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 ten children (two sets of twins among them).

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. Since then I have upgraded to a computerized quilting machine and love the many more things that can be accomplished with the addition of a little computer.

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 seventh grade this year and doing well.

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 to quilting, machine embroidery has been added to my repertoire and I enjoy creating designs for die cut shapes by AccuQuilt. I am also a quilt designer for AccuQuilt and absolutely love the opportunities afforded by all the technology of computerized quilting and embroidery machines as well as the ease of piecing quilts using die cut shapes.