The block Barbara Brackman posted this week for her Civil War quilt along is a block called Little Blue Basket.
This block represents Missouri. It recalls the Little Blue River, and the baskets that women used to take provisions to the Guerillas called Bushwhackers along the free state-Kansas and the slave state- Missouri.
The Bushwhackers survived in the bush through aid from their sisters, Mothers and sweethearts who carried baskets full of food to their camps, washed their laundry, and sewed their clothing.
“The Little Blue Basket recalls the women who set out after dusk in the evenings to carrying baskets of food into the woods near the Little Blue River.”
With a name like “Little Blue Basket” my fabric choice was pretty easy this week. The block is given without a handle, but shown with a handle as an option. I pieced my block first and then decided to add a handle. Mine is a bit different from what’s pictured on Barbara’s site. I was too lazy to go check the computer to see how it was done.