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Mission Completed
By Beverly Hicks Burch

Many of you that have been following my blogs know that I started a project a few months back called The BamaSteelMagnolia™ Diaries. The concept is based on a book I picked up by Mimi Dietrich. A diary quilt tells the story of your life or what is important to you in quilt form or in “textile art”.

I’ve been told many times, by many people that I needed to write a book…and people, you don’t even know the latest…lol! So, I decided to take the diary quilt concept and combine it with my urge to write and love of writing and create The BamaSteelMagnolia™ Diaries. So far I’ve written about it here (Introduction), here – Chap. 1, here – Chap. 2, and here – Chap. 3. Believe me when I say…I’m not finished…there is more to come, but life has just been so crazy lately and dropped some unexpected “stuff” on us…and what’s a diary for, right?

About the time I decided to start my diary quilt I was teaching a friend of mine to quilt. Her first project was a quilt for her big, tall, sweet handsome son. Did I mention he is tall? ;)

Now, Shari will tell you she is a Type A and is compelled to finish a project before she starts another one. I tried to explain the quilter’s UFO theory, but so far Ms Shari just ain’t buying it…but…

As she was working on her mystery quilt, one of the (many) projects I was working on was my diary quilt and the concept began to grow on her and actually grabbed hold of her. The girl had to make one…and soon…and swiftly as it turned out.

We went fabric shopping and designed her quilt on my EQ6 software. She had decided her quilt would be a diary quilt for her Daddy. (I’ve explained how us Southern gals about our Daddy’s…) She named it Quilted Memories of Daddy’s Life.

Well, this weekend, Ms Shari finished that puppy…her second quilt. She started it in March and finished it in seven months…pretty darn good. I’d moved about a month ago, so we did the bias binding learning via texting, phone and email…and the gal got it, so what does it tell you about this pupil? Pretty impressive, huh? Oh by the way, I can now assure you…there is a very legitimate reason to have a camera phone!

So, I’d like to proudly share Shari and her diary quilt, Quilted Memories of Daddy’s Life.

Quiltmaker Shari Alexander and her diary quilt Quilted Memories of Daddy's Life

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Comment by Beverly Hicks Burch on October 28, 2009 at 7:23am
Thanks Liz. I think she did a great job too :)
Comment by Beverly Hicks Burch on October 27, 2009 at 6:56pm
Thanks Barbara. I know Shari is thrilled with her quilt as she should be...and I just bet her Dad is going to be knocked over by it.

I'll keep plugging away and hopefully I'll end up with that book one of these days...thanks for the encouragement.
Comment by Barbara Graham on October 27, 2009 at 5:54pm
What a wonderful quilt, and story! Good luck on that book too.
Comment by Maryann**NY on October 27, 2009 at 5:19pm
It's a great quilt.
Comment by Beverly Hicks Burch on October 27, 2009 at 5:07pm
LOL...thanks BJ, I'll have to share that "Type A" info with Shari ;) I agree, the diary quilt concept is a great idea. I can't wait to finish mine.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on October 27, 2009 at 3:46pm
I agree with Pam. You are an excellent teacher for her to pick up on it so quickly and beautifully. Not all Type 'A's' have to finish one before starting another, but they are driven (Hmmm.... know this by experience - LOL). I love the concept of a diary quilt.
Comment by Beverly Hicks Burch on October 27, 2009 at 2:36pm
Thanks yall :)

Shari is/was a very able gal. I miss our "hen" sessions when she could come to the house for her lessons. We're already planning for her to come to AL for more quilting...just a short six hour drive LOL. That means weekend retreat! I say yay!

Aida would you believe my ongoing student is my hubby? We've done one joint project together and he has one individual project in the works.

Linda, I'm excited to know there will be another diary/memory quilt. I see you understand how us Southern gals are about our Dad's, too...LOL ;)

Again thanks, yall and I'll pass the kudos along to Shari.
Comment by Gayle/La. on October 27, 2009 at 2:03pm
This is sew wonderful!! I am proud of Shari and proud of you for being able to teach her via camera phone....LOL It is a wonderful feeling to me if I am able to take a picture and find the subject on the screen. I am going to go on your blog and read all the rest of your diary. Thanks for sharing and caring...
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on October 27, 2009 at 1:03pm
Beverly, all I can say is WOW. It is gorgeous and good for Shari. I am still looking at doing a Memory quilt of my Dad. Anxious to get at it so hopefully in Jan. I will be able to get at that. Shari did a fantastic job though. Congratulations to Student and Teacher.
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on October 27, 2009 at 12:17pm
Gorgeous! What a great teaching accomplishment. would you take on another pupil?

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