/2 inch strips to make double fold binding.

Background Squares for Machine Embroidery Cut 9 each 8-10 inches square. These will be cut to 6-1/2 inch squares after the embroidery is finished.

Coordinating Fabric for Applique Shapes Select fabric that coordinates with the Quilt Fabric to be used for applique shapes. NOTE: Complete instructions for cutting die shapes is included with the dies, on the AccuQuilt website, and in the Machine Embroidery Instructions.

Quilt Assembly:

Assemble rows as shown in diagram. When rows are complete, stitch rows together to complete the center square.

Quilt Construction

When rows have been stitched into center square, add borders by stitching side borders first, then stitch top borders across.

Border Construction

Layer quilt top, batting and backing and complete the quilting of your table quilt. When quilting is complete, trim away excess batting and backing and finish your quilt by binding it with double fold binding.

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