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.
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.read more
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 invested in ditizing software and started another journey. 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 was born.read more