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Beverly Hicks Burch
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  • Birmingham, AL
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Just celebrated 10 years of marriage to a gem of a guy:) You will come to know him in my blogs as Tall & Handsome or T & H for short. He took up quilting a few years ago and the first joint project we worked on together recently won a 2nd place ribbon at a local show.

I was East Tennessee born but from the age of 12 onward grew up in my beloved Birmingham, AL. When T & H and I married his work carried us out of Birmingham, but we are now back in my beloved Birmingham - close to family and friends.

I blog as the BamaSteelMagnolia(TM) (or any versions thereof). At the moment I write 3 blogs...one general that can and does cover everything called A Steel Magnolia is an Iron Butterfly; a quilt & genealogy blog called Around the Block - With the BamaSteelMagnolia(TM); and The BamaSteelMagnolia(TM) Bistro...which is pretty self explanatory...cooking anyone?

I'm an award winning self taught quilter that began quilting in 1986. For years I was really active in the Birmingham, AL quilting community. I was the co-founder of The Heart of Dixie Quilters Guild and the founding editor of the newsletter, The Heart Beat. I held these two positions concurrently for several years.

I was also on the organizational board of Quilt Alabama, an at large state guild. I later served two terms as board secretary for Quilt Alabama.

In 1995 I dropped out of the quilt scene, or semi-retired if you will, for health reasons. I went through a second bout of NON-SMOKING lung cancer. Yes, you read that right. I have had lung cancer twice, both non-smoking related. Cancer has been in both lungs and portions of both lungs have been removed. In 1995 they removed 60% of my left lung.

I had never smoked, was not raised by smokers nor was exposed to second hand smoke. I have a plethora of autoimmune disorders and speculations is the cancers could be related to that. As a result of my health, I am interested in health issues and the rights of the disabled.

I write, blog, quilt, do genealogy, read, travel when I can, enjoy music and really enjoy too many things to mentions in short space.
My Website (not your email address)
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, hand quilting, embroidery, gardening, other
My pets are awesome!
Watson the Wonder Dog - a miniature Schnauzer; a rescued Mini Schnauzer named BabyGirl

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Mission Completed, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 11:37am 11 Comments

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… Continue

Momma's Closet, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 4:00pm 9 Comments

Momma’s Closet

By Beverly Hicks Burch

In 1986 I took up needle and thread and began a mostly self taught journey on the road to becoming a quilter or as some of the more “artsy” of our kind call themselves, “textile artist”. I was greatly inspired by the work of my maternal great-grandmother, Rebecca Shaffer McGee. Even though she passed away in 1971 a few months shy of her 97th birthday she had a lasting influence on me...one I dare say she would be surprised…and I hope… Continue

South by Southwest©…in Pictures By Beverly Hicks Burch Well, it took just a little over seven months start to finish to complete our first joint project…but, YAY!...it’s done! Binding? Check! Rod po…

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 8:27am 4 Comments

South by Southwest©…in Pictures

By Beverly Hicks Burch

Well, it took just a little over seven months start to finish to complete our first joint project…but, YAY!...it’s done! Binding? Check! Rod pocket? Check! Label? Check! See…I told you so…

Tall & Handsome and I began machine piecing the project on New Year’s Day 2009…a nice way to begin a New Year, right? I put the last stitch in the binding on Monday July 20, 2009…and… Continue

One Dairy Down, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Posted on July 13, 2009 at 9:50am 3 Comments

One Diary Down

By Beverly Hicks Burch

I do apologize for the lack of postings lately. It has been an extremely busy spring and summer for me. I spent about a month away from home…had a doctor’s appointment and some personal “stuff” to take care of…some of which I’ll share later. But, all has not been quiet on the quilting front either!…


Blocks without Borders, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Posted on April 18, 2009 at 9:19am 14 Comments

If you DO NOT have a sense of humor, please don’t read any further, because YES! this is a pun…a play on Doctors without Borders, Engineers without Borders, Teachers without Borders, Librarians without Borders, Journalists without Borders, TV Reports without Borders and any other wonderful, altruistic groups out there without Borders doing great and wonderful works for humankind.

You see, my head is too muddled from days and weeks of number crunching bills, tax… Continue

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At 2:08pm on October 28, 2009, Francine/Cda said…
Thanks for your nice words - you know what it is - plus me with my test I was affraid to have to place her - but no everything is fine with me - so we are still good to go - thanks again
At 8:01am on September 16, 2009, Gayle/La. said…
Hi Bev,
I really appreciate you getting back with me. When you talk almost daily and then you don't hear from someone for months, you do begin to worry(especially at my age). I am glad to hear that Maria did have her surgery and that she is doing better? I am saddened to hear that your hubs lost his job. It is so hard for anyone to make it today. You get your life going and then someone mixes it all up and your ends that you thought were getting closer are suddenly pushed so far apart there is no way. I hurt for you to hear you might lose your home in Ga. but I understand you were more at home in "sweet home Alabama". I also know what a collection of things we can accumulate in a certain period of time. Being the quilters that we are, I would dare to say tthat one truckload was probably all your sewing equipment. I sure do hope you don't have to wait too long on the new job to appear.
Thanks for getting back with me and when can keep me posted on your situation. If you can talk to Maria, Please tell her I was thinking about her and I would love to hear from her. I will close here and hope to chat with you later. Thanks
At 11:54pm on September 3, 2009, Gayle/La. said…
Beverly , I have not heard from you or Maria Carroll in a long time and was worried about the both of you. I understood that you were closer to her than anyone else so I therefore thought that I might get an update on her and the surgeries she was preparing to have. If you know anything at all,I would appreciate it if you would cantact me to let me hear.
At 10:48am on March 5, 2009, Joan Huffman said…
Hi Beverly, Thanks for answering back. I am so glad to hear that you are now cancer free! I know how hard it is to get back on your feet after all the cancer treatments and then having lasting side effects. You have gone thru so much more than I have. My breast cancer was stage 3B and had spread to lymphnodes. So my treatment was very aggressive. I count my blessing every day!
I can't believe that your hubby has taken up quilting! I can't even picture mine doing that!! He would get very frustrated and it definately wouldn't be a pretty sight!!
Sorry about the wrong word in my last note. Realize was suppose to be relieve!! That chemo brain kicks in at the strangest times! Have a great day, Joan :)
At 2:58pm on March 4, 2009, Joan Huffman said…
Hi Beverly, Read that you are a cancer survivor, twice. I am also a cancer survivor and have just reached my 5 year mark. I am active in the American Cancer Society to help raise funds for reasearch. Volunteering with this program is my way of giving back. I hope that you can continue to quilt. I know that it helps me realize stress! Joan :)
At 4:57am on February 26, 2009, Nancy/NC said…
Here is a link for the guild


& here is one for the quilt shop!


Having fun checking them out when you have time!
At 8:37pm on February 25, 2009, HouseWifeEm said…
LOL!!! My cats wont do that I am sure of it. And as far as my stitches, I have played and there is a stippling stitch. More than likely I will be using it on hubby's quilt! Happy Quilting my dear friend, and it is always nice to have others around that are understanding!! ~Em
At 8:07pm on February 25, 2009, HouseWifeEm said…
Hi Hun! Thanks for all the support and confidence! I have found something that has definitely helped me cope so to speak. If you get a chance read my blog from today, it should make you laugh!!! Sometimes we are the people that are given the issues are the ones that can deal with it. We have been given a curse and a gift. The curse is that we are miserable sometimes. The gift is we are strong enough to handle it and make others make along the way!
At 1:55pm on February 25, 2009, Nancy/NC said…
Hi Beverly, We will have to meet when you get moved to Asheville! Where is your husband working here? Mine works for the USFS at the Research Station across from UNCA. There's a great quilt shop here too, so you will enjoy checking that out. It's really a beautiful area to live in!
At 8:49am on February 23, 2009, Margo in Maine said…
Good Morning Bev....thanks for visiting...you have great looking quilts...

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