Bride’s Basket, 7-7-21

Mary Hawk commented yesterday about the death bloom in the bride’s basket and I am so uninformed that I had to research bride’s basket. Wow, look on EBay if you’re interested. I learn a lot from you readers, too!

Here it is:

Look at those birds at the top – looks like a Blackbird Design, doesn’t it? We got the sad news yesterday that Barb Adams, one of the Blackbird designers, passed away on July 4.

The Purple Martin house is teeming with activity! The babies are venturing out – flying and sitting on the wire singing away. I think the adults managed to hatch at least 6 babies – maybe they’ll lay another clutch of eggs.

I’ll take my phone to the barnyard when it quits raining – Jo is missing the chickens and goats! We got almost an inch of rain last night – yay!!!!

I have two smaller quilts to bind – which I can do in the porch – and then the fun begins! What shall I sew next? I love planning a new quilt!

15 thoughts on “Bride’s Basket, 7-7-21

  1. Sharon Cervenka

    I learn a lot from you, too! Love the quilt on the table….screams Summer to me 😊😉

  2. Diane in Maryland

    Thank you for sharing the info on the death bloom and the bride’s basket. So interesting! We all learn so much about so many things from reading your blog!
    So hot and humid here. To say the least, I am not a fan of this weather. So grateful to have air conditioning and a quilting hobby so I can stay cool inside!

  3. Moe Baly

    Love the bride basket, never heard of it before but will be on the look out. Yes, very sad about Barb Adams, did you read her obituary. It is wonderful, written by her niece. Barb was a Beatles fan, so the obituary is written to include Beatles’ songs in the words. Its’ wonderful. As usual, enjoy your blog posts.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Moe Baly – Barb’s obituary was a wonderful piece of writing, wasn’t it? Very creative, just like Barb!

  4. Launa

    Had so much ash from an Idaho Forest fire smoke last night things need to be blown off with leaf blower on our deck and elsewhere.
    Pretty bride’s basket.
    Am waiting to hear some good news as my third granddaughter is @ hospital to deliver her baby today!
    Our 5th Great!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – we’ll all need to hear about the new baby!!

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    I spy Hazel’s picture on the wall…how precious! Also the view from the porch……grand.
    A brides basket…what was it originally designed for? It’s beautiful.
    I met with a friend today, she told me about the mallard family she had this spring. 8 ducklings 🐥. Our pond dried up many years ago, do we don’t get ducks anymore, but I still look for them in all the ponds around.
    I’m looking forward to the update on the goats and chickens and geese.
    Stay cool and again we are staying still.

  6. Betty Klosterman

    I knew that when the hen succulent bloomed, the hen died – I thought to make room for new chicks. Never knew it was called a death bloom. The new things we learn each day.
    We survived July 4th and the week is almost gone. Really hard to remember what day it is! We’ll have time to catch up next week? In the meantime, I just finished a quilt top from a pattern I got in 2008. Then I made 99 scrappy blocks and about 4 years ago made 35 more. I REALLY like making it?? Maybe I’ll get a picture of it for all to see. It really makes me smile. Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty k – we all must see your new scrap quilt!!!

  7. Kathy in western NY

    Thanks for letting us know about losing another great designer in the quilt world. I have several of Barb Adams books as I always admired her intricate work.
    Always fun planning the next project!

  8. Susan K in Texas

    Interesting to learn about the brides basket and the death bloom. There are several plants that once they bloom the mother plant dies and the pups take over. My sister and her husband have an agave plant or century plant. Once it sends up the 12 foot bloom it dies. The problem with having it in your yard is the razor sharp leaves. And it takes a special knife to trim the leaves.
    I like the details on the bride’s basket. It looks great with your bowl of succulents.
    We always loved having the purple martins when I was growing up. We don’t have a house for them here. There were also chimney swift’s that lived in a chimney at the high school behind us. In the evening the birds would be flying and eating mosquitoes.

  9. Pat Book

    Interesting about the Brides Basket. I received one as a gift back in the 90’s from the buyers of a cottage on West Okoboji, IA that I sold them when I was selling real estate. It has a fancy bowl and it was filled with fruit. Now, I fill it with dried scented sachets.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat Book – my bowl is missing – likely broken years ago!

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