The next-to-last block recalls working dogs in New York where sampler albums often featured canines and occasionally canines carrying baskets.
The Elizabeth Griffiths quilt at the Orangetown Museumhas a poem to accompany it.
"Little, Miss Mary Van HoutenA good dog carrying a basket [full of something edible?] and he is not going to try it. What might be in those baskets?
Made a dog, would set you shouting,
He is going with his basket, quiet
I do not think, he means to try it."
Perhaps some strawberries.
Our block was inspired by one in a sampler attributed to friends of Susannah Butts Adsett Boots in the collection of the International Quilt Museum. The album may have been made by Susannah's New York relatives for her second marriage. Born in Dutchess County she and first husband Hiram Adsett left for Green County, Ohio in 1833. He died about fifteen years later and in 1854 she married again in Ohio to Jesse Boots.
MC initialed a dotted dog carrying a striped basket....
Harvesting strawberries in Ulster County, New York about 1900
June, 1863 fundraiser hosted by Buffalo'sLadies' Christian Commission
Strawberry Festivals were only possible for a few weeks in June and early July. A charity-minded citizen might get a surfeit of strawberries in a short time. But the events were usually for a good cause. The opinionated editor of the Brooklyn Eagle thought they were a better way to raise money than Ladies' Fairs...