I am a mother and grandmother, retired clinical research nutritionist, and passionate quilter. My goal with this blog is to share what I know about quilting with others with the hope that it will give them as much joy as it has given me.

I live in Carrboro, NC and am now retired from a career in clinical nutrition research at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. This training in research has had a strong influence on my quilting career. In research, there is aways a new quest, a new problem to be solved, and innovative methods to be developed. In addition, there are young people who are coming into the field and are to be mentored. And that is also true of quilting.

Although I have been sewing since I was a child, my quilting career started in my late twenties and early thirties when I made quilts for my children. And when I decided to retire to spend more time doing things I enjoy at home, I felt completely comfortable in the quilting world. Rather than writing grants and teaching classes, I started blogging in January of 2008 as a way to share my experiences and discoveries in quilting. In addition to quilting, I enjoy spending time with my daughters and their families which include ten grandchildren.

Please feel free to email me about quilting at my gmail account with the username “busbyquilts”.

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  1. Hello Marjorie,

    I just noticed on your great blog that you had written earlier, regarding text on EQ designs:
    “I just wish it were available on the block worktable when I’m writing instructions.”

    Here is how I do it:
    QUILT > New Quilt > Horizontal.
    Layout tab:
    Hor 1 block
    Ver 1 block
    Borders tab > Delete the border.
    Layer 1 > Set the block into the quilt. You now have what looks exactly like one block.
    Set text onto the block, and export this.

    I hope this works for what you want to do, as it does for my diagrams of blocks.

  2. I have about 15-16 Peachtree T-Shirts and other significant race shirts. I’m interested in having a quilt made of my shirts. What is your cost for this?

  3. i would love to have your beautiful ribbons we have a cancer deal every year and i do t shirts and towels etc.
    thank you for them joan

  4. I was wondering if you have plans to digitize some more applique designs for more of the Accuquilt cutter – for example the Dove and the puppy dog. (yep I have that one) 🙂 Adore the cat and the fun flower ones that you have done.
    I am sorry if this is not the appropriate place to ask this question, but I haven’t been able to find any other contact.
    I also appreciate all the hints and tips that you make available for the EQ design software.
    Thank you
    Judy Jennings

  5. Hello Marjorie,
    I hope this finds you well. I wanted to say hi and let you know am thinking about you, and the profound effect you had on my career. I am looking at PhD programs in nutrition. Merry Christmas to you and your family

    All the best,
    Brian Jay Adams, Jr.

  6. I love what you are doing with embroidery and the die cuts. Do you know if anyone is doing a similar technique with using some of the other die cutting machines? I don’t own the Accuquilt GO, but I have a couple of the other machines. I have an embroidery machine and would love to be able to use applique die cuts the way you are.


  7. Hi
    I am the Regional Coordinator for SC Quilts of Valor. I manage our Region 8 Facebook page and would love to share your Geek article in its entirety giving you the credit of course. Is this ok?


  8. I’m thinking of getting an electronic die cutting machine to working with my embroidery machine and software (Janome 12000, MBX)
    Which electronic die cutting machine do you prefer?

    Machine Embroidery Appliqué: Creating Cut Files for Modern Tools

  9. Good Morning,
    I can’t seem to find your e-mail address anywhere and I need to ask you a question about 2 of your embroidery pattern you have for sale- where do I find your email please???
    Thank you,

  10. Hi I am interested in several of your embroidery designs on the Accuquilt website but cant find info on what formats the designs are available in. I can’t edit designs. Do they come in jef formats?

  11. Everytime I try download Sunbonnet Sam for Accuquilt it will not download. the sunbonnet sue did of but not Sam

  12. I live in Cambridge-Narrows NB Canada with my husband in what we call cottage country there are a number of summer people in the area but we live here year round on a small cove and enjoy all the seasons greatly. I quilt with a local quilt guild and another group of friends who meet for fun, socialization and to quilt. A cup of tea is optional but everyone needs a little break.

    I am so glad to have found your blog as I had made a sample block of the rail fence block I know it as rail fence gone wild but did not have a total picture of putting it together. Now that I have seen the pictures of ones you have posted I feel more confident in getting mine finished. I will be going on a quilt retreat in October and will take some fabric for this particular project. Thanks so much.
    Happy Stitching.

  13. Hi. I’m not sure who to contact about this, but I’m just a US citizen now living in Chile and I bought a quilt here about 7 years ago in a used clothing shop and I wanted to share with the makers that their work made it all the way here. I was going to even sign up for the quilting newsletter, but since I’m not a quilter, it would be too much. The quilt has animals on it and has been on my kid’s bed since then.
    It says “Whimsical Animals” Stack n Whack quilt made for Gerald Dettling my son-in-law’s 25th birthday. Dec 14, 1999
    Machine pieced by Jeannie Denson
    Machine quilted by Cindy Kissus, Ridgecrest, Ca, etc…

    Anybody now how to get this message to them?


  14. Marjorie, I just went to your online store. Oh my stinking gosh, I am so amazed at what all you have done. I was looking for a project to go with my fabric from Island Batik for January. I think I am going to do the trees…already have the digitized trees by you. You are so amazing. I don’t know how you do it all.

    1. There is no pattern for that. I simply created it in Electric Quilt by playing with the triangles until I had a layout that I found pleasing. You are welcome to print out the picture and try to arrange your triangles accordingly.

  15. Marjorie,

    I belong to a large (280 member) quilt club in a retirement community. Within the club, we have SIGs (Special Interest Groups), and one of the groups is a Miniature Group. I thought it would be fun to do a miniature mystery quilt, and am asking if I may use the Broken Dishes pattern you developed for the AccuQuilt Qube Facebook group. I know you gave instructions for the 6″, 8″, 9″, 10″, and 12″ Qubes, but I would like to use the 4″ Qube since this is a miniature. No one in the SIG has AccuQuilt except me, so I would need to rewrite the instructions for cutting the old-fashioned way — using rotary cutters (ugh!). I would understand if you would prefer that I didn’t do this, but thought this exercise would make a perfect mystery quilt. I thought that since this project was kind of thrown out to the general public, it might be OK, but if you say “no”, that is fine.

    1. Hi Edith, I am so glad you are using your AccuQuilt system. It takes space to store the dies, but the Qubes are great for compacting things. Please post your quilts on the Facebook Page. I’ll be looking for them.

  16. Yesterday, on the die to try accuquilt program, you showed a beautiful quilt made with the 8 inch qube (just received mine!) and the new bird and house die (mine is on order). I absolutely loved your quilt and would like to know if there is somewhere I could purchase the pattern?

    Amanda Ramaswami

  17. Hello Marjorie,
    I am planning to start on the fall QAL2022 and would like to use my Accuquilt and EQ8 software for the project. Can you please tell me what blocks I can use for this project.

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