Sunday, September 4, 2011

HoBo Quilt

                                 During the depression millions were out of work and rode the
                                 rails.These designs were carved in peoples fences or written on a barn
                                 to convey to the next Hobo what to look out for.
                                 

I have images of Hobo's sitting in the back of a freight car sewing blocks on and chatting about the stops along the way. I saw these quilt blocks and fell in love with the simple squares. So I ran over to Country Loft and signed up for the once a month class. My hubby collects Trains and so what better quilt then a hobo quilt. There is something about working on individual blocks that I find fun and relaxing. I know I have too many projects but one more won’t hurt. I ordered the book on line and I am so looking forward to the Wednesday class.

15 comments:

Courtney said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to see your blocks and follow along with your progress.

acorn hollow said...

My mother told me stories of the hobos stopping by her parents house. the train ran through the back field of their farm. Hobo's would come to the door and my grandmother would fix them a plate, they sat on the steps and ate and then went on their way.
A good quilt to go with your husband's collection.
Cathy

Saundra said...

Cheri ~ I'm not a quilter (per se) but have made some large square quilts using homespun plaids. Yet still don't consider what I've done real quilting. But that book looks very interesting and could be adapted just like the Jane Stickle rug was turned into a hooking challenge. Love it.

Joanne said...

Never heard of hobo quilts! Never seen a hobo in a movie working on a quilt - but they look cool!

Rugs and Pugs said...

What fun! What's one more WIP?
Happy holiday.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Julia said...

That looks like a very nice project to work on. I hope that you will have a wonderful time with this. JB

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Gals, I 'll take pictures of what the teacher has done so far on Wednesday. Cathy a hobo must have left a message for other hobo's at your grandmothers farm!I saw the book at the last quilt show. I noticed there were no patterns in the book just pictures of the squares so I am taking the class to get hints on making the individual squares. Cheri

Kim said...

My grandparents lived near the train tracks. I heard stories of hobos coming to the door for food. Grandma fed them until someone told her the back of the house must be marked.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Kim, your grandma must have wondered what was going on.I bet she went looking for where it was marked on her house. Cheri

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi dear Cheri,

Yes, I do pinch myself, but sometimes I am working so hard I forget to look up.

Love the hobo quilt. What a wonderful keepsake and bit of our American history...but honestly, I love all quilts and know there are hidden stories in so many.

Joys,

Sharon

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Sharon , All your work happily makes us see so much beauty in nature. Love your Books and your Maine.Cheri

Leontien said...

ha! I never heard of Hobo's... well at least not in this form!

the quilt looks great and i am sure my mother in law would love it!
Thanks
Leontien

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hey Leontien, Hobo's I think is more a name used during the depression. Your a strong gal and a wonderful person you keep your head up and were all behind you! Hugs Cheri

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Such a perfect project Cherie at these times of slow economies and being a little more recycle oriented...
Susan x

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Susan, I have so much material that it will be fun finding odds and ends for my hobo quilt.I could work on projects the rest of my life and not leave my house. LOl Cheri