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Welcome to blue feather quilting 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.

Machine Embroidery

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. As if all the quilting is not enough, I also have another passion with machine embroidery. I bought my first embroidery machine three  years ago. It seemed that every design I bought needed just a few changes, so I immediately bought software for digitizing and started on that journey too. I fell in love with the AccuQuilt GO! die cutting machine for accurately cutting shapes for piecing quilts--and it also cuts beautiful shapes for machine embroidery applique. And thus, my embroidery business started too.