Gathering basket quilt block

Today is the first day of Spring!  Long-awaited and much welcomed.  Grandmother Josie, living in the mountains of East Tennessee, way back up in the woods, would have used a basket to collect plants growing in the woods.  Bloodroot is usually the first to flower in the spring, but the roots could not be harvested until the fall.  The flower is the only way to mark the location for the digging six months from now.  Still she would have taken her basket and a knife out for a walk in case she could find something green and fresh to bring home for the table or spring tonics:  watercress, dandelion leaves, wood sorrel.  She would have learned to recognize plants and know their uses from her mother, Sarah, of the previous post.

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